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A podcast by Basecamp about the better way to work and run your business. We bring you stories and unconventional wisdom from Basecamp’s co-founders and other business owners.

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You Had Me At Hylo

April 20th, 2021

Tibet Sprague is a "communitarian technologist" with a vision for building companies and communities outside of investor-driven, for-profit systems. …

HEY, Is This App Accessible?

April 13th, 2021

How Basecamp's Michael Berger approached accessibility during the development of HEY, including collaborating with a blind Basecamp user on …

Success is Surviving

April 6th, 2021

When Robin Petravic and Cathy Bailey bought Heath Ceramics from the company's founders in 2003, they promised to keep the dinnerware maker and its manufacturing workforce in its home base of Sausalito, California. The …

From Insolvency to Upsolve

March 30th, 2021

Upsolve makes a free tool that automates the process of filing for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy. The organization is an atypical tech startup that's …

Truss The Process

March 23rd, 2021

In 2016, software infrastructure consulting firm Truss made salaries transparent across the entire company. Salaries were revealed internally for all …

Coops: The Next Generation

March 16th, 2021

Imagine if gig workers like rideshare drivers or grocery shoppers were compensated for their labor through ownership stakes in the Lyfts and Instacarts of the world. Imagine if companies distributed profits not just to …

HEY World

March 9th, 2021

Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson talk about HEY World, a new feature of the HEY email service where customers can create …

A Dose of Empathy

March 2nd, 2021

Equilibria, a company that makes CBD products for women, has a team of dedicated dosage specialists who do one-on-one consultations with customers. …

The Humble Fungus

February 23rd, 2021

A career climbing the ladder in tech and software left Jesse Noller feeling disillusioned and isolated. He found connection, community, and purpose …

Greening Basecamp

February 16th, 2021

Basecamp recently set out to do a carbon accounting, looking at the company's emissions, as well as meaningful ways to offset and mitigate those …

Send A Little Delight

December 22nd, 2020

Comfort and joy were in short supply this year, but we're doing our best to end 2020 on a cozy note. Merissa of Basecamp support talks about surprising customers with gifts throughout the year, whether it's to thank …

A Dumpster Fire of a Year

December 15th, 2020

HEY launch, App Store, we can’t take it anymore
Antitrust, masks a must, let’s go eat the upper crust
Comfy pants, TikTok dance, POTUS rants, protest chants
COVID cruise can't disembark, David's back in Denmark

We didn’t …

HEY for Work

December 8th, 2020

Basecamp is winding down a busy year with one more thing: the rollout of its HEY email service for the workplace. Co-founders Jason Fried and David …

Support and Console-ation

December 1st, 2020

In the last several years, a group of Basecamp customer support representatives has developed an expertise around "on-call support," or tackling some of the thornier technical issues that require diving into the code …

Shape Up with Clients

November 24th, 2020

Since releasing Shape Up, the book by Basecamp's Ryan Singer about our approach to product development, we've heard from other companies who've also …

Shape Up: The Print Edition

November 17th, 2020

In 2019, Basecamp released Shape Up, a digital book by head of product strategy Ryan Singer about our approach to product development. Since then, Ryan has added sections in response to reader feedback and released a …

Take Some Time Off (We Mean It!)

November 10th, 2020

Unlimited paid time off is a common perk in the tech industry, but as one company discovered, an open-ended vacation policy led to confusion and even …

Create Your Own Serendipity

November 3rd, 2020

More than ever, the tech industry is re-thinking how work gets done and how great ideas come to light when people are no longer linked by their …

Better Product with Adam Stoddard

October 27th, 2020

Better Product is a podcast by Innovatemap, a digital product agency. We are playing their episode featuring Basecamp's marketing designer, Adam Stoddard, who joins them to talk about Basecamp's design philosophy and …

Babies at Work

October 20th, 2020

We talk to two very different small businesses about their Babies at Work programs, where new parents can have their infants with them at the office. With COVID sending so many office workers home—and pushing women out …

Privacy Scavenger Hunt

October 13th, 2020

Imagine a corporate privacy policy on a website that was actually comprehensible and written by and for human beings. We talk to companies who have …

Return to Mojito Island

October 8th, 2020

We do a quick check-in with Basecamp CEO Jason Fried about what he's been up to since launching HEY in June. He talks about running the company as the pandemic stretches on, the importance of not making promises, and …

Greetings from Mojito Island

October 6th, 2020

Basecamp co-founder and CTO David Heinemeier Hansson has been on a not-totally-intended sabbatical from both work and Twitter, and on an entirely intended break from living in the U.S. He checks in from Europe to talk …

Selling Burnout with Anne Helen Petersen

September 29th, 2020

Culture writer Anne Helen Petersen, author of the new book Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, comes on the show to talk about …

Something's Broken

September 22nd, 2020

Basecamp recently suffered three outages in a week. Programming lead Jeremy Daer and director of operations Troy Toman come on the show to discuss their approach to customer communication around these kinds of …

Farewell, West Loop

September 15th, 2020

Basecamp has closed its physical office after a 10-year run in Chicago's West Loop area. In this episode, we say good-bye to the neighborhood and two of its businesses. J.P. Graziano and un-cooked are small, …

Exit to Community

September 8th, 2020

A group of startup founders, investors, and thinkers are reimagining corporate ownership to take into account all of the people who help build the business—not just executives and investors, but customers, users, and …

Apps Without Code

September 1st, 2020

We're back from our August hiatus! To kick things off, we have a conversation with Tara Reed, the CEO of Apps Without Code. She started an online art advising business without knowing how to code, and that early success …

Rerun - Breaking the Black Box

August 25th, 2020


Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson sparked a national controversy this week when he posted a series of livid tweets about how his wife received a much lower credit limit than he did on their Apple Cards, …

Rerun - Nevermore, Amazon

August 18th, 2020


In the spring of 2019, Danny Caine, the owner of the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas, overheard a customer saying she could buy a new hardcover …

Rerun - Mr. DHH Goes to Washington

August 11th, 2020


Basecamp co-founder and Chief Technology Officer David Heinemeier Hansson has been ranting on Twitter about monopolistic practices in Big Tech for a …

The Email That Changed My Life

August 4th, 2020

Basecamp probably wouldn't exist today if not for an email that David Heinemeier Hansson sent Jason Fried in 2001. That correspondence was the …

Two Weeks

July 28th, 2020

Basecamp released its new email service, HEY, on June 15. It was supposed to be a calm, controlled product launch, but what followed was a period …

Q and HEY, Part 2

July 21st, 2020

Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson held a recent livestream session where they answered questions about HEY, the company's new email service. You can listen to Part 1 or watch the entire …

Q and HEY, Part 1

July 14th, 2020

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson held a livestream session where they answered audience questions about Hey, Basecamp's new email service. In Part One, they discuss feature requests, customer support, and plans …

Manos: The Hands of Hey

July 7th, 2020

Basecamp's marketing designer, Adam Stoddard, talks about how Hey's visual brand came to be. He discusses influences from Pixar to Charles and Ray Eames to The Raveonettes, and reflects on what it's like to work as a …

An Email Account is Born

June 30th, 2020

To show off the features of HEY, Basecamp's new email service, we needed a fully featured and realistic demo account. That meant writing dozens of …

Designing Hey

June 23rd, 2020

Basecamp design lead Jonas Downey was one of the first people to experiment with what would eventually become Hey, Basecamp’s newly launched email …

Hey, What's Going On?

June 16th, 2020

Basecamp has launched Hey, a new email platform with a strong point of view. It's also one of the stupidest things Basecamp has ever attempted. Co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson talk about the …

The Spy Who Emailed Me

June 9th, 2020

On June 15, Basecamp launches a new email service called Hey. One of its features is that it blocks tracking pixels that report back to the sender when and how you read an email. In this episode, Basecamp's marketing …

The Bookshop Around the Corner

June 2nd, 2020

Andy Hunter launched in January as a platform to help independent bookstores take and fulfill online orders. Shortly afterward, the …

Help Wanted

May 26th, 2020

The pandemic has caused enormous job losses and forced many companies to rethink the nature of work. In this episode, two Stanford students talk about the online resource they built to help fellow students whose summer …

Winston Sat At His Computer

May 19th, 2020

A growing number of companies have turned to employee surveillance software to monitor their newly remote workforce. Basecamp, which has taken a hardline stance against surveillance of all kinds, decided to ban makers …

Bubble Wrap & Prayers

May 12th, 2020

The government may not consider comic book shops, indoor plant stores, and small boutiques "essential," but these businesses are vital to the unique fabric of their neighborhoods and downtowns. Without foot traffic, …

Living on Hope

May 7th, 2020

We call up our friend and former colleague Esther Lee, who lives with her husband on a 35-foot sailboat named Hope in Jacksonville, Florida. Esther, …

Kids Incorporated

May 5th, 2020

Endless Zoom meetings, being cut off from friends, the widespread cancellation of summer fun, ricocheting between boredom and anxiety—kids have it pretty rough! And it's no picnic for their parents, either. In this …

BONUS - Breadcamp

April 30th, 2020

Basecampers Nathan Anderson and Joan Stewart talk about their love of baking bread and how to get started if you're a newbie. As Joan says, you just …

Product Strategy Q&A with Jason Fried and Ryan Singer

April 28th, 2020

CEO Jason Fried and Head of Strategy Ryan Singer talk about the Shape Up approach to product development that we use at Basecamp. They discuss organizing work in six-week cycles, how to handle disagreement, and how so …

Going Remote: Kids at Home

April 23rd, 2020

Several of Basecamp's working parents talk about (not) getting things done with small children around, navigating responsibilities and feelings with partners, structuring the day, primal screaming, and more. You can …

The Soul of an Entrepreneur

April 21st, 2020

David Sax is the author of the new book The Soul of an Entrepreneur: Work and Life Beyond the Startup Myth. He comes on the show to debunk the …

Going Remote: Customer Support

April 16th, 2020

Going Remote is a series of bonus episodes where different Basecampers answer questions about how they do their work remotely. In this episode, Merissa Dawson and Chase Clemons answer questions about providing customer …

Work Out From Home

April 14th, 2020

Fitness studios, like many other businesses, had to scramble to change over from in-person to virtual operations almost overnight. In this episode, three business owners in the fitness and wellness industry share their …

Going Remote: Design

April 9th, 2020

We're starting a new series of bonus episodes called Going Remote. We'll have different Basecampers answer questions about how they do their work remotely. In this first episode, design lead Jonas Downey talks about how …

Phone a Friend

April 7th, 2020

We're back from hiatus! In this episode, we sit down with Quaker theologian and small business owner Wess Daniels, the author of the book Resisting …

Remote Work: Extreme Edition (Rerun)

March 31st, 2020

We place a long-distance phone call to Antarctica to chat with Kathrin Mallot, an astrophysicist who works at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in the …

Remote Work Q&A, Part 2

March 25th, 2020

This is the second part of a two-hour live Q&A on remote work that Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson held last week. Part 2 covers …

The Distance: Steeped In History

March 24th, 2020

Nom Wah Tea Parlor is New York Chinatown’s oldest dim sum restaurant. For decades, it served Cantonese dumplings and rolls in the traditional way, …

Remote Work Q&A, Part 1

March 20th, 2020

Earlier this week, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson held a live Q&A about remote work. We're splitting the session into two episodes. Part 1 covers questions about video calls, brainstorming, setting …

The (Social) Distance

March 17th, 2020

Basecamp is a remote company, so we're less disrupted by the current pandemic than many other businesses, but we're still taking steps to keep folks …

Work, Rest, and What You Will

March 10th, 2020

We at Basecamp love to preach the virtues of the 8-hour work day, but where did it come from? (Hint: Not from Henry Ford!) Labor historian Emily Twarog explains the origins of the 8-hour work day and why it was so …

Rug Life

March 3rd, 2020

Jarred Lustgarten left a Wall Street career to start a rug-cleaning business with $600 in borrowed money and a stack of flyers. A decade later, J.L. …

Delete Your Account

February 25th, 2020

Basecamp the app is over 15 years old, which means Basecamp the company is responsible for safeguarding more than a decade's worth of customer …

Extreme Capitalism with Jason Calacanis

February 20th, 2020


Basecamp co-founder and CTO David Heinemeier Hansson and entrepreneur and angel investor Jason Calacanis debate the gig economy, democratic socialism, and whether the American dream is dead. The conversation in this …

Poetry at Work

February 18th, 2020

Some of our most famous poets had day jobs: Robert Burns was a tax collector; William Carlos Williams was a doctor; Audre Lorde was a librarian and …

Try Everything

February 11th, 2020

Every year for the past decade, Mert Iseri has chosen a new skill to learn. This annual challenge has taken him from a magicians' club to chess …

The Road Out Of Startupland

February 4th, 2020

Sahil Lavingia once believed his startup was headed for unicorn status, but his journey through Silicon Valley—the viral launch on Hacker News, $8 million in venture capital, the glowing press—led to a very different …

Mr. DHH Goes to Washington

January 28th, 2020

Basecamp co-founder and Chief Technology Officer David Heinemeier Hansson has been ranting on Twitter about monopolistic practices in Big Tech for a …

You Never Forget George Pappageorge

January 21st, 2020

Basecamp CEO Jason Fried is back in the studio with an update on the company's Chicago headquarters. Basecamp will be leaving its office this summer after a 10-year run, and Jason is looking at a number of …

Less Business, More d20s

January 14th, 2020

Matthew Vincent, a member of Basecamp's Ops team, spoke at Nomad City 2019 about life as a remote worker. Close your eyes and pretend you're in the Canary Islands as you listen to this audio version of Matthew's talk.

Welcome Aboard

January 7th, 2020

Welcome back! We're kicking off the new year with an episode full of practical advice about onboarding new employees. Ashley Bowe from Basecamp's …

BONUS - The Knight Before Christmas

December 24th, 2019


Listeners may remember that last year Wailin watched ALL of the holiday rom-coms and decided to share them with me on our ill-advised holiday bonus …

Are The Kids Alright?

December 17th, 2019

In this anxious era of bullying, teen depression, and school shootings, tech companies are selling software to schools and parents that make big …

Lab Week

December 10th, 2019

Get out your Bunsen burner! It's time to do some experiments. In this episode, we talk to two businesses that aren't afraid to try new things. First, the three founders of The Mad Optimist, a soap company in Indiana, …

Venture Capital and Control with Dave Teare

December 3rd, 2019

Dave Teare is the co-founder and official "heart and soul" of 1Password, which recently raised $200 million in its first round of venture capital. …

Calm in the Political Storm

November 26th, 2019

Workplace cultures in politics and tech share many similarities: Overwork is glorified; long hours are the norm; employees are expected to respond to …

BONUS - Basecamp: This Time It's Personal

November 22nd, 2019

Basecamp has a long history of experimenting with "freemium" models and recently launched its most generous free plan yet: Basecamp Personal. Co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson talk about the debate …

Spending in the Clouds

November 19th, 2019

Basecamp has cut back its reliance on Amazon and Google, but there's one area where it's tough to find alternatives to Big Tech: cloud services. Even so, there are ways to cut spending on this $3 million annual expense …

BONUS - Breaking the Black Box

November 15th, 2019

Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson sparked a national controversy this week when he posted a series of livid tweets about how his wife received a much lower credit limit than he did on their Apple Cards, …

Big Brother at the Office

November 12th, 2019

Jason Meller - 00:25

"What is SSL?" - 1:13

This is Outback Steakhouse's page for the Bloomin' Onion, which is categorized as an "Aussie-tizer." Yes, that's what Outback calls appetizers. I cannot un-know this fact and now …

Rework Mailbag 5

November 5th, 2019

Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard - 2:57

Max Temkin is a Chicagoan and a co-creator of Cards Against Humanity - 4:01

Little Free Library - …

In the Market for a Marketer

October 15th, 2019

"Hire When It Hurts," our previous episode about hiring - 00:57

"Farewell, Happy Camper," our episode about rebranding Basecamp - 1:51

A Signal v. Noise post by Jason about design challenges for job candidates - 4:26

Slow Fashion

September 17th, 2019

A GQ profile of Japan's Kapital Denim - 1:26

Pure Blue jeans - 1:44

Meghan Markle - 2:39

For a great peek into the denim industry and its environmental impact, we recommend this episode of the Articles of Interest podcast …

Farewell, Happy Camper

September 10th, 2019

18:28 - 00:19

Adam Stoddard on Twitter - 00:29

"Connecting the dots: How we put a smile on the Basecamp logo" (Signal v. Noise, October 2015) - 1:22

You can see the 37signals logo in the upper right corner of this …

BONUS - The Google Ads Shakedown

September 5th, 2019

Jason's tweet - 00:18

"Six Hours of Phone Calls," our episode about hiring an SEO consultant - 00:44

Adam Stoddard, Basecamp's marketing designer - 2:17

The Cult of Overwork

September 3rd, 2019

Ty Fujimura on Twitter - 00:52

Ty's Medium essay, "The Cult of Overwork (And How to Avoid It)" - 00:54

Cantilever website - 1:10

Cal Newport's website - …

BONUS - 37signals Podcast - Q&A with Jason and David

August 27th, 2019

We're taking off the month of August! During our hiatus, we'll be playing some vintage episodes of the 37signals Podcast, a show that Basecamp ran from 2009-2011 (and then forgot all about until Wailin came across the …

BONUS - 37signals Podcast - Making People Pay

August 20th, 2019

We're taking off the month of August! During our hiatus, we'll be playing some vintage episodes of the 37signals Podcast, a show that Basecamp ran from 2009-2011 (and then forgot all about until Wailin came across the …

BONUS - 37signals Podcast - Valuation Tales

August 13th, 2019

We're taking off the month of August! During our hiatus, we'll be playing some vintage episodes of the 37signals Podcast, a show that Basecamp ran from 2009-2011 (and then forgot all about until Wailin came across the …

No Half Measures

August 6th, 2019

Our previous two episodes, Shape Up and Shape Up Roundtable - 00:37

Welcome Industries website | Twitter | Instagram - 1:16

Pam's bio at Northwestern University - 1:31

Brandon Williams' website - 3:31

Umbra - 3:39


Shape Up Roundtable

July 30th, 2019

Last week's episode, an introduction to Shape Up - 00:11

Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters by Ryan Singer - 00:18

Ryan Singer on Twitter - 1:18

Conor Muirhead on Twitter - 1:22

Jeff Hardy on …

Hire When It Hurts

July 16th, 2019

Big Integer, our episode about the outage - 3:56

DHH's posts on subsequent outages - 3:59

"Basecamp is hiring a Head of Marketing" (Signal v. Noise) - 6:15

archive of past talks by Basecampers - 6:29

Books by Basecamp - 6:30

Last Week with Jason Fried: Six Hours of Phone Calls

July 9th, 2019

Adam Stoddard on Twitter - 00:45

Jason's tweet asking for SEO consultant recommendations - 1:36

For more on design challenges as part of the hiring …

We Love the Subs

June 18th, 2019

Jonas Downey on Twitter - 00:08

Quiznos website - 00:21

"We Love the Subs" commercial - 00:46

Joel Veitch's site, Rathergood - 3:04

Tarsier on Wikipedia - 4:29

"We Like the Moon" video - 5:27

Ty Harper's website - 5:45

The …

Open Source Beyond the Market

June 11th, 2019

This is a lightly edited version of a keynote address Basecamp co-founder and CTO David Heinemeier Hansson delivered at RailsConf 2019 about "open source, markets, debts, purpose, and no less than the meaning of life." …

How Buffer Meets Up

June 4th, 2019

Buffer's website - 1:24

Carolyn Kopprasch on Twitter - 1:45

Buffer CEO Joel Gascoigne on Twitter - 11:32

Buffer's Open blog - 22:59

"Remote Team Meetups: …

James Glazebrook at Support Driven Expo Europe 2019

May 28th, 2019

In April, Basecamp Support team member James Glazebrook gave a talk at Support Driven Expo Europe about Everyone On Support. It's an all-hands program where Basecamp employees rotate through a day of working in customer …

Rework Mailbag 4

May 21st, 2019


If you have a question you'd like answered on the next Mailbag, leave us a voicemail at (708) 628-7850!

DHH on The Heartbeat Podcast

May 14th, 2019


To listen to more of The Heartbeat Podcast, visit or look for the show wherever you listen to podcasts.

Know Your Team

May 7th, 2019

Claire Lew on Twitter / Know Your Team website — 00:15

The Heartbeat Podcast — 00:34

Know Your Team's "About Us" page — 1:04

"Building Know Your Company" (Signal v. Noise) — 8:04

"How we put together a simple deal to spin …

Last Week with Jason Fried: Office Space

April 30th, 2019

We're introducing a new segment called Last Week with Jason Fried, where Basecamp's CEO talks about a task or concern that recently fell on his plate. In this inaugural episode, Jason talks about how the end of the …

Unplugged from the Matrix

April 23rd, 2019

Our 2017 episode, "Can You Sell Water? Part 2" - 00:29

The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago - 00:37

The study "The Growth, Scope, and Spatial Distribution of People With Felony …

Job Scam

April 18th, 2019

We're introducing a new segment called Check-Ins, where we talk to folks at Basecamp about their answers to recurring questions that get asked of …

Subscription Hostages

April 9th, 2019

The DHH tweet that started it all - 00:36

Wailin's tweet about the Chicago Tribune - 2:23

Laura Hazard Owen on Twitter - 2:55

NiemanLab - 3:34

Consumer Federation of California - 4:21

California Senate Bill 313, which former …

Did You Order the Code Red?

March 26th, 2019

Read David Heinemeier Hansson's blog post and Jeremy's follow-up post on the mass-login attack.

Our episode on the Big Integer outage - 00:41

The big …

BONUS - Ruby on Rails

March 19th, 2019

In 2004, Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson released a framework called Ruby on Rails that has since been used by over 1.2 million web …

Remote Work: Extreme Edition

February 26th, 2019

The IceCube website - 00:46

What is a neutrino? (Scientific American) - 1:13

SNOLAB in Canada is an example of a neutrino observatory located in an old …

No Hard Feelings

February 12th, 2019

"Happy Pacifists," our episode about violent rhetoric (and its opposite) in business - 00:24

"Big Integer," our episode about how Basecamp managed a …

BONUS - Spark Joy with DHH

January 22nd, 2019

Marie Kondo’s official website - 00:14

Marie Kondo's interpreter is Marie Iida and here's a Quartz interview with her - 00:28

Author Courtney Milan's Twitter thread on Marie Kondo's misunderstood advice about books - 00:49

Big Integer

January 15th, 2019

On Thursday, November 8, Basecamp 3 went down for almost five hours. It was the worst outage to hit the company in a decade and a stress test of Basecamp's practices around internal communication, customer support, and …

BONUS - Happy New Year

January 1st, 2019

We tried to record an episode, but there were more important things to talk about. See you in 2019 with more episodes of REWORK.

BONUS - 100% Facebook-Free

December 21st, 2018

After yet another round of revelations about Facebook's use of customer data, Basecamp has decided to become 100% Facebook-free. We've actually been off Facebook proper for a while, but on Wednesday we decided to remove …

BONUS - Rename

December 19th, 2018

On the last episode of Rework, we talked about the dangers of using violent language in a business context. We've had to grapple with other kinds of …

Happy Pacifists

December 18th, 2018

The Brigham Young/Utah "Holy War" game is so famous it gets its own Wikipedia entry - 00:03

Steve Jobs' quote about going "thermonuclear" against …

Sometimes It's Crazy At Work

December 4th, 2018

Books by Basecamp - 00:18

Harper Business - 3:52

Adam Stoddard, Basecamp's marketing designer and the designer of the new book's cover - 4:01

Jason Zimdars, Basecamp designer and book illustrator - 5:26

Mike Rohde, the …

The Worst Performance Review

November 20th, 2018

Rachel Ernst, VP of employee success at Reflektive - 00:41

Reflektive’s #MyWorstPerformanceReview contest and the winners - 2:12

Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson’s classic screed against fundraising and startup …

Rework Mailbag 3

November 6th, 2018

Behold the wonder of raclette - 00:59

Looking for a calm company while job searching - 2:33

How a business that deals with clients can work more calmly …

It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work - Part 2

October 16th, 2018

We’re taking your questions for David and Jason to answer in an upcoming mailbag episode! Leave us a voicemail at (708) 628-7850 and you'll be entered into a drawing for an autographed copy of It Doesn't Have to be …

It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work - Part 1

October 9th, 2018

We’re taking your questions for David and Jason to answer in an upcoming mailbag episode! Leave us a voicemail at (708) 628-7850 and you'll be entered into a drawing for an autographed copy of It Doesn't Have to be …

The Bean Machine

September 11th, 2018

Take A Break, our last regular episode before sabbatical - 2:47

Why we only work 4 days a week during summer (Signal v. Noise) - 3:02
Carcassonne in …

BONUS - The Distance - The Business Cycle

August 21st, 2018

Shaun and Wailin are still on vacation, but we have another of our favorite episodes from our previous podcast, The Distance, which was about long-running businesses. Wailin's pick is this story of America's last …

BONUS - The Distance - Diamonds Are Forever

August 7th, 2018

Shaun and Wailin are on vacation! During our hiatus, we're bringing you our favorite stories from our previous podcast, The Distance, which was about …

Take a Break

July 24th, 2018

Rework made its podcast debut with an episode called "Sell Your By-products" in August 2017 — 00:37

A list of employee benefits at Basecamp — 00:51

Adeline Koh is the founder of Sabbatical Beauty and you'll also find her …

BONUS - Out in the Open

July 17th, 2018

In a bonus conversation with Sarah Park of MeetEdgar, she talks about making the company handbook public and why they have a policy of opening up …

Temperature Check

July 10th, 2018

One of our colleagues on the Basecamp customer support team, Jayne Ogilvie, wanted to find out how other tech companies with remote staffs handle …

Go Behind the Scenes

June 26th, 2018

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 …

You Need Less Than You Think

June 12th, 2018

Who needs a fancy office when you can work out of a dingy food court? Who needs fancy equipment when you can buy what you need at Walmart? Who needs to hire an SEO specialist? What does an SEO specialist do, anyway? (A …

But Wait, There's More!

May 29th, 2018

Do you struggle with finding the right podcast? Are you tired of true crime shows and hosts trying to sell you a mattress? Introducing Rework, a …

Rework Mailbag 2

May 15th, 2018


Alison Green of Ask A Manager, whom we featured in our previous episode, gives her advice on a couple of questions too. Topics covered:

  • Communicating …

BONUS - Culturati Summit 2018

April 17th, 2018

A video of this discussion is also available.

We're still taking your calls for an upcoming mailbag episode where Jason Fried and David Heinemeier …

BONUS - When Chris Met Mark

April 10th, 2018

Chris Ruder, the CEO of Spikeball, shares a story about meeting Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban at a bar and committing a photo faux pas (a faux-to pas?), a year before he taped his Shark Tank appearance.

Life After Shark Tank

April 3rd, 2018

This episode features:

Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar, a company that makes vegan and cruelty-free lipstick in vibrant shades that work on a broad range of skin tones. Watch a clip of their episode.

Chris Ruder of Spikeball

How to Say You're Sorry

March 20th, 2018

"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! Why is saying …

Update: Please Don't Like This

March 13th, 2018

Jason Fried talks about designing an alternative to Basecamp's Applause feature that is subtle yet expressive, and distinct from the kinds of reactions and feedback mechanisms used on social media platforms. (If you …

Please Don't Like This

March 6th, 2018

At Basecamp, we're in the midst of a debate over an Applause feature that was designed to improve communication but might be stoking unwanted anxiety. In this episode, CTO David Heinemeier Hansson and iOS designer Tara …

BONUS - Dan Miller on Outsourcing

February 21st, 2018

Dan Miller of Mulberrys Garment Care talks outsourcing, bootstrapping, and growing slowly in some leftover bits we couldn't quite fit into episode 14.

Meetings Are Toxic

February 20th, 2018

You'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll gnash your teeth in recognition as you hear the stories of horrible meetings we collected for this episode. Meetings …

Interruption is Not Collaboration

February 6th, 2018

Hey, are you busy? Can you listen to this real quick? It's an episode about interruptions in the workplace. You'll hear from academic researchers, Basecamp's head data wrangler, and the CEO of a remote company about how …

BONUS - Jason Fried On To-Do Notifications

January 26th, 2018

Special bonus episode where Jason Fried discusses some of the thinking that goes into making a very small change to the to-do feature in Basecamp.

Don't Be Fake

January 23rd, 2018

Hey, are you crushing it? It seems like everyone is constantly crushing it in the business world. But maybe it would be better if we were honest …

Start Making Something

January 9th, 2018

New year, new you! If you started 2018 with an idea for a product, business, or creative pursuit, now is the time to start making something. In this episode: A tabletop game designer finds that sometimes, all you need …

Rework Mailbag 1 - Part 2

December 26th, 2017

If you'd like your questions answered on a future mailbag episode leave a message at 708.628.7850.

Rework Mailbag 1 - Part 1

December 19th, 2017

If you'd like your questions answered on a future mailbag episode, leave us a message at 708-628-7850.

Planning is Guessing

December 5th, 2017


Basecamp's founders never wrote a business plan when they started the company. Even today, they don't like to look too far ahead. Too much long-term planning can hamper your ability to react to the present. Did you have …

Can You Sell Water? Part 2

November 21st, 2017


Some of the tech industry's most vaunted companies revel in their origins as mavericks or rule-breakers, having flouted regulations in the name of …

BONUS - The Price of Basecamp's Water

November 8th, 2017

Some leftover bits that didn't make it into the last episode.

Can You Sell Water? Part 1

November 7th, 2017


Selling is a core skill. You have to know how to sell, whether it's a product, an idea, or yourself. In 2012, Basecamp CEO Jason Fried saw the …

BONUS - Jason Fried at INDUSTRY 2017

October 31st, 2017

Basecamp CEO Jason Fried talks about ideas with Paul McAvinchey, co-founder of Product Collective, at INDUSTRY: The Product Conference in September …

The Moral ABC

October 24th, 2017


Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, which bills itself as the top-selling natural soapmaker in North America, wasn't founded to sell soap. The company was started to promote a religious philosophy developed by Emanuel Bronner, a …

Take A Stand

October 10th, 2017


Business and politics tend to make uneasy bedfellows, but in these divisive times, even businesses that have historically stayed out of hot-button …

Say No

September 26th, 2017


It's easy to say yes, whether it's to a customer request or a deadline from your boss. But saying yes too many times can result in an unmanageable …

Pick A Fight (on Twitter)

September 12th, 2017


Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson is known for many things, including creating Ruby on Rails and writing business books. He also has a knack for …

Workaholics Aren't Heroes

August 29th, 2017


Being tired isn't a badge of honor. There, we said it. We've been saying this for a while now, because our culture loves to glorify toiling long …

Sell Your By-products

August 15th, 2017


Welcome to the first episode of Rework! This podcast is based on Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson's 2010 best-selling business book, which was itself based on years of blogging. So what better way to kick off …

Rework Teaser

July 26th, 2017

"The word you always hear is 'scaling,' right? 'We gotta scale.' And I'm just like: well, why do you have to scale?" – Jason Fried
Introducing the Rework podcast: a show by the makers of Basecamp about a better way to …
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