SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- ThinkEquity Partners, a leading research-centric institutional investment firm, held its second annual Growth Conference last week in San Francisco. The conference was a huge success, growing considerably from last year's inaugural event with more than 1000 of the best and the brightest institutional investors from all reaches of the investment landscape turning out for the three-day event. The conference featured presentations from more than 100 senior executives of the most innovative growth companies in the world, offering attendees valuable insights into trends and market opportunities in the knowledge economy's key growth verticals. ThinkEquity also released Think Growth! at the conference, a comprehensive 100-plus page report analyzing the growth economy (see announcement: "ThinkEquity Identifies Top Growth Industries; Predicts $6 Trillion 'Growth Economy' by 2006," also announced today). New York Times #1 best-selling author Harvey Mackay presented a keynote address and debuted his new book We Got Fired...And It Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us. Other leading personalities of the investment and business world gave instructive and entertaining keynote presentations, including chairman and co-founder of Opsware Marc Andreessen, Tucker Carlson and Margaret Carlson of CNN's Crossfire, and Bob Grady of The Carlyle Group. The conference was highlighted by panel discussions on the most important sectors and issues in today's growth market. A standing room only crowd gathered to hear Donald Straszheim, president and CEO of Straszheim Global Advisors, engage in a lively discussion with CEOs from UTStarcom, Linktone, and The Hina Group on the economic upsurge of the Chinese market. Additionally, top executives from Nanophase Technologies, Harris & Harris Group, and The Foresight Institute gathered to analyze the state of the nanotechnology revolution and identify the key opportunities for growth in this emerging sector. ThinkEquity's senior media analyst, John Tinker, moderated a third panel addressing digital media and the prospects for technological convergence in the future, which was enthusiastically received by attendees. "We could not be more pleased with the success of this year's conference," said Michael Moe, chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners. "The surge in attendance and activity is a clear sign that investors are aggressively seeking investment opportunities in the stars of tomorrow and underscores ThinkEquity's position as the leading growth-focused investment firm. We look forward to building on our success and continuing to put on the most exciting growth focused investment conference for many years to come." Plans are already underway for ThinkEquity's third annual Growth Conference to be held in San Francisco during the week of September 12, 2005. ThinkEquity is also gearing up for its "Think Tomorrow, Today Conference," featuring top private companies in the growth sector, October 21-22 in Half Moon Bay, California. For more information on these events and ThinkEquity Partners, please visit www.thinkequity.com. About ThinkEquity Partners ThinkEquity Partners is a research-centric institutional investment firm focused on the growth sectors of the knowledge economy. ThinkEquity Partners is dedicated to providing focused insight, advisory services, and capital to institutional investors and corporate constituents in the knowledge economy's key growth verticals, including technology, healthcare, business services and knowledge enterprises. For more information about ThinkEquity Partners, please visit www.thinkequity.com. Member NASD and SIPC.
SOURCE ThinkEquity Partners