Zachary Crockett
Editor, Senior Writer, The Hustle

The US oil industry just had its biggest boom of the century

Yesterday, the International Energy Agency released a 763-page whopper report detailing the meteoric rise of the United States’ oil and gas industry. Once an “energy-dependant...
Zachary Crockett • November 15, 2017

Buffalo Wild Wings gets a hotttttt offer

Last month, private equity firm Roark Capital reportedly offered Buffalo Wild Wings an unsolicited, all-cash bid that would value the company at $2.3B. The hot...
Zachary Crockett • November 15, 2017

Most founders suck at being CEO

Most founders dream of the day they’ll scale to a massive team and — from iteration to big success — retain their throne as...
Zachary Crockett • November 14, 2017

GE is banking on a new mantra: Less is more

Yesterday, the biggest manufacturing company in the US announced that it was cutting its dividend in half — from 24 cents to 12 cents...
Zachary Crockett • November 14, 2017

A disgraced bitcoin czar is poised to make ~$850m

Back in 2013, Mt. Gox was the biggest bitcoin exchange on the internet, handling 70% of all transactions worldwide. But, in February of 2014,...
Zachary Crockett • November 13, 2017

Branded podcasts are the new branded blogs

Case in point: Walmart has one. The podcast craze is showing no signs of slowing: this year, 112m Americans — and nearly half of...
Zachary Crockett • November 10, 2017

Does Facebook exploit our vulnerabilities?

Facebook is often cast as an addictive abyss of self-congratulatory humblebrags, feather-puffing, and people desperate for validation in the form of iconized thumbs and...
Zachary Crockett • November 10, 2017

Big Employer is watching you: the rising trend of employee surveillance

The tech industry has an unhealthy obsession with “optimizing” productivity — hell-bent on fortifying their focus by gulping pills, fasting, and tinkering with their...
Zachary Crockett • November 8, 2017

It’s 2017, and a printing startup just raised $7m

Ink is an unlikely startup hero. For starters, the company’s based in Nebraska. And then there’s the fact that their business model is “revamping...
Zachary Crockett • November 7, 2017

How the "King of Fake News" built his empire

Jestin Coler ran a fake news network that misled millions of Americans and netted him hundreds of thousands of dollars. And in his own words, “it wasn’t hard to do.”

Zachary Crockett • November 7, 2017

Gothamist shut down a week after its writers unionized

Last Friday, Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of Ameritrade, announced he was shutting down his popular local news sites, Gothamist and DNAinfo. The announcement came...
Zachary Crockett • November 6, 2017

There’s big $$$ in renting your house for a TV show

For the past decade, Danny Gerardi has rented out his 7 bedroom, Mediterranean-style mansion as a filming location for “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”...
Zachary Crockett • November 3, 2017

What you need to know about the big tech Senate hearings

On Tuesday and Wednesday, lawyers representing Facebook, Google, and Twitter testified before the US Senate on the topic of Russian involvement in the 2016...
Zachary Crockett • November 2, 2017

The iPhone X’s archnemesis: identical twins

When Apple announced its $1k iPhone X back in September, we learned they were ditching the home screen button log-in for something snazzier: facial...
Zachary Crockett • November 1, 2017

Another year, another ‘Ween

It’s a day of tricks and treats; pumpkins and sweets; racy costumes and Tweets. So, let’s take a peek at some of our favorite...
Zachary Crockett • October 31, 2017

Saudi Arabia has declared the world’s first robot citizen

Last week, we reported on Saudi Arabia’s plan to build a $500B, 10,230-mile “megacity” — a part of the country’s wider plan to become...
Zachary Crockett • October 30, 2017

The art of naming a company in China — so people don’t think it’s a brothel

Earlier this year, McDonald’s sold control of its 2.5k Chinese locations to a state-run conglomerate for $2B. Now, the fast food chain has officially changed...
Zachary Crockett • October 27, 2017

Casper’s war on mattress bloggers

Casper is the biggest player in the bed-in-a-box market. Since launching in 2013, the company has raised $239m from investors at a $750m valuation. In...
Zachary Crockett • October 18, 2017

UberEATS is munching up market share

According to figures leaked to the Financial Times, Uber’s food delivery arm, UberEATS, has grown to represent 10% of the company’s global gross bookings...
Zachary Crockett • October 17, 2017

Sh*t, I’m F*cked: Jason Goldberg, Founder of Fab

Note: Sh*t, I’m F*cked is a series by The Hustle where we ask entrepreneurs about a moment when they felt on the brink of...
Zachary Crockett • October 17, 2017

The Google Home Mini is officially a disaster

Last week, Google announced the Google Home Mini — a smart speaker meant to compete with the likes of Amazon’s Echo Dot — to...
Zachary Crockett • October 13, 2017

Switzerland flushes $2m worth of gold down the toilet every year

A recent study commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment has found that roughly 43 kg (95 lbs) of gold — about...
Zachary Crockett • October 12, 2017

Airbnb’s Chinese rival is doing big things

Tujia, often described as the “Airbnb of China,” has just raised a $300m round, placing its valuation at $1.5B. The company will use its...
Zachary Crockett • October 11, 2017

Sh*t, I’m F*cked: Payal Kadakia, Founder of ClassPass

Note: Sh*t, I’m F*cked is a series by The Hustle where we ask entrepreneurs about a moment when they felt on the brink of...
Zachary Crockett • October 10, 2017

Shopify stock drops $1.5B thanks to a lone blogger

On Wednesday, investment site Citron Research published a scathing accusation that ecommerce platform Shopify — one of 2017’s best-performing tech stocks — is …
Zachary Crockett • October 6, 2017

Ageism and tech go together like PB&J

Here’s a shocker: an analysis of 330,000 employees from 43 U.S. enterprises has proven that ageism definitely exists in tech. But “ageism” probably isn’t what...
Zachary Crockett • September 28, 2017

Silicon Valley’s new obsession: boring-ass startups

Last week Flexport raised a $110m Series C, placing its pre-money valuation at a whopping $800m. This is not a company that makes photo sharing...
Zachary Crockett • September 25, 2017

Billionaires’ first jobs

Every billionaire had to start somewhere — and while some were born on a golden throne, others actually had to earn their fortunes. Aaron …
Zachary Crockett • September 19, 2017

Surprise: apps are still dead in the water

There was a time, long ago, when a wantrepreneur could dream up a new app and get a million first-week downloads. That time, my...
Zachary Crockett • August 28, 2017

A Microsoft font is scandalizing Pakistan’s First Family

Calibri is an unassuming little font: it’s soft, warm, subtly rounded — and, as the default typeface of play-it-safe Microsoft Office, it’s the last creation you’d...
Zachary Crockett • July 13, 2017

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