Eric Kuhn founded FoundersCard in 2009, a first of its kind, members-only community for leading entrepreneurs and innovators. Prior to FoundersCard, Eric co-founded Varsity Group Inc., an Internet solution provider to education institutions.
Under Eric’s leadership, Varsity Group has grown to serve over 700 educational institutions nationwide as the official online, on-campus and in-store provider of books and uniforms.
Eric had been profiled in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Prior to co-founding Varsity Group, Eric practiced law in New York City. He received a B.A. with honors from Haverford College in 1993 and a J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School in 1996.
If you're running a tech startup, then the chances are you've heard of FoundersCard. It's essentially the "black card" for entrepreneurs, offering perks, networking opportunities and something even more coveted: an aura of exclusivity.
A FoundersCard membership brings discounts at more than 250 merchants that cater to the tech crowd, like Virgin Atlantic – the airline of choice for many in Silicon Valley – and the Ace Hotels mini-chain, where Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg likes to crash. Even Apple has signed on, giving FoundersCard members access to its "preferred pricing" program, which offers a smattering of discounts and freebies.
Elite Daily had the chance to interview the fan favorite of entrepreneurs everywhere, Eric Kuhn. We asked him about his life, business, and outlook on entrepreneurism today.
Out of all persons in business, it would seem an entrepreneur could benefit the most from having a network – after all, his business is to venture out alone. How receptive and responsive has the entrepreneur community been to having a network catered just for them?
How important has networking been for you in entrepreneurism? Any examples?
What about success stories of FoundersCard? What are some cool collaborative stories you have heard sparked by the interactions made through the company?
What is the biggest failure you have experienced in your career? How did you learn from your failure?
What advice would you give other young people about pursuing a career in the face of failure?
What does success mean to you and your business?
How would you know you have attained it?
What plans do you have for your career that we would have never suspected?
How do you plan on expanding your business, keeping it relevant in the future?
5, 10, 50 years down the line, when you’ve achieved everything you aspire for today, where do you see yourself?