Rob Litterst
Contributing Writer, The Hustle

The online group trying to buy the US Constitution, explained

ConstitutionDAO is trying to crowdfund a purchase of the US Constitution. It might just work.

Rob Litterst • November 17, 2021

Interview: David Segal on the future of tea

David Segal, cofounder and namesake behind DavidsTea, spoke to The Hustle about the future of tea, and his latest venture, Firebelly Tea.

Rob Litterst • November 16, 2021

Instagram wants you to take a break, kinda

Instagram announced a new feature called “Take a Break” that encourages users to step away from the app after using it for 10, 20, or 30 minutes straight.

Rob Litterst • November 12, 2021

Homeowners are banking off rising home prices — here’s how

US home equity reached a record high of $23T in Q2, and homeowners are cashing in.

Rob Litterst • November 11, 2021

The brewing battle for front-line holiday workers

Retailers are offering perks to hire new workers for the holidays, but they may not be enough.

Rob Litterst • November 9, 2021

The pandemic almost killed The Cheesecake Factory. Then delivery cheesecake took off.

The Cheesecake Factory looked like it was in trouble early in the pandemic, then delivery cheesecake saved the day.

Rob Litterst • November 8, 2021

Brace for the snowplow driver shortage of 2021

A shortage of snowplow drivers is plaguing the Midwest and Northeast, and could lead to troubling conditions this winter.

Rob Litterst • November 5, 2021

Microsoft wants to beat Meta at its own game

Microsoft wants in on the metaverse, and its vision could pit it squarely against Meta.

Rob Litterst • November 4, 2021

Squire, a barbershop booking app, is proving barbershops are big business

Squire, a $750m barbershop booking app, is on the cusp of unicorn status and proving barbershops are big business.

Rob Litterst • November 3, 2021

Inflation just reached a 30-year high, and might be even higher thanks to ‘skimpflation’

Skimpflation is a form of inflation where companies skimp on the goods and services they provide.

Rob Litterst • November 1, 2021

Interview: Foxtrot CEO Mike LaVitola on reinventing the convenience store

Mike LaVitola started Foxtrot to scratch his own itch. We caught up with him about redefining what convenience stores can be.

Rob Litterst • October 29, 2021

Redbox just IPO’d, and it’s out to prove there’s more than meets the kiosk

Redbox, operator of everyone’s favorite DVD kiosks, IPO’d this week, and wants to prove that it can grow beyond DVD rentals.

Rob Litterst • October 28, 2021

Traditional financial institutions, long wary of crypto, are helping it go mainstream

ProShares and Mastercard, 2 institutions tied to the traditional financial infrastructure, are helping crypto go mainstream.

Rob Litterst • October 27, 2021

Intel’s $20B pivot could save the company, and help solve the chip shortage

Intel spent $20B on a pivot that could save the company and help solve the chip shortage.

Rob Litterst • October 25, 2021

Hearing aids could be big business — and Big Tech is all ears

The FDA introduced a rule that would allow hearing aids to be sold over the counter, and Big Tech wants in on the action.

Rob Litterst • October 22, 2021

Interview: Kayak CEO Steve Hafner on the future of travel

We spoke to the travel industry veteran about navigating 2020, how travel has changed forever, and the trends he's watching going forward.

Rob Litterst • October 20, 2021

One of Apple’s fastest growing revenue streams? Advertising.

Launched in 2016, Apple’s ad business is an under-the-radar gold mine.

Rob Litterst • October 20, 2021

Google is putting sustainability in the hands of consumers, one product at a time

Google is releasing updates across Search, Travel, and Home products to help users become more sustainable.

Rob Litterst • October 19, 2021

Roblox is growing up, and bringing the metaverse into clearer focus

Roblox announced new features for users and developers to take the platform to the next level, and bring the metaverse into clearer focus.

Rob Litterst • October 18, 2021

Mindbody’s acquisition of ClassPass is a bet on in-person fitness bouncing back

Mindbody acquired ClassPass, and both studios and consumers will benefit from the combined entity.

Rob Litterst • October 15, 2021

TikTok is causing problems for teachers, and it’s bigger than just a classroom distraction

Teachers have asked TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter to help curb the spread of viral challenges and misinformation that have put educator safety at risk.

Rob Litterst • October 14, 2021

Driverless trains may be the future of freight

Driverless trains could play a big role in the future of freight, and help solve both the supply chain and sustainability crisis in the process.

Rob Litterst • October 13, 2021

Disney is all-in on streaming, but ESPN can’t kick cable

While Disney has gone all-in on streaming, ESPN is still clinging to the cable model - but that might not be the case for long.

Rob Litterst • October 12, 2021

Outdoor dining is lovely, but at what cost?

Outdoor dining saved restaurants during the pandemic, but not all of them are doubling down on it this winter.

Rob Litterst • October 11, 2021

You don’t want to make hackers angry — and Twitch just learned that the hard way

Twitch experienced a data breach that exposed a wide range of sensitive data, and there could be more to come.

Rob Litterst • October 8, 2021

This year, there’s no such thing as ‘too early’ to start holiday shopping

Global supply chain issues could cause big problems for holiday shoppers come December.

Rob Litterst • October 7, 2021

Interview: Why the Jonas Brothers just launched a popcorn brand

We sat down with the trio to talk through their latest business venture — putting the "pop" in popcorn.

Rob Litterst • October 5, 2021

Lego is proving toys are still big business

Lego cemented its status as the biggest toymaker in the world after posting a 46% increase in first-half sales despite global supply chain issues.

Rob Litterst • October 5, 2021

Google Search is growing up, and its future is all about context

Google is using machine learning technology to revamp its search product and provide more comprehensive results.

Rob Litterst • October 1, 2021

CAA is buying ICM, creating a super-agency to take on a changing Hollywood

CAA’s purchase of ICM will create a super-agency to take on a changing entertainment industry.

Rob Litterst • September 30, 2021

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