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Got My FoundersCard Today

2012 UPDATE: Lots of new benefits, including 10% off American Airlines, 5% off VirginAmerica, 10%-13% off Virgin Atlantic, and lots of others like Seamless, Apple, tons of upscale hotels, etc.

Just got my FoundersCard today.  FoundersCard is a new program that gives entrepreneurs some love via discounts from top tier brands. (If you're an entrepreneur and you want to apply, you can use my charter member discount code  to cut the $495/yr membership fee down (currently a guaranteed rate for life of $295, although that may change). Click here, then hit the "apply now" button and use my discount promo code "FCDANI404" in the referral section to get the rate. This is a discount the CEO of FoundersCard set up for readers of my blog, so thanks Eric.)

Having come from the corporate world 10 years ago, where everyone is telling you what a star you are, I can definitely say that being an entrepreneur can be lonely.  Not lonely in a bad way at all, but in a "you have to pat yourself on the back" way because until you get some traction, there won't be anyone else around you that's as passionate about what you're doing as you are.  So it's nice to have a group like this one that's "got your back" as an entrepreneur.

2012 UPDATE: Lots of new benefits, including 10% off American Airlines, 5% off VirginAmerica, 10%-13% off Virgin Atlantic, and lots of others like Seamless, Apple, tons of upscale hotels, etc. Just got my FoundersCard today.  FoundersCard is a new program that gives entrepreneurs some love via discounts from top tier brands. (If you're an entrepreneur and you want to apply, you can use my charter member discount code  to cut the $495/yr membership fee down (currently a guaranteed rate for life of $295, although that may change). Click here, then hit the "apply now" button and use my discount promo code "FCDANI404" in the referral section to get the rate. This is a discount the CEO of FoundersCard set up for readers of my blog, so thanks Eric.) Having come from the corporate world 10 years ago, where everyone is telling you what a star you are, I can definitely say that being an entrepreneur can be lonely.  Not lonely in a bad way at all, but in a "you have to pat yourself on the back" way because until you get some traction, there won't be anyone else around you that's as passionate about what you're doing as you are.  So it's nice to have a group like this one that's "got your back" as an entrepreneur. hi   //

First Round Capital's 'Review' is Now a Must-Read Publication for Entrepreneurs

Some VCs write great blogs. A few that come to mind are Fred Wilson, Chris Dixon and especially, Ben Horowitz. But I'm usually not impressed with the quality of blogging that VCs do as a firm, which is too bad since VCs expend lots of energy courting top entrepreneurs.

First Round has cracked this code with their "Review" series of articles -- well, publication, really --, and has become the best VC-produced content for entrepreneurs I've found. Their content is exactly what both novice and seasoned entrepreneurs often need guidance on, including topics like:

What's interesting is that this isn't even their blog, which is located here and is much more of a traditional not-as-interesting VC blog. First Round has created a separate publication called the First Round Review, with longer form, way better produced content. Think of it as a "VC as a Publisher" model. And it really works. Very impressive, and it's something other companies -- including startups -- can consider doing for their target audiences if they're willing to make the investment required to produce high quality, targeted content.

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