Jacob Cohen
Contributing Writer, The Hustle

Digits: Brazilian butt lifts, $10 palm prints, South Park, and more

Plus: Abandoned oil wells, firefighting helicopters, and Hello Kitty.

Jacob Cohen • August 9, 2021

The IRS has seized 185k+ bitcoins. Where the heck do they go?

Since 2013, the feds have seized and auctioned off ~$7B worth of bitcoin.

Jacob Cohen • August 6, 2021

Amazon’s drone project is experiencing turbulence

Amazon’s UK-based drone unit is seeing layoffs and the project is broadly struggling to take off.

Jacob Cohen • August 5, 2021

The ice cream man whose taste buds are insured for $1m

John Harrison was so good at his job -- tasting ice cream -- that Dreyer’s once insured his taste buds for $1m.

Jacob Cohen • August 4, 2021

Lego’s latest project: Greener bricks

Making Legos from bottles is the latest part of the company’s $400m sustainability play.

Jacob Cohen • August 3, 2021

Digits: RV records, mouse brains, and $406m card games

Plus: Olympian tax breaks, remote work is happening from the couch, and Amazon’s record employment.

Jacob Cohen • August 2, 2021

Ashes to… vinyl records? Death startups get creative as cremations rise

Startups help families turn ashes into new ways to honor their lost ones (vinyl records, plants, stones, diamonds).

Jacob Cohen • July 29, 2021

Could Wikipedia’s crowdsourcing be the solution to pandemic misinformation?

Could a crowdsourced health site solve public distrust in the CDC?

Jacob Cohen • July 29, 2021

A ~$15k Doritos chip? It’s hardly the first collectible snack.

A puffy Doritos chip is the latest in a long line of rare snack discoveries selling for big bucks.

Jacob Cohen • July 28, 2021

Digits: $23m security details, a food coloring boom, and $60 jumbo crabs

Plus: plant-based beat sales are up and Pokémon Go is going hard.

Jacob Cohen • July 26, 2021

The big ad dollars behind this year’s fanless Olympics

Brands are spending $1m a pop on Olympics ad spots.

Jacob Cohen • July 23, 2021

A spyware breach has Apple feeling the heat

People are sounding the alarm on NSO Group, whose tech was used to infect phones belonging to journalists and activists.

Jacob Cohen • July 21, 2021

With grilling season underway, Weber files to go public

Weber is going public after throwing the business equivalent of a lit Fourth of July backyard BBQ.

Jacob Cohen • July 15, 2021

Just how big can Ryan’s World get?

Ryan Kaji is adding a footwear deal with Skechers to his media empire. He’s 9.

Jacob Cohen • July 14, 2021

Digits: Icelandic workers, an art critic’s epic smackdown, and Toyota’s tiny win

Plus: Video games are raking it in, and ‘Black Widow’ is selling tickets.

Jacob Cohen • July 13, 2021

Suck it, lemonade stands. Mighty is here to make kids ecommerce CEOs.

Mighty is what you get when you crossbreed lemonade stands with Shopify.

Jacob Cohen • July 12, 2021

Richard Branson is space traveling and his businesses are making a COVID comeback

Across airlines, hotels, and cruises, Virgin companies are getting back to work.

Jacob Cohen • July 9, 2021

The future is bright for Egyptian startups

Egyptian startups raised $190m in venture capital last year. In June alone, they nearly eclipsed that record.

Jacob Cohen • July 8, 2021

By some miracle, TikTok is getting kids to read books

Teens on “BookTok” are landing young adult novels on New York Times bestseller lists, years after their initial release.

Jacob Cohen • July 7, 2021

Digits: A $50B glitch, a CEO’s inbox, and a floating hospital

Plus: iPhone celebrated its 14th birthday and flights are taking off.

Jacob Cohen • July 7, 2021

California’s drought puts a damper on absolutely nuts almond demand

Demand for almonds is higher than ever, but so is the risk in growing them.

Jacob Cohen • July 7, 2021

Digits: Hockey inflation, a condom surge, and $11m wolves

Plus: Airbnb released 100+ upgrades, and AI lawmakers are a hit.

Jacob Cohen • June 1, 2021

Forget currencies, Coinbase is switching up employee compensation

Coinbase is banning salary negotiation and speeding up equity payouts.

Jacob Cohen • May 28, 2021

How Vimeo went from CollegeHumor side project to a multibillion-dollar company

Vimeo’s customers include Amazon, Spotify, and Intuit. It was once bought by accident.

Jacob Cohen • May 27, 2021

The United States of Venture Capital

Venture capital is exploding in the US, and not in the places you might think.

Jacob Cohen • May 26, 2021

America’s massive ransomware problem, explained

In 2020, ransomware victims coughed up $350m. A group of experts has a plan to stop the madness.

Jacob Cohen • May 25, 2021

Digits: Electric pickups, a $260m ‘floating’ park, and a DVD SPAC

Plus: Hand sanitizer sales are down and work is killing people

Jacob Cohen • May 24, 2021

Squarespace just went public. It all started in a dorm in 2003

Squarespace started in 2003 in a University of Maryland dorm. Here’s a timeline of its path to success.

Jacob Cohen • May 21, 2021

Google is writing up a new playbook for Google Docs

Google is innovating across the board, and that includes Google Docs.

Jacob Cohen • May 20, 2021

Digits: Pets, Disney+ subscribers, housing permits, and more

Clubhouse saw an 89% download slump in April and Bird is looking to go public at a $2.3B valuation.

Jacob Cohen • May 17, 2021

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