Basecamp

Chicago, IL, USA
1999
Sep 11, 2020   |  By Ryan Singer
Since Shape Up came out, many people asked some version of this question: I understand you make bets six weeks at a time. But how do you plan in the longer term? Don’t you have some kind of a roadmap? The short answer is: no. We don’t have roadmaps. We think about what to do at the timescale larger than single bets, but we do it in a different way. No matter how you try to hedge it, a roadmap communicates a plan—a series of commitments—to other people.
Aug 20, 2020   |  By Navid Afshar
Moving is never fun. It’s bad enough when it’s your stuff, but ten years of stuff at an office you only spent two years in can be daunting! I’m Navid, and part of my job at Basecamp the last two years has been taking care of our office in Chicago. As folks outside of Basecamp learned of our impending office closure, I began to get some questions. The most common being “what did you do with the stuff?
Jul 24, 2020   |  By Jason Fried
Back in the mid-90s, just as Netscape Navigator was giving us our first look at what the visual internet could be, web design came in two flavors. There was the ultra basic stuff. Text on a page, maybe a masthead graphic of some sort. Nothing sophisticated. It often looked like traditional letterhead, or a printed newsletter, but now on the screen. Interactions were few, if any, but perhaps a couple links tied a nascent site together. And there was the other extreme.
Jun 11, 2020   |  By Jorge Manrubia
We recently deleted over three million accounts across all our apps. This was the answer to a question we asked ourselves last year: what should we do about accounts that weren’t cancelled, but weren’t used either? Should we keep hold of their data forever? That felt wrong – we promise to delete data when you cancel your account. Keeping so much data around felt like we weren’t living up to that promise, and felt like a liability, so we decided to do something about it.
May 7, 2020   |  By DHH
We’ve been teaching people how to do remote work well for the better part of two decades. We wrote a whole book about the topic in 2013, called REMOTE: Office Not Required. Basecamp has been a remote company since day one, and our software is sold as an all-in-one toolkit for remote work. Yeah, we’re big on remote work! So now that COVID-19 has forced a lot of companies to move to remote work, it’s doubly important that we do our part to help those new to the practice settle in.
Apr 28, 2020   |  By DHH
There’s no perfect process for hiring great programmers, but there are plenty of terrible ways to screw it up. We’ve rejected the industry stables of grilling candidates in front of a whiteboard or needling them with brain teasers since the start at Basecamp. But you’re not getting around showing real code when applying for a job here. In the early days of the company, we hired programmers almost exclusively from the open source community.
Apr 20, 2020   |  By Blake Stoddard
Basecamp’s newest product HEY has lived on Kubernetes since development first began. While our applications are majestic monoliths, a product like HEY has numerous supporting services that run along-side the main app like our mail pipeline (Postfix and friends), Resque (and Resque Scheduler), and nginx, making Kubernetes a great orchestration option for us.
Apr 8, 2020   |  By DHH
The vast majority of web applications should start life as a Majestic Monolith: A single codebase that does everything the application needs to do. This is in contrast to a constellation of services, whether micro or macro, that tries to carve up the application into little islands each doing a piece of the overall work. And the vast majority of web applications will continue to be served well by The Majestic Monolith for their entire lifespan.
Mar 27, 2020   |  By Jason Fried
For many, moving from everyone’s-working-from-the-office to everyone’s-working-at-home isn’t so much a transition as it is a scramble. A very how the fuck? moment. That’s natural. And people need time to figure it out. So if you’re in a leadership position, bake in time. You can’t expect people to hit the ground running when everything’s different. Yes, the scheduled show must go on, but for now it’s live TV and it’s running long.
Nov 12, 2019   |  By Jason Fried
Since the beginning, Basecamp has been marketed as a project management and collaboration tool for small businesses (or small teams inside larger businesses). However, over the years we’ve also heard from thousands of people who use Basecamp outside of work. They’ve gone off-label and turned to Basecamp to help them manage all sorts of personal projects too. No surprise there – it really works!
Apr 21, 2022   |  By Basecamp
Too many people or too much stuff in a project? Then it's time to split off a separate project.
Apr 8, 2022   |  By Basecamp
Status meetings waste time and are boring for everyone involved. Replace them with Automatic Check-ins.
Apr 6, 2022   |  By Basecamp
Get back to past decisions and easily handle multiple issues at the same time. Examples of using the Message Board and To-Do comments to discuss work instead of chats, emails and meetings.
Mar 18, 2022   |  By Basecamp
Each project has a set of tools that lets you put everything in one place: messages, tasks, files, schedules and more.
Mar 15, 2022   |  By Basecamp
A quick intro to Basecamp
Mar 8, 2022   |  By Basecamp
Basecamp gives you a place to share things company-wide, within a team, or for a specific project.
Mar 8, 2022   |  By Basecamp
If you want to keep access to a project but don't want all the notification noise, unfollow the project. Here's how.
Jun 15, 2020   |  By Basecamp
Email's been broken for years. Not anymore — we fixed it. HEY’s fresh approach transforms email into something you want to use, not something you’re forced to deal with. HEY.com. In this detailed walkthrough, we take you through the product - showing you what's different, what's better, and how HEY is unlike anything that's come before it.
Sep 4, 2018   |  By Basecamp
A quick look at Basecamp 3 when you've just been invited to it.
Jan 23, 2017   |  By Basecamp
Status meetings waste time and are boring for everyone involved. Replace them with Automatic Check-ins.
Oct 25, 2018   |  By Basecamp
The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application

The problems teams deal with mostly boil down to stuff scattered in too many places. Emails, chat threads, Word docs, etc. That makes things easy to miss and hard to find, which leads to communication gaps, preventable emergencies, and extra work.

Basecamp organizes your communication, projects, and client work together so you have a central source of truth:

  • Everything will be in one organized place
  • Everyone will be on the same page
  • Projects will get off the ground faster
  • You'll know exactly what’s going on
  • You'll free up time spent on meetings

All growing businesses run into the same fundamental problems. Hair on fire, buried under email, stuff everywhere. The good news? Basecamp solves them.