Big themes for 2023 in technology, China, retail and the economy

Hello, I’m Matt Turner, Business Editor at Insider. Welcome to Insider Weekly, a roundup of some of our best stories. I hope you had the chance to see the New Year in style.


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But first : Now that we’re in 2023, I want to share some of the things that fascinate me personally and that I think will be big themes in the year ahead.

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3 main themes for 2023

Tensions in China: The fate of the global economy may hinge on what happens to a company in Taiwan that most Americans have never heard of. Without drastic changes, TikTok could disappear from the United States. The new “Made in America” trend will make clothing and electronics more expensive. These are all huge scenarios for 2023, driven by growing tensions between China and the United States.

Abundance Calendar: While many one-time purchases have gotten cheaper over time (think a new car, TV or computer), recurring costs such as tuition, health care, housing costs, childcare children, energy and food have increased in the United States.

The Abundance Agenda posits that the United States (and much of the Western world) has the ability to change course if it facilitates investment in these long-term goals: to train more doctors, build more homes and develop renewable energies. I’m fascinated to see if this argument picks up steam in 2023.

Technical discipline: The fluffy perks of tech work disappear. Big tech companies are tightening their performance reviews. Tech founders applaud Elon Musk’s brutal crackdown on Twitter and may seek to follow suit.

Silicon Valley’s new financial discipline will continue into 2023, which will likely lead to more death moonshots, failed startups, and more consolidation and private deals.

I would love to hear from you. What do you see as the major themes that will shape 2023? You can reach me at [email protected].

Now, for this week’s stories…


Inside the “exam repositories”

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

Tyler Le/Initiate



Companies from Salesforce to Amazon Web Services use technical certifications to prove that workers are proficient with certain software tools. But with a quick Google search, technicians can access “exam dumps” or exam responses.

We spoke with a tech worker who used “review videos” early in his career to pass tech certifications. They said that while they probably wouldn’t have succeeded without cheating, they now view the practice as harmful.

Here is what the technician told us.

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Negotiator 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 RedBird's conference room decorated with football helmets.

Crystal Cox / Insider



In 2009, Lloyd Blankfein, then CEO of Goldman Sachs, asked negotiator Gerry Cardinale to turn down the possibility of acquiring a majority stake in Liverpool football club. So Cardinale started thinking about leaving the bank to hang her own shingle.

In 2014, he launched RedBird Capital. He is now a go-to marketer in sports and entertainment with $7.5 billion in assets. He bought soccer club AC Milan in August and graced the stage at The New York Times DealBook conference alongside business partner Ben Affleck.

Here’s how it got there.

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How to navigate the stock market this year

new york stock exchange traders

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid



Most investors are betting that the United States will enter a recession at some point in 2023. To help weather the recession, Insider has created a guide to what top analysts and companies are expecting in 2023, with stories that answer the key investor questions.

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

Check out our full guide.

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The coolest electric cars will hit the streets next year

The Hyundai Ioniq 6

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

From the incredibly large GMC Hummer EV SUV (which costs $106,000) to the futuristic Polestar 3, there’s no shortage of sleek new electric vehicles in the new year.

Discover all the electric vehicles from which you will have the choice.

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This week’s quote:

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

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

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