Rob Litterst
Contributing Writer, The Hustle

Spotify Wrapped is the streaming giant’s secret growth hack

Spotify Wrapped is more than just a fun feature for users. The year-in-review slideshow boosted app downloads by 21% in December 2020.

Rob Litterst • December 6, 2021

Retailers are telling customers to keep items instead of returning them. Here’s why

Big retailers are letting customers keep items they want to return to avoid paying for shipping.

Rob Litterst • December 2, 2021

Gas prices are rising at near-record levels. There’s no easy fix.

Gas prices are reaching record highs, and analysts aren’t sure how to fix it.

Rob Litterst • December 2, 2021

Macy’s solution for the retail apocalypse? Selling ads.

Macy’s new advertising network is pulling in tens of millions of dollars, and could be the company’s next big revenue stream.

Rob Litterst • December 1, 2021

Spotify’s recent product moves hint at a budding super-app

Spotify’s recent product moves suggest the company is building a super-app that includes both audio and video features.

Rob Litterst • November 30, 2021

Reddit wants to be an advertising platform. What if it has better options?

Reddit wants to be an advertising juggernaut, but it may have better options for monetizing its user base.

Rob Litterst • November 23, 2021

One way to avoid inflation? Buy nothing

‘Buy Nothing’ groups are online groups where members give things away for free, and they’re helping members fight inflation.

Rob Litterst • November 22, 2021

The $12B wholesale unicorn taking on Amazon

Faire, a wholesale marketplace platform, raised $400m at a $12.4B valuation to help independent retailers take on Amazon and Walmart.

Rob Litterst • November 18, 2021

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

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