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Jamie Lawrence

Jamie Lawrence

I help non-technical founders start their business, build their product, get their first customers, and grow their technical team. I'm a generalist software engineer and I've worked with many different languages over the past 15 years but my current tool of choice is Ruby on Rails. I'm also an enthusiastic photographer and a novice archer

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May 26, 2015 0

Analysing a List of Names for Gender

2015-05-26 at 22.51

WebSummit decided that sending the names of 3000 attendees to people who still hadn’t availed of their wonderful offer would be a great idea. Personally, I found it offensive to receive the email — and my name wasn’t even on the list. I wonder how they felt? In fairness, it’s apparently made clear to attendees […]

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May 26, 2015 0

Delegation for Founders

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At last night’s “Built in Cork” event, an audience member asked the panel about growing a team and how they let go of doing all the jobs themselves (I’m paraphrasing). There were some good answers on the night but here’s mine: Read ‘The E-Myth Revisited’ I think every entrepreneur will get about 10 pages into […]

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May 23, 2015 0

Scared / Proud


I’m about to do something really scary. Something that is scaring the crap out of me but which, in moments of logical clarity, I’m confident that I can do. This is what it’s like to have a fixed mindset. I’m a few hours away from my first open water swim. It’s only 1km. It’s not […]

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May 22, 2015 0

A Book Journey for Non-technical Founders


There’s a gazillion business books out there, everything from tactile guides to strategic visions, from dry textbooks to inspiration biographies. A lot of good books didn’t make this list1 but I think it represents a good “journey” from the fear and uncertainty of venturing out on your own, to the building of a strong, reliable, […]

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April 28, 2015 0

Show, don’t tell

Show don't tell

Our 7yo started horse riding last summer and she really loved it but a fall, various sicknesses and bad weather meant she hadn’t been going regularly since December. Naturally, she’d built up some resistance to going back: horse riding is scary, tiring, difficult, and quite often her horse will decide to head off for an […]

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April 28, 2015 0

The key to my best swimming

My best swims come when I…

I was pacing around the house this morning drinking a Berocca, looking for paracetamol and procrastinating about going to the pool. My back was really sore; I was tired; and was feeling sick (I’ve got some long-term stomach problems). When I arrived at the pool I actually thought I was going to throw up. I […]

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April 8, 2015 0

Zapier Marketing Automation for Consultants

Final System

I’m rebuilding my consulting site as part of a wider process of marketing my services. One crucial part is how people contact me: I like to have a form because the typical emails I get are usually pretty vague, leading to even more vague and confusing initial conversations. From: bill-the-guy@gmail.com Hi, I’m building a startup […]

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April 7, 2015 0

Rebuilding my Consulting Site — from scratch

Ideas Asylum

I’ve tried themes. Lots of themes. I always start with a theme and often customise it until it’s barely recognisable. I was on my third theme for my consulting site and it really wasn’t speaking to me. It was busy. It used all the modern things like large hero images with coloured/blurred overlays, feature blocks, […]

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February 3, 2015 0

SSL the easy way


A long time ago I wrote up how to setup SSL with Rails 3.2, nginx and NameCheap. That will forever be known as “the hard way”. I still need to do things the hard way with my current project but for all new projects I’m going to take one of the easier paths. Note, I […]

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