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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.

Episodes
July 7, 2020 Manos: The Hands of Hey
An interview with the designer who developed Hey's visual branding.
June 30, 2020 An Email Account is Born
Tell me something, girl. Are you happy in this modern world? Or do you need more? Is better email what …
June 23, 2020 Designing Hey
An interview with Basecamp design lead Jonas Downey.
June 16, 2020 Hey, What's Going On?
Basecamp woke up on the morning on June 15, took a deep breath, and screamed from the top of its …
June 9, 2020 The Spy Who Emailed Me
Your inbox should be no place for prying eyes.
June 2, 2020 The Bookshop Around the Corner
Bookshop.org launched in January to help independent bookstores take on Amazon—just a few months before the industry was hit with …
May 26, 2020 Help Wanted
The creators of two new resources for job seekers talk about helping people find meaningful work at companies that care …
May 19, 2020 Winston Sat At His Computer
Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson explains why the company has stopped integrating with makers of employee surveillance software.
May 12, 2020 Bubble Wrap & Prayers
Brick-and-mortar retailers are finding creative ways to reach their customers from a distance.
May 7, 2020 Living on Hope
Basecamp alumna Esther Lee shares her experience of downsizing to a 35-foot sailboat.
May 5, 2020 Kids Incorporated
Businesses that cater to families and children are finding new ways to make sure the kids (and their parents) are …
April 30, 2020 BONUS - Breadcamp
The yeast you could do is listen to this episode.
April 28, 2020 Product Strategy Q&A with Jason Fried and Ryan Singer
Basecamp CEO Jason Fried and Head of Strategy Ryan Singer answer questions about product development.
April 23, 2020 Going Remote: Kids at Home
The latest installment of our "Going Remote" Q&A series is all about working from home while taking care of kids—some …
April 21, 2020 The Soul of an Entrepreneur
David Sax, author of the new book "The Soul of an Entrepreneur," talks about the stories of business owners that …
April 16, 2020 Going Remote: Customer Support
Merissa Dawson and Chase Clemons from Basecamp's customer support team answer questions about working remotely.
April 14, 2020 Work Out From Home
Three businesses in the fitness and wellness industry share how they've pivoted and how they're continuing to look after their …
April 9, 2020 Going Remote: Design
Basecamp design lead Jonas Downey answers questions about working remotely.
April 7, 2020 Phone a Friend
Is it the end times? We call a Friend to discuss.
March 31, 2020 Remote Work: Extreme Edition (Rerun)
A rerun of a 2019 interview with a scientist working in the South Pole.
March 25, 2020 Remote Work Q&A, Part 2
Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer questions about working remotely.
March 24, 2020 The Distance: Steeped In History
We're replaying an episode of our previous podcast, The Distance, about New York Chinatown's oldest dim sum parlor.
March 20, 2020 Remote Work Q&A, Part 1
Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer questions about working remotely.
March 17, 2020 The (Social) Distance
A short update on how Basecamp is dealing with COVID-19.
March 10, 2020 Work, Rest, and What You Will
How America (briefly) got the 8-hour work day.
March 3, 2020 Rug Life
"The best thing about owning a business is it allows you to say, 'Okay, who do I want to be?'"
Feb. 25, 2020 Delete Your Account
We all deserve the right to be forgotten on the Internet.
Feb. 20, 2020 Extreme Capitalism with Jason Calacanis
Basecamp co-founder and CTO David Heinemeier Hansson and entrepreneur and angel investor Jason Calacanis debate the gig economy, democratic socialism, …
Feb. 18, 2020 Poetry at Work
Poetry has a lot to say about work and can serve as a meeting place, a provocative memo, or a …
Feb. 11, 2020 Try Everything
Every year for the past decade, Mert Iseri has chosen a new skill to learn.
Feb. 4, 2020 The Road Out Of Startupland
Sahil Lavingia once believed his startup was headed for unicorn status, but his Silicon Valley journey turned out much differently.
Jan. 28, 2020 Mr. DHH Goes to Washington
Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson takes his Big Tech rants all the way to Congress.
Jan. 21, 2020 You Never Forget George Pappageorge
Basecamp CEO Jason Fried gives an update on the company's Chicago headquarters.
Jan. 14, 2020 Less Business, More d20s
A talk by Matthew Vincent, a member of Basecamp's Ops team, about working remotely.
Jan. 7, 2020 Welcome Aboard
Our first episode of 2020 is all about inclusive ways to onboard new employees.
Dec. 24, 2019 BONUS - The Knight Before Christmas
Magic, chivalry, time travel, and wide-legged pants.
Dec. 17, 2019 Are The Kids Alright?
The surveillance economy is making inroads into young people's lives.
Dec. 10, 2019 Lab Week
Meet two businesses that aren't afraid to try new things.
Dec. 3, 2019 Venture Capital and Control with Dave Teare
Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson and 1Password co-founder Dave Teare discuss 1Password's $200 million fundraising round.
Nov. 26, 2019 Calm in the Political Storm
A political consultant applies calm work principles to an industry that's known for the opposite dynamic.
Nov. 22, 2019 BONUS - Basecamp: This Time It's Personal
Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson talk about launching a new free plan.
Nov. 19, 2019 Spending in the Clouds
Blake Stoddard on Basecamp's Ops team talks about saving over a half-million dollars on cloud services.
Nov. 15, 2019 BONUS - Breaking the Black Box
The tech and financial sectors are biased! Let's do something about it.
Nov. 12, 2019 Big Brother at the Office
Between cameras, sensor-equipped ID badges, and keystroke-logging software, employers are keeping an ever-watchful eye on their workers, all in the …
Nov. 5, 2019 Rework Mailbag 5
Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer listener questions in this short but jam-packed mailbag episode. Among other …
Oct. 29, 2019 A Hosty Retreat
Basecamp has taken a clear stance against tracking on the web, so when we learned that our podcast hosting provider …
Oct. 22, 2019 Meet Andy
Basecamp's new head of marketing, Andy Didorosi, talks about how he started a bus company in his hometown of Detroit …
Oct. 15, 2019 In the Market for a Marketer
As part of a mini hiring boom at Basecamp this year, CEO Jason Fried went looking for a position that …
Oct. 8, 2019 Nevermore, Amazon
In the spring of 2019, Danny Caine, the owner of the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas, overheard a customer …
Oct. 1, 2019 Open Source and Power with Matt Mullenweg
Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress and the founder of Automattic, joins Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson for a …
Sept. 24, 2019 Heal the Internet
In August, Basecamp ended its practice of using pixel trackers in emails. Co-founder and CTO David Heinemeier Hansson shares what …
Sept. 17, 2019 Slow Fashion
"Dreams shouldn't be sensible." In 2011, David and Clare Hieatt launched Hiut Denim in a small Welsh town that had …
Sept. 10, 2019 Farewell, Happy Camper
Basecamp has a new website and a new logo. If this is the first you're hearing about it, it's because …
Sept. 5, 2019 BONUS - The Google Ads Shakedown
On Tuesday, Basecamp CEO Jason Fried tweeted about some shady business involving Google Ads and search results. The tweet got …
Sept. 3, 2019 The Cult of Overwork
We're back from summer break! It's time to get back to work, but it's important not to overdo it. In …
Aug. 27, 2019 BONUS - 37signals Podcast - Q&A with Jason and David
We're taking off the month of August! During our hiatus, we'll be playing some vintage episodes of the 37signals Podcast, …
Aug. 20, 2019 BONUS - 37signals Podcast - Making People Pay
We're taking off the month of August! During our hiatus, we'll be playing some vintage episodes of the 37signals Podcast, …
Aug. 13, 2019 BONUS - 37signals Podcast - Valuation Tales
We're taking off the month of August! During our hiatus, we'll be playing some vintage episodes of the 37signals Podcast, …
Aug. 6, 2019 No Half Measures
Pam Daniels had an idea to make an everyday household item more useful and fun. When her first plan to …
July 30, 2019 Shape Up Roundtable
Basecamp's new book, Shape Up by Ryan Singer, explores the way designers and programmers at the company build and ship …
July 23, 2019 Shape Up with Ryan Singer
Basecamp's head of strategy, Ryan Singer, sits down to discuss his new book, Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and …
July 16, 2019 Hire When It Hurts
Basecamp is known for hiring infrequently, but it's in the midst of adding five new employees to its roster—including the …
July 9, 2019 Last Week with Jason Fried: Six Hours of Phone Calls
In this episode, Basecamp marketing designer Adam Stoddard joins Jason Fried to talk about a marathon session of interviewing Search …
July 2, 2019 The Open Office
The open office has gone from the dominant workplace layout to cultural pariah, with these environments seeming to produce more …
June 25, 2019 Long-Time Snacker, First-Time Caller
A curious snack food aficionado calls the home of Mr. Peanut.
June 18, 2019 We Love the Subs
In 2004, fast food company Quiznos launched a national advertising campaign featuring animated rodent-like creatures screech-singing an ode to the …
June 11, 2019 Open Source Beyond the Market
This is a lightly edited version of a keynote address Basecamp co-founder and CTO David Heinemeier Hansson delivered at RailsConf …
June 4, 2019 How Buffer Meets Up
Even remote companies need actual face time every once in a while. That's why Basecamp holds companywide, weeklong meet-ups in …
May 28, 2019 James Glazebrook at Support Driven Expo Europe 2019
In April, Basecamp Support team member James Glazebrook gave a talk at Support Driven Expo Europe about Everyone On Support. …
May 21, 2019 Rework Mailbag 4
Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are back in the studio to answer your questions. This edition of …
May 14, 2019 DHH on The Heartbeat Podcast
In our last episode, we talked to Claire Lew, the CEO of Know Your Team. She has her own show …
May 7, 2019 Know Your Team
Claire Lew is the CEO of Know Your Team, a company dedicated to solving the problem of bad bosses. The …
April 30, 2019 Last Week with Jason Fried: Office Space
We're introducing a new segment called Last Week with Jason Fried, where Basecamp's CEO talks about a task or concern …
April 23, 2019 Unplugged from the Matrix
In 2007, Kenneth Coats started a business helping Chicagoans expunge their arrest records so they could improve their job prospects. …
April 18, 2019 Job Scam
We're introducing a new segment called Check-Ins, where we talk to folks at Basecamp about their answers to recurring questions …
April 9, 2019 Subscription Hostages
Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: You sign up for a service or a product online. When you go …
March 26, 2019 Did You Order the Code Red?
"Passwords just aren't cutting it online. It's getting worse. We all feel it." This is what Jeremy from Basecamp's Security, …
March 19, 2019 BONUS - Ruby on Rails
David Heinemeier Hansson talks about creativity, finding a passion, and how writing Ruby changed the way he thinks about programming.
March 12, 2019 Hiring Is Not Hazing
Why are manhole covers round? How many golf balls can fit in a 747? Why are job interviews so terrible? …
Feb. 26, 2019 Remote Work: Extreme Edition
We place a long-distance phone call to Antarctica to chat with Kathrin Mallot, an astrophysicist who works at the IceCube …
Feb. 12, 2019 No Hard Feelings
Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy are the co-authors of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions At …
Jan. 29, 2019 Reblog
The folks at Basecamp have been blogging since 1999, when Jason Fried would write by the light of a fire …
Jan. 22, 2019 BONUS - Spark Joy with DHH
Basecamp co-founders David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried are fans of Marie Kondo's 2014 bestseller "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying …
Jan. 15, 2019 Big Integer
Go behind the scenes of Basecamp 3's biggest outage.
Jan. 1, 2019 BONUS - Happy New Year
We tried to record an episode, but there were more important things to talk about. See you in 2019 with …
Dec. 21, 2018 BONUS - 100% Facebook-Free
After yet another round of revelations about Facebook's use of customer data, Basecamp has decided to become 100% Facebook-free. We've …
Dec. 19, 2018 BONUS - Rename
On the last episode of Rework, we talked about the dangers of using violent language in a business context. We've …
Dec. 18, 2018 Happy Pacifists
Business rhetoric is rife with the language of war—there's constant talk of conquering markets and dominating the competition. These tropes …
Dec. 4, 2018 Sometimes It's Crazy At Work
In October, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson released their new book, It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work. …
Nov. 20, 2018 The Worst Performance Review
Annual, semi-annual, quarterly, 360...no matter what form they take, performance reviews can be anxiety-inducing workplace rituals. In today's episode, we …
Nov. 6, 2018 Rework Mailbag 3
It’s time for another episode where Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer your questions! In this one, they discuss …
Oct. 23, 2018 The Myth of the Overnight Sensation
Before the viral unicorn poop video, before the appearances on Shark Tank and Dr. Oz and Howard Stern—Bobby Edwards was …
Oct. 16, 2018 It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work - Part 2
This is the second of a two-part interview with David Heinemeier Hansson about his and Jason Fried's new book, It …
Oct. 9, 2018 It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work - Part 1
Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson have a new book out called It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work, …
Sept. 25, 2018 Farewell, Noah
A lot of businesses start as side ventures or hobbies that grow into full-time pursuits. The trick is often in …
Sept. 11, 2018 The Bean Machine
*taps mic* Is this thing on? We're back from sabbatical! In our first post-hiatus episode, Shaun heads to Denver to …
Aug. 21, 2018 BONUS - The Distance - The Business Cycle
Shaun and Wailin are still on vacation, but we have another of our favorite episodes from our previous podcast, The …
Aug. 7, 2018 BONUS - The Distance - Diamonds Are Forever
Shaun and Wailin are on vacation! During our hiatus, we're bringing you our favorite stories from our previous podcast, The …
July 24, 2018 Take a Break
Smell ya later! Shaun and Wailin are taking off the month of August. Before they left, they interviewed three business …
July 17, 2018 BONUS - Out in the Open
In a bonus conversation with Sarah Park of MeetEdgar, she talks about making the company handbook public and why they …
July 10, 2018 Temperature Check
One of our colleagues on the Basecamp customer support team, Jayne Ogilvie, wanted to find out how other tech companies …
June 26, 2018 Go Behind the Scenes
A famous guy once said, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" But he was a grifter. In …
June 12, 2018 You Need Less Than You Think
Who needs a fancy office when you can work out of a dingy food court? Who needs fancy equipment when …
May 29, 2018 But Wait, There's More!
Do you struggle with finding the right podcast? Are you tired of true crime shows and hosts trying to sell …
May 15, 2018 Rework Mailbag 2
Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer listener questions about workplace communication and remote working.
May 1, 2018 Ask A Manager
Wailin interviews Alison Green, the advice columnist whose Ask A Manager column offers friendly and practical guidance for all kinds …
April 17, 2018 BONUS - Culturati Summit 2018
In January, Wailin Wong interviewed Dean Carter, vice president of human resources and shared services at Patagonia, and David Simas, …
April 10, 2018 BONUS - When Chris Met Mark
Chris Ruder, the CEO of Spikeball, shares a story about meeting Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban at a bar and …
April 3, 2018 Life After Shark Tank
The ABC show Shark Tank is irresistible reality programming: Entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a panel of famous investors and …
March 20, 2018 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 …
March 13, 2018 Update: Please Don't Like This
Jason Fried talks about designing an alternative to Basecamp's Applause feature that is subtle yet expressive, and distinct from the …
March 6, 2018 Please Don't Like This
At Basecamp, we're in the midst of a debate over an Applause feature that was designed to improve communication but …
Feb. 21, 2018 BONUS - Dan Miller on Outsourcing
Dan Miller of Mulberrys Garment Care talks outsourcing, bootstrapping, and growing slowly in some leftover bits we couldn't quite fit …
Feb. 20, 2018 Meetings Are Toxic
You'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll gnash your teeth in recognition as you hear the stories of horrible meetings we collected …
Feb. 6, 2018 Interruption is Not Collaboration
Hey, are you busy? Can you listen to this real quick? It's an episode about interruptions in the workplace. You'll …
Jan. 26, 2018 BONUS - Jason Fried On To-Do Notifications
Special bonus episode where Jason Fried discusses some of the thinking that goes into making a very small change to …
Jan. 23, 2018 Don't Be Fake
Hey, are you crushing it? It seems like everyone is constantly crushing it in the business world. But maybe it …
Jan. 16, 2018 BONUS - The Million Dollar Mistake
A conversation with Fred Perrotta, co-founder and CEO of Tortuga Backpacks, about something he calls his "million dollar mistake."
Jan. 9, 2018 Start Making Something
New year, new you! If you started 2018 with an idea for a product, business, or creative pursuit, now is …
Dec. 26, 2017 Rework Mailbag 1 - Part 2
This is the second in a two-part series in which Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer listener questions.
Dec. 19, 2017 Rework Mailbag 1 - Part 1
This is the first of two episodes where Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer questions from our listeners. In …
Dec. 5, 2017 Planning is Guessing
Basecamp's founders never wrote a business plan when they started the company. Even today, they don't like to look too …
Nov. 21, 2017 Can You Sell Water? Part 2
Some of the tech industry's most vaunted companies revel in their origins as mavericks or rule-breakers, having flouted regulations in …
Nov. 8, 2017 BONUS - The Price of Basecamp's Water
Some leftover bits that didn't make it into the last episode.
Nov. 7, 2017 Can You Sell Water? Part 1
Selling is a core skill. You have to know how to sell, whether it's a product, an idea, or yourself. …
Oct. 31, 2017 BONUS - Jason Fried at INDUSTRY 2017
Basecamp CEO Jason Fried talks about ideas with Paul McAvinchey, co-founder of Product Collective, at INDUSTRY: The Product Conference in …
Oct. 24, 2017 The Moral ABC
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, which bills itself as the top-selling natural soapmaker in North America, wasn't founded to sell soap. …
Oct. 10, 2017 Take A Stand
Business and politics tend to make uneasy bedfellows, but in these divisive times, even businesses that have historically stayed out …
Sept. 26, 2017 Say No
It's easy to say yes, whether it's to a customer request or a deadline from your boss. But saying yes …
Sept. 12, 2017 Pick A Fight (on Twitter)
Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson is known for many things, including creating Ruby on Rails and writing business books. He …
Aug. 29, 2017 Workaholics Aren't Heroes
Being tired isn't a badge of honor. There, we said it. We've been saying this for a while now, because …
Aug. 15, 2017 Sell Your By-products
Welcome to the first episode of Rework! This podcast is based on Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson's 2010 best-selling …
July 26, 2017 Rework Teaser
Rework is a podcast by the makers of Basecamp about a better way to work and run your business. While …