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« The Business Bit

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

I pride myself on clarity of communication, a focus on delivering project goals, and a professional attitude.

I offer consultancy, ideation and software development.

The Techie Bit »

I've been working commercially with PHP and front-end JavaScript for over 15 years. I also work with Node.js and Go.

I work with a broad range of web-stack components; servers (Apache, Nginx), data stores (MySQL, Mongo, Redis), and provisioning (Vagrant, Ansible). I also do Serverless (Lambda) and other technologies (including AWS services).

I can work within a team, help build a team, advise, or work as a sole-developer.

CTO / Bootstrap CTO
With a background as a start-up founder, I help early-stage tech businesses assess and realise their ambitions.
Remote Technical
I remotely developed Diagonal View's platform so that their tech matched their rapid commercial growth.
I was sole architect/developer on a high-profile project for Hollyoaks with stakeholders 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 Ignite, one of 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 at Manchester Hackathon - An innovative tool to explore city data.
We won Grand Prize 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 - An experimental digital noticeboard.

Let's discuss your requirements...

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Bootstrap CTO / Technical Architect / 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

Lead Developer / Bootstrap CTO

I have worked with James on several projects during the last 3 years, bringing him in as both lead developer and interim CTO. He has the ability to step into projects and provide a considered assessment of the technology, clearly articulating pros and cons before delivering a recommended course of action in light of your business goals.

James' development skills are matched by his commitment, communication and management skills and I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a developer, technical problem solver and interim CTO.


Support Developer / Agency

James worked on a challenging project and brought new life, great insight and delivered quality work. We've been very impressed with his skill, diverse abilities and quick delivery without compromise on quality.

We had a challenging project that he was able to navigate and come up with solutions that added to the integrity of the development. It made things run much better and gave the development a much cleaner process.

If you're looking for quality, sophisticated development work, matched with an easy going professional attitude, we would strongly recommend James.

We hope to continue to work with James as he's high calibre and very personable, making working with him superb on many levels.

Jeremy, Navada Group


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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My personal projects: Kick Cards for Startups · Tech Diary ·  130 Story