I’m a boring programmer (and proud of it)

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Archetypes for programmers (if you believe all those silly job postings). Illustration by Nate Otto. I have a confession to make — I’m not a rock star programmer. Nor am I a hacker. I don’t know ninjutsu. Nobody has ever called me a wizard. Still, I take pride in the fact that I’m a good, solid programmer. One… keep reading

Employee benefits at Basecamp

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Our headquarters in Chicago. I’m often asked about the benefits we offer at Basecamp. Potential employees are obviously curious, but most of the questions I get are from fellow business owners and entrepreneurs. Everyone’s looking to know what everyone else is doing — as are we — so I figured I might as well post our current benefit list publicly.… keep reading

The day I became a millionaire

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I grew up lower-middle class on the outskirts of Copenhagen. Anywhere outside of Scandinavia, the socioeconomic label would probably have been ‘poor’, but Danish safety nets and support systems did their best to suspend the facts and offer better. Me in the middle in home-made clothing to go with home-made ninja weapons… oh yeah! But don’t… keep reading

RECONSIDER

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About 12 years ago, I co-founded a startup called Basecamp: A simple project collaboration tool that helps people make progress together, sold on a monthly subscription. It took a part of some people’s work life and made it a little better. A little nicer than trying to manage a project over email or by stringing… keep reading

Give it five minutes

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I used to be a hothead. Whenever anyone said anything, I’d think of a way to disagree. I’d push back hard if something didn’t fit my world-view. It’s like I had to be first with an opinion — as if being first meant something. But what it really meant was that I wasn’t thinking hard enough about… keep reading