Weekly Wrap-Up: Sept 29 - Oct 03

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Announcing our newest WamdaCard partner: Amazon Web services

WamdaCard Amazon PartnershipKeeping operation cost down at your startup is a survival tactic for most entrepreneurs. This week, we were thrilled to announce partnering with Amazon Web Services for WamdaCard, whereby startups get $500 worth of credit to use on their cloud-based services. Until October 12, we've cut the price of the membership to $100 instead of $149. Apply now

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