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Text messaging startup used in midterms fires third of staff (Dem. Astroturing)
The Hill ^ | 01/12/19 | Chris Mills Rodrigo

Posted on 01/12/2019 4:26:45 PM PST by yesthatjallen

Hustle, a text-messaging startup that worked closely with several Democratic candidates in the 2018 elections, fired a third of its staff this week.

CEO Roddy Lindsay announced the move via a blog post on Thursday.

"While we are incredibly proud of our impact in the 2018 midterms, delivering more than 200 million text messages to and from voters, it was an enormous operational challenge supporting such an effort; one that required a team size that is not yet sustainable for us on an ongoing basis," Lindsay wrote.

"And while we have an exciting set of initial commercial customers using Hustle successfully, it was premature to aggressively expand our team — we need the time to do the research with our customers and build the right product to support industries beyond politics and non-profits."

Hustle, which raised more than $40 million in venture capital funding, specializes in building packages for campaigns to deliver text messages to their contact lists.

In the midterm elections, Hustle provided that service to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee and 45 state Democratic parties.

Because of decreased demand after the election, Hustle is letting 47 people go from its San Francisco, New York and Washington offices.

In his blog post, Lindsay apologized for mishandling the company’s growth, calling the experience “truly humbling.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2018; betotexts; campaigndonors; democrats; election; howtostealanelection; hustle
A Democratic group called 'Hustle'.

I wonder if the employees were told they were only needed until after the midterms and were therefore disposable.

1 posted on 01/12/2019 4:26:45 PM PST by yesthatjallen
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To: yesthatjallen

Waa the fake bomber in the ice cream truck fired too?


2 posted on 01/12/2019 4:30:18 PM PST by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: yesthatjallen

>>”While we are incredibly proud of our impact in the 2018 midterms, delivering more than 200 million text messages to and from voters

is this the Rat operation that sent me numerous texts from Midge, Cheri, Maddison, (not their real names) etc. telling me to go out and vote for Bozo, er RoBErTO O’Rourke?

They didn’t have the “right” name for my number (not even close) and I’ve had my number for over 20 years but they swore their database was accurate.


3 posted on 01/12/2019 4:31:53 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: a fool in paradise

Getting rid of the evidence


4 posted on 01/12/2019 4:32:51 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: a fool in paradise

yes...the company that routinely violated the law when it refused to stop sending me text after text during the election..


5 posted on 01/12/2019 4:38:07 PM PST by willyd (I for one welcome our NSA overlords)
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Hustle, which raised more than $40 million in venture capital funding

I wonder who the primary donors were. I doubt that it is like the GoFundMe for the wall with more than 340,000 donors of more than 20 million dollars in just 29 days. All Dems need are a few billionaires and they have all the money they can spend.

6 posted on 01/12/2019 4:44:03 PM PST by Freee-dame (Best election ever! 2016)
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To: yesthatjallen

Seems kind of like fake news. “Fired” suggests they were cut loose for some sort of impropriety, whereas it seems they were merely laid off because their services were no longer needed after the election. It’s kind of like saying that the harvesters were “fired” after the crop was harvested.


7 posted on 01/12/2019 4:44:25 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: yesthatjallen
This group were sending fake text messages lies to registered Female Republican lying about a huge Surge in Gop woman supporting the Nut job Black socialist FL crook, Gullium.

I think they stupidly helped scare more Female gopers get out and to vote Desantis .

I saw the messages from out of state numbers .

8 posted on 01/12/2019 4:46:01 PM PST by ncalburt (Gop DC Globalists out themselve)
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To: a fool in paradise
is this the Rat operation that sent me numerous texts from Midge, Cheri, Maddison, (not their real names) etc. telling me to go out and vote for Bozo, er RoBErTO O’Rourke?

Could be.

Did you save the texts? Do they contain info on who sent them?

They could be 'evidence'.

9 posted on 01/12/2019 4:48:45 PM PST by yesthatjallen
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To: Freee-dame

>>All Dems need are a few billionaires and they have all the money they can spend.

Pssst. President Obama gave out TRILLIONS of US money to connected interests.

The Democrats are funded for a long time.

How much of this $40,000,000 for this Democrat get out the votes operation was just simply a federal election contribution with a built in “tax loss writeoff”?


10 posted on 01/12/2019 4:51:04 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: yesthatjallen

I still have the texts. I added the numbers to my blocked list.

And I responded once after a few had been received and let them know they were unwelcome and erroneous. they responded and said their list was good. I continued to receive at least one more text.

Don’t know if they continued sending to my number after I blocked them.


11 posted on 01/12/2019 4:53:02 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: ncalburt

Was that the target? Swoony Female Republicans?

Because when they contacted me, they repeatedly believed me to be a woman (with a name unlike my own).

And the senders claimed to be women.


12 posted on 01/12/2019 4:54:46 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: yesthatjallen

Did Chinese or Russian or other foreign nationals invest in this “company”?


13 posted on 01/12/2019 4:56:29 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: yesthatjallen

So they’re merging with Grindr?


14 posted on 01/12/2019 5:11:37 PM PST by struggle
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To: yesthatjallen

Wonder if they fired them via text?


15 posted on 01/12/2019 5:24:15 PM PST by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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To: yesthatjallen

Now I know someone to blame for all that text spam.


16 posted on 01/12/2019 5:28:50 PM PST by Ingtar
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To: yesthatjallen

The damage is already done. Hustle had a HUGE impact in 2018, as did ShareBlue. the GOP has NOOOOO counterparts to either. Thus, as ever...THE STUPID PARTY moniker is well-earned.


17 posted on 01/12/2019 5:36:28 PM PST by montag813
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To: a fool in paradise
Pssst. President Obama gave out TRILLIONS of US money to connected interests.

You are correct, almost a trillion dollars every year, money which went unknown places. It is discouraging.

18 posted on 01/12/2019 5:42:25 PM PST by Freee-dame (Best election ever! 2016)
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To: a fool in paradise

If you have the number, you can do a reverse phone number look-up search and see what turns up.


19 posted on 01/12/2019 6:00:59 PM PST by yesthatjallen
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To: a fool in paradise
Yes , these lefties send texts to Any Female Registered Gop thinking the
were weak link .
Wrong .

All The woman in the Local Gop offices got them including the woman in charge .

It ticked them off .

They knew it was a scam .

20 posted on 01/13/2019 12:01:08 PM PST by ncalburt (Gop DC Globalists out themselveking/its population here and Canada)
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