Jacob Cohen
Contributing Writer, The Hustle

How America’s pickups are changing

The Ford F-150 has been America’s bestselling car for 41 years. Last year, an F-Series Truck was sold every 49 seconds, and pickups accounted for...
Jacob Cohen • 22 hours ago

What the past year of tech lobbying looked like

Not today, but another time, maybe we’ll do a story on the Balloon Council, which spent $80k lobbying in 2019. For now, let’s talk tech....
Jacob Cohen • 2 days ago

Would ChatGPT get a Wharton MBA?

That’s the question posed by professor Christian Terwiesch from the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business. Terwiesch’s recent curiosity led him …
Jacob Cohen • 3 days ago

Is India Apple’s next frontier?

Yesterday, India’s commerce minister Piyush Goyal noted that Apple could make 25% of all iPhones in his country by 2025, up from 5%-7% today. It’s...
Jacob Cohen • January 24, 2023

Digits: Accountants, the egg-conomy, and more wild new numbers

1) The plant-based meat industry is struggling to vegetate. Sales volume at supermarkets was down 14% last year, and orders dropped 9% at fast-food...
Jacob Cohen • January 23, 2023

China’s economy slowed down in 2022

Last year, the Chinese economy expanded at its slowest annual rate of growth since 1976. The country’s National Bureau of Statistics reported a drop from...
Jacob Cohen • January 19, 2023

Did TikTok help scale the tinned fish industry?

For quite some time, the canned tuna market has been in need of a tuneup. USDA data shows that between 1989 and 2018, per capita...
Jacob Cohen • January 19, 2023

A tense situation at the happiest place on earth

Nelson Peltz wants to “restore the magic” at Disney. Last week, the renowned 80-year-old activist investor revealed plans to launch a proxy fight for a...
Jacob Cohen • January 18, 2023

Digits: Fireball, the IRS, T-Swift, and more news numbers

1) Payment companies pay lots of money for “signature sounds” that play when a purchase is made at a payment terminal. Interestingly, though, the...
Jacob Cohen • January 17, 2023

What to know about Tesla slashing prices

Last week, Tesla slashed prices on its lineup by up to 20%. The changes mean some models now qualify for an additional $7.5k federal...
Jacob Cohen • January 17, 2023

Scammers are coming for laid-off tech workers

Nothing beats getting laid off during an economic downturn, finally being offered a job interview, then learning that the interview is actually an elaborate...
Jacob Cohen • January 13, 2023

The Way of Water gets a boost from China

Recommendation: If you haven’t yet seen Avatar: The Way of Water — IMAX, fifth row is the right way to do it. 4D seems...
Jacob Cohen • January 12, 2023

Virgin Orbit’s rocket to nowhere

There are thousands of satellites orbiting above Earth. But it’s not always easy getting them up there. During a Monday night mission in Great Britain,...
Jacob Cohen • January 11, 2023

Why IBM gave up its patent crown on purpose

For 29 years, IBM had filed more utility patents annually than any other company. That is, until Samsung took the crown in 2022 with 8,513...
Jacob Cohen • January 10, 2023

Digits: EV sales, a new patent king, and more news numbers

1) In 2021, American “retail shrink” — losses incurred through things like product theft and damages — grew to $94.5B, up from $90.8B in...
Jacob Cohen • January 9, 2023

New business data on the state of kids’ TV

Long gone are the days of Disney Channel saying something along the lines of “new episode at 8/7 central” like we understood what that...
Jacob Cohen • January 9, 2023

Board games are passing go and collecting $200, many times over

Really hoping everyone reading this understands that reference. It’s an exciting time for board games. Over 3k new ones debut annually, per online forum BoardGameGeek,...
Jacob Cohen • January 6, 2023

CES starts today. Here’s what to expect

It’s been a tough couple of years for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). After peaking at 180k+ attendees pre-pandemic, CES was forced online in 2021,...
Jacob Cohen • January 5, 2023

Digits: TikTok ban-ter, virtual people businesses, and more news numbers

1) FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told the Indian daily Economic Times that a TikTok ban is a “natural next step in our efforts to...
Jacob Cohen • January 3, 2023

What’s happening with wage growth?

Back in April, Mark and Zack wrote about how “the perceived need for a higher salary and for higher prices to withstand future inflation...
Jacob Cohen • January 3, 2023

Your predictions for 2023

We asked you all to share predictions for next year, and we’re sharing some of the most interesting responses below. (Note: There were a...
Jacob Cohen • December 30, 2022

Google rolls out new rules for CBD advertising

Some may consider this dope news. Google plans to start serving ads for some CBD products in January. A Google spokesman told The Wall Street...
Jacob Cohen • December 29, 2022

The $1.4B prison phone call industry gets an overhaul

Last week, Congress passed the Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act of 2022. The act, which now just needs President Biden’s signature, will allow...
Jacob Cohen • December 28, 2022

Has the Meta-Google ad ‘duopoly’ been disrupted?

For the first time since 2014, Meta and Google are on track to represent less than half of US digital advertising spend, grabbing 48.4%...
Jacob Cohen • December 23, 2022

Maple syrup had its sweetest year ever in 2022

This has been a good year for Canadian maple syrup. The best ever, actually. In 2022, Canada yielded the most syrup on record, dating all...
Jacob Cohen • December 22, 2022

Wikipedia’s donation request drama

“Please don’t scroll past this one-minute read.” If you go to Wikipedia this month, you may be served a mildly urgent-sounding appeal for money that...
Jacob Cohen • December 20, 2022

Digits: Submarines, songs, and other news numbers

1) Ray Dalio, James Cameron, and the head of a submarine company walk into a bar… Sounds like the set up for a joke...
Jacob Cohen • December 19, 2022

The $220B World Cup is over. Was it worth it?

Congratulations to Argentina, who clinched their first World Cup in penalty kicks to end a thrilling final yesterday. Qatar’s bill for the event has been...
Jacob Cohen • December 19, 2022

Tesla’s not-as-epic-as-expected end to the year

In October, Elon Musk told investors that Tesla was gearing up for “an epic end of year.” Yet, on Tuesday, the company’s market cap fell...
Jacob Cohen • December 16, 2022

Esports aren’t immune from a downturn

Long reliant on a booming ad market, free-flowing venture capital, and a crypto bull run — esports are experiencing a slowdown, per Bloomberg. In recent...
Jacob Cohen • December 15, 2022

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