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OCV Public Handbook/⛸️Office Hours

Office Hours

Office hours are weekly meetings you will have with OCV partners. The goal of these meetings is to help you with your most pressing concerns and blockers. Meetings are typically 25 minutes and time-constrained to help you focus on the most important topics. You will have one 25-minute meeting per week rotating between Individual Office Hours and Group Office Hours.

Individual Office Hours

Individual office hours are meetings you have with OCV partners. This is your meeting and you are responsible for making sure they are productive. Prepare your agenda ahead of time and take notes during the meeting. OCV’s Group Partner will work with the founders to schedule individual office hours. You can request additional ad hoc office hours as needed.

Meeting format

There is no set agenda for Individual Office Hours. You can prepare your agenda in any way that works for you. Include the current meeting date and a few bulleted topics to cover at a minimum.

Post-seed stage companies

Companies that have successfully fundraised graduate out of the bi-weekly Individual Office Hours cycle but are still welcome to book office hours ad-hoc, as needed.

Group Office Hours

Group Office Hours are meetings you have with OCV partners and other OCV company founders. The objective of Group Office Hours is to learn how to set appropriate goals at your current stage and to develop good hygiene around communicating goals and measuring results. The meeting will include 3-4 companies at a time to encourage peer learning. Group pairings are loosely based on the company’s stage of development and/or industry focus. Additional topics can be discussed during Individual Office Hours.
Group Office Hours are automatically scheduled by OCV. Company CTO and CEOs are invited to join; please refrain from adding additional team members to the group bi-weekly call.
Read Company Goal Setting and Growth and review OCV’s Quarterly Milestones & North Stars ahead of your first office hours meetings to best prepare for setting your first goals.

Meeting format

Each meeting will follow the same meeting format. Companies will be asked:
  1. Share the 2 sentence description of your company
  1. What did you accomplish last week (in terms of your previous two-week goals)
  1. What did you learn, or what were your biggest blockers
  1. What are your goals for the next two weeks
Goal setting and progress are captured in the Group Office Hours Goals spreadsheet.
See the Meeting & Communication page for guidelines on meeting etiquette and scheduling.

Two-sentence company description

Write down the two-sentence company description that you will recite at every Group Office Hour. Building the habit of being able to effectively and succinctly describe your company will benefit you for the entirety of your tenure as a founder. Even CEOs of well-known public companies typically lead with some version of a two-sentence description when introducing their themselves.
The goal of the two-sentence company description is to make if very clear what your company does and to establish credibility. Your description should give people just enough to be interested in learning more. The audience for the two-sentence description is investors and the general public, not potential users or customers. Mention the open-source project you’re building around if it’s well known and an important part of your growth story and/or you are the creator or the company is the lead maintainer.

Post-seed stage companies

Companies that have successfully fundraised graduate out of the bi-weekly Group Office Hours cycle. Post-Seed stage companies will join Group Office Hours with OCV partners monthly with other Post-Seed stage companies. Founders are responsible for preparing agenda items for monthly Group Office Hours.