In this Thought Leaders video series, we take a look at where today's game changers find inspiration.

Asheesh Advani is used to shaking things up. A decade ago, he pioneered the peer-to-peer lending industry with Circle Lending, which he eventually sold to Richard Branson's Virgin Group. Now, he's taking on the mutual-fund industry with Covestor, a site that lets average people invest by copying more experienced investors' trades. In this video, we head to the Strand Hotel's rooftop in midtown Manhattan, where Advani routinely holds meetings while overlooking the Empire State Building. He says the location inspires him, and the direction of his company.