We have failed

I wrote a post for Initial Commit about how we, as a generation of designers and developers, have failed. Failed spectacularly. Failed to make interfaces that are usable, failed to make software that is intuitive, and failed to make products that normal people can understand. Check out the full version... [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant

I went to Paris, here are some words

Thanks to a complicated series of events and (possibly) mistaken identity, I found myself in Paris last week for three days. A large global bank were under the false impression that I could help fix their doomed business models and funded the entire trip. I went to Viva Technology — which has usurped the... [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant

Convert Microsoft Excel files into SQL databases

If you've ever needed to migrate data from a 'flat file' format into a relational database, you'll wish you already knew about 'sqlizer'. sqlizer.io is a web-based tool that takes a file (Excel xlsx, comma-separated, tab-separated, XML or JSON) - automatically determines the structure - then generates an SQL script,... [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant on Web applications

The most popular passwords of 2015

Hint: they're all awful; 123456 password 12345678 qwerty 12345 123456789 football 1234 1234567 baseball welcome 1234567890 abc123 111111 1qaz2wsx dragon master monkey letmein login princess qwertyuiop solo password starwars If you'd like to show users how good/bad their password choices are, Dropbox have open-sourced a realistic password estimator called zxcvbn.... [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant on Security

Five success criteria for startups

I have been lucky enough to see “under the hood” of 100s of startup companies — mostly early-stage web technology companies — and I’ve spotted some patterns. That is to say, startups that I’ve seen succeed often adhere to many of these criteria. These aren’t “hard and fast” rules, but they are ways of... [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant on Business and Ideas

Inside the PXP3 Slim Station

The 'PXP3 Slim Station' is a 'knock off' handheld games console. Made in China and unbranded, it's packaged in a smaller version of a Sony PSP case - cloned of course. It runs a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in the US) emulator and comes with a built in selection of... [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant on Hardware

Stuff you can't teach

We're currently on a mini-tour giving a talk ("How not to start a startup") where we try to be self-deprecating and talk about the (many) mistakes we've made along the Droplet journey of the last 4 years. After the talks I've ended up talking to lots of people - mostly other founders... [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant on Ideas