7 Hot Technologies to Buy in 2018 (And How to Do So Safely) 

Successful investing in the tech sector is about looking around corners.

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Successful investing in the tech sector is about looking around corners. You don’t win by betting on what has happened, or what is happening, but what will happen.

The PC era of the 1970s quickly succumbed to the local networking era of the 1980s, which was replaced by the Internet boom of the 1990s, the development of clouds in the 2000s and the mobility boom of the present decade.

Investors want to know who will win in each new wave of technology. History shows they should invest in companies that are both focused and large enough to reach the market at scale. Scale gave International Business Machines (IBM (opens in new tab)) an advantage in the PC era, but Microsoft (MSFT (opens in new tab)) added focus to scale, and you could argue it “beat” IBM in the 1990s. Focus gave Google – now Alphabet (GOOGL (opens in new tab)) – a key advantage over rivals, and focus with scale gave Apple (AAPL (opens in new tab)) the bulk of mobile profits during this decade.

The good news is that, in the tech sector, opportunities come faster as time goes by. Where once there was one fundamental technology change on the horizon, or two, now there are several. Each will change the world in important ways, creating new value while eliminating old jobs. The key is to be ready to invest in scaled, focused players as these technologies emerge, getting out of yesterday and embracing tomorrow.

The following seven technologies may be key to the 2020s, to the careers of your children and to any investment legacy you may leave behind.

Dana Blankenhorn
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
Dana Blankenhorn has been a business and technology journalist since 1978. His work has appeared in newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and magazines such as Interactive Age. But he has spent most of his career online, spotting future trends in over a dozen beats from e-commerce to open source, and from renewable energy to blockchain, working for such publishers as TheRegister.com, ZDNet, InvestorPlace, TheStreet.com and Yahoo Finance.