Apple or Google? Where Would You Invest $1,000?

Last Updated May 28, 2010 2:08 PM EDT

In what I thought was a rather momentous indicator of changing technology trends, Apple this week passed Microsoft as the most valuable tech company in the eyes of investors. Apple's market cap is now north of $231 billion while MSFT is at $225 billion.

Microsoft has greater revenue and profit than Apple, but investors are making the bet that the boys and girls at 1 Infinite Loop will make their dollar grow more over time than the Redmondians.

As the New York Times observed, "Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your desk but rather fits in your hand."

But who cares about Microsoft. We all know the real battle for tech supremacy over the next 10 years is Apple vs. Google. And by the way, the GOOG's market cap is $151 billion.

So lets open up our own Wisdom of the Crowds Stock Exchange and allow you to place an imaginary bet. The question: If you had to invest $1,000 today and cash out in 10 years, which company, Apple or Google, would provide the most return on your investment? Take our poll below to make your bet.

Let's have an alternate discussion and not confine ourselves to the titans mentioned above. Pick any company that you think will be the hottest over the next decade, and give us your best case.

  • Sean Silverthorne

    Sean Silverthorne is the editor of HBS Working Knowledge, which provides a first look at the research and ideas of Harvard Business School faculty. Working Knowledge, which won a Webby award in 2007, currently records 4 million unique visitors a year. He has been with HBS since 2001.

    Silverthorne has 28 years experience in print and online journalism. Before arriving at HBS, he was a senior editor at CNET and executive editor of ZDNET News. While at At Ziff-Davis, Silverthorne also worked on the daily technology TV show The Site, and was a senior editor at PC Week Inside, which chronicled the business of the technology industry. He has held several reporting and editing roles on a variety of newspapers, and was Investor Business Daily's first journalist based in Silicon Valley.