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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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Welcome Aboard

January 7th, 2020

Basecamp's Support team - 00:47

The Better Allies Approach to Hiring by Karen Catlin - 1:03

"Hire When It Hurts," our episode about hiring - 2:51

Entry in Basecamp's handbook about summer hours - 6:44

"I've never had a goal"

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 …

Lab Week

December 10th, 2019

The Mad Optimist website | Facebook | Instagram - 00:45

You can find The Mad Optimist's live revenue number in their Humanifesto under "We practice radical transparency" - 9:43

Natalie Nagele on Twitter - 16:51


Venture Capital and Control with Dave Teare

December 3rd, 2019

"Open Source and Power with Matt Mullenweg," our episode featuring a phone call between DHH and Automattic's Matt Mullenweg - 00:34

DHH's tweet about …

Calm in the Political Storm

November 26th, 2019

NPR's Up First podcast - 00:51

FiveThirtyEight's Politics podcast - 00:55

Dan Sinker's website | Twitter - 1:15 - 1:21

Marty Santalucia

BONUS - Basecamp: This Time It's Personal

November 22nd, 2019

"Launch: Basecamp Gets Personal" (Signal v. Noise) - 00:13

37signals' 2004 announcement about the launch of Basecamp - 1:44

Basecamp's announcement about closing Backpack to new signups - 2:18

"Launch: Basecamp 3" (Signal …

Spending in the Clouds

November 19th, 2019

Blake Stoddard on Twitter - 1:27

AWS Lambda - 4:45

The Reddit hug of death is also known as the Slashdot effect - 4:55

Maybe Roxane Gay can save us from our cord-cutting dystopia - 15:49

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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