Rob Litterst
Contributing Writer, The Hustle

Russia’s war in Ukraine is causing ripples in the world of online chess

A government ban has made it harder for Russian players to play on Chess.com.

Rob Litterst • May 6, 2022

The flower business is wilting

Problems on both the supply and demand side are plaguing florists everywhere.

Rob Litterst • May 4, 2022

Is the FAANG era over?

Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google have seen better days.

Rob Litterst • May 2, 2022

CBD is freakin’ everywhere

People of all ages are using more CBD than pre-pandemic.

Rob Litterst • April 29, 2022

The evolution of gummy bears

In 100 years, we’ve gone from gummy bears to gummy everything.

Rob Litterst • April 28, 2022

Luxury car washes, explained

Owners are offering everything from food and drinks to hookah to lure customers.

Rob Litterst • April 27, 2022

Why did Elon Musk buy Twitter?

The world’s richest man just purchased his favorite social media app.

Rob Litterst • April 26, 2022

US sports take a page out of Europe’s business playbook

Don’t be surprised if your favorite team’s jersey starts to look like a billboard.

Rob Litterst • April 25, 2022

Where do keyboard shortcuts come from?

The origin story and next era of keyboard shortcuts.

Rob Litterst • April 21, 2022

What’s a ‘new collar’ worker?

A combination of macro factors have created a massive shift in the American workforce.

Rob Litterst • April 20, 2022

Why do companies do stock splits?

Breaking down why the biggest players in tech are making their stock cheaper.

Rob Litterst • April 13, 2022

Nonprofit VC funds, explained

A new type of fund that is part venture capital, part nonprofit, could help even the playing field.

Rob Litterst • April 12, 2022

The weird rise of fancy fruit

Boutique food companies are creating luxury fruit brands and consumers are eating them up.

Rob Litterst • April 8, 2022

Should Netflix sell ads?

Why some analysts believe Netflix may need to un-differentiate itself.

Rob Litterst • April 6, 2022

The social media app that wants you to get off your phone

Could BeReal be the antidote to traditional social media?

Rob Litterst • April 5, 2022

Asian languages are on the rise. One reason: cartoons

Pop culture is leading younger generations to study Asian languages.

Rob Litterst • April 4, 2022

Meta’s sketchy strategy to battle TikTok

Meta hired a political consulting firm to coordinate a nationwide media campaign against TikTok.

Rob Litterst • March 31, 2022

Webtoons are taking over the world. Is the US next?

The digital comic format may be South Korea’s next big hit in the US.

Rob Litterst • March 30, 2022

Are D2C companies f*cked?

What were once perceived as ecommerce strengths have become weaknesses.

Rob Litterst • March 28, 2022

Meta’s execs are all-in on remote work

The company’s top execs are dialing in from all over the map.

Rob Litterst • March 25, 2022

USPS wants in on the fast-delivery wars. Can it compete?

With USPS Connect, the agency is betting it can be a game changer for small businesses.

Rob Litterst • March 24, 2022

Starlink wants to disrupt in-flight WiFi

SpaceX’s satellite internet unit is well-positioned to offer faster speeds and better connectivity.

Rob Litterst • March 23, 2022

Toronto is the next Silicon Valley, eh?

Toronto is emerging as a tech hub due to its universities, corporate offices, and worker-friendly immigration policy.

Rob Litterst • March 22, 2022

Why Amazon bought MGM for $8.5B

The acquisition figures to help the company boost both subscription and advertising revenue.

Rob Litterst • March 21, 2022

Why Hinge is okay making less money than Tinder and Bumble

If you’re looking for a life partner, the app might be the best bang for your buck.

Rob Litterst • March 21, 2022

What the heck is ‘goblin mode’?

The pandemic has pushed many to embrace their inner slob.

Rob Litterst • March 17, 2022

How ByteDance took over the world

TikTok’s parent company has a secret weapon to building viral products — organizational structure.

Rob Litterst • March 15, 2022

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