Elliott Bisnow is a co-founder of Summit Group, whose family of organizations includes Powder Mountain, Summit Series, Summit Junto, and Summit Impact. Elliott is a startup investor, having made almost 50 early-stage investments, including Uber, Coinbase, Warby Parker & Allbirds. At 20 years old, Bisnow started Bisnow Media with his dad Mark, out of his college dorm room. Over the next decade, they grew the business into the largest commercial real estate media company in the world and it was acquired in 2016 by Wicks Group. As the co-owner of America’s largest ski resort, Powder Mountain, Bisnow lives in Eden, Utah.  Bisnow sits on the board of Lindblad Expeditions.

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  • In 2008, with no event production experience and two college degrees between the four of them, Bisnow, Rosenthal, Leve, and Schwartz became business partners and embarked on a mission to build a global events company that could change the world. With passion, creativity, and tenacity, they began cold calling as many inspiring company founders as they could and tried to convince them to attend their first event in Park City, Utah. In the beginning, only 19 people said yes.
  • Since then, Summit has become a global community and produced more than 250 events all over the world, hosting luminaries including Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jessica Alba, Shonda Rhimes, Brené Brown, and Al Gore.
  • Key Learnings from Elliott:
    • Give yourself permission to blurt out crazy ideas.
    • Own up to mistakes, even if they’re painful.
    • Put yourself—and all your flaws!—out there.
    • Make time for what you do best and delegate the rest.
    • Only focus on what you learn from failure and move on.
  • Praise:
    • “Making big dreams come true starts with learning the principles of those who did it before you. If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, Make No Small Plans shows how the Summit team did it.” – Ray Dalio 
    • “Summit provides a unique opportunity for thought leaders from all sectors to come together and exchange ideas to innovate and solve pressing global challenges.” —Al Gore
    •  “The whole Summit enterprise is the definition of audacity, and I mean that in the best possible way.” —David Brooks
  • The experience of most of today’s greatest achievers, including the young founders of SummitElliott Bisnow, Jeff Rosenthal, Brett Leve, and Jeremy Schwartz, authors of Make No Small Plans: Lessons on Thinking Big, Chasing Dreams, and Building Community
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