If you weren't able to read yesterday's post (it has Gumbo in the title so you should definitely check it out) GradeSlam is in FounderFuel, and we're so dedicated we've decided to write a blog each day of the program (that even includes weekends)!

Thoughts on Day 6 from the Founder & CEO of GradeSlam, Phil Cutler:

I didn't have my flight booked out of New Orleans so had to figure that out this morning last minute.

Flights had been hovering in the $450 to $500 range (one way and with connections as there is no direct flight between New Orleans and Montreal). It was a bit frustrating since as you can suspect, spending $500 on a flight isn't exactly the best use of our money at this stage.

I checked flights on points and was able to book the same flight for $32 and 12,500 Aeroplan points. If you haven't already signed up for the American Express Gold card, you need to. It gives you 25,000 free points and the card is free for a year (among other benefits, rental car insurance, etc...). That's enough for a round trip flight anywhere in North America. It's the best credit card I've ever had. In any case, I saved $436 which is money that can now be spent on a lot of other things.

I had the opportunity to spend some time speaking with Wayne Sellers, one of our advisors, about some executive stuff. Wayne, if you don't know him, brought Five Guys burgers to eastern Canada.

My three hour layover in Newark gave me time to catch up on some emails from yesterday and prepare for the upcoming week, though unfortunately Newark Airport’s wifi is not the best. That said, the best time to have a layover is Sunday afternoon with the NFL on everywhere.

Finally touched down in Montreal (a few degrees colder than when I left it).

This week is going to be a big one.

General Mood: 7

Fatigue: 5

Daily Progress: 3

Team Size: 6


If you don't already have an AmEx Gold Card, it is seriously the best credit card out there. Take 30 seconds and apply online and get 25k points - if you click this link it will give GradeSlam 10k Aeroplan points (just for you applying) which means so much to our company! Its a small gesture that goes a long way.