Jason Fried the Co-Founder and CEO at 37signals, makers of Basecamp and HEY. Over an incredible 21-year journey, Jason and his co-founder David have scaled Basecamp to become the communication tool trusted by millions. Jason is also the co-author of the widely acclaimed, ReWork and has also made several angel investments in the likes of Intercom, Gumroad and Hodinkee to name a few.
In Todays Episode with Jason Fried We Discuss
1. From Web Design Agency to Founding Basecamp:
- What was the a-ha moment for Jason when they had to make the pivot from a design agency to going full-time launching and running Basecamp as a SaaS company?
- What is Jason running towards? What is he running from?
- What is the single biggest fear that Jason is trying to avoid?
2. Jason Fried: The Leader:
- Why does Jason believe he is running from his position as leader and CEO @ Basecamp?
- Why does Jason not like or agree with goals or targets? Why are they not helpful?
- How does Jason make decisions today as a leader and CEO? What one question does he ask that determines his decision-making process?
- Why does Jason never compare himself to the competition? Why does he believe competition is for losers?
3. Jason Fried: The Politicisation of Leadership:
- Why did Jason and David decide to not allow politics in the workplace?
- How did they manage with 1/3 of their team leaving overnight? How was that experience for them personally? How did it impact the company? Is there anything they would do differently?
- Does Jason believe we will see the continued politicization of leadership in the coming months?
- How would Jason advise other CEOs when it comes to taking a stance on politics?
4. Jason Fried: Building the Best Team:
- What is the one question that determines whether you made a good hire?
- Why does Basecamp start with hiring all employees on a week-long project contract?
- Why does Jason believe the best CEOs approach management as the art of the individual?
5. Jason Fried: The Partner, Father, and Husband:
- Jason and David have been partners for 21 years, why does Jason believe it is helpful that they do not see each other much?
- Is it right for co-founders and partners to be friends?
- What have been Jason's single biggest lessons on what it takes to be the best husband?
- What does great fatherhood mean to Jason? How has it changed over time?