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Celebrating 11 Years of Entrepreneurial Advice

By | Jul 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

On this day eleven years ago, we gathered a couple hundred startup founders, developers, creators, investors, tech enthusiasts and executives into a bar in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago to host the first TECH cocktail event ever. We pulled it together with a…

HR and Recruiting

What I’ve Learned About Giving Up Control and Trusting My Team

By | May 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

At some point cofounders will hire people to help build their company, and that means giving up some control and trusting that the people will work together towards the company mission-something I had to learn as the founder and CEO of NomNom. There are a…



5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Chicago

By | Jun 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm

If you’re not from Chicago, the extent of your Chicago knowledge might boil down to deep-dish pizza and “My Kind of Town.” But look a little closer, and you’ll find a thriving technology scene – and some damn good reasons to startup in Chicago….


22 Techstars Mentors Share Their Advice for Startups

By | Mar 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

A startup accelerator will cost you a percentage of your company’s equity – or sometimes actual cold, hard cash – for one reason: mentors. Last summer, Kellogg School of Management professor and angel investor Andrew Razeghi sat in on all the mentor presentations at…

Breaking News


Jason Fried’s 37signals Will Focus Entirely on Basecamp and Change Its Name to Basecamp

By | Feb 5, 2014 at 1:31 am

As the clock struck midnight on February 5, Basecamp’s 10th birthday, Jason Fried’s company 37signals announced that they’ll be devoting all their attention to Basecamp going forward – and renaming the company “Basecamp.” “We’ve become a bit scattered, a bit diluted. Nobody does their…


Speaker Series


Jason Fried Shares His Hopes for Entrepreneurial Chicago [VIDEO]

By | Jan 31, 2014 at 10:47 am

In December, Tech Cocktail CEO and co-founder Frank Gruber sat down with 37signals founder Jason Fried for a fireside chat. These talks give us a chance to have an in-depth conversation with entrepreneurs who have amassed a considerable amount of knowledge and experience along…



Jason Fried Reveals the Best Advice He Ever Got from Jeff Bezos

By | Dec 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Last week at Tech Cocktail Sessions Chicago, 37signals cofounder Jason Fried shared the best advice Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ever gave him. “Make the investments in the things that will not change in your business – this is the best advice he’s ever given…



Jason Fried Tells the Chicago Startup Scene: Don’t Try to Be SF or NY

By | Dec 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

37signals cofounder Jason Fried told a Tech Cocktail Sessions audience last week that Chicago shouldn’t try to imitate other successful startup scenes. “I don’t want to see Chicago try and be San Francisco or try and be New York,” he said. “That’s a mistake,…


Jason Fried Responds to Marissa Mayer’s Remote Work Policy at Yahoo!

By | Dec 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

In February, Yahoo! decided to end its work-from-home program and bring employees back into the office by June. Being together, an internal memo claimed, is more efficient and creative: “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new…

Dev & Design


Jason Fried Rants about Modern Web Design

By | Dec 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Jason Fried, the cofounder of 37signals, concluded Tech Cocktail Sessions Chicago last week with a critique of modern, slick web design. We’ll let Fried speak for himself: Fried: “I’m actually really interested in less perfect things these days. I think there’s a bad trend going…

Startups & Apps


Jason Fried: 12 Things You Might Not Know about 37signals

By | Dec 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

37signals cofounder Jason Fried joined us at Tech Cocktail Sessions last week in Chicago to discuss bootstrapping, remote work, Jeff Bezos, and more. But some of the most interesting parts were the little tidbits he let fall about life at 37signals. Here they are:…



Jason Fried: 37signals Will Be Simplifying Its Product Line in 2014

By | Dec 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

37signals, the company already known for its love of simplicity, announced at Tech Cocktail Sessions Chicago last week that they plan to simplify their product line even further in 2014. “We’ve done too much,” said cofounder Jason Fried. “Next year we’re going to slim…



It’s as Natural as Trust: How 37Signals Built a Following of Millions

By | Dec 5, 2013 at 10:42 am

For Jason Fried, the founder of 37signals, virality is a slow and natural process. And patience to understand this can yield success, he told the audience at Tech Cocktail Sessions in Chicago on Wednesday. He started 37signals in 1999 as a web design company….



Jason Fried Fireside Chat Tonight at Final Tech Cocktail Chicago Event of 2013

By | Dec 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

On this foggy, mildly warm day in Chicago, I am looking forward to having author and co-founder of 37signals Jason Fried join me on stage for a fireside chat. It’s been 5 years, 6 months, and 6 days since our first Tech Cocktail Conference in…


A Book in 5 Minutes: “Remote: Office Not Required” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

By | Oct 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick but comprehensive summary of  “Remote: Office Not Required” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, released on October 29, 2013. Who should read this: Companies or employees who are considering remote work or already doing it….


3 Tips to Get More Work Done from Jason Fried

By | Oct 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

According to 37signals cofounder Jason Fried, the reason we don’t get work done at work is because of interruptions. To understand why interruptions at work are so toxic, Fried explains in his 2010 TEDxMidwest talk, we just need to think about sleep. Sleep has stages:…



Neal Sales-Griffin of The Starter League on Working Your Passion and Recent 37signals Funding

By | Sep 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

It’s fitting that “sales” is built into his name, because Neal Sales-Griffin’s passion is infectious, and evidently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Earlier this month, Sales-Griffin’s Chicago-based classroom coding school, The Starter League (formerly known as Code Academy), received an undisclosed amount of funding…