Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bryan Zaslow Sails Away: Summit At Sea

Where in the world is Bryan Zaslow? On the coolest cruise we've ever heard of. . . heading to an undisclosed island (he won't tell us where, and we're not sure even he knows yet) with 999 other people including Sir Richard BransonRussell Simmons, and a host of names that have our heads in a tailspin. We would love to be on a cruise with these guests, too. If Ayn Rand were alive she might agree that Atlas indeed has shrugged, and Galt's Gulch is not just a literary fantasy.

Check it out style.

A recent article in Forbes Magazine by Steve Bertoni summed up Summit At Sea best:
Founder Elliott Bisnow says simply, 
"The only currency isn't money."
This April, Summit Series will pack 1,000 people on a cruise ship and sail from Florida to an undisclosed island for a 3 day weekend. This is no Carnival Cruise. The (invitation only) group will be made up of some of the brightest names in business, politics, technology, philanthropy and culture. In just 3 years, Summit Series has attracted the likes of President Bill Clinton, billionaires Mark Cuban (HD Net; Dallas Mavericks) and Ted Turner (CNN, TBS Time Warner) plus a  new generation of influencers like Facebook’s Sean Parker, author Tim Ferriss,  models Christy Turlington and Bar RefaeliTOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie and Wine Library’s Gary Vaynerchuck. Co-Founders Elliott Bisnow , Brett Leve, Jeffery Rosenthal and Jeremy Schwartz (all in their 20’s) gather an eclectic mix of people and put them in unique situations. Summit Series attendees participate in concerts (by the Roots), yoga and sky diving along with the standard panels and speeches. Summit Series gets results for its attendees. Shakil Khan of online music site Spotify, met Sean Parker (Napster and Facebook) at a past event and snagged an investment from Parker’s venture group, the Founders Fund. Summit Series has also matched charities with big money, helping the non-profits collect more than $2 million in donations. A ticket to Summit Series ranges from $2,500 to $5,000–cheap compared to the $40,000 price tag of Davos, or the $25,000 cost of attending the Clinton Global Initiative. To make up for the low cost of admission, Summit Series also collects sponsorship cash from companies looking to reach this influential group of people. Mercedes pays to have their cars ferry attendees to events. Last yearMicrosoft pitched in money to have XBoxes set up in hotel lobbies. Blackberry has gotten in the action too. Do you know of a more influential networking event for a  new generation of geniuses? If so, let me know.

Bon voyage, Bryan Zaslow.

p.s. Elliott, sorry Nikki and Anisha couldn't make it.  Next time style.

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