SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- ThinkEquity Partners, a leading research-centric institutional investment firm, held its first ever ThinkTomorrow -- Today Private Company Summit last week in Half Moon Bay, California. The inaugural event was an overwhelming success, drawing more than 300 of today's hottest private companies to gain insights and advice from industry experts and top influencers into the existing opportunities for growth and success as public companies. The conference presented a forum for those in attendance to converse with an array of private equity and venture investors. Top executives from Intuit, Versant Ventures, and AlwaysOn were joined by many other business and technology luminaries in informative and instructive presentations that delved into the best practices and effective leadership techniques in today's public market. Noted venture capitalist and critically acclaimed author Guy Kawasaki punctuated the event with a keynote discussion based on his most recent Wall Street Journal best-selling book, The Art of the Start. The event was highlighted by panel discussions on the most important sectors and issues in today's growth market. Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson gave an insightful presentation on nanotechnology, and was later joined by ThinkEquity analysts and senior executives from Nanosys, Nano-Tex and the Harris and Harris Group to debate the future trends in this up-and-coming sector. Additionally, Donald Straszheim of Straszheim Global Advisors led a lively discussion on China's recent economic growth and was joined by leaders from Doll Capital Management, Orchid Asia Holdings and Paring Private Equity Asia in assessing where key opportunities lie for continued market success. Other issues debated at the event included the future path of enterprise software, healthcare, and the communications industry. "The focus of our firm is to identify the companies and trends that are shaping each new wave of the growth economy," said ThinkEquity Partners' CEO and Chairman Michael Moe. "The success and excitement around our first Private Company Summit is a clear indication that a new wave of growth companies are emerging and we're well positioned to serve their needs as they transition to the public market." Plans are already underway for next year's Second Annual Private Company and Venture Capital Conference: ThinkTomorrow -- Today, October 17-19, 2005 in Half Moon Bay. ThinkEquity is also gearing up for it's Third Annual Growth Conference, featuring presentations from senior executives of the most innovative growth companies in the world, to be held the week of September 12, 2005 in San Francisco, California. For more information on these events and ThinkEquity Partners, please visit www.thinkequity.com or contact Katie Soffey at 415-249-2927. 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.
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