Articles by Joshua Fruhlinger
We've tracked Elon Musk's SpaceX since mid-2016. Here's where - and how much - it's been hiring since then.
With an uptick in hiring and a $375 million cash from Alphabet, Oscar Health gets a second wind
Titles with the term "deep learning" are on the rise at the Cupertino tech giant.
CEO Evan Spiegel's approval rating dropped from 93% to 25% in less than a year.
In honor of International Cat Day, we take a look at what our furry friends are eating (and relieving themselves on) most.
From cool toys, to videogames, to batteries and Q-tips, these items dominated sales ranks at Walmart last month.
Here are the largest shopping centers of America, and who owns them.
On Apple's App Store, the Facebook app scores a ho-hum 3.2 out of 5 stars. On Google's Android Play Store, it gets a healthier 4.02 out of 5.
SpaceX is accelerating hiring for its human-grade Dragon 2 team as it readies for test launches this fall.
After a massive hiring slow down last spring, Tesla appears to back on the workforce-expansion path.
Now that it's back in stock, Nintendo's $59 NES Classic Edition jumped to the top of Best Buy's sales ranks in July. Meanwhile, Amazon Fire Stick and Apple AirPods continued to sell well.
Now that Sonos is going public, how does it compare to Bose when it comes to social following and company culture?
How do two of America's most beloved - and ubiquitous - breakfast restaurants compare when it comes to location data?
It's not a big surprise that 4K Blu-Ray buyers love their sci-fi, especially Blade Runner.
In June, SpaceX listed jobs with "BFR" in their titles for the first time. Here are those positions and what they could mean.
TJ Maxx discount data, when tracked over time, reveals a fascinating pattern as to how the company slashes prices and moves inventory.
Twitter is building a "Media Understanding" group that will use machine learning to cut troublesome content
With a focus on machine learning experts, Twitter is hiring aggressively to create tools designed to moderate discussion on the social network.
Lululemon has been looking for a new CEO to take on the athleisure giant for a while. Now that Sephora's Calvin McDonald has been given the job, here's the employee sentiment he's about to confront.
They key to getting people in your restaurants doors? Slash prices for a day.
Hiring at Snap is down except for in some strategically critical divisions that show where the company is now focused
Elon Musk's SpaceX had 556 openings in May. Today, there are just 285. But don't panic - this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
1.1 million rooms, 30 brands, and 6,000 properties. Here they all are mapped.
Wayfair has screamed from a humble e-commerce startup selling equipment racks in 2002 to a nearly $5 billion e-commerce giant. How'd they do it, and what can we learn?
With the abrupt closing of Chef'd, how do the two meal-kit market leaders fare in terms of business health? We look at the data.
It's time to give back - here's your chance to get one of just five special-edition Thinknum t-shirts to show that you're ahead of the data curve.
After almost 2 months of slowdowns, it appears Tesla is aggressively hiring again.
Prime Day isn't over yet, but here's what sold best yesterday during the annual sale's first few hours
Prime Day is growing in popularity, as evidenced by "talking about" activity on Facebook from Prime Days past
Google Chromecast has struggled to keep up with the Amazon Fire TV until now. Can it keep up the sales momentum or is this just a price-related blip?
Despite a rough week for the chain after a fumbled promotion that resulted in thousands of unhappy customers, the company has a strong retail footprint that's likely to see it through
The average best-selling item sold at Best Buy is $125. Here's how product releases and holidays move that number over time.
After one-too-many PR disasters for Papa John's Pizza, founder John Schnatter has stepped down. Here's the workplace culture at the company over the past year according to Glassdoor.
On June 12, Nintendo announced that popular videogame Fortnite would be coming to its Switch console that very same day. Within 24 hours, viewers for the game on Twitch.tv jumped 300%.
We take a look at hundreds of Jamba Juice locations and hundreds of thousands of lines of menu data to cost-average by state.
Think you can wait it out and grab a used Tesla for cheap? Think again.
Usage of Tinder, the iconic swipey dating app, appears to be heating up as temperatures do the same.
With a huge $1.1 billion valuation and $225 million from Uber along with inclusion in the Uber app, LimeBike is looking to land talent in 58 major areas. Here's where.
Sales ranks for Oculus, Vive, PlayStation VR, and Samsung Gear units are all declining at Amazon.com.
Ratings for Parneros were down significantly since the new year, as our data shows.
Of the top-10 best selling videogames at Amazon in June, 8 were for the Nintendo Switch console.
As Macy's prepares to launch its iconic 4th of July fireworks display, here's a data-based look at the company
Today, HTC announced it would cut 1,500 jobs from its Taiwan manufacturing unit. This comes after sagging sales and slumping employee morale, as our data shows.
Amazon sales-rank data for June is in, and original titles rule all, including Black Panther, Jumanji, and more.
As Toys R Us closes its last sets of doors, we take a look at what the beloved toy store leaves behind
Based on Glassdoor CEO ratings, here are the 10 CEOs with the lowest employee ratings for June, 2018
The company is hiring dozens of "Delivery Experience Specialists" who handle "delivery day" for new Teslas and their new owners.
According to Facebook Were Here counts, foot traffic at Costco has surpassed that of Walmart's Sam's Club.
After our Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out map went viral, we were asked to include midwest-favorite Portillos. We also look at the massive footprint of Five Guys.
This $9.99 adapter is a consistent best-seller at Best Buy as consumers continue to struggle with the iPhone's lack of headphone port
Thousands of locations throughout the world and more than 8,000 jobs could be under the microscope as the company gets slammed by 33% EU tariffs.
One of the world's largest bulge bracket banks, Bank of America is hiring for 10,593 positions as of Friday. More than 1,000 of those positions are client services representatives. This, and more in this morning's quick take.
The Big Apple leads The Emerald City, at least when it comes to hiring activity in the past year.
Hiring activity at the company has dipped precipitously since the beginning of the month.
You may like one over the other, but chances are you don't have much of a choice based on where you live. Here's how the two compare on the map.
Gatorade's popularity has been waning, as our data shows. Can a new sugar-free version turn things around?
Audi, Mercedes, and BMW vehicles have all seen their resale values drop since 2015. Here's the data.
The Phoenix-based organic grocery clearly has its sights set firmly on Whole Foods, as our Thinknum Data Lab map shows.
A look at Glassdoor ratings over time for the two companies as they prepare to become one
For months, Fitbit activity and sales have been on the downslope. We take a look at the small universe of fitness trackers to determine if consumer interest in the product and practice is eroding.
The company has responded to our report, admitting that the numbers are misleading. Be careful out there, crypto investors.
Turns out people would rather have cheap pancakes instead of burgers from the restaurant chain
After 73% reduction in hiring, Tesla has announced a 9% cut in its jobforce. Meanwhile, the company is dropping more jobs from its recruitment site nightly. Here's how it looks today.
Sure, the internet is great and all, but there's a certain something about a good ol' magazine. Here are the ones people are subscribing to most according to Amazon.
A proudly touted engagement number on the blockchain startup's homepage appears be machine-generated as well as possibly manipulated around the time of a writeup in Wired.
In May, there were 3,214 open positions at Tesla. Today, there are 2,049. For a company that's supposedly ramping up car deliveries, something doesn't add up.
People deal with loss in many ways. In the case of Anthony Bourdain, many are doing so by reading his books as they shoot to best-seller positions at Amazon.
Facebook will be shuttering its "Trending" news feature, and hiring for any editorial news positions has all but dried up.
As people look for options outside of TV and streaming service, watching others play videogames is becoming big business.
For the first time, Subway is looking outside the DeLuca family for a new CEO as sales slip. Here's how employees are reacting to the changes.
A month after promising to hire 400 people per week in May, data shows just the opposite: hiring is down at Tesla, including Fremont
A graduation favorite from Dr. Seuss ranks at the top just behind a popular recipe book.
As the ride sharing service looks to expand internationally before a long-awaited IPO, we look at the data
With a new facility in Oregon and uptick in hardware engineering positions for CPU validation, it certainly appears that Apple is making its own CPUs in a future break from Intel.
When comparing smart speaker sales at Best Buy - the only place where you can buy all three major brands - Amazon'd Echo Dot rules the space.
With $424 million in losses and dwindling retail foot traffic, Sears is closing another 72 stores. Here's what its retail footprint looks like, before and after.
After a stalled merger with local competitor Tujia, AirBnB hiring trend data suggests the company is poised to make a serious play for China.
Tracking eHealth health-insurance quotes over time reveals surges in activity at end of year, right when people jump on Obamacare open enrollment
In March, the network saw a massive Facebook lift. Now that it's canceled Roseanne, its Facebook page is surging with activity. Here's what it looks like.
As the company shutters 8,000 stores to train 175,000 employees on racial bias sensitivity, we look at the company's current retail footprint in the US
You'd think that the holiday weekend would bring huge crowds to the happiest place on earth. But you'd be wrong.
As Harvey Weinstein is escorted out of a courtroom in handcuffs, his company sunk with him.
As the once-mighty media company shuts its doors and looks for future suitors, we take a look at how remaining employees are feeling through the guise of Glassdoor.
Trump does most of his political messaging on Twitter, so we looked at how he measures up against other top users on the platform.
It appears that Match.com is on a steady decline in favor among singles.
Hiring data shows that Ford is about to take autonomous vehicles very, very seriously
The wireless earbuds that were once the joke of tech are now among the best-selling products
When we uncover the data behind Planet Fitness' footprint strategy, a fascinating story emerges.
People tend to listen to Spotify the most in the late afternoon and into the evening.
Anecdotal evidence pointed to increased adoptions after the movie's release. We have the evidence that you've been waiting for.
The great thing about the App Store is that people can review apps. In some cases, thousands of people make it known that a particular app is really, really bad. Here are the ones people hate most.
Despite a favorable brand image, Renaissance hotels has been on a bizarre Facebook follower slide for two years.
A recent spike in hardware engineering openings could signal renewed efforts to design and build new products
The number of Twitter users Facebook follows jumped 60% (from 101-160) since May 1. Many are influential journalists who have covered Facebook.
Tesla needs to ramp-up Model 3 production. But hiring data shows that the company just cut 10% of its job openings.
Under fire for allegedly faking stream numbers, app-review data suggests the company could be gaming iOS and Google play numbers, too.
It's no secret that brands go through discounting phases, but seeing when they tend to happen can make you a smarter gamer.
With news of a $1.2 billion acquisition of Glassdoor by Japan's Recruit Holdings, we take a look at how the company rates on its own platform.
The two biggest ride-sharing apps aren't close when it comes to usage numbers. But that could change.
Takeda is about to acquire Adderrall drugmaker Shire for $62 billion. Here's what they're getting (aside from the drugs).
Despite privacy concerns, millions of users continue to use Facebook to login to their apps. Here are the top-20 most-used apps in April.
Here's what people bought most of when it comes to actual, physical music in the month of April.
Beloved in the 90s, ridiculed in the 00s, and coming back in 2018. Or are they?
Garden City, NY takes top honors when it comes to storage prices. Norman, OK is the cheapest.
With a hiring spree for Apple News developers followed by an editorial hiring period, it's clear that Apple is aiming to get into the news game
More computer-on-computer attacks occur from Mexico against US machines. But when it comes to the most common type of digital attack, it's all happening here, in America.
Now that the S9 has been selling for a couple months, we compared Best Buy sales ranks for the two devices. An iPhone X resurgence may be taking place.
As Musk snubs Wall Street, Tesla employees are taking to Glassdoor to make their disenchantment with the company known.
The Fire Stick and Echo dot - both under $50 - were Amazon's top-10 devices for the month of April.
With similar products and approaches, Walmart and Target have very different approaches when it comes to choosing locations to attract different customers.
After years of consistent growth on Facebook, Southwest is seeing its first decline in popularity after two safety incidents.
Epic Games' Fortnite: Battle Royale dominated Twitch.tv, the top game streaming site, with hundreds of thousands of concurrent viewers
Even after the option to login to dating-app Bumble via phone numbers, users continue to login via Facebook despite privacy concerns.
Missouri has the cheapest burritos. These and more Burrito Index facts.
Tesla aims to hire "400 people per week for several weeks" at its Fremont and battery Gigafactory in Sparks, NV. Here's where they're at with those job openings now.
After years of C-level tumult, HSN's new CEO isn't winning favor with his embattled employees.
Data shows downturns in fitness tracker usage and even cooling sales.
In the case of Shazam, a DC movie of the same name had people talking about it. But now people are talking about the company's Apple acquisition.
Job openings at Apple with the term "Siri" in their titles have been on the rise. But so have "Alexa" jobs at Amazon.
Rumors that Amazon is creating an Alexa robot at its Sunnyvale Lab126 are swirling. Hiring data seems to support the notion.
According to loans issued by industry leader Lending Club, teachers take out more loans than any other profession.
The world's most basic brand is becoming one of its most recognized. And it's growing into real estate, hospitality, and even $27,000 huts.
Used car prices vary wildly over time at CarMax - here's how the top car prices change over time
Purina tops pet-food ranks at Walmart while Taste of the Wild rules Amazon
Google, Apple, and Microsoft also have thousands of people inaccurately claiming to work for them on LinkedIn.
With job listings on the rise at Trump Organization, especially in its spa and golf operations, we take a look at job opportunities at the President's leisure operations.
When it comes to social checkins, movie theaters and fast food rule the world.
In the same week that it claimed 125 million subscribers, Netflix lists 500 job openings for the first time
Nothing can stand in the way between singles and their need for love. Not even their personal data.
Toyota's stalwart Camry is hurting - but this time it's the software that's making buyers return what was once America's best-selling car
Twitter has become President Trump's most valuable messaging platform. Who sits at the top of Twitter, and what do they do?
After years of meteoric growth and social goodwill, the Seattle coffee giant's following is sinking on social media
UPDATED: Described by CNN as "the most devastating... takedown of a sitting president in modern history," the ex FBI director's tell-all comes out tomorrow.
Hiring is slowing down. LinkedIn employee counts are sagging. Employee approval ratings are below 50%. What's next for Buzzfeed and Vox?
If data-based history tells us anything, Nordstrom is about to go deep on discounts. Maybe.
After bringing on Google's AI chief, Apple's Siri hiring continues full force.
After a year of accelerating hiring activity, Facebook cools its jets as it weathers a rough PR storm.
Here's what people were buying at Best Buy in the month of March, 2018.
Beloved monthly beauty subscription box service often hires more interns than it does full-time workers. Could this be part of its strategy to remain creatively fresh?
A recent drop in tenants as big companies like Sears shutter may be troubling, but subsequent mall transitions could be long-term good news
"Everything must go" is the oldest retail trick in the business, and it's working for Toys R Us.
The Counter's Impossible Burger tops the charts - and it's not even really a burger.
Or something like that. Here's how e-book and physical book best-sellers lists compared at Amazon for March.
Mapping Microsoft Store locations reveals a not-surprising me-too strategy.
Apple may be hiring 161 engineers to give Siri some smarts, but Amazon is hiring almost 4 times that for its Alexa voice assistant.
Who's spinning the hamster wheels at Sinclair Broadcasting? Hundreds of unpaid interns.
Heading out to get a new used ride? Have we got a deal for you!
Siri needs to catch up when it comes to AI smarts, so Apple is hiring 161 engineers to teach her some tricks. But is it enough?
When it comes to Facebook followers, the New York Yankees win.
Today, Apple refreshed its iPad with a focus on education. Can the strategic tweak save slipping sales?
How do NRA supporters respond to the Parkland shooting? They follow the organization on Twitter.
Being an ugly best-seller isn't easy. But making profits when you discount as much as 50% is near impossible.
It started as a simple Kickstarter campaign and turned into one of the most-successful phone accessory brands.
Who reigns supreme in the fast food race? Data with a side of maps comin' right up.
Elon Musk deleted his Facebook account, along with those of Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity. Here are some of the impressive usage trails they left behind on the social network.
Managing fallout from its recent data scandal, Facebook promised the world that it would crack down on abuse. So who's going to do it?
Mike Pence's daughter created book about a rabbit who hangs out in high places, but it's been outranked and outsold by a version created by John Oliver.
The good - and bad - sides of data harvesting
Chipotle Mexican Grill once only targeted high-income areas. That appears to be changing.
Logitech dominates in the home control space, but for how long? We look at the company's history of poor reviews for its flagship products.
Make no mistake: The world is racing toward a future dominated by electric vehicles. We look at how often Tesla installs chargers and list out the top cities with chargers.
The food delivery service has changed the restaurant industry forever. Here's a snapshot of the data.
Americans love debt. But just how much? Some charts to give you something to ponder.
Printers were once well-engineered, expensive affairs. These days, they're $50 subscription machines.
Reports that the company is shedding 100 engineers may be a sign of contraction, but 159 openings as of today says otherwise.
Fresh data on who, what, and where Apple is hiring. Hint: thousands of engineers in Santa Clara Valley.
The massive crowds who descended on the gym following New Year's have all gone back to... whatever unhealthy things they were doing before.
The Nissan Altima and Ford Escape top the nation's most-popular used cars according to our data via CarMax.
After a scandal-racked summer and CEO ouster, Uber employees are more positive
Like In-N-Out Burger, Del Taco hasn't made its way to the Big Apple.
The final frontier may involve ordering what you need before you need it.
Our data shows Facebook continues to invest - heavily - in its Oculus VR technology
Hundreds of millions of people are logging in for a fix every day. It's just a game, though, right?
The iPhone X brought favorable sales for Apple. Three months after launch, sales rankings are settling at top-retailer Best Buy.
Despite positive growth, customers turn away from the meal-kit service on major holidays.
Logging in via Facebook makes things easy. It also unveils much about humanity.
A massive hiring slowdown began in November 2017. We take a look at the data.
If videogames are to be blamed for school shootings, the most-popular games should feature tons of guns. They don't.
If you thought Apple products were expensive, look here.
With over 14,000 locations in the US, here's a quick look at America's number-one burger brand.
Layoffs, poor sales, missed opportunities all add up for some dismal numbers.
You'd think people would be swiping on February 14, but the data shows otherwise.
The Olympic phenomenon may have just predicted the future of streaming services.
Choosing to buy HomePod is one thing. Choosing its color is an entirely different conundrum.
Big jumps in CEO rating and compensation satisfaction point to positive change at the company.
The restaurant chain reported better-than-expected Q4 results as a result of higher prices. Here's how much higher.
From a $500 1-bedroom in Columbus, OH to a $3,500 2-bedroom in Chatham, NJ, you too can have it all.
Surpassing Cards Against Humanity, Uno, and Connect Four, this game has become the party favor of choice.
Hardware engineering openings at the company exploded from 665 to 1,198 in just 4 months.
A report released to Thinknum Media this morning says these devices aren’t just streaming Netflix: they leave you wide open. A hacker could access them remotely and implement a disturbing array of disruptions
The new lower-cost, hipster-friendly iteration of Whole Foods has shoppers buzzing and buying.
Once a huge presence at the Super Bowl and in the sports world, Gatorade is on the digital decline.
The self-storage business isn’t the most complex thing in the world: lease space, divvy it up, and rent it out at competitive, yet profitable prices. You won't be surprised to learn that Texarkana is cheap, and NYC is crazy expensive.
How to stalk us.
In the middle of a media storm about her working-woman image, the average price of her clothing line dropped by almost half, and then more.
There are 9 chain pharmacies in my neighborhood, and 9 chain pharmacies in Wyoming. How does your locality stack up?
At America's largest retailers, the iPhone X and iPad are not Apple's hottest sellers. In fact, most are products from a time gone by.
As small theaters close, data shows decelerating foot traffic growth at major chains.
President Trump will no doubt boast about job growth in his State of the Union. Much of that growth is in the war industry.
Some may not like what the book is about, but 1.7 million people have kept it red hot at #1
TurboTax and H&R Block lead the Facebook like war... so far.
Walmart's growth has slowed way down over the past 2 years, but in its heyday, the chain staged some of the most aggressive growth in retail history.
What was once the stuff of the rich and geeky is now mainstream TV tech.
Glassdoor ratings are tanking as the company seems to be doing something similar.
Carmax sells a lot of used cars. Are their prices for luxury cars fair?
A sudden uptick in design and engineering openings at its Santa Clara HQ has us curious.
When can you get the deepest discounts? We've got the data right here.
Sometimes people panic order. This is what they order most.
Watching the day-by-day decimation of EA's Facebook "likes" as they botched the launch of Battlefront II.
What's the optimum business model? It's pretty sweet owning your own supply chain AND distribution chain...
Recent reports rumoring an iPhone X cancellation don't hold up when one looks at US sales data.
We spin this disk in remembrance of you....
Recent Sam's Club closures are being called a one-time thing, but the data says otherwise.
You may be coveting the latest and hottest in smartphone tech... but that's not the way most Walmart customers shop.
Turns out expensive produce does well where people can afford to buy it.
Barrow, Alaska is home to polar bears, 24-hour sun, and an Apple reseller.
When "4,900 singles online now" isn't really 4,900 singles online now.
He said it was a best-seller. And maybe Milo has seen some alternative sales charts. But we have the facts.
With better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings, the Mexican chain is making more on burritos. Here's what they cost in different cities.
Turns out this "Cuffing Season" thing is real, and we have the numbers to prove it.
They're cute, they're cuddly, and sales numbers already show that the Porg could be a merchandising win for Disney.
Your day at the gym isn't just a workout - it's a social experience you share with your friends (and total strangers)
We tell the stories in the numbers. Here's our mission, and a note from our publisher.