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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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July 8, 2014 0

The Best Smoothie

I defy you not to like this smoothie. It’s like drinking a dessert. I was just a little bit excited about it last night and it didn’t disappoint after my morning swim: If the pool was open now I'd head over and do 5k just to get that smoothie. Why isn't the pool open now? […]

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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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March 24, 2014 0

The perfect in-app help system… doesn’t exist. Yet.

I’ve been looking for a solution that would allow our support team to screen-share with customers when providing support. When you have non-technical users, there’s no point in asking for a screenshot, or technical specs, or asking them to walk you through the problem. You just need to see it. An ideal system would work […]

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March 20, 2014 0

Avoiding the Metrics Blackhole

I’ve been looking lots of various analytics services recently, particularly those for SaaS businesses that will calculate metrics, track events, and segment users. It’s a burgeoning industry. But there’s a problem: these services are all POST, POST, POST and no GET, GET, GET. Why is this a problem? I hate to break it to you […]

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March 19, 2014 0

Why I swam 2 miles this morning — the power of habits

Swimming a mile is as easy as packing a bag

Because I like it. True, although the first 1000m are pretty much torture and I can’t skip them. I have to swim the hardest lengths every single time. 30-60 minutes listening to the sounds of lapping water can be quite meditative and/or a bit like sensory deprivation depending on your point of view. In the […]

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March 6, 2014 0

A quick privacy audit of common web services

The issue of data protection and privacy was brought up recently so I’ve done a quick audit of our services to see which are compliant with the EU Safe Harbor standards. I’ve thought about this before but mostly at the superficial level (i.e., is the server hosting Safe Harbor compliant and/or hosted in the EU?) […]

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March 5, 2014 0

Mental and Physical Awareness for Programmers

Keyboard and Trackball

I was working a new office today which made me acutely aware of a few things going wrong. It’s taken years, fuck it, decades to get this awareness. Previously I’d have suffered along and only noticed weeks later when I had crippling pain. Distractions kill Flow I’m now working in a large open plan office […]

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