Conor Grant
Writer, The Hustle

Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man are stubbing out their smokes… to find a corona-cure

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: The cure to COVID-19 could come from the same stuff that fills up a Camel cigarette. Yes,...
Conor Grant • April 1, 2020

Eggs are as expensive as ever, but bacon’s a bargain. Why?

Egg prices have increased nearly 250% from 84¢ to $2.93 for a dozen in the US this year, making huevos a better investment than...
Conor Grant • March 31, 2020

The Internet Archive is writing a new chapter in the ongoing battle over e-books

Last week, the Internet Archive launched a National Emergency Library, making 1.4m+ books — including copyrighted titles — immediately available to readers across the...
Conor Grant • March 31, 2020

Borders are closing (like everything else). That’s particularly bad news for ‘border-conomies’

Across the world, governments are closing borders to contain the coronavirus.  Border closures affect many businesses with international supply chains: According to a recent …
Conor Grant • March 26, 2020

The Waffle House Index just hit a code red

Photo: Wikipedia Yesterday, Waffle House declared a #WaffleHouseIndexRed, reporting that 418 of its restaurants across the country had been closed due to the coronavirus …
Conor Grant • March 26, 2020

Big Businesses and Average Joes are lining up for corona cash. But who’ll get what?

This week, Subway and Mattress Firm announced plans to stop paying rent in the coming months due to corona-closures.  Millions of workers who recently lost...
Conor Grant • March 26, 2020

Businesses of all sizes pivot to battle the pandemic — and to stay afloat

Just over 3 weeks ago, the World Health Organization warned that global medical supplies (like masks, hand sanitizer, and ventilators) weren’t sufficient to meet...
Conor Grant • March 24, 2020

Amazon’s hiring laid-off small biz workers. What does that mean for the long-term labor market?

With millions of shoppers stuck in their houses, Amazon is becoming an even more important destination for consumers.  Rising order volumes will test the company’s...
Conor Grant • March 23, 2020

A consumer’s guide to the coronavirus

The economy is in freefall. Businesses are hurting, and so are their customers and their employees. And if you’re stuck at home, but you want...
Conor Grant • March 20, 2020

Zoom is taking over our lives. Things are getting weird.

The video-conferencing service Zoom is hosting your work meetings, your church services, your college classes, your art shows, your birthday parties, and your blind...
Conor Grant • March 18, 2020

In tough times, restaurants roll out a new investment opportunity: ‘Dining bonds’

Gift cards — which offer much-needed liquidity to small businesses — are a good way for consumers to help out cash-strapped companies during the...
Conor Grant • March 18, 2020

Why is everyone talking about buybacks?

Yesterday, China’s JD.com made news when it announced it would buy back $2B in stocks. This past weekend, a consortium of 8 big banks —...
Conor Grant • March 17, 2020

Here’s what you need to know about ‘circuit breakers’

Yesterday, America’s 3 major stock indexes — the S&P 500, the Dow Jones, and the Nasdaq — halted stock trading for 15 minutes after...
Conor Grant • March 16, 2020

What does the coronavirus mean for business?

By Conor Grant Whether you’ve been told to work from home indefinitely, leave your college campus mid-semester, or cancel plans to catch a Broadway show...
Conor Grant • March 12, 2020

The NFL is going after international players — but it really wants international fans

The NFL plans to expand its International Player Pathway Program for the 2020 season, CNBC reports. Since 2017, the IPP has invited a handful of...
Conor Grant • March 11, 2020

As the influencer industry evolves, creators are cashing in with ‘content collectives’

TikTok’s most popular creator, Loren Gray, has more than 40m followers. On YouTube, PewDiePie has more than 100m followers. By lip-synching along to popular songs...
Conor Grant • March 11, 2020

What happens when you make a product for a tiny niche — and then everyone wants it?

Photo via Slightly Robot We’re about to find out, thanks to a startup called Slightly Robot. The startup’s sole product — until last week — was...
Conor Grant • March 10, 2020

Why in the name of Kirkland Signature does Costco sell $600k wedding rings?

Last week, Costco announced that one of its shoppers had shelled out $600k for a “high-value large-carat diamond.” For those of us who buy bulk...
Conor Grant • March 9, 2020

Here’s how the Marucci baseball bat biz went from the backyard to the big league

Yesterday, the baseball bat company Marucci sold to the investment firm Compass for $200m.  Marucci started out as a backyard hobby project. But by partnering...
Conor Grant • March 9, 2020

The skies are filled with ‘ghost planes’ thanks to the strange market for flight slots

Across Europe, empty planes are flying back and forth from airport to airport thanks to a bizarre rule that requires airlines to use at...
Conor Grant • March 8, 2020

In Mongolia, cashmere is king… but it could cause the economy to slowly unravel

Mongolia is the cashmere capital of the world. The world’s most sparsely populated sovereign country is home to less than 3.3m people… and 27m...
Conor Grant • March 5, 2020

A new bean baron has planted seeds of doubt about Monsanto’s soy supremacy

Monsanto, which was bought by Bayer in a $63B mega-deal in 2018, has dominated the $4B American soybean-seed market since the 1990s. But due to...
Conor Grant • March 4, 2020

Eager to make their own ‘mafias,’ startups are launching funds to invest in ex-employees

After former PayPal employees went on to launch a string of hugely successful companies — including Tesla, LinkedIn, SpaceX, YouTube, Yelp, and Palantir —...
Conor Grant • March 3, 2020

After ups and downs, Thyssenkrupp sells its elevator business at a top-floor price

Thyssenkrupp, the German engineering giant, announced last week that it would sell its elevator business to a group of private equity companies for $18.9B...
Conor Grant • March 2, 2020

Best Buy’s Progressive Leasing can leave customers paying double

Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Last Spring, Best Buy began offering Progressive Leasing, which enables customers with bad credit to pay for big purchases...
Conor Grant • February 27, 2020

Airbnb gets serious about party prevention with new anti-party sensors

Last week, Airbnb began offering its hosts discounts on “three of the top party prevention devices.” The company claims these little party poopers are a...
Conor Grant • February 26, 2020

Rolls-Royce sells exclusivity through a new app called ‘Whispers’

Yesterday, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars launched a new app called “Whispers” to Rolls-Royce owners in the UK, the US, Europe, and the Middle East. The luxury...
Conor Grant • February 25, 2020

Richard Branson is betting big on… party boats?

Last week, British billionaire Richard Branson introduced the world to his newest business venture: the booze cruise (adults only, of course). It’s called ‘Virgin …
Conor Grant • February 24, 2020

The company that makes the tags on your T-shirts is worth ~$500m. How?

SML Group, a Hong Kong-based company that makes many of the little labels that go on retail clothes, is up for sale.  And, according to...
Conor Grant • February 24, 2020

Richard Branson is betting big on… party boats?

Last week, British billionaire Richard Branson introduced the world to his newest business venture: the booze cruise (adults only, of course). It’s called ‘Virgin …
Conor Grant • February 23, 2020

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