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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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September 30, 2014 0

We killed them and didn’t even notice

Dead Fox

We’ve killed 50% of the wildlife on this planet in the past 40 years. Does that disturb you? Probably not, I suspect. Most people will walk past a rustle in the bushes not realising that a Blackbird is foraging in there. They’ll drive past the flock of Starlings (whose population has declined 66% since 1970’s) […]

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September 5, 2014 0

Every company has two markets

“Make something people want” includes making a company that people want to work for — Sahil Lavingia @gumroad I saw that quote in an article on the Inside Intercom blog and it really struck me as something that many founders fail to see until it’s too late — particularly non-technical founders. Your ‘other’ market When […]

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September 3, 2014 1

The designers (should) come in two by two…

Where's the headline?

If you’ve looked at any startup marketing website (like these templates) over the past year, you’ll have seen the influence of “The Designer”: Full-screen images; Filtered background videos; Slippy-slidey ‘smooth’ scrolling; Apple-like page scrolling; Parallax scrolling; Animation-on-scroll; Single page websites; Motion-sensitive images; Everything that was “above the fold” is now below it. These are all […]

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September 2, 2014 0

Don’t put me in one of those

Grave

When I die Don’t keep me in a box Don’t put me in the ground Or mark my resting place with a giant granite headstone Don’t cover me with gravel hemmed in by a little granite wall And whatever the fuck you do, Don’t arrange cheap tat on my grave I am not a garden […]

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August 7, 2014 0

Fixing the Fixed Mindset?

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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 5, 2014 0

Every business is a lifestyle business

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I don’t like the term ‘lifestyle business’ as it’s commonly used in a dismissive and derogatory sense. What does a ‘lifestyle business’ commonly mean when used this way? not “too big” (in every way) not “ambitious” probably bootstrapped not funded small team, typically just the founder relatively “small” revenue And what sort of “lifestyle” would […]

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July 7, 2014 1

Surviving as a developer in your 30’s

Don't grow up, it's a trap

What a ridiculous title, right? I mean, yes, I’ll be 37 in August but I’m hardly over the hill. Am I? Am I?! I heard people on Twitter saying what an amazing achievement it would be for Roger Federer, at the age of 32, to still be able to win a Wimbledon final (he lost). […]

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June 29, 2014 0

Get Shit Done, Survivorship Bias and Being Wealthy

I’m reading Niall Harbison’s book ‘Get Sh*t Done’ and while I can’t give a full review (I’m only on Chapter 2), I needed to call out this argument which I’ve seen made too often: Twitter founder Evan Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Ralph Lauren, John Lennon, Lady Gaga and Tom Hanks are just a few […]

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June 24, 2014 0

My Principles

Are you ready to work from 5am till midnight 7 days a week? no socialising at the weekends? then welcome to the world of #startups — Darren Gale (@DarrenGale_1) June 24, 2014 I vehemently disagreed with the above tweet but it made me realise that I have some uncommon principles and recently those have been […]

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June 14, 2014 0

A Beautiful Anarchy = An Intentional Life

David duChemin is one of my favourite photographic authors — his many books have taught me how to think, and see, and plan, and visualise the photos I take. In fact, David’s books have had such a personality and presence that they’ve taught me as much as in-person workshops with the likes of David Noton. […]

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