Caroline Dohack
Contributor, The Hustle

A SoftBank-backed delivery company was started for stoners. Now valued at ~$2.8B, it sells everything.

If getting to the drive-thru is still too much work, check out goPuff. In 2013, 2 Drexel dudes (Rafael Ilishayev, Yakir Gola) decided it’d be...
Caroline Dohack • September 11, 2020

Australian charity experiment could be right on the money

No money? No biggie. You can always make more of the damn stuff. As we’ve reported, some US towns have started printing their own currency...
Caroline Dohack • September 9, 2020

Scammers are selling lonely quarantiners imaginary dogs

During quarantine, breeders have seen an unprecedented demand for canine companions. But some sellers aren’t who they seem to be. In the biggest pet peccadillo...
Caroline Dohack • September 7, 2020

A VC company is funding training for home health aides

Hey. Call your grandma lately? You didn’t, did you? Now that you’re feeling guilty, here’s a little grandma-adjacent news: the VC company, Kairos, is paying...
Caroline Dohack • September 4, 2020

Fadeaway: Nike’s latest pivot is bad for brick-and- mortar retail

The $139B sports apparel megabrand recently announced that it’s cutting loose some of its strategic partners. The partners — which include retailers like Dillards, Belk,...
Caroline Dohack • September 1, 2020

This game maker is using reality shows to shake up e-sports

For years, e-sports has been a bro’s world. But the gaming goliath Electronic Arts is hoping to pull in a wider audience by introducing reality...
Caroline Dohack • August 28, 2020

Motels are the new king of the road

Scratchy sheets. A lingering smell of cigarettes. The muffled moans of the couple next door. If you think that’s what motels have to offer… well,...
Caroline Dohack • August 26, 2020

Startups latch onto breast milk — no boobs needed

Can disembodied mammary cells make enough human breast milk to feed 63% of the world’s infants? That’s the cream — er, dream — for...
Caroline Dohack • August 26, 2020

AI is getting good at fighter jets. What does that mean for humans?

Weeks after GPT-3 had writers sh*tting bricks, fighter jet pilots are now on high alert. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) recently held a...
Caroline Dohack • August 25, 2020

Sex toy sales have skyrocketed, so why are startups screwed?

If anything good came out of the past couple months, it’s that we’re having a lot more sex. Plenty of pleasure-focused enterprises are raking...
Caroline Dohack • August 21, 2020

A company behind a series of kids books made $1m+ in 10 days

Jelani Memory needed a creative break from his other startup. So he wrote a book for his children: “A Kids Book About Racism.” The little...
Caroline Dohack • August 20, 2020

Guess who’s judging your drunken shenanigans?

Psst. It’s the tech inside your phone. The accelerometer — the sensor that detects how your phone moves — is already used for tracking fitness...
Caroline Dohack • August 20, 2020

The huge business behind those background bops

Ever find yourself tapping your toes to the latest tunes… at McDonald’s? Startups like Soundtrack Your Brand could be the reason why. The company just...
Caroline Dohack • August 19, 2020

Who knew cardboard would become the hottest heist?

All around the world, cardboard rustlers are ripping off recycling bins.  Turns out a paper-stealing posse can pull a neat profit selling old cardboard in...
Caroline Dohack • August 18, 2020

How speaking a 2nd language can change your mindset — and help your career

It’s time to dust off that old Spanish-language dictionary. You won’t make an ass of yourself when that tapas place finally reopens … and it...
Caroline Dohack • August 17, 2020

Remote workers are outfoxing employer surveillance tech

Take your tattleware and shove it. Companies have spied on their workers’ productivity for years (and it’s gotten worse during the pandemic). But now workers...
Caroline Dohack • August 17, 2020

Do you know where your robocalls are coming from?

Ask your neighbor.  Average Joes and Janes can make big bucks running small telecom carriers out of their homes. These smaller players have driven down...
Caroline Dohack • August 17, 2020

Does it matter that business travel’s on hold?

Definitely. You might not miss long flights and funky hotel bathrooms, but researchers say there’s good reason to stockpile travel-size shampoo: Biz travel boosts international...
Caroline Dohack • August 14, 2020

3 highlights from a showcase of the fastest-growing companies

It’s like yearbook day but better. The Inc. 5000 just landed, spotlighting the fastest-growing private businesses in the US. This year’s party is all about...
Caroline Dohack • August 13, 2020

Wanna make that spare closet earn its keep? This startup can help

You’ve got a spare bedroom, but having strangers sleep over feels… weird. No worries — you can still monetize that square footage.  Neighbor aims to...
Caroline Dohack • August 12, 2020

3D bioprinting could help with COVID research and organ transplants

Photo by: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images When a group of researchers didn’t have the budget to buy a 3D bioprinter — a highly...
Caroline Dohack • August 10, 2020

Can lipstick and underwear predict economic activity?

Pucker up, babe. Armchair economists have long looked to the lipstick index to gauge where the economy’s going. When money’s too tight for other extravagances, the...
Caroline Dohack • August 7, 2020

A video game vigilante is coming for your cheats

Justice has a new name: GamerDoc. His mission? Take out the video-game cheaters. What in the Donkey Kong is going on? Cheat codes for games like...
Caroline Dohack • August 6, 2020

Boomfluencers are taking over social media

Photo via: Rick Beato / YouTube A new crew of influencers is here to give the youth of YouTube a run for its money. Literally. It’s...
Caroline Dohack • August 6, 2020

The latest pandemic-era controversy? Microschools

It’s a matter of pods and pod-nots. Jason Calacanis, a tech investor in the Bay Area, tweeted that he’s hiring a teacher to lead a...
Caroline Dohack • August 5, 2020

Some pande-positivity? Shorter meetings

There’s a lot of COVID negativity out there — but look on the bright side: You’ve memorized your credit card number from ordering so much...
Caroline Dohack • August 5, 2020

This marketplace lets you snap up stock in high-end collectibles

Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images Plenty of people don’t actually know what’s in their portfolios. But on the trading platform Rally Rd., users buy fractional shares...
Caroline Dohack • August 3, 2020

The fate of an $11B+ ecommerce giant could hang on its small-biz partners

Denim-print bike shorts: $9. Mini crossbow: $17. “Brest enlarging” cream: $4. This curious cornucopia is the low-priced foundation of Wish’s $11B+ ecommerce empire: Moving …
Caroline Dohack • July 31, 2020

Are you ready to be a-mazed?

You know that scene in The Shining where Jack Nicholson’s son evades murder by darting through a maze of hedgerows? The pandemic has homeowners hoping...
Caroline Dohack • July 31, 2020

Women are the ones to watch in wealth management

Hey, laaaaadies. By 2030, we’re gonna be in charge of $30T in assets, a $20T increase from 2016. The boys in the banks better...
Caroline Dohack • July 30, 2020

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