Big topics for 2023 in Technology, China, Retail, Economy

Hi, I’m Matt Turner, the editor-in-chief of Insider. Welcome back to Insider Weekly, a roundup of some of our top stories. I hope you had a chance to see in the new year in style.


On the agenda today:

But first: Now that it’s 2023, I want to share some of the things that fascinate me personally and that I think will be big topics for the coming year.

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3 big themes for 2023

Tensions in China: The fate of the world economy may depend on what happens to a company in Taiwan that most Americans have never heard of. Without radical changes, TikTok could disappear from the US. The renewed “Made in America” ​​trend is set to make things like clothes and electronics more expensive. These are all huge stories for 2023 driven by rising tensions between China and the US.

Abundance Agenda: While many one-time purchases have become less expensive over time (think a new car, television, or computer), recurring costs such as college tuition, health care, housing costs, child care, energy, and food have increased in the US.

The abundance agenda argues that the US (and much of the Western world) has the potential to change course if it facilitates investment in these long-term goals: train more doctors, build more homes, and develop renewable energy. I am fascinated to see if this argument gains momentum in 2023.

Technical Discipline: The comfortable perks of tech work are disappearing. Big tech companies are making performance reviews tougher. Tech founders are applauding Elon Musk’s brutal crackdown on Twitter and may want to follow suit.

Silicon Valley’s new financial discipline will continue into 2023, likely leading to more moons being killed, startups collapsing, and more take-home mergers and deals.

I would like to hear from you. What do you think are the big themes that will shape 2023? You can contact me at [email protected].

Now for this week’s stories…


Inside “exam dumps”

A figure standing in front of a large computer window with a test surrounded by a handful of smaller computer windows with letters on them

Tyler Le/Insider



Companies from Salesforce to Amazon Web Services use technical certifications to demonstrate that employees are proficient with certain software tools. But with a quick Google search, tech workers can access “exams” or exam answer keys.

We spoke with one tech worker who used “exam dumps” early in his career to pass technical certifications. They said that while they probably wouldn’t have gotten by without the scam, they now see the practice as harmful.

Here’s what the technician told us.

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Dealmaker for the Yankees and Ben Affleck

A photo of Gerry Cardinale, wearing a blue button-down shirt, navy sweater and gray pants, leaning against a table in the RedBird boardroom decorated with football helmets.

Crystal Cox/Insider



In 2009, then Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein made dealmaker Gerry Cardinale turn down an opportunity to buy a majority stake in Liverpool FC. So Cardinale started thinking about leaving the bank to hang his own shingle.

In 2014 RedBird Capital was launched. He is now one of the sports and entertainment buffs with a net worth of $7.5 billion. He bought the AC Milan soccer team in August and graced the stage at The New York Times DealBook conference with his business partner Ben Affleck.

Here’s how it got to this point.

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How to navigate the stock market this year

New York Stock Exchange

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid



Most investors are betting that the US will enter a recession sometime in 2023. To beat the recession, Insider has created a guide to what top analysts and companies expect for 2023, with stories that answer investors’ biggest questions.

From how to improve your investment strategy this year to where to invest and which stocks to buy, we’ve got everything you need to know for the coming year.

Check out our comprehensive guide.

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The coolest electric cars are hitting the roads next year

The Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai



Tons of new electric models have exploded onto the scene in recent years – and with several automakers planning to launch new electric cars next year, 2023 will be no different.

From the outrageously large GMC Hummer EV SUV (which costs $106,000) to the futuristic Polestar 3, there will be no shortage of stylish new electric vehicles in the new year.

See all the EVs you’ll have to choose from.

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This week’s quote:

“I do limb lengthening reconstruction, not this bullshit cosmetic limb lengthening.”

  • Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch, a surgeon who performs 350 to 400 limb lengthening and deformity corrections a year. Read his story here.

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