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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 23, 2015 0

Scared / Proud

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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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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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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 9, 2014 0

How to Build a Raspberry Pi Camera Trap

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I started with a low-tech footprint tunnel to get proof of our local hedgehogs but that was never going to be enough. I had a Raspberry Pi sitting in a drawer that wasn’t getting much love so, after a little googling a Raspberry Pi Camera Trap, aka a ‘PiTrap’, was born. The idea is to […]

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September 5, 2014 0

Every company has two markets

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“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 25, 2014 0

The tools we use, are the tools we use

Markdown formatting

because writing and formatting Markdown is smooth and natural — shit HackerNews says Well, they’re partially right: Markdown is a pretty natural format for programmers to use. After all, our primary tool is the text editor, and we are familiar with tools to process that text into presentable formats. I got into writing Markdown after […]

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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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