Accelerate your career in Tech through upskilling, mentorship and community

Why We Started The Commons

Careers are no longer static ladders to climb. They’re dynamic, non-linear and 100x more exciting. Yet today’s education institutions are built for yesterday’s careers.
MBAs and masters degrees are expensive, time consuming and taught by academics with outdated content. Online courses lack job context, are lonely and lack accountability. And networking too often feels transactional and awkward.

To catalyze your career, you need to combine relevant education, thoughtful relationship building and access to opportunities.

So we built a new learning model that delivers education, mentorship and community together to advance your career in tech - whether that’s exploring and landing your next role, landing a promotion, or performing better in your current role.

Our Approach & Outcomes

We’re laser focused on business roles in tech
You’ll learn what you need to know from who you need to know (our mentors who work in tech), while gaining access to an ambitious and engaged global community of business + tech professionals, driving real impact to your career.

How we deliver impact to our members...
96
%
felt more comfortable with SQL after the Sprint
96
%
honed relevant soft skills like stakeholder management and structured problem solving
94
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felt more confident about their understanding of BizOps through The Commons
88
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would be disappointed if they hadn't taken part in the Sprint

The Strategy + Operations Sprint

What You'll Learn

Build critical skills tailored for
Strategy + Operations roles in Tech

We built this Sprint in collaboration with Strategy + Operations mentors at Instacart, Netflix, DoorDash, and Uber so that you learn what you need to thrive in those roles today.

Here’s some of the key topics you’ll cover together:
SQL & Data Analysis for BizOps
Data Visualization
Marketplace Metrics
Stakeholder Management
Experimentation
Stakeholders Presentations
Tech Business Models
Storytelling with Data
Product Launches
Learn like you would on-the-job
Build skills in the most practical way. You’ll learn new skills in live workshops with industry mentors and then apply those skills to a project, resulting in higher uptake and retention.

Receive weekly feedback and career coaching from your mentor. A rapid feedback cycle, directly from mentors who work in tech, enables you to level up quickly so that you can deliver more impact on the job or nail your next interview.
You’re part of the BizOps team at Juniper, a quick-commerce food delivery marketplace.
It’s been almost two months since Juniper launched in a new market: New York. With 6+ workshops, weekly team working sessions & office hours, and with guidance from your mentor, you will use SQL to analyze the launch’s performance and build an experiment to improve on Juniper’s operations. You’ll pitch your recommendations at the end of the 6 weeks and get direct, actionable feedback from mentors who live & breathe this daily!
Who This Is For
Professionals join The Commons from both tech and non-tech backgrounds, to hone critical skills relevant for today’s roles in tech, while building an impactful network.
Here’s who should join this Sprint:
Tech Pivoters
to make their pivot more effective and efficient
Professionals who want to expedite their pivot into tech by building tangible skills, tackling problems that double as interview prep, building their network, tapping into an exclusive job board and meeting hiring managers.
Common Profiles:
Consulting
Finance
Accounting
Fortune 500
CPG
Telecom
Supply Chain
Rotational Programs
Recent MBA Grads
New Hires
to deliver more impact, faster
People who have recently landed a new role in tech join to deliver impact faster by tapping into mentors, building skills faster than they could on-the-job and gaining a community of peers to get advice from.
Common Profiles:
BizOps Associate
Data Analyst
Strategy & Ops Manager
Chief of Staff
Tech Professionals
to reach for an internal pivot or promotion
People who work at a tech company and want to accelerate a promotion or pivot to a new role within their company by bridging skill gaps and gaining external, feedback-driven mentorship.
Common Profiles:
Account Executive
Customer Success Manager
Strategy & Ops Manager
BizOps Associate
Power Networkers
to authentically build professional relationships
Not all members of The Commons are looking for a career pivot. Many seek meaningful community and mentorship as they continue to hone their craft in the tech industry and broaden their network.
Common Profiles:
Entrepreneurs
Startup C-Suite
GMs
Tech Pivoters
to make their pivot more effective and efficient
Professionals who want to expedite their pivot into tech by building tangible skills, tackling problems that double as interview prep, building their network, tapping into an exclusive job board and meeting hiring managers.
Common Profiles:
Consulting
Finance
Accounting
Fortune 500
CPG
Telecom
Supply Chain
Rotational Programs
Recent MBA Grads
New Hires
to deliver more impact, faster
People who have recently landed a new role in tech join to deliver impact faster by tapping into mentors, building skills faster than they could on-the-job and gaining a community of peers to get advice from.
Common Profiles:
BizOps Associate
Data Analyst
Strategy & Ops Manager
Chief of Staff
Tech Professionals
to reach for an internal pivot or promotion
People who work at a tech company and want to accelerate a promotion or pivot to a new role within their company by bridging skill gaps and gaining external, feedback-driven mentorship.
Common Profiles:
Account Executive
Customer Success Manager
Strategy & Ops Manager
BizOps Associate
Power Networkers
to authentically build professional relationships
Not all members of The Commons are looking for a career pivot. Many seek meaningful community and mentorship as they continue to hone their craft in the tech industry and broaden their network.
Common Profiles:
Entrepreneurs
Startup C-Suite
GMs

Your Mentors

You’ll tackle the Sprint under the guidance of one of our industry mentors. They’re accessible experts who have been in your shoes, and live and breathe these roles daily. Here are a few of them!
Accessible and friendly
Our mentors are accessible experts. They want to invest in your career and help you hone your skills, get guidance on your career, double down on interview prep or learn more about roles in tech. They’re very approachable and friendly. You can reach them directly through a simple message on Slack, hop on a quick Zoom chat. Plus, they lead frequent fireside chats.

Your Schedule

Built for busy professionals. Part-time & online.
Live sessions are on evenings or weekends and are recorded.
Sprints are broken down into 3 components:
Workshops led by mentors
(approx. 2 hours / week)
This is where we teach you the key concepts & skills that you’ll then apply to your project, like SQL, stakeholder management, and tech business models. Our workshops were created by mentors based on their on-the-job experience. All workshops occur during evenings and weekends ET. Sessions are recorded in case you can’t make them live.
Team + Mentor Meetings
(1-2 hours / week)
Each week you’ll meet with your team and mentor to jam on the project, ask questions, get feedback and build your final output. Timing is flexible - you’ll schedule these based on your team’s schedule.
Independent Work
(approx. 2-4 hours / week)
You’ll want to carve out time to dive into the project on your own - it’s the best way to reflect on what you’ve learned and put it into practice. Timing is flexible!
time
7 weeks
4-10 hours /week
Learning Group

1:6 Mentor to Student Ratio

Authentic, meaningful relationship building
CALENDAR
Work compatible
See upcoming schedules here →
FYI here’s why we’ve doubled down on…
Live Workshops
Learning in a silo is lonely, boring and lacks accountability. That’s why we’ve built our Sprints around live workshops + interactive team sessions. You’ll learn directly from mentors who leverage these skills in their jobs in tech, and have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time.
Small Team Sizes
The best way to build meaningful relationships is by working together. Plus, teamwork simulates being on-the-job. You’ll still get the added benefit of having access to the full community so your relationship building can extend well beyond your team.

Community

Build Your Network
Connect with 1,000+ ambitious professionals in business + tech who are eager to open doors for one another. Whether you want to learn about an up and coming FinTech, are working on a case interview for a marketplace org, or are looking for a remote opportunity - chances are, someone in the community works there or has gone through a similar experience and can help share advice and learnings.
Hone Your Craft
Access to workshops and fireside chats outside of your Sprint, so you can build knowledge and continue to refine your skillset.
Maximize Your Opportunities
Joining our active Slack workspace to engage in discussions on the latest tech news, interview prep, and more. You’ll build a thorough understanding of what’s out there and how you can make the most of your opportunities. Looking for a new role? You’ll have full access to our exclusive job board. It’s filled with the hottest roles in tech and introductions to hiring managers. So you can stop applying cold and start getting your foot in the door.
Create Lifelong Connections
Take the URL to IRL (and back again)! Grow your network with in-person events that are ~actually~ fun! From speed networking mixers to picnic park hangs and everything in between.
Khaled
6:33 PM

Hi all! The Logistics Strategy & Ops team at DoorDash is hiring for an Associate Manager to help scale Drive (white label fulfilment service) and New Verticals (DashMart, convenience, alcohol). The team’s mandate is to implement initiatives that deliver efficiency gains across the logistics platform. You’ll work closely with cross-functional partners such as Product, Eng, Analytics, and other S&O teams to execute on these initiatives. The team is looking for candidates with 3+ years of experience, and proficiency with SQL is a must. If interested, please DM me your resume and 2 - 3 sentences on why you’d be a strong fit by Monday. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the role in the meantime!

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Member Outcomes

The Commons' model of upskilling + mentorship + community leads to material outcomes for our members. Here are just a few examples...

Jenina had been working in tech for a number of years before joining The Commons. She spent time as a Business Project Intern at Google and a Business Manager at GrabPay, a superapp serving Southeast Asia, where she focused on payments. Her reason for joining The Commons? While she was a spreadsheet wizard - having built that muscle throughout her time in banking, telecom and tech - she said “SQL evades me. I have tried learning it online 3X but failed miserably. Hopefully I’ll finally pick it up here.” And, she did just that by way of The Commons’ secret sauce: learning in live workshops (where you can actually ask questions), applying what she learned to a project (so she could retain it!), and being coached by a mentor who lives and breathes SQL in their role in tech.

While working in operations at a Series A startup, Charliepat joined The Commons to level up his generalist skill set. Through the Strategy & Operations Sprint, he honed SQL skills which enabled him to dig deeper into his company’s data. In turn, this enabled him to bridge the gap between product performance and business decisions at his organization, and unlocked higher impact projects for him to contribute towards. Charliepat’s mentor, Ujwal (BizOps at LinkedIn), coached him through how to break down ambiguous problems and identify gaps in operations. By applying his enhanced data expertise and implementing a structured approach to problem solving, Charliepat was recognized for the value he was bringing to the business with a promotion to BizOps team within a month of completing the Sprint.

Mya joined The Commons after receiving fourteen nominations for our International Women’s Day scholarship, described by friends and colleagues as kind, smart, bold and innovative - an excellent reflection of The Commons community. She was looking to explore new opportunities and explore making a pivot from healthcare consulting. Through The Commons, she honed her technical skills like SQL and analysis, and under the coaching of her mentor Ananya, built confidence to apply for roles in tech. She was keen to find an opportunity at a company that was making a positive impact, and connected with Brody - another mentor at The Commons - who happens to be the VP of Operations at Flashfood. A few short weeks later, she was setting into her role on his team as an Optimization Lead.

Raza joined The Commons after spending over 3 years honing his strategy and operations skills in telecom. He wanted to pivot into tech, and knew he needed to build his skills and network to propel him there. In his LinkedIn post, he shared how The Commons (fka Skillful) helped him understand BizOps roles in tech, hone his technical skills, develop core competencies and best practices, engage with the “most helpful community” and build relationships with individuals across diverse industries. Through the community, he met Jordy, Director of BizOps at ResQ and went on to land a role on her team. He’s now onto his second role that he’s landed through The Commons - this time, BizOps at Webflow.

Mya joined The Commons after receiving fourteen nominations for our International Women’s Day scholarship, described by friends and colleagues as kind, smart, bold and innovative - an excellent reflection of The Commons community. She was looking to explore new opportunities and explore making a pivot from healthcare consulting. Through The Commons, she honed her technical skills like SQL and analysis, and under the coaching of her mentor Ananya, built confidence to apply for roles in tech. She was keen to find an opportunity at a company that was making a positive impact, and connected with Brody - another mentor at The Commons - who happens to be the VP of Operations at Flashfood. A few short weeks later, she was setting into her role on his team as an Optimization Lead.

Raza joined The Commons after spending over 3 years honing his strategy and operations skills in telecom. He wanted to pivot into tech, and knew he needed to build his skills and network to propel him there. In his LinkedIn post, he shared how The Commons (fka Skillful) helped him understand BizOps roles in tech, hone his technical skills, develop core competencies and best practices, engage with the “most helpful community” and build relationships with individuals across diverse industries. Through the community, he met Jordy, Director of BizOps at ResQ and went on to land a role on her team. He’s now onto his second role that he’s landed through The Commons - this time, BizOps at Webflow.

Nicole
Consulting
BizOps @ Deel
Hershel
Banking
Strategy & Ops @ Uber
Janet
Finance
BizOps @ Properly
Caitlin
Investment Banking
Growth + Ops @ Cerebral
Rachel
World Bank
Strategy & Ops @ Google
Oni
Ops @ Investment Firm
Product Ops @ Moves
Claudio
Not-For-Profit
Chief of Staff @ Flexpa
Raza
Telecom
BizOps @ Webflow
Nicole
Banking
PM @ Zensurance
Naomi
Investing
Product Ops @ Uber
Patrick
Private Equity
BizOps @ DoorDash
Alexa
Consulting
Operations @ Super

While working in operations at a Series A startup, Charliepat joined The Commons to level up his generalist skill set. Through the Strategy & Operations Sprint, he honed SQL skills which enabled him to dig deeper into his company’s data. In turn, this enabled him to bridge the gap between product performance and business decisions at his organization, and unlocked higher impact projects for him to contribute towards. Charliepat’s mentor, Ujwal (BizOps at LinkedIn), coached him through how to break down ambiguous problems and identify gaps in operations. By applying his enhanced data expertise and implementing a structured approach to problem solving, Charliepat was recognized for the value he was bringing to the business with a promotion to BizOps team within a month of completing the Sprint.

Abhi
Strategy & Ops @ Clutch
Assistant GM @ Clutch
Alysha
BizOps Associate @ ResQ
BizOps Manager @ ResQ
Chloe
Ops Analyst @ PolicyMe
Product Manager @ PolicyMe
Bernard
Business Analyst @ PolicyMe
Product Analyst @ PolicyMe
Elaine
BizOps Associate @ Commit
BizOps Lead @ Commit
Armish
Ops Specialist @ Sampler
Ops Manager @ Sampler
Holly
Ops Coordinator @ Instawork
Ops Manager @ Instawork
Wafic
BizOps Manager @ Uber
Product Manager @ Uber
Nania
E-Comm Specialist @ Sobeys
Strategic Planning Specialist @ Sobeys

Jenina had been working in tech for a number of years before joining The Commons. She spent time as a Business Project Intern at Google and a Business Manager at GrabPay, a superapp serving Southeast Asia, where she focused on payments. Her reason for joining The Commons? While she was a spreadsheet wizard - having built that muscle throughout her time in banking, telecom and tech - she said “SQL evades me. I have tried learning it online 3X but failed miserably. Hopefully I’ll finally pick it up here.” And, she did just that by way of The Commons’ secret sauce: learning in live workshops (where you can actually ask questions), applying what she learned to a project (so she could retain it!), and being coached by a mentor who lives and breathes SQL in their role in tech.

Jay
levelled up for their role
BizOps @ Syndio
BizOps @ Syndio
John
levelled up for their role
COO @ Draft (fka Contentfly)
COO @ Draft (fka Contentfly)
Haley
levelled up for their role
Product @ Series A Startup
Product @ Series A Startup
Meerah
levelled up for their role
Customer Success @ Loopio
Customer Success @ Loopio
Edmund
levelled up for their role
Sr. Product Ops Manager @ Shopify
Sr. Product Ops Manager @ Shopify
Yumna
levelled up for their role
Founder @ Consulting Business
Founder @ Consulting Business
Sarah
levelled up for their role
Founder-in-Residence @ Entrepreneur First
Founder-in-Residence @ Entrepreneur First
Luca
levelled up for their role
Ops Manager @ Uber
Ops Manager @ Uber
Omar
levelled up for their role
Product Ops @ Careem
Product Ops @ Careem

Wall of Love

Anna T.

The Commons, undoubtedly, changed my life. There is absolutely no other program out there that provides the same level of ROI that The Commons does. The Strategy + Operations Sprint has been instrumental in my career switch from banking into tech and without it, I don't think I would have made the jump.

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Maxime B.

Pivoting into Tech has been something I had in mind for a while. The Commons turned it into something concrete for me within a few weeks by allowing me to join an amazing community rich of caring people always willing to share their experience and help and by building solid programs bridging the gap between my consulting background and the Tech world. Truly the secret recipe to successfully transitioning into Tech!

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Raza K.

Joining The Commons is the best thing I've done for my career. Through the program, I learned about tech (BizOps in particular), levelled up my skills, and made a lot of friends and mentors. Despite coming in from a non-target background, I've interviewed at 15+ tech firms, and have worked in two organizations within 8 months of finishing the program!

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Christina K.

The Commons is so much more than a learning platform – it's a network! Without The Commons, I would not have met my hiring manager which ultimately allowed me to pivot into tech and secure a role that I am super excited about. I would highly recommend The Commons for anyone who is interested in meeting new friends, mentors, or potential future colleagues.

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Wilford L.

Being part of the community at The Commons has been so eye opening. Before joining The Commons I knew very little about roles in tech and how I would pivot without a tech background. The people are always willing to take time out of their busy schedules to share insights and opportunities to help each other accelerate their careers. I know I will have the support from this community as I continue to advance my career.

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Nick B.

Really happy I decided to dive into the Strategy + Operations Sprint with The Commons. Had no idea the kind of impressive community I'd be seeing here. Really cool stuff! All on a whim from a Litquidity IG promo spot. Looking forward to getting settled!

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Armish S.

The Commons community has helped me so much as I ventured into the world of tech. Such a game changer 🙌

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Sam W.

The Commons is where world-class operators intentionally learn and grow together. Starting out complete non-technical, I was able to incubate and supercharge my budding skillsets in data, product, and growth. In fact, I loved the learning experience so much that I did 4 different programs.

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Aditya B.

The job board has given me more movement than an entire year of LinkedIn premium.

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Max N.

The Commons has the richest virtual learning environment that I have ever seen and I feel privileged to be able to contribute to it.

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Taylor F.

Joining The Commons was the best thing I've done for myself in 2022 😌

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Sunny K.

This community is like no other I've seen. Everyone is engaged, they root for each other to succeed, and when you need help there are always multiple people lending a hand in support. The confidence that The Commons has given me and the skills that I've learned will stay with me throughout my career. I'll always be grateful to the people here.

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