20 years have passed since the dot com crash. In the five years leading up to the new millennium, feverous markets thirsty for internet stocks drove the Nasdaq Composite stock index up 400% in just five years, growth that proved unsustainable after Y2K.

Casualties of the bubble, one of the largest in history, are basically endless. Sock puppet peddlers Pets.com, Webvan.com, and Disney’s Go are commonly cited dot com flops, but many top companies from back then eventually evolved into our current industry giants.

Let’s say it’s 31 December, 1999, and investing is your New Year’s resolution. You start with $10,000 split between the top 10 tech companies, weighted by market cap.

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Your portfolio would consist of some familiar names: Windows-maker Microsoft (26%); networking chief Cisco (15.4%); wireless prince Qualcomm (14.2%); insiders Intel (9.7%); fraud-laden Worldcom (9.7%); database wizards Oracle (6.4%); PC patrons Dell (5.6%); Java creator Sun Microsystems (5%); search engine Yahoo (4.4%); and the now unrecognisable JDS Uniphase (3.2%).

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