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This month marks the 30th anniversary of one of the more important tech platforms ever invented.
It's become so vital to the world that standard buzz words like "cutting-edge, "next-gen" or "game changer" just don't do it justice.
I believe calling it revolutionary comes closest.
After all, we're talking about technology that literally has impacted almost every facet of our daily lives. This is where billions of us go to get news and information, do our shopping, watch movies, play games, and even find love.
Of course, I'm talking about the World Wide Web, now just called the web for short.
Here's the thing. The web has been so pivotal for modern society that it boasts one of the fastest adoption rates in human history.
We're talking 1.8 billion websites and nearly that many people as online users.
And today, I'm going to reveal a great hidden play on the unstoppable force that the web represents.
It's an internet stock with huge upside ahead…
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The Big Picture
Let me be clear on one thing. The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, has recently been critical of the system he is credited with creating in late March of 1989.
Don't get me wrong. I agree with Berners-Lee that the web has problems. We have lots of cyber thieves out there, and hate speech can be quickly spread.
But that critique misses the big picture. The internet spread faster around the world than the adoption of electricity in the 1900s precisely because it does so much good for so many people.
Consider that half the world's population of 7 billion people today is already online. That figure includes folks connected by desktop, laptop and mobile device access.
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The full economic impact likely measures well into the trillions. Here's a data point to prove that: just the e-commerce portions of web usage will be worth $735.4 billion by 2023, according to data compiled by Statista.
And that's creating unprecedented investing opportunities.
Everyone Needs a Website
Now, when most investors think of internet stocks today, it's usually the FANGs – Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq:FB), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) and Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOGL).
Yes, those firms have combined market caps of nearly $2.3 trillion. But that barely scratches the surface of what's happening with web technology today.
Fact is, nearly every business or organization in the advanced world now has or is going to launch a website. We're talking nearly every company, government agency, political group, college and university, not to mention millions of self-employed professionals.
There's just one problem here. Designing and launching a website sophisticated enough to meet today's exacting standards is not for the faint of heart.
I speak from deep experience. In the early 2000s, my wife and I launched a website designed to combat online music piracy.
We had two important takeaways:
- It was a very effective political tool that garnered quite a bit of press for our cause.
- Stopnapster.com was ugly and rudimentary – but still consumed countless hours of our time.
Magnify that by 1,000 fold, and you get a sense of the complexity of modern web design.
There can be thousands of lines of code that can cause problems. Plus, you have the potential for dozens of broken links that will drive clients away so frustrated they never come back.
And let's not forget the simple fact that most folks just don't have the time or the artistic ability to make their websites not just functional, but pleasing to the eye as well.
About the Author
Michael A. Robinson is one of the top financial analysts working today. His book "Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings" was a prescient look at the anatomy of the nation's S&L crisis, long before the word "bailout" became part of our daily lexicon. He's a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter, lauded by the Columbia Journalism Review for his aggressive style. His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, too. Today he is the editor of the monthly tech investing newsletter Nova-X Report as well as Radical Technology Profits, where he covers truly radical technologies – ones that have the power to sweep across the globe and change the very fabric of our lives – and profit opportunities they give rise to. He also explores "what's next" in the tech investing world at Strategic Tech Investor.