Eric J. Kuhn idea for FoundersCard came to him while leading his startup, Varsity Books, down the path towards an IPO. At the time, Kuhn took advantage of hotel and airfare discounts provided to his investment bankers and questioned why hard-working founders couldn’t receive similar perks. He also felt the sense of community among startup creators could use a boost. So, he created the FoundersCard to solve both issues. Any founder can apply to become a member, but there’s no guarantee of acceptance. If you do qualify, for an annual fee of $495 (or less in some cases), members receive a variety of perks. Particularly valuable incentives include discounts on airlines (Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines), hotel groups (The W and the Standard), and plenty more ranging from John Varvatos to AT&T. For heavy travelers, the airline benefits alone make the card a worthy investment. Networking opportunities are also a major bonus for entrepreneurs looking to connect with peers, since the company hosts frequent, members only events, in startup hotbeds such as New York, San Francisco and London. Interested self-starters can apply for membership here.
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