Segway launches a robot assistant…

And mall cops get a new sidekick. The Hustle Tues, Jan 9 Brought to you by Salesforce Essentials… your startup’s 1st love. Can Segway come back from the dead? After 2 years of development, Segway is finally ready to rise from the ashes of disaster with their new Segway Advanced Personal Robot. Known as Loomo, […]

Lindsey Quinn • January 9, 2018

Phillip Morris swears off cigarettes.

And we tootallly believe them… The Hustle Mon, Jan 8 Brought to you by The Art of Charm… social situations, solved. One of the biggest tobacco companies in the world wants people to “quit smoking” cigarettes. It’s a PR ploy. Philip Morris International (PMI) owns 7 of the15 biggest cigarette brands in the world, including […]

Lindsey Quinn • January 8, 2018

Spotify’s going public — and going rogue

They’re not doing the Wall Street song and dance. The Hustle Thur, Jan 4 Brought to you by Blue Apron… your Whole30, delivered. Spotify files for “direct listing” IPO under cover of night Yesterday, sources close to the company revealed that Spotify confidentially filed for IPO at the end of December via “direct listing,” an […]

Lindsey Quinn • January 4, 2018

Otto tried so hard, and got so far…

But in the end, it doesn’t even matter. The Hustle Wed, Jan 3 Brought to you by Skillshare… binge-worthy skill building. Recreational weed is now legal in California. What exactly does that change? Back on November 8, 2016, California voted to pass Prop 64, allowing the legal sale of marijuana not just for medicinal purposes, […]

Lindsey Quinn • January 3, 2018

GUESS WHO'S BACK? (Back again)

    The Hustle’s back. Tell a friend. The Hustle Tues, Jan 2 Hey Hustle fam, long time no see Did you miss us as much as we missed you? Hope so, because you guys helped us kick 2017’s a*s, and we plan to do the same 2018. Last year, our community of users grew […]

Lindsey Quinn • January 2, 2018

It’s our last letter of 2017

And we’re going out in style. The Hustle Fri, Dec 22 Brought to you by Flyby… hangover. A year in review: our top news stories of 2017 It’s been a wild 2017, friends. Since this time last year, The Hustle’s christened 2 new offices, hired 10 people, sent 260 emails, and welcomed over 500k of […]

The Hustle • December 22, 2017

Magic Leap finally has a prototype

Only 7 years and $2B in the making. The Hustle Thur, Dec 21 Brought to you by Dosh… the fat-wallet-app. Cryptocurrency had a wild ride this week Used to be, coins were for parking meters and gumballs. Now, they’re minting millionaires: according to Live Coin Watch, as of 6pm PST last night, the digital coin […]

The Hustle • December 21, 2017

It’s called “microinsurance” — ever heard of it?

No one has, but it’s provocative. And Bima just raised $97m to sell it. The Hustle Wed, Dec 20 Brought to you by Ellebox… make the worst time of the month better, period. Bigger isn’t always better: startup Bima raises $97m to sell “microinsurance” Swedish/British company Bima just raised $97m from insurance giant Allianz to […]

The Hustle • December 20, 2017

Hershey wants to buy SkinnyPop

But putting candy in your popcorn is still gross and weird. The Hustle Tues, Dec 19 Brought to you by Fundrise… invest like the 1%, for $500. VC money funding hits an all-time high, but fewer companies are getting a piece of the pie Market research firm Pitchbook recently found that global venture capital investment […]

The Hustle • December 19, 2017

Taxing meat like cigarettes?

Hey, we all have our vices… The Hustle Mon, Dec 18 Brought to you by Launchpeer… ready to raise your first $100k? Another VC bites the dust: will sex scandals make Silicon Valley the next Hollywood? Last week, in the wake of multiple sexual assault accusations, high-profile Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar announced that he […]

The Hustle • December 18, 2017

Fox and Disney, sittin’ in a $66B tree…

M-E-R-G-I-N-G. The Hustle Fri, Dec 15 Brought to you by Elysium Health… longer lasting human battery. We screwed up: Yesterday, in our “Things You Should” section, one of our writers recommended buying bitcoin and accidentally linked to his own Coinbase account instead of the site’s homepage. We work hard to make sure that our editorial […]

The Hustle • December 15, 2017

Girlboss is back with another $3m…

And so is Sophia Amoruso. The Hustle Thur, Dec 14 Brought to you by Tile… finding lost keys since 2012. VICE-meets-Oprah lovechild Sophia “Girlboss” Amoruso is back: the former CEO, and founder of online retailer Nasty Gal, just raised $3.1m in funding led by Lightspeed Ventures for her new media company, Girlboss — a brand […]

Lindsey Quinn • December 14, 2017

How much would you pay to go “off the grid?”

How much would you pay to go “off the grid?” The Hustle Wed, Dec 13 Brought to you by Soothe… holiday music giving you a headache? Get yourself an on-demand massage. Note: AMA with Brian Scudamore Thursday @ 1 PM PST we will be doing an AMA with Brian Scudamore CEO of 1-800-Got-Junk and popular […]

Lindsey Quinn • December 13, 2017

Apple buys itself a $400m Christmas present

Wouldn’t want Siri to get lonely… The Hustle Tues, Dec 12 Brought to you by Grow… visualized data dashboard heaven. One of tech’s biggest seed investors is a Chinese billionaire you’ve never heard of Most people are familiar with the major venture capital firms backing Silicon Valley’s start-ups: we’re talkin’ Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla […]

Lindsey Quinn • December 12, 2017

San Francisco wages war on robots

Give techies an inch, and they’ll take the whole sidewalk. The Hustle Fri, Dec 8 Brought to you by California Cowboy… holster that phone, partner. Delivery robots just got bot-blocked in San Francisco As drones face increasingly harsh regulations, ground bots have become the new battleground for companies looking to automate deliveries of everything from […]

Lindsey Quinn • December 8, 2017

The US could lose its greatest export

Big data. The Hustle Thur, Dec 7 Brought to you by Crowd Cow… they’ve got the beef. New trade regulations could cost the US “big data” industry $400B Countries all across the globe are working on a series of new trade agreements that could cause the US to lose hold of its most dominant export: […]

Lindsey Quinn • December 7, 2017

"Mom, where do podcasts come from?"

A brief history of “episodic audio blogging.” The Hustle Wed, Dec 6 Brought to you by Salesforce Essentials… a CRM built for the hustle — your hustle. The master has become the student: Apple’s losing its grip on the podcast market Apple just bought a little-known podcast search startup, Pop Up Archive, in an attempt […]

Lindsey Quinn • December 6, 2017

Tencent Music to team up with Spotify?

It could be a supergroup — or a turf war truce. The Hustle Mon, Dec 4 Brought to you by FreshBooks… the “accounting guru” you can’t find on Craigslist. Tencent Music and Spotify are in talks to swap 10% stakes in each other Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings and Sweden’s Spotify AB are reportedly in […]

Lindsey Quinn • December 4, 2017

First rule of the Farmers Business Network?

Never stalk about the Farmers Business Network. The Hustle Fri, Dec 1 Brought to you by tasc Performance… bamboo yourself a favor. Why execs get huge bonuses after running their companies into bankruptcy After getting “crushed by a mountain of debt” and declaring bankruptcy, Toys R Us execs are seeking approval for $16m in bonuses […]

Lindsey Quinn • December 1, 2017

Spiegel goes HAM on social media

He claims Snap’s lagging growth numbers are totally on purpose. The Hustle Thur, Nov 30 Brought to you by Leesa… comfortable people-shelves. Evan Spiegel bashes social media, and we can’t tell if he’s a hypocrite or a genius In light of Snapchat’s massive app redesign, the social messaging app’s fearless leader Evan “the Spiegs” Spiegel […]

Lindsey Quinn • November 30, 2017

Banks won't take weed companies’ cash

But they can’t exactly stuff their $5.2B profits in a mattress… The Hustle Wed, Nov 29 Brought to you by ViewSonic… big screens have all the fun. Weed will be legal in California next year, but banks still can’t house company funds With California set to legalize recreational marijuana next year, potrepreneurs are already projected […]

Lindsey Quinn • November 29, 2017

The Koch bros just took a $650m stake in Time

Where are the Pepshi brothers when you need ‘em? The Hustle Tues, Nov 28 Brought to you by Hotjar… the “all-you-need” web tool. Time, Inc. bought for $2.8B… with a little help from the Koch brothers On Sunday, Midwest-based publisher Meredith inked a deal to buy out Time, Inc. — the company behind mags like […]

Lindsey Quinn • November 28, 2017

4 mins to smarter Monday smalltalk

Here’s all the news you missed last week– from Musk’s $50m bet to a major Macy’s malfunction. The Hustle Mon, Nov 27 Brought to you by Fundrise… become a real estate mogul for $500. While you were sleeping: Here’s the news you missed last week It’s been a slow, nap-filled week for a lot of […]

Lindsey Quinn • November 27, 2017

Uber bribed hackers to cover up a massive cyberattack

Dara K. fires Uber’s chief security officer after uncovering a 57m user-wide breach. The Hustle Wed, Nov 22 Brought to you by Launchpeer… rocket fuel for your startup idea. Sorry news-gobblers, no email tomorrow! For all you non-US readers, Thanksgiving is a National holiday over here in the states, and we’ll be spending the day […]

Lindsey Quinn • November 22, 2017

Media companies just had a miserable month

Vice is set to miss revenue targets by $800m… verrryy edgy… The Hustle Tues, Nov 21 Brought to you by Grow… analytics you can actually understand. 28 days later: It’s been a rough month for media November’s been a wild ride in the world of publishing, with seemingly no brand spared from the wrath of […]

The Hustle • November 21, 2017

College football players are worth +$500k…

At the University of Texas, the average player would make $666k per year. The Hustle Mon, Nov 20 Brought to you by Soothe… a sore back’s BFF. Seattle’s income inequality gap is growing The rainy city has just posted a record high for income inequality that rivals their tech-domination counterpart, San Francisco. Seattle is home […]

The Hustle • November 20, 2017

Wonderful: Airbnb doubles revenue

Did somebody say IPO? The Hustle Fri, Nov 17 Brought to you by Target Open House… your smart-home stylist. 2 for 3 ain’t bad, Airbnb The hotelier of the future is movin’ on up — but not without a fair share of controversy. This week, the company pumped out 2 big wins and one potentially […]

The Hustle • November 17, 2017

Tech millionaire starts new religion

The man who helped invent self-driving cars is working on his next project… a religion. The Hustle Thur, Nov 16 Brought to you by Felix Gray… protect your peepers. Anthony Levandowski wants to start a futuristic religion… seriously The former Google/Uber exec notoriously known for self-driving cars says he is dead-serious about starting a groundbreaking […]

The Hustle • November 16, 2017

How a robotic singing fish made $100m in one year

In the mid- 2000s, Big Mouth Billy Bass was inescapable, and it all started at a small novelty goods manufacturer based in Coppell, Texas. The Hustle Wed, Nov 15 Brought to you by Microsoft The US oil industry just had its biggest boom of the century Yesterday, the International Energy Agency released a 763-page whopper […]

The Hustle • November 15, 2017

Bill Gates buys an entire city

Well, more like a piece of land that he’ll turn into a city. But there’s room for 80,000 of you. The Hustle Tues, Nov 14 Brought to you by Leesa… a mattress that scores you compliments. GE is banking on a new mantra: Less is more Yesterday, the biggest manufacturing company in the US announced […]

The Hustle • November 14, 2017

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