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November 13, 2007 7:54 PM

Google stock at $901 and other predictions

Posted by Brier Dudley

Some highlights from the WSA's 2008 predictions dinner, with outlook provided by a panel including venture capitalists Enrique Godreau III, Matt McIlwain and Kelly Smith; analyst Steve Lidberg, and Jonathan Sposato, a serial entrepreneur and veteran of Microsoft and Google.

What sort of company would they start if they had $1 million?

Godreau: Develop self-charging batteries that recharge using mechanical motion, similar to the way pedometers work and tidal energy is being harvested.

Lidberg: A Chinese-to-English translation company, or a company involved in digital mapping.

McIlwain: A "personal shopper" that aggregates and communicates things he intends to buy.

Smith: An operating system for email that lets users drag and drop applications such as widgets and autopublish applications into an email platform.

Sposato: "," a consumer focused site to help people evaluate their carbon footprint and purchase offsets, and "," a site providing advice for young men how to be polite and conduct business.

Where would they not invest now?

Godreau: Said he's concerned about less attention being paid to sales and revenues and more to "eyeballs and eardrums."

McIlwain: " I think cleantech is completely overhyped."

Smith: Said there are plenty of options now for people to consume high-def video, and he wouldn't invest in a maker of Facebook applications any more.

Sposato: "Any company that's creating a social networking application on Facebook." Also overhyped are tools for pulling together messaging and social networking accounts.

Lidberg: Mobile gaming. While casual gaming is seeing interesting new models, the "mobile arena seems way overhyped and overcrowded."

Where will Google's stock be at the end of 2008?

Lidberg: "We have an 850 target price on it right now."

Godreau: $874 - said they'll hit four figures after a blowout quarter, but will have a quarterly miss due to the macroeconomic environment. "As you start to see a crack in the armor you end up at $874."

Sposado: "Low sevens by the end of 2008."

Smith: "I'm going to say $901 and the reason is because I think it's extremely rare in a person's lifetime when you see a company with the characteristics of Google."

McIlwain: Said Microsoft and the aQuantive team shouldn't be "so heavily discounted" so he expects Google to be at $725.

The next big Microsoft acquisition?

McIlwain: Virtualization - perhaps Citrix - and on the wireless side perhaps RIM. Also vertical search companies.

Smith: Eyeball acquisitions, perhaps a photo sharing or video sharing site or a social networking platform like Beebo.

Goudreau: Virtualization infrastructure.

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