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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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1

The quickest way to ruin the productivity of a small company is to have it adopt the practices of a large company.

2

Any gig-worker app that cannot make the business model work while paying $15/hour (after expenses!), basic benefits, vacation time, and family leave should not exist. Running a modern-day serf economy behind a slick UI is disgraceful.

3

Work From Home is crucial step to take for all companies that are able. But let's not pretend that anyone can put in 100% during these times. If you expect everyone to still hit every deadline, nail every commitment, you're delusional, and you need to stop.

4

European startups are blessed, not cursed, to be away from the echo chamber of San Francisco. Embrace the distance and difference proudly!

5

Defining the Real Startup as one that has hockey-stick growth out the gate, raises lots of money, forces people to work 80-100h weeks is the same gate-keeping bullshit that casts ideal founders as 20-something white hoodie nerds or Real Programmers as CS grads.

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Startups are like any other company - they're either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, I don’t have a problem.

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