Rework

A podcast by Basecamp about a better way to work and run your business. We bring you stories and unconventional wisdom from Basecamp’s co-founders and other business owners.

https://rework.fm

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      episode 14: 14 - Meetings Are Toxic


      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 involve more people than necessary. Also in this episode: A Basecamp programmer gives advice on rethinking the culture of meetings and the story of one very cringeworthy meeting with a surprising outcome.


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      episode 13: 13 - Interruption is Not Collaboration


      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 disruptions themselves, but also the workplace culture that allows those intrusions to flourish.


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      BONUS - Jason Fried On To-Do Notifications


      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.


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      episode 12: 12 - Don't Be Fake


      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 Basecamp customer support representative shares tips on writing emails like a real human being; an inherently artificial industry gets a dose of reality; and two startup founders try an experiment in radical transparency to save their business.


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      BONUS - The Million Dollar Mistake


      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: https://www.fredperrotta.com/i-fucked-up/


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      7m
       2018-01-16

      episode 11: 11 - Start Making Something


      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 and a pencil; a skincare blogger tries her hand at DIY and ends up with a cult hit; and a travel backpack company's first attempt at making something goes comically awry.


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      35m
       2018-01-09

      episode 10: 10.5 - Rework Mailbag 1 - Part 2


      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.


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      28m
       2017-12-26

      episode 10: 10 - Rework Mailbag 1 - Part 1


      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 the early stages of a business; and more. If you'd like your questions answered on a future mailbag episode, leave us a message at 708-628-7850.


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      35m
       2017-12-19

      episode 9: 09 - Planning is Guessing


      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 later? Be spontaneous and listen now! You'll hear from a seasoned investor on how he came to run one of the oldest vinyl record pressing plants in the U.S.; Basecamp CEO Jason Fried on working in six-week cycles; and an independent toy store...


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      27m
       2017-12-05

      episode 8: 08 - Can You Sell Water? Part 2


      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 notably minority communities. In this episode: A legal advocate for low-income entrepreneurs talks about the hurdles her clients face, and a husband-and-wife team of street food vendors share what they've learned making the transition from the...


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      22m
       2017-11-21