Jacob Cohen
Contributing Writer, The Hustle

David Dobrik’s $200m photo app Dispo, explained

David Dobrik’s new photo app is shaking things up in Silicon Valley.

Jacob Cohen • February 26, 2021

Shippo raises $45m to be Amazon for small businesses

Shippo is trying to equip SMBs with the same logistical shipping prowess of Amazon Prime.

Jacob Cohen • February 25, 2021

Better late than never: America is speeding up its broadband strategy

America has a long history of limited internet access for steep prices. 2021 may be the year of real progress.

Jacob Cohen • February 24, 2021

Everyone thought Toast was toast. Now it’s planning an IPO.

When COVID hit the restaurant industry, Toast was in trouble. But things have turned around and now it’s prepping an IPO.

Jacob Cohen • February 23, 2021

This entrepreneur built a $1m SAT-tutoring business from his bed

Young entrepreneur Adam Shlomi scaled a $1m online tutoring company during college.

Jacob Cohen • February 22, 2021

What NASA landing on Mars means for business on Earth

NASA’s Perseverance rover just landed on Mars. Since the 1960s, missions like this have spurred disruptive innovation on Earth.

Jacob Cohen • February 19, 2021

Eavor looks to (literally) heat up the renewable race with $40m investment

Chevron and BP are diversifying their portfolios by investing in geothermal startup Eavor.

Jacob Cohen • February 18, 2021

Nextdoor is the pandemic’s latest information battleground

Vaccine discussions are taking over the hyperlocal social platform.

Jacob Cohen • February 17, 2021

For the next big ecommerce trend, look down and east

Livestreamed ecommerce is taking China by storm. Here’s how.

Jacob Cohen • February 16, 2021

Apple has a plan to disrupt the $10T auto industry… that no one knows much about

Apple has a car in the works and plans to enter a global auto market, but few know what that actually means.

Jacob Cohen • February 12, 2021

Facial recognition has come a long way. Its problems have a long way to go.

Over the last 80 years, facial recognition tech has gone from pen and paper to large-scale automation. But at what cost?

Jacob Cohen • February 11, 2021

Celebrities are taking shots at the liquor market

Actors, athletes, and celebrity chefs are eyeing massive payouts in the lucrative liquor space.

Jacob Cohen • February 10, 2021

WFH has caused a massive chip shortage. And it’s costing car companies billions.

The world needs more semiconductors. That’s a problem for the automotive industry, which may hold back 1m vehicles due to the shortage.

Jacob Cohen • February 9, 2021

Chipotle’s growth plan: Fill your face with burritos via online orders

Chipotle had a big year, with an assist from its cleverly-named drive-thrus (Chipotlanes)

Jacob Cohen • February 7, 2021

To go to space in 2021, just launch an ecommerce site

SpaceX is looking for people to go on its next mission, and pretty much anyone is eligible.

Jacob Cohen • February 5, 2021

Databricks raises $1B (at a $28B valuation!) to build ‘data lakehouses’

Founded by Berkeley academics, Databricks just raised $1B at a $28B valuation to build data lakehouses.

Jacob Cohen • February 3, 2021

How Imprint Engine built a $7m+ business disrupting print and promotional products

In 2012, frustrated marketers set out to build a platform to make coordinating promotional products easier. It’s on track for $7m+ in revenue in 2021.

Jacob Cohen • February 2, 2021

Apple’s privacy features are triggering Zuck

Facebook calls Apple one of its “biggest competitors” and hits back at its privacy features, which are somewhat confusing.

Jacob Cohen • January 29, 2021

With fresh $1.3B valuation, Melio aims to digitize SMBs

Israeli payments platform Melio raised $110m to help SMBs take check-writing online.

Jacob Cohen • January 29, 2021

An MIT lab managed to grow wood. Wait until you see how.

MIT researchers designed a method to grow wood in a lab, but selling lab-grown tables is a long way off.

Jacob Cohen • January 22, 2021

Transmit widens the streaming landscape with its picture-in-picture ad platform

Transmit is looking to capture early market share in a booming space with live streaming video and a fresh $7m funding round.

Jacob Cohen • January 21, 2021

Streaming wars, 2021: Battle of the buttons

Streaming services are fighting for real estate on TV remotes… and it’s getting messy.

Jacob Cohen • January 20, 2021

The future of work looks like a video game

A number of startups are turning remote work into virtual play environments. Will it stick?

Jacob Cohen • January 19, 2021

Webflow raises $140m to write no-code code

Webflow gives businesses tools to build no-code websites. It just raised $140m.

Jacob Cohen • January 15, 2021

Happy 20th Birthday, Wikipedia

Teachers may not approve, but Wikipedia is one of the world’s most popular websites, with 22B visits each month. It turns 20 this week.

Jacob Cohen • January 14, 2021

Crocs had a massive 2020. How?

Crocs may be ugly, but the foam clog’s financials are hot.

Jacob Cohen • January 13, 2021

Jobandtalent raises $108m to help people make a career out of ‘gigging’

Jobandtalent raised $108m to help put the world’s 500m temps to work… but legal hurdles loom.

Jacob Cohen • January 12, 2021

As in-store sales lose gas, makeup goes SaaS

After COVID-19 hit, makeup sales took a dive. But tech is helping many brands bounce back.

Jacob Cohen • January 11, 2021

Tile hopes its new AR tech can help locate market share…as Apple looms

Tile has sold 30m+ trackers and raised $104m. Will that be enough to beat Apple’s AirTags?

Jacob Cohen • January 8, 2021

The FAA just moved drone deliveries one step closer to your front door

New regulations make it easier and safer for drones to do business in the sky, but privacy concerns abound.

Jacob Cohen • January 6, 2021

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