Mark Dent
Writer, The Hustle
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Are superstar athletes good for the economy?

The world’s best athletes make us happier. It’s harder to tell if they make us richer.

Mark Dent • September 8, 2023
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Why nobody got paid for one of the most sampled sounds in hip-hop

This month marks the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. A few seconds from one forgotten rap song have tied artists and eras together for decades.

Mark Dent • August 4, 2023
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Why so many brands use sound to make you buy stuff

Netflix made sonic logos — the new version of jingles — trendy. But its success is hard to replicate.

Mark Dent • July 14, 2023

One man’s quest to make pickleball quiet

America’s fastest-growing sport has a noise problem. Can the solution be found in a makeshift lab outside Pittsburgh?

Mark Dent • June 2, 2023
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Why Salvador Dalí is the most faked artist in the world

Dalí’s legacy was thrown into disarray by an American myth: that art is an investment.

Mark Dent • May 12, 2023
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The basketball journeyman who became a shooting coach to the stars

Many of the best shooters in the NBA, WNBA, and NCAA have hired Chris Matthews, a basketball entrepreneur.

Mark Dent • May 5, 2023

The secretary who helped uncover one of America’s strangest Ponzi schemes

Carpet cleaning, reputed mobsters, and a woman who refused to be fleeced.

Mark Dent • April 28, 2023

What old sitcoms reveal about America’s rising cost of housing

Living single with friends used to be a lot easier.

Mark Dent • March 25, 2023

Americans want revenge on companies for bad service

Nearly 75% of Americans had a problem with a company in the last year.

Mark Dent • March 8, 2023

Will ‘premiumization’ disrupt the economy?

Companies want to sell higher-priced goods to fewer customers.

Mark Dent • March 7, 2023

Why some travelers fly across the world without leaving the airport

“Mileage runs” allow hardcore travelers to maintain elite status. Are they worth it?

Mark Dent • March 3, 2023

The supply chain is fine, but inflation is not

It’s still expensive to ship from Europe and store in the United States.

Mark Dent • February 28, 2023

Is eBay’s brief renaissance over?

The site has pivoted from auctions to ESG.

Mark Dent • February 24, 2023

A scooter company is… profitable?

Lime had its best year, while Bird cratered.

Mark Dent • February 22, 2023

2023 could be really bad for Adidas

One analyst says Adidas is struggling to find the next big thing.

Mark Dent • February 14, 2023

The Super Bowl of gambling is upon us

As many as one in five American adults may bet on the game.

Mark Dent • February 8, 2023

The future of AI looks like the music industry’s past

Does AI steal people’s creative work?

Mark Dent • February 6, 2023

Are people buying houses again?

If interest rates fall to 5.5%, the market may recover.

Mark Dent • February 3, 2023

Where did Lorem Ipsum come from?

Designers have been using Latin for a long time.

Mark Dent • January 31, 2023

Why athletes (and some remote workers) owe a ‘jock tax’ wherever they go

Professional athletes owe major tax bills every time they work in another state. If you’re a remote employee, you might, too.

Mark Dent • January 28, 2023

Why are there so many tech layoffs?

Cheap money is out, and companies hired lots of people during the pandemic.

Mark Dent • January 24, 2023

TikTok’s new plan to avoid getting banned in the US

The app will consider letting Oracle and others police its algorithm.

Mark Dent • January 17, 2023

Why snow costs America a fortune every year

Snow is peaceful and calm when it falls, but it leads to billions of dollars in cascading costs.

Mark Dent • January 13, 2023

Will the US ban gas stoves?

A new study revealed gas stoves contribute to at least 12% of US childhood asthma cases.

Mark Dent • January 10, 2023

23 predictions for 2023: Their takes and our takes

Predictions for 2023 from experts across fields — but also from us.

Mark Dent • December 30, 2022

Movie theaters need Avatar to be a tortoise

Theater owners are banking on Avatar to keep making bank.

Mark Dent • December 20, 2022

Is this exactly what Elon Musk wanted?

Elon Musk is losing money, but he has inserted himself in every news cycle.

Mark Dent • December 19, 2022

Budweiser’s dry World Cup saga

Budweiser employed smart marketing moves to stay relevant at an alcohol-free World Cup.

Mark Dent • December 13, 2022

The sneaky economics of Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster’s maligned fees and customer service issues are again under the microscope. Will American music fans ever see anything better?

Mark Dent • December 10, 2022

The next big thing for influencers is less influencing

As the economy falters, influencers may lose clients and connections with their audiences.

Mark Dent • December 8, 2022

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