Jason Fried
Founder & CEO at http://basecamp.com . Co-author of Getting Real, Remote, and NYT Bestseller REWORK. Also at http://Instagram.com/jason.fried
62 recommendations

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Jason Fried's Review:

Ah, “monetizing”… Lingo usually equals a cover-up:

Jason Fried's Review:

If you want to know why group chat has made you and your workplace more anxious and crazy, read:

Jason Fried's Review:

“startups are running out of $$$ because VCs are being more discerning”… NO. It’s ‘cause startups aren’t making $$$.

Jason Fried's Review:

Case study: How 4 little lines of text lead to significant organizational and operational complexity —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Wonderful idea - pairing up newbies with people with a lot more experience. Going to sign up to volunteer:

Jason Fried's Review:

Patti Smith signing Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” at the Nobel Prize Ceremony is real special —>

Jason Fried's Review:

All Basecamp refunds for 2017 come out of my pocket →

Restoring Sanity to the Office
article
by @harvardbiz

Jason Fried's Review:

Hear what I had to say about restoring sanity to the office on this Harvard Business Review Ideacast:

Jason Fried's Review:

Studies show people who work less are more likely to get a raise or bonus than those who overwork —>

Jason Fried's Review:

“Case study: How complexity creeps in” →

Jason Fried's Review:

Wait, other people can see your calendar?

Jason Fried's Review:

A very thorough review of The Basecamp Way to Work Workshop by @shawnblanc:

Jason Fried's Review:

Really liked his take on Snapchat:

Jason Fried's Review:

Finally got to re-reading one of my favorite books: Seeking Wisdom, from Darwin to Munger. Highly recommended.

Jason Fried's Review:

You’re not going to be automatically good at making money. You have to practice →

Jason Fried's Review:

Just recently discovered

Then just say it like that!
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by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

OMG then just say it like that!

Jason Fried's Review:

I could have used this more than a few times. Take a vision test on your iPhone, order contacts 5 minutes later:

Jason Fried's Review:

This story about a 90-year old family run jewelry story outside Chicago will make you tear up:…

Jason Fried's Review:

One of my favorite bits of advice of all time: Charlie Munger’s “Prescription for a life of misery” —>

Depend less on each other
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by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

We need to depend *less* on each other at work, not more. Fewer dependencies →

Restoring Sanity to the Office
article
by @harvardbiz

Jason Fried's Review:

(and if you don’t like listening to podcasts, there’s a full transcript of the interview at the bottom:

A Rant Against Maximization
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by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

A Rant Against Maximization. Leaving stuff on the table is good and healthy:

Jason Fried's Review:

“The problem w/ minimalism is that if you're not careful… you end up with something simplistic rather than simple”

Jason Fried's Review:

The case for rest (as a skill) —>

“Whatever it takes”
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by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Be weary of “Whatever it takes” — it rarely ends well

Restoring Sanity to the Office
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Full transcript of my recent interview with the Havard Business Review IdeaCast:

Jason Fried's Review:

Really enjoying Seu Jorge and Almaz. Heard it in a little shop in Venice, CA and can't turn it off. ♫

Jason Fried's Review:

How do we find the companies we feature on The Distance? @VelocityWong explains the process:

Jason Fried's Review:

Overly unhelpful… A used-car-lot tactic makes it way to startup land →

Jason Fried's Review:

Our business looks like static. What the hell does that mean? This —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Congrats on the press, @TempusMachina, well deserved. These are really wonderful in person —>

Planning is Guessing
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by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Planning is guessing. Plans are just guesses you wrote down →

Jason Fried's Review:

Thoroughly impressed with eero wi-fi. Easy setup, performance has been great, easy to add more + control w/ app:

Jason Fried's Review:

Advertising is an art form. Great Volvo ad:

Jason Fried's Review:

And this one on heros and John Glenn:

Jason Fried's Review:

I find myself agreeing with nearly everything Bob @Lefsetz says. Get on his mailing list at

Jason Fried's Review:

John Goodman explains Fuck You:

Jason Fried's Review:

Fun article… The top-10 most crucial coin flips —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Answering reader mail re: funding for growth →

Jason Fried's Review:

A detailed look a how we structure our work, our teams, and our company →

What are you competing with?
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Most of the time you compete against a WHAT not a WHO →

What are you competing with?
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Most of the time you compete against a WHAT not a WHO →

Jason Fried's Review:

What are people going to stop doing when then start using your product?

Jason Fried's Review:

Exponential growth devours and corrupts. One of @dhh’s best rants in a while. Timely read:

Jason Fried's Review:

If you’re not reading The Lefsetz Letter (@Lefsetz) you’re missing out —>

Why we choose profit
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

In response to extensive Twitter conversations, I wrote up why we choose to be a profitable company:

Jason Fried's Review:

Gain an appreciation for the extrordinarily detailed work of De Bethune —>

Jason Fried's Review:

“Growth is a disease in many cases… Every business is trying to get as big as they can but they don’t know why.” —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Intense, all-in, powerful performance by Kate Tempest. Hot damn and wow:

The Deck, Adieu
website
by @gruber

Jason Fried's Review:

John @gruber on what The Deck was all about —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Honor to find REWORK on this 7-book list from @mcuban —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Talk about scrappy… Inmates in an Ohio prison clandestinely built computers to apply for credit cards —>

Jason Fried's Review:

How to say you’re sorry (if you’re a business or a politician):

Make It Rain – Signal v. Noise
article
by @VelocityWong

Jason Fried's Review:

If you run a basement waterproofing company, how do you survive an extended drought? Here’s how one did it —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Read how Jack writes about a camera. I hope I can describe something this artistically one day. Wonderful writing.

Jason Fried's Review:

Electronic vs Mechanical. Digital vs Analog. Battery vs. Human Power. Some thoughts:

Jason Fried's Review:

Someone asked me if people live up to our expectations. I’ve changed my tune on this. How I feel now —>

What my calendar looks like
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

I don’t play calendar tetris. Here’s a look at my actual calendar for January →

Jason Fried's Review:

Could we make more money if we sold Basecamp by the seat? Probably. But no thanks →

Jason Fried's Review:

In real estate it's location, location, location. In product design it's postion, position position -->

Jason Fried's Review:

Interviewing job applicants in a coffee shop is fucking barbaric. Stop it. STOP!

Jason Fried's Review:

Finally got to re-reading one of my favorite books: Seeking Wisdom, from Darwin to Munger. Highly recommended.

Jason Fried's Review:

Patti Smith signing Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” at the Nobel Prize Ceremony is real special —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Advertising is an art form. Great Volvo ad:

Jason Fried's Review:

John Goodman explains Fuck You:

Jason Fried's Review:

Gain an appreciation for the extrordinarily detailed work of De Bethune —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Intense, all-in, powerful performance by Kate Tempest. Hot damn and wow:

Jason Fried's Review:

Ah, “monetizing”… Lingo usually equals a cover-up:

Jason Fried's Review:

If you want to know why group chat has made you and your workplace more anxious and crazy, read:

Jason Fried's Review:

“startups are running out of $$$ because VCs are being more discerning”… NO. It’s ‘cause startups aren’t making $$$.

Jason Fried's Review:

Case study: How 4 little lines of text lead to significant organizational and operational complexity —>

Jason Fried's Review:

All Basecamp refunds for 2017 come out of my pocket →

Restoring Sanity to the Office
article
by @harvardbiz

Jason Fried's Review:

Hear what I had to say about restoring sanity to the office on this Harvard Business Review Ideacast:

Jason Fried's Review:

Studies show people who work less are more likely to get a raise or bonus than those who overwork —>

Jason Fried's Review:

“Case study: How complexity creeps in” →

Jason Fried's Review:

Wait, other people can see your calendar?

Jason Fried's Review:

A very thorough review of The Basecamp Way to Work Workshop by @shawnblanc:

Jason Fried's Review:

Really liked his take on Snapchat:

Jason Fried's Review:

You’re not going to be automatically good at making money. You have to practice →

Then just say it like that!
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

OMG then just say it like that!

Jason Fried's Review:

This story about a 90-year old family run jewelry story outside Chicago will make you tear up:…

Depend less on each other
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

We need to depend *less* on each other at work, not more. Fewer dependencies →

Restoring Sanity to the Office
article
by @harvardbiz

Jason Fried's Review:

(and if you don’t like listening to podcasts, there’s a full transcript of the interview at the bottom:

A Rant Against Maximization
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

A Rant Against Maximization. Leaving stuff on the table is good and healthy:

Jason Fried's Review:

“The problem w/ minimalism is that if you're not careful… you end up with something simplistic rather than simple”

“Whatever it takes”
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Be weary of “Whatever it takes” — it rarely ends well

Restoring Sanity to the Office
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Full transcript of my recent interview with the Havard Business Review IdeaCast:

Jason Fried's Review:

How do we find the companies we feature on The Distance? @VelocityWong explains the process:

Jason Fried's Review:

Overly unhelpful… A used-car-lot tactic makes it way to startup land →

Jason Fried's Review:

Our business looks like static. What the hell does that mean? This —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Congrats on the press, @TempusMachina, well deserved. These are really wonderful in person —>

Planning is Guessing
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Planning is guessing. Plans are just guesses you wrote down →

Jason Fried's Review:

Fun article… The top-10 most crucial coin flips —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Answering reader mail re: funding for growth →

Jason Fried's Review:

A detailed look a how we structure our work, our teams, and our company →

What are you competing with?
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Most of the time you compete against a WHAT not a WHO →

What are you competing with?
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

Most of the time you compete against a WHAT not a WHO →

Jason Fried's Review:

What are people going to stop doing when then start using your product?

Jason Fried's Review:

Exponential growth devours and corrupts. One of @dhh’s best rants in a while. Timely read:

Why we choose profit
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

In response to extensive Twitter conversations, I wrote up why we choose to be a profitable company:

Jason Fried's Review:

Honor to find REWORK on this 7-book list from @mcuban —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Talk about scrappy… Inmates in an Ohio prison clandestinely built computers to apply for credit cards —>

Jason Fried's Review:

How to say you’re sorry (if you’re a business or a politician):

Make It Rain – Signal v. Noise
article
by @VelocityWong

Jason Fried's Review:

If you run a basement waterproofing company, how do you survive an extended drought? Here’s how one did it —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Read how Jack writes about a camera. I hope I can describe something this artistically one day. Wonderful writing.

Jason Fried's Review:

Electronic vs Mechanical. Digital vs Analog. Battery vs. Human Power. Some thoughts:

Jason Fried's Review:

Someone asked me if people live up to our expectations. I’ve changed my tune on this. How I feel now —>

What my calendar looks like
article
by @jasonfried

Jason Fried's Review:

I don’t play calendar tetris. Here’s a look at my actual calendar for January →

Jason Fried's Review:

Could we make more money if we sold Basecamp by the seat? Probably. But no thanks →

Jason Fried's Review:

In real estate it's location, location, location. In product design it's postion, position position -->

Jason Fried's Review:

Interviewing job applicants in a coffee shop is fucking barbaric. Stop it. STOP!

Jason Fried's Review:

Wonderful idea - pairing up newbies with people with a lot more experience. Going to sign up to volunteer:

Jason Fried's Review:

Just recently discovered

Jason Fried's Review:

I could have used this more than a few times. Take a vision test on your iPhone, order contacts 5 minutes later:

Jason Fried's Review:

One of my favorite bits of advice of all time: Charlie Munger’s “Prescription for a life of misery” —>

Jason Fried's Review:

The case for rest (as a skill) —>

Jason Fried's Review:

Thoroughly impressed with eero wi-fi. Easy setup, performance has been great, easy to add more + control w/ app:

Jason Fried's Review:

And this one on heros and John Glenn:

Jason Fried's Review:

I find myself agreeing with nearly everything Bob @Lefsetz says. Get on his mailing list at

Jason Fried's Review:

If you’re not reading The Lefsetz Letter (@Lefsetz) you’re missing out —>

Jason Fried's Review:

“Growth is a disease in many cases… Every business is trying to get as big as they can but they don’t know why.” —>

The Deck, Adieu
website
by @gruber

Jason Fried's Review:

John @gruber on what The Deck was all about —>

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