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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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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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August 7, 2014 0

Fixing the Fixed Mindset?


I’m reading Carol Dweck’s ‘Mindset’ and it’s been like a punch in the gut to me. I don’t have a fixed mindset, do I? Do I believe that intelligence and ability is fixed at birth? “No, of course not, the notion is ridiculous” …my conscious-self replies. And yet when I look deeper at my thoughts […]

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August 6, 2014 1

Discovering Hedgie — Building a Hedgehog Footprint Tunnel


Last Friday I was out taking a photo of the sunset when I heard some shuffling around in the nettles separating our garden from the field. Sure enough, snuffling around in the undergrowth was the brown shape of a hedgehog. I couldn’t get a clear photo and he’d disappeared once I’d called my wife. But […]

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August 30, 2009 3

Random thoughts on life

I was putting Norah to bed this evening and she was giggling away at me as we played. And then I realised something… that little baby giggle is what life is all about. I could be free-and-single with no responsibilities or in a dual-income-no-kids situation with money to spare but that giggle gives me more […]

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May 20, 2008 1

A Sick Child

Norah spent last night in the Children’s Ward of Cork University Hospital with Erythema multiforme. It started as a small rash under her chin on Saturday morning, and eventually spread with small spots on her body and legs. The GP said it was just probably an allergic reaction, perhaps to a bacteria or virus. Anyway, […]

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