Make losses affordable

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People do crazy things when they can’t afford to lose. Being dealt a bad hand, which invariably happens at some point, becomes an existential threat, the brain shuts off rational analysis, the primal mode of survival kicks in. It’s when morals and spines are broken. Let’s say your business is reliant on just a few… keep reading

To the Android open source community: Thank you!

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While developing the Basecamp 3 Android app over the past year, we’ve leaned quite a bit on some really useful open source libraries. These libraries did a bunch of heavy lifting for us. They helped shorten our development time, increase programmer happiness (since we didn’t have to write them from scratch!) and ultimately ship a… keep reading

Helping clients and firms get to Yes.

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One of the hardest answers in the client business. When we launched Basecamp 3 a few months back, we launched a flavor called “Basecamp With Clients.” This version of Basecamp 3 has one big thing that’s different from the standard version of Basecamp 3 — it has something called “The Clientside”. The Clientside is an exclusive feature… keep reading

Now that I’ve created something, how do I spread it?

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Vaguely remember something about the “discovery of electricity”? A guy flew a kite in a storm, lightning struck, traveled down the string of the kite to a key…When the key was touched, out came a jolt of electricity giving a non-lethal shock to its famous victim. Who was that famous scientist? Jacques de Romas. Wait,… keep reading

Control Your Type: Google Fonts + Chrome = trouble?

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tl;dr: If you let Google Fonts host your type for you, it might look terrible for some users on Chrome, especially Open Sans. Solution is below — you’ll probably need to host it yourself. It’s not supposed to look like that A user recently reported having trouble with the typography at Highrise: This is happening to everyone here… keep reading

What are you drawing, Lily?

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I have more than a few friends who keep talking about the businesses they want to start. But every week there’s a new excuse. They can’t make up their minds about the best credit card processing company, or the best blogging platform, website CMS, or shopping cart, or the best book that will guide them… keep reading

Knowing the words is half the battle

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One of my favorite career stories is this one from Michael Beirut: I designed little magazines when I was in the third and fourth grades, and I made logos for my friends’ bands when I was in the seventh grade. I could do hand lettering, and if someone wanted an animal in the logo, I… keep reading

Pulp Fixing

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Piecing together a page of newsprint. (Photo courtesy Graphic Conservation Co.) Human history comes with a long paper trail, and there’s a company in Chicago whose mission is to preserve and restore that physical record. Graphic Conservation Company is a 95-year-old lab that specializes in repairing works on paper—anything from illuminated medieval manuscripts to personal… keep reading