Wes Schlagenhauf
Writer, The Hustle

USDA hopes to revive spinach sales with a more colorful variety

Unlike some super greens, whose benefits have been overexaggerated, spinach has long walked the walk (ranking No. 5 on a 2014 list of the...
Wes Schlagenhauf • November 8, 2019

Which historic booze will be the next Aperol? Here are some contenders

#Spritzlife had a moment. The boozy, bright orange drinks were recently so popular that The New York Times bashed them. Aperol spritzes — which have...
Wes Schlagenhauf • November 7, 2019

Got milk? Chinese dairy demand helps the sweet, wholesome cream rise to the top

Despite plant-based milk alternatives doing their best to curdle the dairy industry, milk prices are actually on the ups around the world. And, as The...
Wes Schlagenhauf • November 6, 2019

You may want to rethink ordering the swordfish… unless you’re cool with shark

Flickr (NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research) Yet another example of why you never want to judge a fish-face by its cover: The journal Foods published...
Wes Schlagenhauf • November 6, 2019

Deutsche Telekom and the insurance startup Lemonade are in a colorful dispute

After the New York-based homeowner and rental insurance startup Lemonade launched in Germany this past summer, T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom sent them a...
Wes Schlagenhauf • November 5, 2019

Companies document consumer scores. Here’s how to check a few of yours.

Information about consumer scores has been quietly trickling into the public sphere for some time. The New York Times began peeling back the onion...
Wes Schlagenhauf • November 5, 2019

As the future of coal darkens, Murray Energy files for bankruptcy

Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images No offense to all the coal-heads out there, but Murray Energy Corp., a coal mining leader founded in...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 30, 2019

Sexy Halloween costumes are crazier than ever thanks to Yandy.com

London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images Sexy skeleton. Sexy Frankenstein. Sexy Smeagol. We’ve seen ’em. We’ve worn ’em. We’ve loved ’em. OK, maybe not the last one,...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 30, 2019

Think you’re going green by streaming everything? Think again

Renting a movie used to involve a car. Now the world’s content fever can be cured from home — no pollutant-pushing car ride necessary.  In...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 29, 2019

Inside the business of the gig economy’s nightly scooter scavenger hunts

ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images People in cargo vans have been burning rubber every night, picking up dead micro-mobility vehicles (scooters, e-bikes, etc.) and charging them so...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 29, 2019

Spencer Dinwiddie wants to turn his NBA contract into an investment opportunity

Cliff Grassmick/Digital First Media/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images In September, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced his plan to cash in early on his...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 23, 2019

Amazon quietly fires 3 of its major delivery firms following a spotlight on fatalities

Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images Amazon has terminated its contracts with third-party delivery firms Inpax, Sheard-Loman, and Letter Ride following damning reports by …
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 16, 2019

Forget robots, AI supervisors are working to automate humans

Roll credits. The days of Ferris Bueller-ing your supervisor into thinking you’re a workhorse while you chain smoke out back are coming to a...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 15, 2019

That’s the spooky spirit: Bungalo is now inspecting homes for ghosts 

Bungalo, the Austin-based real estate platform, hit the scene in 2018 intent on streamlining the home-buying process, priding itself on its rigorous 160-point home...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 11, 2019

As Ring’s surveillance partnerships come into focus, civil rights groups speak up

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Back in August, The Washington Post reported that more than 400 US agencies have inked video-sharing partnerships with Amazon’s Ring camera unit,...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 10, 2019

Bloomberg’s wealth chart helps visualize the global wealth gap 

We’ve heard the ol’ income inequality song before. In 2018, Oxfam released a report noting the world’s richest 26 individuals had the same amount...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 9, 2019

Another day, another squalor: US cities are working to curb the rise of dollar stores

EMILY KASK/AFP/Getty Images According to the USDA’s most recent survey, around 19m people live in areas that lack access to grocery stores or supermarkets with...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 8, 2019

Football is getting its bell rung with products that push concussion-safety pseudoscience

Over the past decade, heightened awareness of football’s concussion problem has led to a booming market of anti-concussion dietary supplements and in-game technology guaranteed...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 3, 2019

Rhino lands $21m in funding to free renters from security deposit purgatory

It’s month’s end. Your apartment is quasi-packed. And you don’t know whether to smile or chain yourself to the door out of migrational protest....
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 1, 2019

Lag in the wag: Wag’s big funding round from SoftBank has failed to pay off 

Wag, and its network of pup-loving independent contractors, were introduced in 2015 as the Uber of dog walking. With much fanfare, the company quickly grew...
Wes Schlagenhauf • October 1, 2019

In a flurry of Uber news, one inflammatory report stands out…

Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit Uber topped headlines yesterday with announcements of safety feature updates, an app redesign, and Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi …
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 27, 2019

European court sides with Google in ‘right to be forgotten’ case

Permission to be wiped from the world’s leading search engine… Fuggetaboutit. Yesterday, Google won a years-long legal battle in Europe over the EU’s “right to...
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 25, 2019

Police are being armed with their least deadly weapon yet: Virtual reality

VR is no longer a toy, kids. OK, technically it still is, but these days scientists, doctors, the military, and corporate giants like Walmart...
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 24, 2019

As the content wars heat up, Roku’s stock price is a roller coaster of stre-motions

On Friday, Netflix stock tumbled 7% after CEO Reed Hastings acknowledged the onslaught of incoming streaming competition from companies such as Disney and Apple. But...
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 23, 2019

Zume moves outside of pizza bots with new ‘Forward Mobile Kitchens’

Zume In 2015, Zume hit the scene as a pizza restaurant in San Francisco, featuring a kitchen where robots flipped pies and AI-powered trucks delivered...
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 20, 2019

Vape-hibition: India, one of the world’s largest smoking markets, quits e-cigs cold turkey

Yesterday, India’s government announced an immediate, full-stop prohibition of e-cigarettes, citing public health concerns for today’s youth. Finance Minister Nirmala …
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 19, 2019

Strider wants global IP-thieves to know this town ain’t big enough for the both of them

Strider, a startup that offers a screening tool to help prevent foreign governments from planting intellectual property-stealing moles inside companies, has come out of...
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 18, 2019

Going up: Kone Oyj plans to bid on Thyssenkrupp’s elevator division

Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images The Finnish elevator giant, Kone Oyj, has hired a law firm to advise it on a takeover bid...
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 11, 2019

McDonald’s acquires voice-recognition company to improve its drive-thru game

Allard Schager / Getty McDonald’s announced it will McBuy the Bay Area voice-recognition startup Apprente for an undisclosed amount. According to McDonald’s, Apprente’s …
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 11, 2019

Colombia is becoming a global player in the medical marijuana market

RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images In the ’60s and ’70s, Colombia smuggled tons of gange into the US. But, by the ’80s, Colombian marijuana traffickers had all...
Wes Schlagenhauf • September 10, 2019

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