If I could only own stock in one company for the next 30 years, it would be Google.
They have some unbelievably valuable assets and business lines that benefit from so much of how people are using the Internet. The foothold they have would be extremely hard for any competitor to begin to penetrate.
They also continue to innovate into new areas Self-driving cars, Google Glass (which I’m extremely bullish on!), Google Ventures/Startup lab, etc. Their distribution channels and control over search, gives them a strong competitive advantage in so many new verticals.
Contrary to most, I’m actually bullish on Google+ in comparison to Facebook because of how they’re surfacing content from Google+ in search. Anyone using social networking for marketing purposes now needs to be on Google+. Facebook is at the top of the world right now and Google+ has not been adopted widely at all. I believe that’s mostly “baked in” to the price of the respective stocks. So there’s much a much better risk/reward in betting that the trends will reverse.
Conclusion: Google is a strong and defensible business and I believe their well-poised for sustainable long-term growth.