Kickoffs!

Since our company is itself our most important product, we keep tweaking, experimenting, and – hopefully! – improving the organizational software that makes it run. Here’s an example of how we refine our process at Basecamp: Process change posted to our What Works project in[…]

The books I read in 2018

Now a tradition in its third year (see 2016 and 2017). Here are all my extracted answers to our monthly Basecamp check-in question of What are you reading? Notes from UndergroundFyodor Dostoyevsky was one of those authors I had heard about in school but never really contemplated reading directly.[…]

Every little bit helps

Quitting Facebook. Renouncing Uber. Avoiding Amazon. There have never been more or greater reasons for turning your back entirely on much of Big Tech. The last few years have brought an endless stream of scandals and unflattering revelations. There aren’t many starry-eyed optimists left who[…]

Microsoft, I forgive you!

Microsoft is different now. The evil masterminds are all retired. No more Ballmer jumping around screaming for developers, developers, developers. No more Gates plotting monopoly schemes for world domination. They’re both finally out, and the new guy in charge isn’t making us wince. The company seems[…]

Writing software is hard

Good software is uncommon because writing it is hard. In the abstract, we all know that it is hard. We talk incessantly about how it’s hard. And yet, we also collectively seem shocked — just shocked! — when the expectable happens and the software we’re exposed to or is[…]

Loot’n’leave

I think I’ve cracked the obsession amongst much of the Silicon Valley set with compressing work life, sacrificing everything until the big exit, and running fast while breaking all the things: If you don’t plan to stick around, who cares how you leave the things behind?[…]