Last Spring after I got back from the Summit at Sea I got an invite to sign up for a Founders Card membership. Since I was doing a lot of traveling at the time, I thought it might come in handy, especially since a few of the perks seemed right up my alley.
Founders Card is an entrepreneur-centered membership that’s primarily used for:
I’ve used the card many times over the past year & a half, enough to renew the $295/year membership (update: it’s now $395 when you have an invite code, and $595 standard). Here’s how I’ve used it:
Overall I estimate I’ve saved a few thousand dollars even since I’ve gotten the card.
I haven’t taken advantage of these but I might in the future:
Since I traveled so much last year the card definitely paid for itself and then some.
The other benefit of the card is the ability to connect with Startup founders, CEO’s, and entrepreneurs at Founders Card events in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Boston, and San Francisco.
Last year I flew to the Las Vegas to the one that was held at the Mandarin Oriental and liked the vibe/crowd (though I imagine it’s similar to what you’d find as standard fare in Silicon Valley). I showed up a bit late, but got a chance to meet a few interesting people (like Antonio Eram).
If you travel a lot and like to stay at nice places, then definitely. If you want to connect with CEO’s of startups at events, yes.
If you don’t travel a lot or won’t actively use it, then it might not be worth it.
If you do want to check it out, I have 11 invites left as of this writing.
2014 update: If you want to sign up (you actually need to apply) but you can use my VIP Promo Code FCSPX14 for a lifetime guaranteed annual rate of $495 (30% off the standard rate of $795).