Kolby Hatch
Product Lead, The Hustle

Amazon built a giant 3rd-party ecommerce business. Now others want in.

Older retailers like Express, J.Crew, and Urban Outfitters want to copy Amazon’s 3rd-party marketplace model.

Kolby Hatch • June 18, 2021

Shocker: MoviePass was shady

MoviePass throttled user accounts so they couldn’t take advantage of the all-you-can-watch offering.

Kolby Hatch • June 17, 2021

Fintech Klarna becomes Europe’s most valuable startup, worth $45B+

Klarna -- a leader in “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) -- has become Europe’s biggest startup, valued at $45B+. But its business model raises questions.

Kolby Hatch • June 16, 2021

Meet cybersecurity’s nightmare fuel: Quantum hacking

Quantum hacking will completely compromise the existing security infrastructure of the internet. Arqit is building a solution.

Kolby Hatch • June 15, 2021

It’s not just pipelines; everyday gig workers are getting phished too

Gig workers (e.g., DoorDash, Postmates) are victims of a new phishing scam. Their status as contract workers does not help.

Kolby Hatch • June 11, 2021

LinkedIn love child Confluent files to go public

Confluent -- previously an internal LinkedIn data tool -- will test public markets.

Kolby Hatch • June 9, 2021

The rise of VR exposure therapy

Virtual reality (VR) is being used to treat PTSD and other disorders. The key: It should be done in conjunction with a therapist.

Kolby Hatch • June 8, 2021

Etsy buys ticket to the cool kids’ table with $1.6B Depop acquisition

Online marketplace Etsy dropped $1.6B to acquire a leading Gen Z second hand fashion platform.

Kolby Hatch • June 7, 2021

Norton antivirus adds an Ethereum mining feature to its latest release

Mining ethereum can be a sketchy affair. So, Norton is bundling the service into its antivirus software (for some reason).

Kolby Hatch • June 7, 2021

Americans are prepping for the post-COVID world… by buying deodorant and toothpaste

Sales are up for deodorant, toothpaste, luggage, and condoms. But down for toilet paper and baking soda.

Kolby Hatch • June 2, 2021

Social music site Turntable.fm is back from the dead… and has an interesting rival

Turntable.fm shut down in 2014. Now it’s back after raising $7.5m but has to contend with another identical startup also called Turntable.

Kolby Hatch • May 28, 2021

Google Search is making an AI-powered leap

Google is using AI to make its search engine more conversational.

Kolby Hatch • May 27, 2021

Publishing startup Piano gets an $88m boost

Piano gives tools for big media brands like TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist to build subscription products.

Kolby Hatch • May 21, 2021

PayPal goes ‘post-purchase’ with Happy Returns acquisition

Items purchased online are 3-4x more likely to be returned. For PayPal -- which provides services across the retail journey -- this acquisition makes a ton of sense.

Kolby Hatch • May 19, 2021

Amazon and Apple’s meshy plan to connect every device

Apple’s “Find My” and Amazon’s “Sidewalk” are 2 leading mesh networks. What do they actually do?

Kolby Hatch • May 13, 2021

Meet the Buy Nothing groups of Facebook

These Facebook Groups allow users to exchange goods without paying. Now, it wants to offer the service...but off of Mark Zuckerberg’s platforms.

Kolby Hatch • May 7, 2021

Grocery impulse buying is having a COVID-fueled identity crisis

Mint gum sales are down 30% YoY...because people aren’t “waiting in line” as much.

Kolby Hatch • May 6, 2021

The Nasdaq gets groovy with the listing of psychedelics biotech firm MindMed

MindMed is sponsoring several clinical trials to bring psychedelics and hallucinogens (LSD, MDMA) to the market.

Kolby Hatch • April 30, 2021

Hot lidar startup Luminar teams up with Airbus to make helicopters safer

Helmed by 26-year old billionaire Austin Russell, Luminar’s LIDAR tech is used on self-driving cars and...now, helicopters.

Kolby Hatch • April 29, 2021

The Washington Post is quietly building a SaaS powerhouse, with Papa Bezos’ help

Powered by AWS, The Washington Post’s publishing software is used by 1k+ websites.

Kolby Hatch • April 28, 2021

Meet the $40B+ ‘software robot’ maker poised to automate pencil pushing

UiPath’s software does robot-like work for humans -- tasks like filling forms, moving files, inputting data, and scraping documents.

Kolby Hatch • April 23, 2021

How binging Netflix may save F1 racing

F1 is a global phenomenon. Here’s how it used Netflix to grow even bigger.

Kolby Hatch • April 23, 2021

Ethereum’s co-founder snags $65m to help modernize financial infrastructure

ConsenSys works on 2 Ethereum-based blockchains you may have heard of: NFTs and DeFi.

Kolby Hatch • April 16, 2021

The largest office park in the US has a wild horse problem

The Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRI) is home to 150 companies, including Tesla and Amazon. Employers are wooing workers with 1k+ mustang horses… what could go wrong?

Kolby Hatch • April 15, 2021

Inside China’s quiet plan to dethrone the dollar

China’s rollout of a digital Yuan could eat into the US dollar’s dominance.

Kolby Hatch • April 9, 2021

Notarize, an eNotary service, wants to be the Stripe of legal documents

E-signature startup Notarize raised $200m+ for its business of notarizing mortgage docs.

Kolby Hatch • April 5, 2021

Popular ‘link-in-bio’ company now has $45m ash-in-bank

Have you ever seen someone post “link in bio” on Instagram. Turns it’s a huge business opportunity.

Kolby Hatch • April 1, 2021

Grave diggers and pot farmers: The org behind Amazon workers’ union push

This month, Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama will cast mail-in ballots on whether or not to unionize.

Kolby Hatch • March 26, 2021

Amazon is using virtual pets to entice warehouse workers

Amazon wants to make its workers more efficient… by gamifying things.

Kolby Hatch • March 22, 2021

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