By Marco Wutzer, senior analyst, Disruptive Profits
Let’s take a trip down memory lane…
It’s August 24, 1995.
The mood at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington is euphoric.
Take a look:
This video of Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and a bunch of nerds dancing awkwardly to the Rolling Stones has become a classic internet meme.
This was the apex of Microsoft.
The gala launch event for Windows 95 put operating systems on the map. It turned Microsoft into a household name. And as you’ll see in a moment, it made early investors a fortune.
Now, we’re on the cusp of another step in the evolution of technology. It’s your chance to get into the next Microsoft – before it really takes off…
Bill Gates’ speech was broadcast live to 43 events in cities across the globe – a major feat in 1995.
More than 70,000 people watched via satellite.
A giant Windows 95 logo was projected onto the Empire State Building in New York City.
And the first day Windows 95 was available, people lined up for blocks outside of stores to buy it. This was more than a decade before Apple achieved the same thing with the iPhone launch.
Thousands of people lined up to get their hands on Windows 95 when it launched. Source: Mashable
Today, 1.9 billion people use Microsoft products in 192 countries. And that gala in 1995 is what kicked it all off.
In fact, Windows’ operating system is primarily what made Bill Gates the richest man on the planet for a time. It made many early Microsoft employees multi-millionaires…
And it made early investors a fortune.
See for yourself in the chart below. If you had put $1,000 into Microsoft in January 1995, you would be sitting on about $23,500 today.
And now, like I said earlier, we’re on the cusp of another step in the evolution of technology…
If you’re like most people, you probably want an honest internet free of censorship, payment restrictions, and viruses.
Unfortunately, that’s not the way things are across the traditional internet. Today, we’re still using the 1970s internet architecture – and it is flawed.
One of the biggest problems with the internet is centralized data.
Big corporations own your data and store it in big server farms. Hackers constantly attack these farms and often steal data and exploit it.
You probably remember the Equifax data breach.
Equifax is a major credit reporting company in the U.S. And in 2017, its network was hacked.
The hack exposed 145.5 million customers’ personal information. This included Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, and more.
And that was just one case. In 2018, there were more than 1,200 data breaches in the U.S. Over 446.5 million records were exposed.
But the problems with the traditional web don’t end there. Users themselves have to defend against viruses, malware, and phishing attacks.
And piracy of digital content is rampant on the internet – be it movies, books, or music.
Then there’s the accessibility problem…
Large online platforms (like YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter) manipulate access to information and censor their users.
In fact, internet service providers and governments in many countries filter web traffic and even block access to entire parts of the internet. The “Great Firewall” of China is just one example that comes to mind.
But this goes far beyond your ability to browse the web… or to prevent people from spying on your emails.
With the growth of self-driving cars and the Internet of Things, this flawed security architecture of the internet can even become life-threatening.
Earlier this year, for instance, hackers sent a Tesla careening into oncoming traffic. They did this by messing with the car’s autopilot feature.
And a professor at UC Berkeley recently used stickers on the road to trick a self-driving car into thinking a stop sign was a speed limit sign.
Simply put, the internet the way it is today is unfit for applications where your life depends on the security of the network – like self-driving cars.
This is no longer just a matter of technology. So much of our lives are now spent online in one form or another. These issues affect society as a whole.
In short, the traditional internet is still vulnerable to attacks, censorship, and piracy.
Fortunately, there are now projects working to solve the vulnerabilities of the flawed traditional internet. And at Disruptive Profits, I scour the globe to find the best projects for my readers.
Investing in the right small-cap tech companies working on the new internet today – while they’re still flying under the radar – could be your ticket to life-changing gains over the coming years.
It’s like investing in Microsoft in the early 1990s… before its 2,250% run higher.
To disruptive profits,
Senior Analyst, Disruptive Profits
P.S. Like I said above, centralization is a huge problem… But there’s a much, much bigger problem…
A cyberweapon is wreaking havoc all over the U.S.
It’s been used to crash drones… shut down ATMs… and sabotage airports. Even the financial markets and the electrical grid are vulnerable to attack. Worst of all, hackers can easily order this cyberweapon online for as little as $7.32.
The good news is a tiny $10 million company is rolling out a solution. It could soon replace an outdated $2.9 trillion technology – and hand early investors a fortune. I just put the details together in a new video presentation. Watch it right here.