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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 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…

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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

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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 28, 2014 0

How your business model affects your hosting choice

This business would look for cheaper hosting providers

I’ve mentioned this a few times in conversation recently so it probably deserves a blog post. Heroku is the go-to host for Rails applications but there are often complaints about how expensive it is. What these startups don’t realise, is that their chosen business model has limited their hosting choices. Heroku is free to play, […]

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August 25, 2014 0

The tools we use, are the tools we use

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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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August 6, 2014 1

Discovering Hedgie — Building a Hedgehog Footprint Tunnel

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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 5, 2014 1

Ansible syntax highlighting for Sublime

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If you’ve done any work in Ansible you’ll know that it uses YAML files for the bulk on the configuration. Whilst you can just make do with a standard YAML syntax highlighting, Ansible uses variables inside lines and Jinja template tags that it would be nice to visually highlight. First, you’ll need to install the […]

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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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