DHH

DHH

Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp & HEY, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver.

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#nature / humans

More than a billion people live on less than $1/day, but do keep telling yourself that the terrible people are the ones one level above you.

#creativity

Love of grit is just part of the larger dysfunction of seeing suffering and sacrifice as necessary for greatness. It isn't. Creation myth BS

#professional

Key component to becoming a computer expert is accepting that machines are fallible and "turn if off & on again" doesn't mean you fucked up.

#encryption / security

The right to private communication should be a basic human right. End-to-end encryption is our best chance to get us there. Let's go.

#authenticity

Self-imposed deadlines are a prioritization and coordination technique, not a hill to die on.

#work-life balance

Goofing off at work is how you retain your sanity when work is intent of robbing you of it.

#design

Pretty sure you'd never go wrong with having "webinar" trigger an automatic spam designation.

#customer/support

You reap the change from the beginnings you’re willing to support. Nothing sprouts out of the ground in its final, perfect form.

#perfection

You reap the change from the beginnings you’re willing to support. Nothing sprouts out of the ground in its final, perfect form.

#mistake

You can make a lot of mistakes, but they should all be novel.

#bootstrapping

So you can't have $$$ in VC; awesome, learn to bootstrap profitably. So you can't hire $$$ programmers; great, reduce unemployment at home.

#questioning

Don’t ask the question if you’re not going to accept the answer.

#repitition

Repeat something important & say something new.

#importance

Repeat something important & say something new.

#self-control

Whenever I get the urge to preface a pointer to something written by someone I don’t always agree with “I don’t often agree, but...”, I think, nah, not going to be that asshole. It’s okay to have a fleeting thought in your head and not let it out.