"The amount of people per capita that have that entrepreneurial drive is higher here than anywhere else," Summit Series co-founder Brett Leve told The Jerusalem Post last week.
, Jeff Rosenthal, Jeremy Schwartz, Justin Cohen, Thayer Walker and Josh Zabar call themselves "The Pirate Ship," since they are nomads, spending about a month in rented apartments in each country they visit.
"I prefer [to be called] the 'peace keeping envoy,'" Leve
said they decide whom to invite based on a series of simple questions: "Are you moving the needle in your field?
Would we care for you as a friend?
Are you a good person?
"We talk about big ideas and foster innovation across industry segments," Leve
And thanks to the Internet, Summit Series
can function from pretty much any location in the world, including a Tel Aviv apartment one block from the beach and an ocean-front house in Nicaragua at a surfing hot spot.
They claim that by creating a fun, relaxed environment where the planet's smartest innovators can mingle or go skydiving together doesn't just make business connections.
"People make lifelong friends," Leve
The group is trying to facilitate young, rich CEOs' move "beyond the Ferraris," Leve
said, to philanthropy and permanent social change.
"It's not enough just to be competitive these days.
You need to look at all your activities and make them a net positive," he