For others, a membership program that brings executive-style perks, like discounts on hotels, airfare, LegalZoom, TripIt, StubHub, not to mention parties, has some serious appeal. So in 2009, Eric Kuhn created FoundersCard for the latter group as a way to give entrepreneurs the same kind of elite programs and networking opportunities traditionally reserved for execs of Fortune 500 companies.
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Over the last three years, founders have bought in and FoundersCard continues to grow. We’ve learned from a few reliable sources that members today include craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Digg founder Kevin Rose, Lowercase Capital founder and Twitter investor Chris Sacca, TechStars co-founder David Tisch, TaskRabbit’s Leah Busque, co-founder of Obvious and former Twitter Product VP Jason Goldman, LivingSocial co-founder Aaron Batalion, Simple’s Alex Payne, Box co-founder Dylan Smith, Jon Steinberg of Buzzfeed, Ben Lerer of Thrillist and author and investor Tim Ferriss — to name a few. Why? We’ve learned that one of the bigger draws for the FoundersCard community is its AT&T deal, which allows members to receive 10 percent off standard rates on all voice plans (and on data plans of $30 or more in value). The company is also officially profitable today, thanks to the fact that it doesn’t pay for these deals, just negotiates them, and parties are sponsored by member companies, allowing them to run a relatively lean operation. Full Story via Tech Crunch