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Episode #26: Q and A with Jason and David (May 2011)

Time: 37:24 | 5/16/2011 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript


Summary
Jason and David answer questions posted by readers at Signal vs. Noise. How did David became a partner at 37signals? What happened with the affiliate program? What is David's take on methodologies like Agile or Waterfall? How do you move beyond a lack of motivation? Will David ever “retire” from Rails development? How did Jason advise Groupon? How do they prepare for public speaking? Do they play the stock market? How do they deliver criticism/praise? What advice do they have for a young programmer? When was the first time they realized they wanted to do their own thing?




Episode #25: Hiring

Time: 16:08 | 1/14/2011 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript


Summary
A discussion about hiring and applying for jobs. What's the best way to find candidates? What makes for a good "help wanted" post/ad? What's the key to a good cover letter? What happens in an interview with 37signals? Related links:




Episode #24: The new 37signals office

Time: 11:20 | 12/13/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript


Summary
A talk about the new office space: How's it working out so far? What was it like being on the opposite end of the client/designer (or, in this case, architect) relationship? What's the "right" amount of space for now and years from now? Related links:




Episode #23: The 37signals Suite

Time: 09:56 | 11/22/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript


Summary
Jason and David discuss the new 37signals Suite. They discuss what it is, how the price was set, and how the project fit into our two-week iteration method of working (hint: it didn't). Related links:




Episode #22: Programming roundtable (Part 3 of 3)

Time: 25:28 | 10/11/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript


Summary
Part three of the roundtable talk with three members of the 37signals programming team — Jeffrey Hardy, Jamis Buck, and Jeremy Kemper. They answer more questions from readers of Signal vs. Noise. Related links:




Episode #21: Programming roundtable (Part 2 of 3)

Time: 20:14 | 09/15/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript


Summary
Part two of the roundtable talk with three members of the 37signals programming team — Jeffrey Hardy, Jamis Buck, and Jeremy Kemper. They answer questions from readers of Signal vs. Noise. Related links:




Episode #20: Programming roundtable (Part 1 of 3)

Time: 19:38 | 09/02/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode| Transcript


Summary
Three members of the 37signals programming team — Jeffrey Hardy, Jamis Buck, and Jeremy Kemper — answer questions from readers of Signal vs. Noise. Related links:




Episode #19: A day in the REWORK writing process

Time: 23:48 | 08/10/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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Summary
In March, 2009, Jason, David, and Matt gathered to edit an initial draft of REWORK. The meeting was recorded and this episode features audio clips of the collaboration. Related links:




Episode #18: Design roundtable (Part 3 of 3)

Time: 19:14 | 07/15/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript

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Summary
In the final part of our design roundtable discussion, Jamie Dihiansan, Jason Fried, and Ryan Singer answer questions from readers at Signal vs. Noise. Related links:




Episode #17: Design roundtable (Part 2 of 3)

Time: 13:08 | 06/29/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript

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Summary
The roundtable discussion continues with Jamie Dihiansan, Jason Fried, and Ryan Singer. In this part, the three discuss the difference between art and design, speed vs. aesthetics, cultural impact on design, architecture, and proportion. Related links:




Episode #16: Design roundtable (Part 1 of 3)

Time: 15:34 | 06/15/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript

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Summary
A roundtable discussion featuring three members of the 37signals design team: Jamie Dihiansan, Jason Fried, and Ryan Singer. In this part, the trio discusses their respective roles, working at 37signals vs. Crate and Barrel, copywriting in design, design inspiration, and more. Related links:




Episode #15: Support at 37signals

Time: 23:14 | 05/25/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript

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Summary
Kiran Max Weber and Sarah Hatter, two members of 37signals support team, discuss what it’s like helping out customers, the pros and cons of email-based support, and more. Related links:




Episode #14: Addressing criticism of 37signals (Part 2 of 2)

Time: 15:34 | 05/11/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript

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Responding to negative feedback
Jason and David respond to criticism of REWORK. Is it a rehash of previously covered ideas? Is it irrelevant for traditional businesses? Related links:




Episode #13: Addressing criticism of 37signals (Part 1 of 2)

Time: 25:30 | 04/27/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode | Transcript

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Responding to negative feedback
Jason and David respond to online criticism of 37signals. Topics covered include picking a firm from Sortfolio to redesign Signal vs. Noise and whether or not VCs are evil. Related links:




Episode #12: Being a Systems Administrator at 37signals

Time: 22:50 | 04/13/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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Mark, Joshua, and John on life as a 37signals Sys Admin
The Sys Admin team discusses hosting the 37signals apps, working with programmers, helping support, telecommuting, dealing with vendors, improving speeds in Europe, and more. Related links:




Episode #11: Another round of rapid fire Q and Amp;A

Time: 18:14 | 03/30/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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Answering SvN reader questions
One more round of answering Signal vs. Noise reader questions. Related links:




Episode #10: More rapid fire Q and Amp;A

Time: 17:08 | 03/18/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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Jason and David answer your questions
At our blog Signal vs. Noise, we asked, "What topics would you like to see us address?" And you answered with a bunch of good ideas. In this episode, Jason and David continue to run down the list and answer in rapid fire style. Related links:




Episode #9: All about REWORK

Time: 41:20 | 03/02/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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The new business book from 37signals
REWORK hits stores on March 9. This episode features an extended conversation all about the book. We discuss why we wrote it, what it was like working with our publisher, the writing process, the illustrations, the cover, and more. Related links:




Episode #8: Rapid fire Q and Amp;A

Time: 22:08 | 02/16/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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Jason and David answer your questions
At our blog Signal vs. Noise, we asked, "What topics would you like to see us address?" And you answered with a bunch of good ideas. In this episode, Jason and David run down the list and answer in rapid fire style. Related links:




Episode #7: Ryan Singer on the 37signals design process

Time: 19:24 | 02/02/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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Life as a 37signals Project Manager
Ryan Singer, who manages 37signals' products and designs interfaces, talks about the company's design process. He discusses how the design team works with each other and collaborates with programmers. He gives advice to other design/development teams on how to work together smoothly. He talks about how studying Rails has made him a better designer. He explains why Christopher Alexander and Edward Tufte have been big influences. And information architecture even gets some love! Related links:




Episode #6: 1) 37signals ID launch 2) A new way of working

Time: 21:02 | 01/19/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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37signals ID launch
Start time: 0:26
We recently launched 37signals ID which gives customers one username and password for all their Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, and Campfire accounts. In this segment, Jason and David talk about 37signals ID, what it means for customers, and what was surprising about the launch. Related links:

A new way of working
Start time: 7:05
Jason and David discuss how 37signals is now working in teams. A team is made of three people: One designer and two programmers. A system administrator will also assist the team when necessary. Each team will stay together for two months (a "term"). When two months are up, the teams split up and form again with different people.




Episode #5: A secret to making money online

Time: 26:36 | 01/04/2010 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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David's '08 Startup School talk
Start time: 0:56
Here's one of David's most popular talks. At a conference largely dedicated to talk of venture capitalism, he discusses how you can grow a company without looking for funding. Along the way, he explains the story of Basecamp and how 37signals has grown as a company. Related links:




Episode #4: Jason Fried's speech at BIG Omaha 2009

Time: 21:36 | 12/15/2009 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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Lessons learned at 37signals
Start time: 0:33
In this talk, Jason discusses what he's learned at 37signals over the years. Topics covered: The idea that you should "fail early, fail often" is bogus. Plans are guesses. Interruption is the enemy of productivity. Sell your byproduct. Emulate chefs. Focus on what won't change. If you want to do something, you've got to do it now. Related links:




Episode #3: Making people pay

Time: 17:06 | 12/01/2009 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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Making people pay
Start time: 0:35
Giving something away for free is fine as a step one as long as it leads to a step two where you charge for your product. Pick a price that seems fair to you and that you'd be willing to pay. If you're not willing to pay for your own product, don't expect anyone else to either. Also, your price tiers need to make sense relative to each other. The price of Haystack changed at the last minute. Changing prices post-launch can cause real headaches. Related links:

Targeting nonconsumption
Start time: 13:38
Instead of stealing part of an existing market, create a new one. Invent your own category by fusing things together and/or looking at what people are really trying to achieve and solving that. Related links:




Episode #2: Valuation tales

Time: 24:10 | 11/17/2009 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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37signals worth $100 billion?
Start time: 0:37
The story behind the mock press release claiming 37signals is worth $100 billion. The press should be more critical in covering valuation stories. Eyeballs aren't the only thing that matter. Mentioned in this segment:

The valuation dance
Start time: 8:45
Was the press release a shot at Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube? Why was the sale of Mint to Intuit disappointing? Where will the next great generation of companies come from if they keep selling early? Also, VC money is a time bomb. Mentioned in this segment:

Mojito Island is a mirage
Start time: 15:23
The idea of selling a company for a big pot of money and living happily ever after doesn't actually happen. People who make great companies are inherently driven and don't want to live a life of leisure. If you're succeeding on something now, stick with it. Otherwise, you may wind up looking backwards "for the love of the game." Mentioned in this segment:




Episode #1: CEO office hours and Haystack launch

Time: 17:22 | 10/28/2009 | Download MP3 | Link to this episode

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CEO office hours
Start time: 0:05
Jason discusses his new CEO office hours and the most surprising call he's received so far. Mentioned in this segment:

Haystack
Start time: 2:36
David takes us behind the scenes of Haystack, the recently launched 37signals site that brings together web designers and clients. The discussion touches on why the site was created, how it works, and changes made to initial feedback. Mentioned in this segment:

Nature and design
Start time: 14:50
Jason discusses how nature can make you a better designer. Mentioned in this segment: