The new Four Horsemen of Tech

Reader's Choice -- Tell us which companies YOU think are the best tech investments for the long haul


Round 1 Round 2 Round 2 Round 1
Apple 83%         Google 93%
Samsung 17% Apple 81%         Google 87% Verizon 7%
VMware 27% Cisco 19%  
Final Four
Amazon
Google
Apple
IBM
  Oracle 13% Oracle 77%
Cisco 73%         Qualcomm 23%
Microsoft 85%         Salesforce 79%
ARM 15% Microsoft 33%     Salesforce 8% Nuance 21%
IBM 89% IBM 67%         Amazon 92% Amazon 94%
Dell 11%             eBay 6%


The contest

More than a decade ago, it was said that a stock bet on Intel, Microsoft, Dell, and Cisco would get you sustained growth each year. They were called "the four horsemen of tech." Now we're asking, "Who are tech's new four horsemen?"

We talked to 30 investment analysts and consultants to get nominations, but we want to know what the readers think.

How to play

We start with 16 contenders, seeded and matched-up by industry analysts and the editors of CNNMoney. Go through each head-to-head matchup and pick which company you think will have a longer, more significant impact on the technology market. Two rounds of voting will take place from December 27-30. At the end of each round, we'll close voting, determine the winners, and launch a new round until the final four are chosen. We'll reveal the four winners on Tuesday, January 3.

How to share

Once you've cast your vote, tweet your picks with the hashtag #4horsemen. Check back regularly to see who is winning and get your friends and co-workers to vote. We'll also be tweeting results from @CNNMoneyTech and doing regular updates on our Tumblr blog.


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