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Remote workers and nomads represent the next tech hub

Amid calls for a dozen different global cities to replace Silicon Valley — Austin, Beijing, London, New York — nobody has yet nominated “nowhere.” But it’s now a possibility. There are two trends to unpack here. The first is startups that are fully, or almost fully, remote, with employees distributed around the world. There’s a growing list of significant companies in this category: Automattic, Buffer, GitLab, Invision, Toptal and Zapier all have from 100 to nearly 1,000 remote employees. The...
Tags: Travel, Google, Startups, TC, New York, London, Web Development, San Francisco, Austin, Beijing, Silicon Valley, Advisors, Slack, Video Conferencing, Invision, Asana

Remote workers and nomads represent the next tech hub

Amid calls for a dozen different global cities to replace Silicon Valley — Austin, Beijing, London, New York — nobody has yet nominated “nowhere.” But it’s now a possibility. There are two trends to unpack here. The first is startups that are fully, or almost fully, remote, with employees distributed around the world. There’s a growing list of significant companies in this category: Automattic, Buffer, GitLab, Invision, Toptal and Zapier all have from 100 to nearly 1,000 remote employees. The...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, New York, London, Web Development, San Francisco, Tech, Austin, Beijing, Silicon Valley, Advisors, Slack, Video Conferencing, Invision, Asana


The folks at Basecamp have been blogging since 1999, when Jason Fried would write by the light of a fire fueled by David Heinemeier Hansson’s savage indictments of the tech industry. A lot has changed since then (with the exception of DHH’s feelings about Silicon Valley). Basecamp’s blog, Signal v. Noise (the site you’re reading right now!), changed platforms a few times. And it just moved again, this time from Medium to WordPress. In this episode of the Rework podcast, Jason and designer Adam S...
Tags: Uncategorized, Blogging, Jason, Signal, Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson, DHH, Adam Stoddard, Silicon Valley Basecamp

Spark Joy with DHH

David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried are fans of Marie Kondo’s 2014 bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” which is back in the cultural zeitgeist thanks to her new Netflix show. In this bonus episode of the Rework podcast, DHH talks about how he’s applied the KonMari framework to code, business decisions at Basecamp, and his own belongings.
Tags: Uncategorized, Blogging, Netflix, Jason Fried, Marie Kondo, David Heinemeier Hansson

What to Expect in 2019: HR Trends

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribut...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Instagram, Siri, Management, United States, Deloitte, Kpmg, Oasis, Jason, Alexa, Cto, Manta, Right Now, Rob Wilson, Jason Fried

It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work with Jason Fried

With so much information, and gadgets and access and hustle and email and …and.. aren’t you overloaded at work!? It’s understandable and it’s a real problem. If this describes you or someone you love…you’ll LOVE this episode of the show. Enter: Jason Fried.  He’s the brilliant NYT best-selling author and co-founder of the software firm, Basecamp.  Since long before meeting Jason in person he’s always caught my eye as perhaps THE outspoken thinker / critic of the current status of work, our unhea...
Tags: Productivity, Business, Photography, Podcast, Interview, Habits, Work Life Balance, Communication, Author, Stress, Saying No, Scale, Jason, Growth, Hustle, Screen Time

CEO: Crazy to work more than 40 hours a week

If you didn't know better, you'd think Jason Fried is more of a slacker than a CEO.
Tags: News, Stories, Jason Fried

CEO: It's crazy to work more than 40 hours a week

If you didn't know better, you'd think Jason Fried is more of a slacker than a CEO.
Tags: News, Stories, Jason Fried

This CEO thinks it's crazy to work more than 40 hours a week

Jason Fried, cofounder of Basecamp, a Web-based management tool to organize projects and teams, doesn't believe in working more than 40 hours a week.
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Every time someone quits or is fired from tech company Basecamp, a detailed, company-wide 'goodbye announcement' email explains why

At web app company Basecamp, every time an employee leaves, a "goodbye announcement" is sent to the entire staff. The person can write it themselves or have their manager write it. If the person doesn't include details about why they quit or were fired, the manager sends a follow-up note. The goal is to be open and honest. Basecamp is known for its unconventional people practices. Employees at the small web app company work from places all over the world. CEO and cofounder Jason Fried places ...
Tags: Navy, Trends, Green, Bob, Basecamp, Jason Fried, Amanda, Julie, Inc, Luis, Hansson, Alison Green, David Heinemeier Hansson

Listener questions, answered It’s time for another mailbag episode where Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer your questions! In this one, they discuss how to apply calm company principles to client work and classrooms, and talk about healthy ways for business partners to disagree. Listener questions, answered was originally published in Signal v. Noise on Medium, where people are continui...
Tags: Podcast, Education, Workplace, Startup, Blogging, Signal, Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson, Work-life-balance

DHH on a calm writing process, #blessings, and late-stage capitalism

DHH is back on the Rework podcast this week for the second half of our interview about his and Jason Fried’s new book, It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work. (Here’s the first part in case you missed it.) In this episode, David talks about taking a calm approach to writing and marketing the book. Also, Wailin gets him to say #blessed (kind of) and has some anxiety about late-stage capitalism. We all get through it together! We’re stil...
Tags: Work, Publishing, Entrepreneurship, Blogging, David, Capitalism, Jason, Signal, Jason Fried, Book-marketing

There's one clear sign Jeff Bezos looks for to gauge how smart people are

Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder of Amazon, has a strategy for identifying smart people. The Amazon CEO shared his ideas about intelligence in a question-and-answer session with Basecamp employees. According to Bezos, smart people are always "reconsidering" problems. In other words, the most intelligent people are confident enough to change their minds based on new evidence. Want Jeff Bezos to think you're smart? Admit you're wrong, and be big enough to change your mind. That's the secret to i...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Basecamp, Jason Fried, Bezos, Inc, Jessica Stillman

DHH on a new book, resetting ambition levels, and responsible software design

You might have heard that Jason Fried and DHH have a new book out called It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work that pushes back against the toxic culture of overwork and unhealthy ambitions that’s driving much of the modern workplace. In the latest episode of the Rework podcast, I sit down with David to talk about the book’s genesis, its intended audience, and the role of responsible software design in fostering calm work environments.
Tags: Work, Podcast, Management, Blogging, Software, David, Jason, Signal, Jason Fried

Under Pressure

There’s a sentiment in hiring I’ve run into recently. The idea goes that you want to see how someone works “under pressure” before you hire them. What does that look like? You build in a step with a task, add a tight deadline, and wait to see how the applicants cope.In the worst cases, there is an expectation that giving any help to the applicant would skew the results. And besides, that quick turnaround helps keep the hiring timeline nice and short! That’s always a win. Or is it?Let’s think abo...
Tags: Work, Business, Blogging, Hiring, Signal, Inclusion, Jason Fried

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.   ICONIC: How Organizations and Leaders Attain, Sustain, and Regain the Highest Level of Distinction by Scott McKain   Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World by David P. Gushee and Colin Holtz   Leaders: Myth and Reality by Stanley McChrystal with Jeff Eggers and Jay Mangone   The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Gre...
Tags: Books, Leadership, Jason Fried, Stanley McChrystal, Robert Greene, David Heinemeier Hansson, Colin Holtz, Scott McKain, David P Gushee, Jeff Eggers, Jay Mangone

HODINKEE Radio: Episode 13: Jason Fried

The author and entrepreneur joins us to talk about why he finds analog watches charming, his love of Japanese design, and his latest book.
Tags: Watches, Jason Fried

Illustrating “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”

Take a look behind the scenes at the illustration process for Jason Fried and DHH’s new book, “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”. Back story Every essay in Jason and David’s previous titles, REWORK and REMOTE is accompanied by an illustration that captures the key message of the essay. Contract llustrator Mike Rohde’s iconic original art perfectly compliments the irreverent and contrarian tone of the books. We love the format and it has worked well for us but when it came time to design the ...
Tags: Amazon, Productivity, Books, Business, Blogging, David, Illustration, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Silicon Valley, Jason, New Yorker, Maya Angelou, Signal, Cto, Darwin

Distributed teams are rewriting the rules of office(less) politics

When we think about designing our dream home, we don’t think of having a thousand roommates in the same room with no doors or walls. Yet in today’s workplace where we spend most of our day, the purveyors of corporate office design insist that tearing down walls and bringing more people closer together in the same physical space will help foster better collaboration while dissolving the friction of traditional hierarchy and office politics. But what happens when there is no office at all? This is...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Enterprise, Wordpress, Tech, Nike, Culture, Bob, Talent, Hiring, Buffer, Matt Mullenweg, Automattic, Foster, Basecamp

Take a Break Smell ya later! We here at the Rework podcast are taking off the month of August. Before we left, we interviewed three business owners about sabbaticals. In this episode: Adeline Koh of Sabbatical Beauty shares the story of how she ended up starting a business while on leave from a different job; Jason Fried explains why Basecamp offers paid sabbaticals as an employee benefit; and Rachel Winard of Soapwalla talks about what it’s like...
Tags: Startup, Management, Blogging, Signal, Skincare, Jason Fried, Self-care, Work-life-balance, Adeline Koh, Rachel Winard, Soapwalla

Jason Fried — How to Live Life on Your Own Terms (#329)

“I’m pretty oblivious to a lot of things intentionally. I don’t want to be influenced that much.” — Jason Fried Jason Fried (@jasonfried) is the co-founder and CEO at Basecamp, and the co-author of Rework, Remote: Office Not Required, and Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application. The upcoming […]
Tags: Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle, Jeff Bezos, The Tim Ferriss Show, Basecamp, Jason Fried, David "DHH" Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried Jason Fried

Go Behind the Scenes Go Behind the Scenes A famous guy once said, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” But he was a grifter. In fact, going behind the scenes — whether it’s a factory tour or cooking show — can be a valuable experience for both visitors and guides. In this episode, we crash a middle school field trip to the Method soap factory on Chicago’s South Side. We also hear from Basecamp’s CEO Jason Fried on his YouTube series on mak...
Tags: Sustainability, Blogging, Software, Chicago, Baking, Manufacturing, Signal, Jason Fried, Ann Arbor Michigan, Zingerman, Ann-arbor

Opening the Rework Mailbag We have another Mailbag episode, where Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer listener questions. In this installment, they tackle questions about workplace communication and remote working. Alison Green of Ask A Manager, whom we featured in our previous episode, gives her advice on a couple of questions too. You can listen to previous Mailbag installments here a...
Tags: Startup, Management, Blogging, Signal, Jason Fried, Alison Green, David Heinemeier Hansson, Workplace-culture, Remote-working, Rework Mailbag

San Francisco is so expensive that people are spending $1 million to live next to a former nuclear-testing site — now some residents are freaking out after learning the surrounding area may still be radioactive

The San Francisco Shipyard is one of the last affordable-housing developments in San Francisco. But some homeowners and neighbors worry for their safety. In parts, the shipyard's planned amenities sit on the site of a former nuclear-testing facility, where the US Navy cleaned ships exposed to nuclear radiation during the Cold War. The US Navy has said the area where shipyard condos are already built is "100% safe" for residents. But the results of a recent data review showed that the area surr...
Tags: Facebook, Navy, San Francisco, Trends, David, San Francisco Giants, Epa, Candlestick Park, Environmental Protection Agency, US Navy, San Francisco Bay, Business Insider, Redfin, San Francisco Bay Area, Jason Fried, Don

8 Big Startup Myths That Hold Entrepreneurs Back From Success

You don’t have to look far to find evidence that we’re in another prolonged startup boom. Data from 2016 showed the percentage of job seekers starting their own business was the highest it had been in four years. This trend continued in 2017, and all signs suggest that 2018 will have similar startup growth. This is good news. The growth of entrepreneurship is a sign the economy is doing well. But the more new businesses there are, the more old, often untrue ideas about startups propagate. From ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Microsoft, Yahoo, Small Business, Wordpress, Sales, Success, Cms, Myths, Innovation, Silicon Valley

Life After Shark Tank

The ABC show Shark Tank is irresistible reality programming: Entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a panel of famous investors and have the potential to make a life-changing deal. But as with any reality show, there’s much more to the Shark Tank experience than what gets shown on TV. In the new episode of the Rework podcast, we talk to three business owners about what it was really like to go on the program — and what happened afterward, when they had to get back to the very real work of buil...
Tags: Abc, Startup, Blogging, Fundraising, Signal, Shark-tank, Pitching, Jason Fried, Ruder, Chris Ruder, David Heinemeier Hansson, Joe Moore, Melissa Butler, Lip Bar, Reality-tv, Spikeball

How to Say You’re Sorry

“You know I try, but I don’t do too well with apologies,” Justin Bieber once sang. You’re not the only one with this problem, Justin! Businesses also struggle with saying sorry, and in this age of swift social media retribution, the process of screw-up ➡️ public shaming ➡️ bad apology ➡️ more outrage ➡️ slightly better apology seems to play out more frequently than ever. Why is it so hard to say sorry? Why do corporations and public figures default to enraging non-apologies, saying things like ...
Tags: Podcast, Startup, Blogging, Justin-bieber, Signal, Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson, Public-relations, Crisis-communications, Justin Businesses, Susan McCarthy

Why Beautiful Design Isn’t Always Best For Small Businesses and Startups

There’s always beauty in good design, but good design isn’t always beautiful. How can this be true? The answer is simple. Good looks aren’t everything, as Steve Jobs liked to remind people: Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer – that the designers are handed this box and told, “Make it look good!” That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. You can have a good design ...
Tags: Google, Design, Web Design, Small Business, Steve Jobs, Ebay, Wikipedia, Sales, User Experience, Imdb, Functionality, Compelling Content, Start Ups, Jason Fried, MASLOW, Strunk

Opening the Rework Mailbag, Part 2 Opening the Rework Mailbag, Part 2 In the second part of our Mailbag episode (check out the first part here), Jason Fried and DHH answer your questions about how non-managers can get support for Rework ideas within their companies; how Basecamp thinks about its employees’ mental health; what job-seeking developers should really be looking for when evaluating potential employers (hint: look beyond the ping pong tables and catered lun...
Tags: Podcast, Startup, Management, Blogging, Signal, Jason Fried, Job-hunting, Mental-health

10 Expert Tips to Make a Great Podcast for Your Small Business

Podcasting has been around since the early 2000s. And in that time, businesses and individuals have found many different ways to provide useful, entertaining and informative content using the audio format. But not all podcasts are going to actually benefit a business. So before you blindly jump into the world of podcasting, it can help to get an expert perspective. Wailin Wong is one professional who has made use of podcasting for years. Wong is one of the hosts of Basecamp’s Rework podcast. And...
Tags: Sales, David, Jason, Jason Fried, Wong, Marketing Tips, David Heinemeier Hansson, Wailin Wong