Basecamp's influence on the tech industry

Shavin Peiries Apr 27, 2021 1 min read

This is in response to this Tweet thread shown below because 280 characters aren't enough to condense how much Basecamp has done for businesses and the tech industry.

They gave us products:

Some of them are legacy but still used by their customers until the end of the internet:

  • Highrise
  • Backpack
  • Ta-da List
  • Writeboard
  • Breeze
  • WeWorkRemotely
  • Sortfolio/Haystack
  • Know Your Team
  • Campfire
  • Basecamp Classic and v2

You can read about each of them here.

They have a blog (SvN) where they wrote about business and tech for 20 years.

Those blog posts then turned into books:

Their tech (Ruby on Rails, and complementary tools like the Trix editor) is open source.

It's used by some of the biggest companies in Tech (Airbnb, Shopify, Twitter at one point, Crunchbase, Fiverr, GitHub and Dribbble). The customer value generated is immense.

Ruby on Rails was specifically designed for developer happiness. You can read about it in the Rails Doctrine.

They also have a podcast called Rework where they share ideas on better ways to work and run a business.

Their employee handbook is also available online for anyone to read. This is helpful for new business owners to take inspiration from.

Basecamp's mantra has been to teach people rather than to hoard what they've learned. They've consistently done so for 20 years.

I've no doubt that Jason's post is aligned to do more work that matters to the people they serve. I'm all for it as long as they aren't hurting their employees in the process.

p.s. I may have missed some stuff.

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