The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Andrew Tonner, technology editor and analyst, and Austin Smith, consumer-goods editor and analyst, discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, they discuss how 2011 saw a surge in the IPO market, with much of the action coming from tech-related companies. Andrew weighs in on the year as a whole and talks about which stocks he thinks stand the greatest chance of thriving over the long term.