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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 10, 2014 0

Business is about happiness


There’s an attitude that business is about money. It’s not. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be. The thing that business does is to exchange goods and services for money; but at the core, it’s not about money, and it’s not driven by money. If it was about the money… If it was about money, you’d […]

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March 28, 2013 0

It’s the money, stupid!

I just read this daft “postmortem” about FormSpring (a social ask-me-anything Q&A site which is shutting down after $14m of funding but it had “been challenging to sustain the resources needed to keep the lights on.“). Ok, I lie. I gave up reading and just did a Ctrl-F for the phrases “profit”, “revenue”, “business model”, […]

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September 11, 2012 0

Software has no intrinsic value

Someone asked me today about the value of a piece of software and how we go about measuring that. Here’s my reply: Software is no different from anything else: it’s only worth what you can sell it for. As such, software has no intrinsic value — the world doesn’t need more software just for the […]

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February 21, 2012 10

Licensing Software (and lessons for Professional Photographers)

Many moons ago, I used to hang out on The Business of Software forum and one question kept coming up again and again: “How can I stop pirates stealing my software?”. Software has a long history of using licence codes, dongles, licensing servers, online registration, phoning-home activation, obfuscation and many other security techniques to ensure […]

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