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Inside the buzziest conference of the year

Insider’s senior correspondent, Ben Bergman, is in Los Angeles — where he attended Code 2022 this week. From rubbing shoulders with tech CEOs to playing poker with angel investors, Ben is here with an inside look at one of the biggest conferences in tech.

1. After 20 years, Kara Swisher hosted her last Code Conference. When tech journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg hosted Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the first All Things Digital Conference (since rebranded as Code) in 2003, the iPhone was still four years away from being released, Insider’s Ben Bergman writes.

This week, amidst a blistering heatwave and a frigid market for tech companies, Swisher hosted her final Code. For her grand finale, Swisher brought together Apple CEO Tim Cook, former design officer Johnny Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs to discuss Jobs’ rich legacy.

I was lucky enough to receive a press credential and not have to buy a ticket to Code, which range from $7,000 to $9,500. What do you get for that steep price?

  • Access: The chance to rub shoulders with top CEOs like Disney’s Bob Iger and Amazon’s Andy Jassy — or at least take a picture of them and impress your friends.
  • Endless networking events — with taco stations, boba bars, and flank steak; opportunities to gently pitch your startup; or if you’re an investor, pitch your fund to limited partners.
  • Exclusive afterparties, where attendees could play poker against angel investor Jason Calacanis or discuss the ills of big tech with NYU professor Scott Galloway.

No one knows what Code will be like next year without Swisher’s enviable rolodex. Some in the audience said it would be good to have new blood, but others were left wondering: Will Code still be able to draw the big names?

Inside the buzziest conference of the year
Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates with Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 at Buckingham Palace, after Bill was awarded an honorary knighthood.Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images

2. Tech leaders react to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Jeff Bezos, Nick Clegg, Bill Gates, and other big names in tech were among the business leaders to respond to the news. Here’s what each of them said.

3. Meet the most important VCs in Boston. Insider asked venture capitalists from across the country about must-know Boston investors, and they nominated top dealmakers from firms like General Catalyst, Bessemer, and Accomplice. See which 41 VCs made the list.

4. Facebook engineers said no one at the company knows where your data is kept. While being questioned in court, two senior engineers said they didn’t know where they could find all of a user’s data, and that they thought no one at the company would know. Read more from their testimonies.

5. An OnlyFans star explains how she grew her earnings to about $1.5 million per month. Kaitlyn Siragusa, known to millions as Amouranth, is a top creator on OnlyFans, and said that consistency is key — but that creators should be careful about platform diversification. See her other advice.

6. Amazon isn’t planning to force employees back to the office. CEO Andy Jassy said there are no plans to require that the company’s corporate employees return to the office. Here’s what else he said.

7. China is losing its battle for the future of technology. With China and the US locked in a cold war over semiconductor chips, Chinese President Xi Jinping has poured billions of dollars into developing the tiny chips, writes columnist Linette Lopez. But his plan is failing — and China’s economy is paying the price.

8. Steve Jobs’ daughter mocked Apple’s iPhone 14 with a meme. In a meme posted to her Instagram story, 24-year-old Eve Jobs joked that the new iPhone is the same as the previous model. See the meme she posted.

Inside the buzziest conference of the year
The Jeep Wagoneer S electric SUV.Jeep

9. Two electric Jeep models are coming to the US. The Wagoneer S, a high-end SUV, and an off-roader called the Recon, will both go into production in 2024 as Jeep begins to pivot away from gas-powered cars. Check out the new electric Jeep models.

10. In other EV news: Chevrolet just introduced the Equinox EV. At $30,000, the small, electric SUV boasts 250 miles of range and is slated to hit dealerships until sometime in 2024. Get a look at the electric Equinox.

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