Sara Friedman
, The Hustle
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Kiss your free returns goodbye

Companies are ditching free returns, much to their customers’ displeasure.

Sara Friedman • May 11, 2023

The teen’s gambit: Chess is cool again

The “Queen’s Gambit” moment may have passed, but for millions of young people, the game is still only heating up.

Sara Friedman • April 26, 2023
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Inflation who? The beauty industry is boomin’

The beauty industry is flush with cash despite economic hardships.

Sara Friedman • April 20, 2023

Why do our weather apps betray us?

Why are our weather apps often so inaccurate? Weather’s complex.

Sara Friedman • April 12, 2023
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Voice notes are trending

Voice notes — bite-sized audio messages — are on the rise. On WhatsApp, people send 7B daily.

Sara Friedman • April 5, 2023

Comfy fashion is paying off

Athleisure is booming as consumers prioritize comfort over fashion.

Sara Friedman • March 23, 2023

Restaurants are hopping on the subscription bandwagon

Restaurants are serving up subscriptions.

Sara Friedman • March 16, 2023

The floppy disk is still kickin’

The humble floppy disk, invented in 1971, is still in use today.

Sara Friedman • March 8, 2023

Some personal news: LinkedIn is cringe AF

When did LinkedIn turn from a professional networking site to absolute cringe?

Sara Friedman • March 2, 2023

Home canning is making a comeback

Canning boomed during the 2008 recession and covid lockdowns. Amid modern inflation woes, it’s happening again.

Sara Friedman • February 23, 2023

Your mental health data could be for sale

A Duke University study found that data brokers have personal mental health data obtained from apps.

Sara Friedman • February 15, 2023

Peep this: The enduring legacy of a marshmallow chick

It once took 27 hours to make a Peep. Today, the company churns out 5.5m daily.

Sara Friedman • February 9, 2023

All rise: Emoji have entered the court

Emoji messages are being entered as evidence in court, but interpretations vary.

Sara Friedman • February 2, 2023

Adults are obsessed with a preschooler cartoon

Adults are really into a cartoon called “Bluey,” even though it’s meant for preschoolers.

Sara Friedman • January 25, 2023

Why do restaurant workers fund a lobbying group that keeps their wages low?

Restaurant workers pay to take a food safety class, which — surprise — funds industry lobbying efforts.

Sara Friedman • January 19, 2023

Gen Z loves outdated tech

Gen Z craves digital cameras and Y2K fashion.

Sara Friedman • January 12, 2023

Less cycle, more soul

Companies are trying to help post-covid adults be less lonely.

Sara Friedman • January 5, 2023

The Cheesecake Factory defies all odds

Despite doing everything wrong, the Cheesecake Factory prevailed.

Sara Friedman • December 29, 2022

Kids are getting rich off… slime?

Younger entrepreneurs are making big bucks off of slime.

Sara Friedman • December 22, 2022

Why is this AI app undressing female users without their consent?

Lensa has been spitting out hypersexualized images of women and lightening skin tones.

Sara Friedman • December 15, 2022

Your newest corporate nightmare: ‘Bleisure’

Companies are balling out on corporate retreats in vacation destinations.

Sara Friedman • December 8, 2022

Ready ore not, here comes a copper shortage

For centuries, we’ve been wasting copper — now it’s coming back to bite us.

Sara Friedman • December 1, 2022

The ice bath business is on fire

Enthusiasts are shelling out thousands for their own baths.

Sara Friedman • November 17, 2022

Twitter users are flocking to Mastodon… but WTF is it?

The decentralized social platform is growing like crazy in the wake of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover.

Sara Friedman • November 10, 2022

Restaurant service fees don’t always check out

The rise of “service fees” has diners scrambling to figure out what the heck they’re paying for.

Sara Friedman • November 3, 2022

Dungeons & Dragons and… therapy?

Therapists are using tabletop role-playing games to help some clients open up.

Sara Friedman • October 27, 2022

Sponge cities are sopping up climate change

Concrete cities are installing infrastructure to soak up excess water.

Sara Friedman • October 20, 2022

Foie gras, hold the guilt

Startup Gourmey is reinventing foie gras by growing it in a lab.

Sara Friedman • October 13, 2022

Founder’s Wallet: How an Advertising Entrepreneur Spends His Startup’s Money in a Month

Andrew Curtin, founder of employer branding agency Chronicmedia, lets us dig through his bank statements to see how he manages money.

Sara Friedman • December 20, 2021

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