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There’s a new app on the horizon that helps you file lawsuits, and the founder is a wild cat. The Hustle Sponsored by Josh Browder’s DoNotPay lets users ‘swipe right’ on court settlements and sue for $25k Last week, loose...
By: Wes Schlagenhauf
October 17, 2018
There’s a new app on the horizon that helps you file lawsuits, and the founder is a wild cat.
Josh Browder’s DoNotPay lets users ‘swipe right’ on court settlements and sue for $25k
Last week, loose cannon techie Joshua Browder launched a new version of DoNotPay: a Tinder-esque app that helps users file lawsuits and claim awards from class-action settlements.
And, the people are loving it. In the week since the 21-year-old Stanford student re-released the app, it’s been downloaded more than 10k times.
The Browder family motto? ‘F*ck the system’
Joshua Browder’s great-grandfather was a presidential candidate who ran America’s Communist Party, his grandfather was a National Medal of Science-winning math prodigy, and his father is an investment fund CEO, activist, and the most wanted man in Russia.
But Joshua Browder decided to carve out his personal legacy as a digital vigilante, earning the nickname “Robinhood of the internet” after creating a bot to help people fight parking tickets in court 3 years ago at age 18.
DoNotPay targets bureaucratic systems that are public, but prohibitively time-consuming and expensive. Then, it helps individuals claim everything from expedited DMV appointments to reimbursements for late packages.
Swiping may not find you love, but it will find you lawsuits
Browder has since expanded DoNotPay into a legal services app that lists class-action lawsuits like dating profiles and uses AI to win up to $25k in small-claims court.
The platform offers 15 different “products” ranging from “sue anyone” to “get free prescription drugs.” The “free government and settlement money” option lets users “swipe right to sue” when they find a suit that catches their eye.
Browder told The Washington Post the app has already helped users win $16m in parking ticket fees and an average of $7k in Equifax reimbursement.
Breaking down the bureaucracy
“Your money belongs to you -- big corporations try to take it -- let DoNotPay get it back” prompts the app once downloaded.
The service -- which is funded by customer donations and $1.1m in seed money -- is free, and it lets users keep 100% of the money they win in court. Eventually, Browder plans to charge for case-specific legal assistance, while keeping the app’s 15 existing tools free. Guess it’s time to lawyer up…
Coffee meets lawsuit
Wall Street wants Uber: New proposals from banks value Uber at $120B
The Wall Street Journal reports that Uber received proposals from big bank big boys Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, which value the company at a whopping $120B -- nearly double the $76B price tag it received from a funding round back in August.
Ready for a hot, stanky take?
We smell an IPO.
Uber has been trying to get its ducks in order (or rather, its sh*t together) for an IPO for some time, and documents like this usually indicate the ride-hailing giant is interviewing underwriters for exactly that.
Speaking of underwriting IPOs... this happened on the same day Lyft announced it has selected underwriters for an IPO expected in the first half of 2019 -- and you know Uber ain’t gonna let Lyft cross the finish line first.
Cuttin’ out the ad-man: Clients are moving their content creation in-house
Ad industry giants are getting bested at their own game as more and more clients move their media and creative strategies in-house, leaving little to no use for big, expensive ad agencies.
In fact, according to a new report from the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), 78% of the companies surveyed say they now have in-house agency functions (video production, editorial teams, social media-writing, etc.), compared to 42% in 2008.
In other words, David is actually defeating Goliath -- and ad buyers are getting desperate.
‘Branded content’ has forever given ad execs a nasty eye-twitch
Now it’s a full-on aneurysm.
The trend has pushed advertisers into a financial corner over the years, leading to shady practices that favor their own agency’s production units.
While these things may have helped in the short-term, it’s ultimately pushed even more marketers to go DIY -- and invited the feds to start sniffing around.
The truth hurts
In this day and age, most 13-year-olds living in Ohio have an editing suite in their parents’ basement (and their pockets). Meaning there’s an endless pool of content-creating talent at the disposal of marketers like never before.
Now, we’re finally starting to see just how hard this is hitting agencies -- whether they can recover is another story.
Banking on an iconic brand, the Palm Pilot is back -- but more useless than ever
The Palm Pilot brand is on the rebound with a new “ultra-mobile” Palm phone -- one of several new gadgets trying to use a nostalgic brand to sell a new tech product.
If this is ‘innovation,’ we’ll eat our palms
The most striking thing about the new Palm is how it manages to undermine its own selling points with “features” that are just slightly worse versions of things that already exist.
Palm plans to replace phones with other (slightly smaller) smartphones and eliminate digital distractions by offering all the same apps, just slower. Plus, at $349, it’s more expensive than more powerful real phones, despite its smaller-than-average battery and storage.
Palm’s site highlights its contradictions: “Palm is for those moments when you are more engaged in real life than your device, but you still may want to Snapchat your bestie, Instagram your dinner or text your friends to join.”
Using an old brand to sell new products
When Palm spun off for $53.3B in 2000, it was worth more than its parent company -- and GM and McDonalds. But, unable to compete with the iPhone, Palm sold to HP in 2010 for just $1.2B. Now, 2 former Samsung designers are licensing the brand’s iconic name to relaunch Palm.
Other companies have resuscitated iconic brands: Polaroid revamped its iconic instant camera to make a surprising comeback, and Nintendo successfully revived its classic console to sell new products.
But instead of creating a new product that evokes an old one (like Polaroid) or using an old product to sell a new one (like Nintendo), Palm made a new product with old features.
The Hustle’s Chief Bean Counter, Danny, is fawning over Divvy, which he calls, “the easiest company expense tool app I’ve ever seen.” And Danny has seen A LOT of expense tools.
Divvy eliminates the need to use personal credit cards for company use,
Managers can set up, monitor, and control budgets, and
Expensing is done as you spend, automatically.
Or, more to the point:
Divvy makes company spending simple
The Divvy platform removes the tedium and data entry from company expenses.
Just cut a virtual or physical Divvy card for any employee, then set a budget and off they go. Managers can approve purchases on the fly from the Divvy app, meaning nobody overspends. Ever.
And no more receipt photos or napkin math. With Divvy, every swipe is automatically tracked in a real-time expense dashboard. Plus, Divvy plays nice with accounting tools you’re already using, like Xero or QuickBooks.
It’s corporate expensing you don’t have to think about, which is all Danny’s ever dreamt of-- well, that and a mansion in Malibu.
And if you’re a decision maker who schedules a demo, Divvy will sling ya’ $100 -- fo’ free.