David Heinemeier Hansson (Founder of Ruby on Rails and Basecamp)

David Heinemeier Hansson is the founder of Ruby on Rails and co-founder and CTO of Basecamp. He is an outspoken defender of living a fulfilling life, and a true believer that it does not have to be crazy at work. When not writing code, David enjoys endurance car racing and time with his wife and two kids.

Over the years, David has become a very influential person in technology and business, and has developed a number of philosophies which are helping him live a happy and fulfilling life, a life in which there is time for business and pleasure.

As you will hear for yourself, happiness is a simple secret. You too could have a great life and ensure that you kids have one too. David does not try to hide what it takes to be truly happy. At the end, it is on you to give it a try. Are you ready?

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What are you going to do with your life and why? Lamborghini isn’t the answer. But what is? Great to hear DHH talk about this (start around 55m).
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This is perhaps THE most important takeaway for all the young parents out there. Literally the matter of life and death.
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David and I have talked at length about his philosophy on life, work, how his life shaped him into who he is. The way he parents is (hilarious) a culmination of those thoughts and experiences. This guy is rad. I wish we had a few more hours to chat!
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  1. This is a great episode!
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    1. Really? Do you think so? It’s always hard for me to listen the second time and evaluate.
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    2. @kirill absolutely. I think you opened with an EXCELLENT question, and you kept the convo going nicely. DHH can be super cocky/prickly, but I didn't get any of that from this recording, which made me enjoy it all the more.

      I've been a big fan of Fried and DHH since the early days of 37signals, so I may be a little biased 😀

      OOC, how did you land this interview?
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    3. @james like the best things in life - I asked, and he said yes :)
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