Excellent Interview: Jason Fried of 37Signals
Timothy O'Brien of O'Reilly sat down with Jason Fried, a "managing member" of 37 Signals and asked a lot of great questions about the philosophy of running a small tech company. Much of what Jason says sounds like common sense and provides great insight and clarity that I think is generally missing from a lot of companies. Jason mentions that one of the best pieces of business advice he's been given is:
Focus on the things that don't change. - Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and 37Signals only investor
Jason also comments on companies like MySpace:
I'm not sure the social stuff is really paying off for anyone yet.
Some other interesting tid bits:
- Focus on your products and customers, period.
- Minimize interruptions
- Teaching and transparency about what you do is a good way to get free media/PR coverage.
- Avoid VC funding and come up with creative and cheaper solutions
To watch the interview, go here.
"...momentum, why roadmaps, specifications and projections are evil, and many other topics". Here he focuses more on the specifics of software project management.