Rob Litterst
Contributing Writer, The Hustle

Automattic, the parent to WordPress, is a private company you should know about

Automattic, the parent company to WordPress, recently executed a $250m buyback, valuing the company at $7.5B.

Rob Litterst • August 20, 2021

Gen Z is old news — brands are moving on to Generation Alpha

Brands are looking beyond Gen Z to Generation Alpha, the children born between 2010 and 2015.

Rob Litterst • August 19, 2021

Tesla’s autopilot technology is under the microscope

The US government opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s autonomous driving system following a series of crashes with parked emergency vehicles.

Rob Litterst • August 18, 2021

The pandemic crimped the wedding industry. Now, business is booming.

After COVID wiped out weddings in 2020, the industry is back and booming, but the bump might be a blip on the longer trend line.

Rob Litterst • August 17, 2021

Figma: The $10B startup transforming design

Figma just raised $200m at a $10B valuation, with revenue hitting $75m in 2020.

Rob Litterst • August 16, 2021

The latest player in the streaming wars is a B2B software company

Salesforce announced plans to launch a streaming service for business professionals called Salesforce+.

Rob Litterst • August 13, 2021

Fanatics just proved there’s big money in jersey sales

Fanatics raised $325m, valuing the sports merchandise retailer at $18B.

Rob Litterst • August 12, 2021

A company founded in 1892 just launched a series of NFTs

Coca-Cola joins the growing list of consumer brands experimenting with NFTs with its recent launch.

Rob Litterst • August 12, 2021

Not all deepfakes are bad

Metaphysic is a startup that was born out of a Tom Cruise parody account on TikTok, using deepfake technology to make stunning creative ads.

Rob Litterst • August 10, 2021

President Biden is laying down the law for EVs

President Biden wants 50% of new cars on the road to be electric by 2030.

Rob Litterst • August 9, 2021

Facebook just lost some friends

Facebook disabled accounts for a team of NYU researchers that were trying to learn more about its ad targeting model.

Rob Litterst • August 6, 2021

The company that wants to be TikTok for podcasts

Paul English, former co-founder and CTO of Kayak, just launched a new startup: TikTok for podcasts.

Rob Litterst • August 6, 2021

The company that wants to be TikTok for podcasts

Paul English, former Co-Founder and CTO of Kayak, just launched a new startup that aims to be TikTok for podcasts.

Rob Litterst • August 5, 2021

Travis Scott continues his hot streak of brand partnerships

Travis Scott has signed a production deal with A24, the film studio behind prestige films like “Uncut Gems,” “Moonlight,” and “Lady Bird.”

Rob Litterst • August 5, 2021

Depop helps teens make bank by selling old shirts. Here’s how.

Gen Z teens are taking their talents to Depop and making big money flipping vintage items.

Rob Litterst • August 4, 2021

Square scoops up Afterpay in the battle of BNPL

Square agreed to purchase Australian fintech giant Afterpay for $29B, adding another big player to the “buy now, pay later” space.

Rob Litterst • August 3, 2021

Landis is a startup you should know — with some legendary investors

Landis, a ‘rent-to-own’ startup focused on financial inclusion, raised a $165m round from investors that include Jay-Z and Will Smith.

Rob Litterst • August 2, 2021

Walmart takes a page out of Amazon’s book

Walmart is partnering with Adobe on software for small businesses that makes it easier to offer curbside pickup for their customers.

Rob Litterst • July 30, 2021

Teamflow wants to make virtual collaboration feel more like the office

Teamflow, a startup that offers virtual collaboration software, raised $35m to build a better hybrid work experience.

Rob Litterst • July 29, 2021

The QR code wave is just getting started

QR code menus have taken off during the pandemic, and will likely lead to many more merchants adopting the technology.

Rob Litterst • July 28, 2021

Lacuna’s digital twin technology is a game-changer for city transportation

Lacuna, a startup that offers digital twin software for cities, raised $16m to help improve city transit networks.

Rob Litterst • July 27, 2021

Corporations want to shake Microsoft Excel. It’s not so easy.

CFOs want to replace Microsoft Excel with new tools. Why? Remote work has exposed Excel’s weaknesses.

Rob Litterst • July 26, 2021

OpenSea is the 1st NFT unicorn

OpenSea, a digital art marketplace, just raised $100m at a $1.5B valuation, making it the 1st NFT unicorn.

Rob Litterst • July 23, 2021

Shoppertainment is a trend you should know about

Shoppertainment is a new trend at the intersection of ecommerce and livestreaming.

Rob Litterst • July 22, 2021

Zoom makes a ~$15B bet on the call center business

Zoom is spending $14.7B to purchase Five9, which makes AI-powered contact center software.

Rob Litterst • July 21, 2021

OpenStore is rolling up the rebels

Keith Rabois is back with OpenStore, a Shopify roll-up that just raised $30m at a $250m valuation.

Rob Litterst • July 20, 2021

Facebook wants to give $1B away… to creators

To beat back the TikTok threat, Facebook will offer creators $1B to use its platform.

Rob Litterst • July 19, 2021

ZoomInfo wants to become every sales rep’s best friend

ZoomInfo plans to spend $575m to acquire Chorus.ai to broaden their offering for sales teams.

Rob Litterst • July 16, 2021

Investors are rolling up Amazon stores. And making a killing.

The Amazon marketplace is currently valued at $300B with potential to double in the next 5 years.

Rob Litterst • July 15, 2021

Autodesk is the most important software company you’ve never heard of

Autodesk is a $65B software firm that powers the critical infrastructure our lives depend on.

Rob Litterst • July 14, 2021

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