founder of summit
While at the University of Wisconsin, Bisnow began selling ads for Bisnow Media, the Washington, D.C.-based digital media company started by Bisnow’s father that published email newsletters about the D.C. real estate community. Bisnow dropped out of school and came on board full-time 2006. By 2009, the company had more than 100,000 subscribers and an annual revenue of $2 million.
In 2008, Bisnow started Summit Series, which Forbes calls the “Hipper Davos” and Wired describes as “TED Meets Burning Man”.
imagine ted meets burning man 24/7 – where 7 billion people can join in .. no?
For their first event, Bisnow and company cold-called a number of young entrepreneurs and invited them to a ski trip in Park City, Utah, which Bisnow paid for with credit cards. Nineteen accepted Bisnow’s invitation, including Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes; Ricky Van Veen and Josh Abramson, founders of CollegeHumor.com; and iContact founder Ryan Allis.
The Park City retreat was followed by an invite-only event in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in fall 2008. In March 2009, Bisnow was asked by the Obama Administration to organize a meeting to discuss entrepreneurship and the economy with senior staff officials and Summit Series participants, including Tony Hsiehof Zappos, Evan Williams of Twitter, and Aaron Patzer of Mint.com.
In July of the same year, a similar event was held in New York City at the home of business magnate Russell Simmons to problem-solve with Bill Clinton and to raise funds for the Clinton Foundation.
At DC10, Summit Series’s May 2010 conference in Washington, D.C., Summit Series opened its events to the public, charging around $2,500 per person for room and board. The conference drew 750 guests and invited speakers, including Bill Clinton, Ted Turner, and Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America. About 1,000 people attended Bisnow’s next conference, 2011’s Summit at Sea, held in the Bahamas. January 2012’s Summit conference, Summit Basecamp, inSquaw Valley, California, included talks led by Twitter’s Evan Williams and the sitting president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili.
Bisnow also oversees the Summit Action Fund, which invests in start-up companies. The companies the fund has invested in include Warby Parker and Uber.
Because of his work with Summit Series, Bisnow was recognized by Inc. magazine as one of “America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” in its 2009 30 Under 30 issue. Bisnow ranked number 19 on the list.
Bisnow is a venture partner at Learn Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in education technologies.
fitting to have stumbled on summit right after hatch..
very kool beans.
what if 7 billion people are next..
imagine hatch – 24/7 – on steroids.
meaning.. imagine if today.. everyone got a go at a hatch experience.
and then again tomorrow.
and then again.
so summit is taking hatch/summit-ness to the next level.
Elliott as mayor-ish of summit.