Michael Waters
Staff Writer, The Hustle

La Colombe wants to crack open the market for self-heating coffee cans

Don’t be alarmed if the Wegmans superfans in your life start bragging about how hot their coffee is. The Philadelphia-based chain La Colombe is brewing...
Michael Waters • March 10, 2020

The noodles from ‘Parasite’ are stirring up a craze

The noodle dish from Parasite is going high-end. A slew of restaurants across New York and DC are spooning out bowls of ram-don, hoping...
Michael Waters • March 9, 2020

How an after-school DJ program beats the odds

Convincing a city to drop money on DJing classes for its underserved schools isn’t easy. So when Phi Pham strides into meetings with city...
Michael Waters • March 8, 2020

‘Hitmen’ for hire invade the dark web — but researchers say they’re frauds

Hitman-for-hire services are flourishing on the dark web, and they’re advertising at disturbingly low prices. The website Azerbaijani Eagles promises to commit a murder...
Michael Waters • March 8, 2020

A meaty vending machine might be the next defense against coronavirus

Photo: Tech Cafe (YouTube) You can get practically anything out of a vending machine these days. Need proof? Look no further than South Korea, where...
Michael Waters • March 5, 2020

This company will mail you an hourglass for your wellness

If you’ve ever researched breathing techniques and thought, “I wish I could pay someone to mail this advice to me,” you’re in luck. Blake Mycoskie,...
Michael Waters • March 4, 2020

The hottest summer travel destination is… the Arctic

Greenland wants a piece of Iceland’s cold, hard tourism cash.  Since 2015, Greenland’s neighbor to the south has witnessed a massive travel boom. But Iceland’s...
Michael Waters • March 3, 2020

The ice-wine market is overheating

That shattering you hear is the sound of thousands of German Weinliebhaber hurling their glasses against the wall.  For the first time in recent history,...
Michael Waters • March 2, 2020

Inside the wild world of government auctions

  Kelvin Fichter never really wanted the four-thousand-pound IBM server that now occupies most of his studio apartment. The software engineer had taken up the hobby...
Michael Waters • February 28, 2020

Lobsters are finally out of the trade war steamer

Lobstermen around the US this week breathed a sigh of relief — lobsters themselves probably less so — after China announced that it would...
Michael Waters • February 27, 2020

Tupperware lifted the lid on financial shenanigans, but now its investors can’t be contained

Photo: Tupperware Rummage around your kitchen cabinets a little too long, and you might stumble across some light financial fraud.  Tupperware, the brand so iconic that...
Michael Waters • February 27, 2020

Why silver is suddenly all up in your snow

Coloradans who spent extra time shoveling snow out of their driveways last year should direct complaints to their local university. In a paper published Monday,...
Michael Waters • February 26, 2020

Amazon is streaming onto the runway with high-fashion TV

The unholy trinity of reality TV, chic apparel, and ecommerce just got some famous new faces. On March 27, Amazon will roll out “Making the...
Michael Waters • February 25, 2020

Can the American casket monopoly be disrupted?

  As Ben Franklin once quipped, death is one of the only certainties in life. And with that certainty comes an endless supply of customers. Every...
Michael Waters • December 20, 2019

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