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

Build a blog app in Rails with 5 commands

Build your first Rails app in 10 minutes with no experience needed, for absolute beginners. Pro-tip: if any of the commands fail for permissions reasons, try again with 'sudo' to run the command as the super-user, eg: sudo gem install rails Install Rails (this can take a while to run)... [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant on Web applications

Fix Pow in OSX El Capitan

Do this: sudo pfctl -f /etc/pf.conf; sudo pfctl -e To enable port forwarding; boom - Pow should work again. [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant on Mac OS X

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

Available for calls on Clarity.fm

I've joined Clarity.fm - Clarity offers on-demand business advice for entrepreneurs. Clarity is a marketplace that connects entrepreneurs with top advisors & industry experts to conduct market research, get strategic business advice, or learn a specialised skill to help them grow their business. I'm available for calls offering advice, coaching... [more...]
Author's profile picture Will Grant on Business and Ideas