Arc is a
catalyst for
outlier founders.
Learn Company Design, Sequoia’s way to start, build and scale enduring companies. Meet fellow founders, experienced operators and an exceptional community who will help elevate your game. Establish company foundations that will compound in value over time and bend the arc of your company’s trajectory. See what it takes to build a company for the next decade, not just the quarter.

Now accepting pre-seed and seed-stage applications for our Arc America Spring ‘23 cohort through February 5th, 11:59PM PT. Companies headquartered in the Americas are welcome to apply.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

7 weeks of foundational curriculum designed to catalyze your business.
WEEK
1
WEEK
March 6-9
In Person

Outliers

What makes an outlier?
Immerse yourself in the mindsets of those who dare to build legendary companies. Uncover your own motivations and the scale of your ambition.

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Arc - Week 2 - Customer
WEEK
2
March 14-15

Customer

Who are you building for?
See how customer obsession is the underlying foundation of all great companies. Learn how to deepen your understanding of your own customer.

2
Arc - Week 3 - Product
WEEK
3
March 21-22

Product

How do you build great products?
Learn how to set a product mission that transforms your customers’ lives and establish the right metrics, strategy and tactics to build winning products with speed.

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Arc - Week 4 - Sales and Marketing
WEEK
4
March 27-29
In Person

Sales & Marketing

How are you different, not merely better?
Learn how to position your product to break through the noise and the fundamentals of brand, sales and marketing.

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Arc - Week 5 - Culture
WEEK
5
April 4-5

Culture

How do you work?
Understand how culture is set and how to leverage it to create an operating advantage.

5
WEEK
6
April 11-12

BUSINESS

How do you create enduring value?
Learn financial and market fundamentals and how valuations get determined from start to scale.

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WEEK
7
April 17-19
In Person

BEND THE ARC

How will you be a magnet?
Learn how to inspire others to your vision. Share your final presentations with a community of partners, founders, customers and talent ready to help.

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ALUMNI

What fellow Arc founders have to say
Doug Schuessler
co-founder and CEO of Safara
Former CRO at Resy → Acquired by AmEx. Previously led GTM at Square. Now upending travel with Safara.

“Arc was a step-function change in our company’s trajectory. The emphasis on ‘different, not merely better’ helped us improve how we think about every aspect of the product and customer experience.”

Madeleine Debney
co-founder and COO of Otto
INSEAD MBA. Ex-Fidelity and BCG.
Now transforming financial health with Otto.

“Becoming part of the Arc family is a pivotal moment for any founder. It’s not just access to the collective wisdom of the Sequoia team, but it’s kinship, support and one of a kind friendships from an exceptional peer group as well.”

Youssef Ahres
co-founder and CEO of Vitrine
Ex-Director of Data Science at Instagram.
Now empowering creators everywhere with Vitrine.

“As founders, it’s easy to get pulled in the day to day and try to just get the next thing done. Arc taught me that, sometimes, we need to take a step back to leap forward. We should not mistake progress for motion.”

Bryan Pratte
co-founder and CEO of Hallway
Repeat founder empowering the next generation of creators through bleeding edge avatar technology.

“The magic of Arc is the chance to connect with current and past founders. During the program, I had the chance to meet a childhood hero, Nolan Bushnell. Spending dinner talking with him about culture, learning, creativity, and Atari’s ups and downs was one of the highlights of my life. That’s what makes Arc special, you learn the theory, and then you get to go deep with the people who have lived it and are living it now with you.”

FAQS

  • 01/
    Who should apply to Arc?
    This company building program is for pre-seed and seed-stage founders actively working on an idea, product and company. For some, this means coming to us with an idea and no lines of code like Patrick and John of Stripe. For others, it is a MVP site with 1000 listings like Brian, Nate and Joe of Airbnb. Arc alumni come from a variety of backgrounds: some are first or second-time founders, while others have helped scale top tech companies. For a glimpse into previous cohorts, click here and here.
  • 02/
    What is Company Design?
    Company Design is the Sequoia way to start, build and scale enduring companies. It is an ongoing process rooted in evergreen foundations, an outlier mindset and a powerful community advantage discerned from fifty years of working with legendary companies from idea to IPO and beyond. The value of establishing these principles early compounds over time and can meaningfully bend the arc of a company’s trajectory. We teach these principles to Sequoia founders and, now, in Arc.
  • 03/
    What are the dates of this program?
    Arc America Spring ’23 will run from March 6th - April 19th, 2023.
  • 04/
    Is Arc in person?
    The first and last week of the program, along with a mid-program field trip, will be in person. The remaining weeks will be held remotely via Zoom.
  • 05/
    Is travel required?
    Yes. Expect to spend two weeks in the Bay Area and a few days, mid-program, in another American city.
  • 06/
    What is the weekly schedule?
    Expect to commit 8 hours a week to this program.
  • 07/
    How many companies are in the program?
    Each Arc cohort will consist of ~15 companies. All co-founders of a company are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • 08/
    What are the terms?
    To accommodate companies even earlier in their journeys, Arc investments will range from $500,000 - $1M.

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