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Behind-The-Scenes with Jason Fried — the CEO and Founder of Basecamp

In this episode of Noah Kagan Presents I get the chance to sit down with Basecamp co-founder and CEO Jason Fried before “The Basecamp Way To Work” event at their office in Chicago. I ask all the juicy questions no one has asked him before such as how to future proof your kids against robots taking over the world, his presentation style, and much much more.

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Questions and topics in this episode:

  • Why do the workshop and why is it so cheap?
  • What have you learned from doing the workshops?
  • Favorite gift you give over the last holidays?
  • What does your diet and workout look like?
  • What city would you move to if you had to leave Chicago?
  • How much travel do you do every year?
  • What do you love?
  • How do you find your passions?
  • What was your high school superlative?
  • Did your parents say they loved you?
  • What could I buy you if money was no object?
  • What’s left on your bucket list?
  • What did your parents do?
  • What makes you anxious?
  • How has having a son changed your work life?
  • How do you schedule?
  • How do you plan your presentations?
  • Where do you get deep work done?
  • What advice do you have for your son in a world of automation?
  • What was the last thing you were uncertain about?
  • How did you connect with Jeff Bezos and what’s he like?
  • Who’s the first person you call when you have a business problem?
  • How do you resolve business conflicts?
  • What perks will you not give your employees?
  • How do you formulate profit sharing?
  • How do you handle your money?
  • What would your team say you need to improve on?
  • What are you looking forward to most in 2017?

Links discussed in this episode:


Basecamp Events

Aston Martin

A. Lange & Söhne Watches

George Daniels

Hajime Asaoka, the watchmaker from Tokyo

Signal v. Noise Blog

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6 responses to “Behind-The-Scenes with Jason Fried — the CEO and Founder of Basecamp”

July 21, 2020 at 4:10 am

Hi Noah,

thanks for this episode.

Just curious about your position – Do you use something like Basecamp at your company?
You said, that you like being busy – do you consider yourself doing “deep work” and did you train yourself to focus even if you have 1 hour dedicated to that problem?


March 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

I really enjoyed this! I’ve heard Jason everywhere else and this was completely different. It was fascinating to gain insight on how his brain works not just what he does and how he does it like most everyone else’s interviews roll.

February 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm

so… I loved this interview. I was hoping you’d get him to elaborate on how he designs a website. I get the whole “just start writing” thing. Does he elaborate on this in an article or a talk someplace online?

Selver Maric
January 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

This is different Jason Fried. Love your approach to podcasts. Keep rocking.

January 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm

So can you tell me who the custom Tokyo watchmaker is? Thanks, Greg

January 20, 2017 at 5:24 am

this post is really likeable for me, thanks for bringing it in front of us

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