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Web Developer, Entrepreneur, Ultimate Frisbee fanatic, Traveller, Dancer and Single Malt lover.

A request: does this person exist?

I am looking for someone to help with a digital product. It’s a challenging project, without a clear path forward. It is also incredibly exciting and impactful on a global scale. And it has the potential to be even more so. I’m looking for someone to help make that potential become reality.

It’s a social business operating on a non-profit basis. The product is providing support to medical professionals in low resource settings globally. It is literally improving health outcomes and saving lives. (Contact me for more specifics.)

But, unlike recruiting for a normal job, I can’t tell you exactly what the role would entail – because I need someone to work with me to figure that out.

The ideal person would be interested in social entrepreneurship, international development and global health inequality and have a background in medicine.

This person would be involved with everything. That could be discussing a new business plan, changing the business model and structure (a social enterprise? coop? something else?). It will definitely include supporting, training and spending time with users. It will probably include speaking to new and potential clients. It is likely to include learning about and participating in product management.

I’ve wondered if the correct term is “co-founder”. There is a basic salary and an opportunity for some sort of equality/ownership. However, as a purpose led initiative, there will never be a big money exit.

It could be a social entrepreneurship “apprenticeship”, because there is so much opportunity for experiential learning.

For the right person this could be part-time (around studies or a family for example). Initially it would be a 12 month commitment.

The role is unclear, the opportunity is exciting and none of it will be easy. The right person could co-create the role that works for them – while helping grow a truly impactful social business.

So here is my question: how do I find the “right” person for this challenging and very vague role?

Applying for a job? Its so easy to stand out, so why do so few manage it?

Over the years I have done a lot of recruitment. Crafted job descriptions and ads and then waded through lots of mediocre applications. Even great people often seem to want to seem as lifeless as possible when applying for a job or contract role. OK, maybe that’s how you get to be a faceless number as some big cooperate…

Here’s a little secret, be less generic. Actually read the job ad or description, spend some time learning a little about the company and people you could be working with. Then actually apply for that role. That specific role. The person reading your application needs to understand why you are interested in working for them, not why you want a job.

If you just try a little to tailor the information you provide then you’ll be in the top 5% of job applications.

And if you ever apply to work with me, then be aware that you have 1-2 mins of reading time to catch my attention. I want to work with people who are proactive, fun and interested in this specific role, as well as those with the skills and experience. Convince me of that and then it’s up to me to recruit you, not the other way round.

Using OpenCover for nUnit test coverage on AppVeyor

UPDATE: Previous version of this had an error in the OpenCover code where failed tests did not result in a failed AppVeyor build.


AppVeyor is a really cool CI (continuous integration) service that I am currently playing with, so far its been very easy and powerful for both continuous build/tests and deployment (plus they do outstanding support). However, it is missing a couple of features that I would like, one of them being showing code coverage results with each build.

So, until the wonderful people at AppVeyor implement a way to do this natively, here is a bit of a hack to see some nicely formatted coverage results when running automated builds on AppVeyor.

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“Business without meaning is just annoying admin”

You know that feeling you get when things seem too hard?  When your goals and ambitions get lost in a forest of details, complexity and questions?

I felt like that this morning.  In fact I was starting to question wether my public statement of intentions was just a bit silly.  Sure loads of other great people and businesses have built success based on their values and not solely on the bottom line. But who am I to think I can do the same?  I can’t even clearly answer simple questions about my business.

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