#45 - David Heinemeier Hansson // Ruby on Rails Creator and CTO at Basecamp and Hey

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The Benefits of Remote, Bootstrapping, Small Teams and Skipping Product Discovery 🤯

David Heinemeier Hansson, CTO of Basecamp and Hey and creator of Ruby-on-Rails💎 blows us away yet again in this thought-provoking podcast 🤯 about bootstrapping, scaling, remote work, and of course Ruby on Rails.

Learn insights into technical leadership from someone who has been leading a remote team since 2004 (hint: You are doing Slack and Zoom wrong), believes in async work, and loves the fact that his company doesn’t have an office 🏢. Plus, after 20 years of creating multi-million dollar SaaS products - he just made his first middle management hire!! 🤯 Listen to find out:

  • Product discovery: Why he rather ships a product instead of doing discovery with Figma prototypes. There is no stronger confirmation than a user that pays for your product
  • Why they capped Basecamp's size to 60 for a long time 🧑‍💼and discontinued a lot of products to fully focus
  • How he would bootstrap a startup in 2022 🚀 (e.g. SaaS, remote, small team, no-code vs. handcrafted software).
  • Why he doesn’t work on Ruby on Rails👨‍💻 full time and why he thinks it’s good for the framework that it’s not commercial at all
  • How Rails 7 brings back developer productivity + pushes UX to the next level WITHOUT a lot of Javascript (No SPA inside!) with Hotwire
  • His favorite productivity tip? He cut down Twitter by 97%

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