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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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December 28, 2015 0

Appy New Year

I looked back over the past year to find the new apps that changed the way I work, those that lived up to their promise, and those which have earned their place on my laptop (or iPhone, or web browser). ZoomIt (mac) A great little app for inspecting the details of a site. Are those […]

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September 23, 2015 0

Microconf Europe 2015


Microconf Europe 2015 It’s been 3 weeks since Microconf Europe and I’m finally getting time to reflect on the experience. I felt like a seasoned veteran now that it was my second Microconf; last year’s conference in Prague was hand-down the best conference I’ve ever attended. And this year’s conference in Barcelona blew it away. […]

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July 6, 2015 1

Why Rollbar is the exceptional Exception Tracker

2015-07-02 at 23.00

I’ve used a few exception trackers over the years: first Airbrake (I won a lifetime account way back when); BugSnag for about a year; and Rollbar for the past few years.1 What does an Exception Tracker do? We all make mistakes. Sometimes we forget to test something. Sometimes we didn’t think our users would enter […]

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June 8, 2015 0

It’s all about the (creative) process

It's all about the creative process

How do you get from a design to actual code? That was my big question last week and, if you’re primarily a developer, you might be wondering the same thing. I hear a lot of web designers talking about working in Sketch or Photoshop, but I just couldn’t understand what the hell happens after they’ve […]

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May 30, 2015 0

Implementing HexGrids in Ruby


One of my favourite board games is Tantrix. I can be played as a puzzle like Solitaire or as a competitive game. We picked it up in New Zealand over 10 years ago (it was invented there) and we played it in the evenings as we travelled around. The rules are pretty simple but the […]

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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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