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Startup Engineer

I'm a developer with a background in design and experience running a tech startup.

I have over ten years' commercial practice with PHP and front-end JavaScript. I also work with newer languages, Node.js and Go.

I'm familiar with a broad range of web stack components including servers (Apache, Nginx), data stores (MySQL, Mongo, Redis), and provisioning (Vagrant, Ansible).

CTO / Interim CTO
With a background as a start-up founder, I help early-stage tech businesses assess and realise their ambitions.
Remote Technical
I remotely develop and support Diagonal View's content management platform so their tech matches their rapid commercial growth.
I was sole architect/developer on a simulated Facebook timeline for Hollyoaks with Lime Pictures, The Home Office and Channel 4.
Agency Work
I can rapidly adapt to work with your team, offering clear communication, to solve your project brief.
Startup Mentor
I mentor for Ignite100, one of the Europe's premier tech accelerator programmes.
Creative Mentor
Part of a three-person team taken to Zimbabwe to mentor Culture Shift on behalf of the British Council.

Start-ups, Entrepreneurs and Tech Businesses

Contact me for an informal chat about your requirements.

I'm available for a day rate of £475.

Rate negotiable for equity and longer-term work.

Discounts for North East-based startups younger than 2 years, and with less than £25k funding.

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Creative Technology

I also enjoy working on creative projects, particularly with open or socially-relevant data.

I have a background in commercial games development, and am interested in collaborative work.

Binaudios captured imaginations as an artisitc focal point for Thinking Digital Arts. A collaboration with Dominic Wilcox that lets you listen to sounds across a landscape.
Data Crossfader
Grand Prize winner of Manchester Hackathon, 2012 - An innovative tool to explore city data.
We won Grand Prix at Culture Code hack day, then developed Hopebook as a tool to help children inform national policy on poverty.
An well-loved daily Twitter challenge; an experiment to help people develop a creative habit.
Sparks NorthEast
Sparks is a hack event I run to encourage creative thinking and help open local city and scientific data.
GoBoard won 'Best Use of CitySDK' prize at Manchester Transport Hackathon in 2013 - An experimental digital noticeboard.

Let's discuss your requirements...

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Interim CTO / Developer

James is a highly experienced web developer, a strong communicator and a very pleasant person to work with.

He tacked a complex project of ours with ease - juggling the roles of system architect, web developer and team leader.

I would not hesitate to recommend him.

Stephen, Startup Entrepreneur


During our Ignite100 mentoring session with James we identified what has now become the core of our product.

Since then he has continued to be enthusiastic and supportive of what we are doing and is always happy to make introductions and offer advice.

James is a great combination of technical problem solver and a creative mind.


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