Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, nanotech investing specialist Harris & Harris (Nasdaq: TINY) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Harris & Harris' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Harris & Harris facts

Headquarters (Founded) New York (1981)
Market Cap $135.81 million
Industry Diversified investments
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $395.86 thousand

Chairman/CEO Douglas Jamison (since 2009)

COO Dr. Daniel Wolfe (since 2009)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) (4.6%)
Cash/Debt $2.55 million / $0

MVC Capital (NYSE: MVC)

Ares Capital (Nasdaq: ARCC)

Gladstone Investment (Nasdaq: GAIN)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95.5% of the 934 members who have rated Harris & Harris believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars Geofiz and imajerbear, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Just last month, Geofiz touched on the company's giant potential: "This is purely a bet that, over time, [Harris & Harris] will have invested in 1 or 2 'big ones'."

With more than 30 companies in its portfolio, Harris & Harris continues to be one of the easier ways to tap the exciting potential of nanotechnology. While Harris & Harris shares sit almost exactly where they did one year ago -- versus other private equity firms like MVC, Ares, and Gladstone, which are all up nicely over the same period -- many Fools remain attracted to the powerful tailwinds working in its favor. Not all of Harris & Harris' picks will become a smashing nanotech success, but imajerbear believes its winners should more than make up for it:

Nano tech is very quietly taking over the world with everything from nanotubes to nano-robotics to God only knows what being developed in some lab in some start-up company that Harris and Harris probably has a piece of. Swinging for the fences does cause strike outs but it also makes for a lot of home runs. Hold long term.

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