Opening the Rework Mailbag, Part 1

https://medium.com/media/260959ad697e433a6bdcc051403dab14/href Opening the Rework Mailbag, Part 1 It’s our first mailbag episode! Jason Fried and DHH answer listener questions on topics like the role of luck and timing in starting Basecamp; how they approach pricing (spoiler: It’s something called “ass pricing”); hiring in the early stages[…]

Neighborhood Fixture

Illustration by Nate Otto The Distance is back from our holiday hiatus with new episodes every other Tuesday! Our new story is about a kind of business you might have thought was pretty much extinct: the neighborhood appliance and furniture store. Kevin Krasney’s grandfather opened Cole’s[…]

Sometimes It’s Crazy At Work

https://medium.com/media/61668ec7d868f50d464aeafdf383cb0e/href Sometimes It’s Crazy At Work In October, Jason Fried and DHH released their new book, It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work. The book featured their writing, as well as cover art and interior illustrations from Basecamp designers Adam Stoddard and Jason Zimdars. The[…]

Happy Pacifists

https://medium.com/media/1a00439f45ef2b4bbc6a495b23359ad8/href Business rhetoric is rife with the language of war — there’s constant talk of conquering markets and dominating the competition. These tropes indicate a dangerous way of thinking that can have real consequences, intended or not, on human behavior. In this episode of the Rework podcast,[…]

Stories about Stayups

http://thedistance.com — stories about businesses that haven’t gone out of business. How not to go out of business is the hardest part about business. The Distance tells true stories about those who’ve figured it out. Startups dominate the news. What are the first three letters of news? New.[…]

But Wait, There’s More!

https://medium.com/media/04af025c08838eccba8a8746e4b70625/href 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 podcast that’s free of both murder and midroll ads. When you listen to this episode of Rework, you’ll[…]

Take A Stand

Flowers for Dreams put this pop-up on their website after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Business and politics tend to make uneasy bedfellows, but in these divisive times, even businesses that have historically stayed out of hot-button issues are coming off the sidelines. In[…]

Say No

https://medium.com/media/1fae2c9e0850bf1d9a9fe5556167e3f3/href Say No 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 workload or distract you from the stuff you really want to be doing. It’s[…]

Jungle Jim, I Presume?

Illustration by Nate Otto In an industry known for selling commodities at low margins, Jungle Jim’s International Market in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio is something else entirely. It’s a super-sized grocery store that’s also a tourist attraction with animatronic characters, a dedicated events center, and a working[…]

Solo Act

Illustration by Nate Otto Bruce Roper never planned to start a business. As a teenager, he wanted to be a Beatle. As an adult, he moved to Chicago after a brief stint running a music store and began fixing guitars. Over the next quarter century, Bruce[…]

Opening the Rework Mailbag, Part 2

https://medium.com/media/0acabe8f4234499d0913b19c48149c74/href 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’[…]

Listener questions, answered

https://medium.com/media/309b3e58d94dc6a9fd391042d601ae0b/href 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. https://medium.com/media/43f38cd8bee58a72cc4a2f39e47155b2/href Listener[…]