Listener questions, answered

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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.

The Myth of the Overnight Sensation

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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 Potty, a plastic stool that puts you in a squatting position to poop better. Today… keep reading

Farewell, Noah

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View this post on Instagram Since I'm working on small world maps today, here's a throwback to a much larger world map I did for @basecamp HQ last year. Map is about 8' wide, pins are where people live and work. #woodworking #decor #interiordesign #woodworker #maps #topographic #topography #map #crafts #wood #art #geography #wallart #design #etsyseller #craftbusiness #officedecor #craft #madeinamerica #usamap #wallmap #walldecor #wallhanging #topographicmap #worldmap #officeart #throwbackthursday #tbt A post shared… keep reading

The Rework Podcast is back!

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Erika Hildner in her mobile coffee shop 👉🏼🎙 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 off Craigslist.… keep reading

Take a Break

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Smell ya later! We here at the Rework podcast are taking off the month of August. Before we left, we 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 while on leave from a different job; Jason Fried explains… keep reading

Temperature Check

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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 information and ideas about how other teams work together. In this episode of… keep reading

Go Behind the Scenes

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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 crash a middle school field trip to the Method soap… keep reading

You Need Less Than You Think

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https://www.instagram.com/p/kCyPzQvC5j/ 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 maybe another podcast altogether.) On this… keep reading