Jason Fried is the founder and president of 37signals, a Chicago-based factory that makes “out of competition, on purpose” web production products. Simple yet powerful collaboration tools from “37signals” include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Tada List, and Writeboard.
Fried is the co-author, together with David Heinemeier Hansson, of the book Rework, which explores new ways to think about working and producing. Scott Rosenberg of Salon described it as “a truly practical minimalist manifesto in a world where we are always being challenged to do more with less, the authors demonstrate how to do less while creating more.”
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Inspiring Talks by Jason Fried
- “What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.”
- “When you don’t know what you believe, everything becomes an argument. Everything is debatable. But when you stand for something, decisions are obvious.”
- “Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way”
- “Plus, if you’re a copycat, you can never keep up. You’re always in a passive position. You never lead; you always follow. You give birth to something that’s already behind the times—just a knockoff, an inferior version of the original. That’s no way to live.”
- “Find a judo solution, one that delivers maximum efficiency with minimum effort. When good enough gets the job done, go for it.”
- “Working without a plan may seem scary. But blindly following a plan that has no relationship with reality is even scarier.”
- “If circumstances change, your decisions can change. Decisions are temporary.”
- “Until you actually start making something, your brilliant idea is just that, an idea.”
- “Unless you are a fortune-teller, long-term business planning is a fantasy”
- “If you build software, every error message is marketing”
- “That world may be real for them, but it doesn’t mean you have to live in it.”