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.
BONUS - Ruby on Rails
Mar 19 • 21 min
David Heinemeier Hansson talks about creativity, finding a passion, and how writing Ruby changed the way he thinks about programming.
Hiring Is Not Hazing
Mar 12 • 23 min
Why are manhole covers round? How many golf balls can fit in a 747? Why are job interviews so terrible? In this episode, Aja Hammerly, a developer advocate at Google, talks about the drawbacks of common tech interview techniques like whiteboard coding and…
Remote Work: Extreme Edition
Feb 26 • 29 min
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 South Pole. In this episode, Kathrin talks about preparing for a work assignment in a super remote part…
No Hard Feelings
Feb 12 • 36 min
Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy are the co-authors of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions At Work. They come on Rework to talk about how the future of work is emotional; why it’s useful to listen to feelings like envy; and how we…
Jan 29 • 22 min
The folks at Basecamp have been blogging since 1999, when Jason Fried would write by the light of a fire fueled by David Heinemeier Hansson’s savage indictments of the tech industry. A lot has changed since then (with the exception of DHH’s feelings about…
BONUS - Spark Joy with DHH
Jan 22 • 16 min
Basecamp co-founders David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried are fans of Marie Kondo’s 2014 bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” which is back in the cultural zeitgeist thanks to her new Netflix show. In this bonus episode, DHH talks about…
Big Integer
Jan 15 • 27 min
Go behind the scenes of Basecamp 3’s biggest outage.
BONUS - Happy New Year
Jan 1 • 22 min
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
Dec 21, 2018 • 24 min
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 the company from Instagram and…
BONUS - Rename
Dec 19, 2018 • 7 min
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 problematic language at Basecamp as well. In this mini bonus episode, Shaun talks to programmer Jeremy…
Happy Pacifists
Dec 18, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Sometimes It’s Crazy At Work
Dec 4, 2018 • 27 min
In October, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson 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 a couple designers at Basecamp. The launch initially…
The Worst Performance Review
Nov 20, 2018 • 27 min
Annual, semi-annual, quarterly, 360…no matter what form they take, performance reviews can be anxiety-inducing workplace rituals. In today’s episode, we talk to the head of HR at an HR software company (meta!) and a Basecamp designer about why helpful…
Rework Mailbag 3
Nov 6, 2018 • 29 min
It’s time for another 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…
The Myth of the Overnight Sensation
Oct 23, 2018 • 22 min
Before the viral unicorn poop video, before the appearances on Shark Tank and Dr. Oz and Howard Stern—Bobby Edwards was showing his invention at conventions and sending it to alternative health bloggers in hopes of getting coverage. The invention? Squatty…
It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work - Part 2
Oct 16, 2018 • 14 min
This is the second of a two-part interview with David Heinemeier Hansson about his and Jason Fried’s new book, It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work. In this episode, David talks about taking a calm approach to writing and marketing the book. Also, Wailin…
It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work - Part 1
Oct 9, 2018 • 23 min
Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson have a new book out called It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work, which pushes back against the toxic culture of overwork and unhealthy ambitions that’s driving much of the modern workplace. In this episode, Wailin…
Farewell, Noah
Sep 25, 2018 • 29 min
A lot of businesses start as side ventures or hobbies that grow into full-time pursuits. The trick is often in knowing when to quit a comfortable day job to start a new business. We sit down with one of our own at this crossroads. Noah Lorang headed…
The Bean Machine
Sep 11, 2018 • 20 min
*taps mic* Is this thing on? We’re back from sabbatical! In our first post-hiatus episode, Shaun heads to Denver to visit his sister, who left a catering job at a big restaurant chain to run a coffee shop out of a Volkswagen Bus that she bought on impulse…
BONUS - The Distance - The Business Cycle
Aug 21, 2018 • 39 min
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 bicycle manufacturer.
BONUS - The Distance - Diamonds Are Forever
Aug 7, 2018 • 17 min
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 long-running businesses. Shaun’s pick is this story of a 90-year-old jewelry store and how running a…
Take a Break
Jul 24, 2018 • 39 min
Smell ya later! Shaun and Wailin are taking off the month of August. Before they left, they interviewed three business owners about sabbaticals. In this episode: Adeline Koh of Sabbatical Beauty shares the story of how she ended up starting a business…
BONUS - Out in the Open
Jul 17, 2018 • 8 min
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 meetings and conversations to everyone.
Temperature Check
Jul 10, 2018 • 31 min
One of our colleagues on the Basecamp customer support team, Jayne Ogilvie, wanted to find out how other tech companies with remote staffs handle issues like communication, career development, and hiring. Jayne sent out a survey and got back a wealth of…
Go Behind the Scenes
Jun 26, 2018 • 32 min
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 visitors and guides. In this episode, we…
You Need Less Than You Think
Jun 12, 2018 • 34 min
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 question for another episode, or…
But Wait, There’s More!
May 29, 2018 • 23 min
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 learn…
Rework Mailbag 2
May 15, 2018 • 18 min
Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer listener questions about workplace communication and remote working. Alison Green of Ask A Manager, whom we featured in our previous episode, gives her advice on a couple of questions…
Ask A Manager
May 1, 2018 • 27 min
Wailin interviews Alison Green, the advice columnist whose Ask A Manager column offers friendly and practical guidance for all kinds of workplace dilemmas, from “How do I ask for a raise?” to “How can I get out of eating lunch with coworkers?” Alison…
BONUS - Culturati Summit 2018
Apr 17, 2018 • 58 min
In January, Wailin Wong interviewed Dean Carter, vice president of human resources and shared services at Patagonia, and David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation, at the Culturati Summit in Austin, Texas. They discussed the nature of citizenship,…
BONUS - When Chris Met Mark
Apr 10, 2018 • 3 min
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
Apr 3, 2018 • 21 min
The ABC show Shark Tank is irresistible reality programming: Entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a panel of famous investors and have the potential to make a life-changing deal. But as with any reality show, there’s much more to the Shark Tank…
How to Say You’re Sorry
Mar 20, 2018 • 32 min
“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 sorry so difficult, especially for businesses? In this episode: A veteran tracker of apologies looks at…
Update: Please Don’t Like This
Mar 13, 2018 • 14 min
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 missed our previous episode on the…
Please Don’t Like This
Mar 6, 2018 • 25 min
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 Mann present different sides of the…
BONUS - Dan Miller on Outsourcing
Feb 21, 2018 • 4 min
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
Feb 20, 2018 • 23 min
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 are one of the worst kinds of workplace interruptions. They’re held too frequently, run too long, and…
Interruption is Not Collaboration
Feb 6, 2018 • 28 min
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 they’ve tackled not just the…
BONUS - Jason Fried On To-Do Notifications
Jan 26, 2018 • 23 min
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
Jan 23, 2018 • 37 min
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 about our flaws, talked like ourselves, and aimed to be genuine instead of super polished. In this episode: A…
BONUS - The Million Dollar Mistake
Jan 16, 2018 • 7 min
A conversation with Fred Perrotta, co-founder and CEO of Tortuga Backpacks, about something he calls his “million dollar mistake.” For more details, read his blog post about it:
Start Making Something
Jan 9, 2018 • 35 min
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 to get going is a pack of index cards…
Rework Mailbag 1 - Part 2
Dec 26, 2017 • 28 min
This is the second in a two-part series in which Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer listener questions. If you’d like your questions answered on a future mailbag episode leave a message at 708.628.7850.
Rework Mailbag 1 - Part 1
Dec 19, 2017 • 35 min
This is the first of two episodes where Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer questions from our listeners. In this episode, they talk about the role of luck and timing in starting Basecamp; ass pricing (yes, you read that correctly); hiring in…
Planning is Guessing
Dec 5, 2017 • 27 min
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 plans to listen to this episode…
Can You Sell Water? Part 2
Nov 21, 2017 • 22 min
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 disruption. That kind of risk-taking is celebrated in Silicon Valley but punished in other places, most…
BONUS - The Price of Basecamp’s Water
Nov 8, 2017 • 5 min
Some leftover bits that didn’t make it into the last episode.
Can You Sell Water? Part 1
Nov 7, 2017 • 27 min
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 results of a bottled water-selling challenge at Techstars Chicago, a bootcamp program for startups. That one-day…
BONUS - Jason Fried at INDUSTRY 2017
Oct 31, 2017 • 44 min
Basecamp CEO Jason Fried talks about ideas with Paul McAvinchey, co-founder of Product Collective, at INDUSTRY: The Product Conference in September 2017.
The Moral ABC
Oct 24, 2017 • 16 min
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 third-generation German Jewish…
Take A Stand
Oct 10, 2017 • 32 min
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 this episode: An online florist tells racists to shop elsewhere;…
Say No
Sep 26, 2017 • 25 min
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 good to practice saying no and…
Pick A Fight (on Twitter)
Sep 12, 2017 • 28 min
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 arguing with people on the Internet. This cheerfully profane conversation explores how Twitter is like a…
Workaholics Aren’t Heroes
Aug 29, 2017 • 32 min
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 hours for its own sake and we think that leads to subpar work and general misery. In this episode, we talk to…
Sell Your By-products
Aug 15, 2017 • 31 min
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 this show than talking about…
Rework Teaser
Jul 26, 2017 • 1 min
Rework is a podcast by the makers of Basecamp about a better way to work and run your business. While the prevailing narrative around successful entrepreneurship tells you to scale fast and raise money, we think there’s a better way. We’ll take you behind…