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Thomas "Thom" Weisel (Thomas Weisel Partners LLC), HBS 1966, helped launch a niche investment bank based in San Francisco designed to serve emerging-growth companies on the West Coast. In the 1970s, the idea of an investment bank thriving outside of Wall Street was, as he puts it, "almost blasphemous." Montgomery Securities became an integral part of the Silicon Valley story, however, and emerged as a top-tier investment bank. Montgomery merged with NationsBank in 1997. Thom and several of his original team left soon after to launch Thomas Weisel Partners, which today thrives as a merchant bank for emerging companies. Thom is also actively involved in competitive skiing and cycling, and has a wing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for his modern art collection. He described his entrepreneurial experiences from his San Francisco office in March 2001.