The Startup Success Podcast

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Show #63 Jason Fried, 37signals and REWORK

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The Startup Success Podcast

The Startup Success Podcast

Bob interviews Jason Fried, co-founder and president of 37signals and co-author of Getting Real and now REWORK. Jason is the archetype of a successful web-based software company founder (Basecamp, Highrise, Campfire, Backpack), a strong proponent for a reality-based (versus VC-funded) approach to building a tech company with a point of view, and a strong believer most of the accepted ways of doing business don’t scale down to startups.

In this interview, we dig into not just Jason and David Heinemeier Hansson’s new book about the business of startups, but why and how they arrived at 37signals’ successful approach to building a software company. Jason generously shares a range of advice and experience about building your startup that is anything but a rehash of all the other advice you’ve heard.

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Written by Bob Walsh, Self-Funded Startup Consultant

April 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm

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  1. For what matters to my ‘young business’ most right now, Jason has some very good points in this podcast. Amongst them the idea that business ‘physics’ apply even at tiny size businesses (or ‘young businesses’) seems to be the most helpful one


    April 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm

  2. I read Rework a while ago. One thing I really liked was the idea of placing artificial constraints to force yourself to become more efficient. (Like not working past 5:00 for example)

    If you need something to get done, give it to the busy person. And if you can’t get all of your work done before 5, you’re not working efficiently.

    Really deep stuff. Great book!


    April 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

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