David Heinemeier Hansson on Digital Security, Company Culture, and the Value of Schooling

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David “DHH” Heinemeier Hansson (@dhh) is the creator of Ruby on Rails, founder and CTO at Basecamp (formerly 37Signals), and the best-selling co-author of Rework and Remote: Office Not Required. Oh, and he went from not having a driver’s license at 25 to winning, at 34, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. It is often called the “Grand Prix of endurance and efficiency.”

Listeners had a million questions we didn’t get to last time, so he’s back for round two because his episode is about to cross a million downloads — and that’s in barely two weeks!

In this episode, DHH discusses:

  • Digital security
  • The value of schooling
  • Three questions you should be able to answer
  • Company culture
  • How bladder relief happens in a 24-hour race
  • And much, much more!

Please enjoy my round 2 conversation with DHH!

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Want to hear my first episode with David “DHH” Heinemeier Hansson? — Listen to this interview, which has already been downloaded almost a million times. In this episode, DHH shares his thoughts on the power of being outspoken, running a profitable business without venture capital, Stoic philosophy, and much more (stream below or right-click here to download):



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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

Scroll below for links and show notes…

Selected Links from the Episode

  • Connect with DHH:

Website | The Distance Podcast | Twitter | Instagram | Medium | Basecamp | Ruby on Rails

Show Notes

  • What skills are most important today? [05:22]
  • Will the days of AI (artificial intelligence) writing its own code be a reality soon? [13:49]
  • Thoughts on creating and maintaining a company culture. [19:13]
  • How does DHH ensure his own digital security? [26:21]
  • How (and why) did DHH and Jason Fried make the decision to sell off a lot of 37Signals’ portfolio products and double down on Basecamp? [32:07]
  • How have DHH and Jason Fried resolved heated disagreements and maintained their thriving partnership for so many years? [40:37]
  • What DHH has learned about effective parenting and his thoughts on raising a rebel vs. a compliant child. [45:45]
  • What was DHH’s opinion of himself as a child? [52:51]
  • How does DHH stay alert during a 24-hour Le Mans race? [57:18]
  • Does a 24-hour race take bathroom breaks into account? [1:02:56]

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Posted on: November 25, 2016.

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14 comments on “David Heinemeier Hansson on Digital Security, Company Culture, and the Value of Schooling

  1. I really hate these lazy ass podcast. It feels so 4 hour work. Meaning, how can i squeeze out another episode without doing any more work? I know, have my guess talk themselves answering questions sent in from their last episode.

    The only reason I listen to podcast like yours is for interaction with each other. Not wanting to listen to an episode WITHOUT THE HOST, AT ALL!!!

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    • For the record Tim. I like these episodes. The ones with you are definitely the best ones but I enjoy these also. So please keep them up. Those who don’t like them can always not listen right?

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      • I also like the episode, but what I appreciate the most is how Tim regularly tries new formats. Some work, some don’t and Tim seems to react to the response of the listeners and adjust! Thanks Tim, keep innovating.

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      • Stefano, I clicked through to your website. So funny, that’s an area I have been thinking about working with young people to help them interpret, re-frame and make career decisions. I’ve added my name to your email for news on release and look forward to following! Kevin

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      • Hi Kevin, thanks a lot😉 I must say writing the book is bringing me to territories I hadn’t thought about. I am going deeper than usual “self-help” you can find on the theme, but I am not sure people will find it comforting!

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  2. Hi, not related to this podcast but I didn’t know where else to suggest (neigh, beg) for a Tim Ferriss Gift Guide 2016.

    I like all the weird products you use and love when you suggest new ones.. Can you compile a list of your favorite’s from 2016?

    It can be like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop but less sad bullshit and more cool toys!

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  3. I’m writing a small book and I wanted to hear DHH for inspiration and for his point of view on many things, so thanks Tim for doing it for me haha! Two intense episodes, couldn’t have asked for more!!

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  4. Textbook Asperger’s Syndrome individual aka HSP. Big miss! Would have liked to understand better how he overcame some of the negative aspects of that type of nervous system. I’m glad people appreciate the positive aspects, though.

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