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Nov. 18, 2022 12:00 PM PST

When we launched the Information Weekend one year ago, we couldn’t have predicted the dramatic twists and turns of the last 52 weeks—and especially not the last week. We promised, as Jon wrote in his first newsletter, to “bring you inside the lives and minds of the new arbiters of culture and technology.” And we think we’ve held up our end of the bargain.

Since last November, we’ve greeted you every Friday and Saturday with stories about tech’s power players, hottest trends, must-buy items and must-consume culture. We visited Sam Altman’s OpenAI headquarters (in the pre–Dall-E era), dropped in on the Alexis Ohanian–Serena Williams farmstead, attended both crypto ragers and crypto funerals and downloaded risqué dating apps and trending (for now) Gen Z social media platforms. We followed Mark Zuckerberg’s jiujitsu practice and Anthony Scaramucci’s trip to the Bahamas—we even detoxed with a expat techie community in Tulum, Mexico, that’s definitely not a cult.

It’s been our job to inform and entertain, to tee up important conversations and, yes, sometimes to poke a little fun (all in good faith, we promise!). So, to celebrate our birthday, we present The Weekend in review—who we met, where we traveled and what we obsessed about in our first year of existence. We’ve loved being part of your weekend—here’s to the next 52!

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