David Heinemeier Hansson

David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH) is the creator of Ruby on Rails framework, CTO and co-founder of project management software Basecamp, and author of several bestselling books.

In 1999, David built a Danish online gaming news website, which he ran until 2001. He managed to attract the attention of Jason Fried, who hired him to build a web-based project management tool that became Basecamp, the project management software (formerly known as 37signals).

During the development process, Hansson used the Ruby programming language to develop a custom web framework. He released the framework separately from the project management tool in 2004, as the open source project Ruby on Rails. In 2005, David was awarded with the title “Hacker of the Year” for this project.

David co-wrote a few books with his business partner, Jason Fried: ‘Getting Real’ ‘Rework’, ‘Remote’, and their latest release, ‘It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work’.

Fried and DHH talk about what they call “the calm company”: a different company culture that questions all the “best practices”, such as long hours of work, sleepless nights, shared work calendars, hyper connection, being always available on instant messaging apps. They strongly believe that longer hours are not the answer, as it’s impossible to outwork everyone in the world.

In their new book, they show us what they did in order to build a successful business without all the chaos, anxiety, and stress that became the norm in today’s modern work environment.

David is also a Le Mans class-winning racing driver, passionate about photography – you can see his work on Flickr, and he frequently writes on Basecamp’s blog, Signal v. Noise.


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The Examined Life: H...

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The Trial

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Dreamland: The True ...

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The Self-Driven Chil...

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The Gift of Fear : S...

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Escape from Freedom...

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Refactoring: Improvi...

by Martin Fowler

Ten Arguments for De...

by Jaron Lanier

The Manual: A Philos...

by Epictetus

Fear and Trembling

by Soren Kierkegaard

Nausea

by Jean-Paul Sartre

Existentialism Is a ...

by Jean-Paul Sartre

Notes from Undergrou...

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Company of One: Why ...

by Paul Jarvis

How to Change Your M...

by Michael Pollan

It Doesn’t Hav...

by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson