NEW YORK (
) -- With one of the world's best track records when it comes to the ability to remake itself time and time again,
(IBM - Get Report)
celebrates its centennial
on Thursday, joining a list of
iconic American stocks
Tiffany & Co.
, which have all out-gunned countless competitors and economic cycles to reach 100 years of age.
IBM: Tech's Golden Oldie
Though this type of lasting power inevitably has, at times,
colored IBM as stodgy, slow-growing and unexciting
-- especially in a sector where many investors crave a continuous stream of new consumer gadgets -- Big Blue has repeatedly reconquered tech with its own
world-changing brand of innovation.
So who in tech is in for the next 100 years?
Obvious answers from our sources include
-- whose ability to innovate in consumer electronics is viewed as virtually untouchable -- and
(GOOG - Get Report)
, thanks to its significant investment in efficient data centers and sustainability (not, as you might think, its core search business).
But what about the next generation of young tech companies -- those that have recently gone public or are speculated to do so in the near-term? It wasn't so easy. Most of the
hot Internet companies popular with investors
earned a thumbs down from our sources.
No one we spoke to expected notable social networkers
to last more than 10 years, although
received slightly higher praise.
"It's an interesting gimmick," said Pund-IT principal analyst Charles King. "I'd give them two decades tops."
Read on for the three young tech firms likely to be around 100 years from now.