2012 / 10 septembre

Don’t build a fast company, Jason Fried tells Fast Company. Build a slow one.


Nice interview from the founder of 37Signals, with star products like BaseCamp or HighRise. Today, his company makes millions per year with 35 employees.

Some nice quotes from Jason Fried :

« There’s a shortage of talent out there, and if there’s a shortage of resources, you want to conserve those resources. »

« I think there’s a lot of lottery-playing going on right now. Companies staffing up, raising a bunch of money, hiring a bunch of people, and burning them out in the hopes that they’ll hit the lottery. »

« But I think all you have to do is read TechCrunch. Look at what the top stories are, and they’re all about raising money, how many employees they have, and these are metrics that don’t matter. What matters is: Are you profitable? Are you building something great? Are you taking care of your people? Are you treating your customers well? In the coverage of our industry as a whole, you’ll rarely see stories about treating customers well, about people building a sustainable business. TechCrunch to me is the great place to look to see the sickness in our industry right now. »

Read full article.

And you ? Do you think the Tech World is too much focusing on big numbers and not talking enough about real profitable and human success stories ?

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