ThinkEquity Summit Draws More Than 300 of the Hottest Private Companies With Presentations From Top Influencers in the Most Important Emerging Sectors

Oct 28, 2004, 01:00 ET from ThinkEquity Partners

    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
     "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 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 Member NASD and SIPC.

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