Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals, a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools that, in their words, "do less than the competition - intentionally." 37signals' simple but powerful collaboration tools include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard
11 books on this list
“Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and po...
Think 6 hours is enough sleep? Think you can power through periods of limited sleep and make it up later? Think you’re immune to sleep deprivation because you’re born to hustle? Read this book and think again. “Why We Sleep” is highly recommended —> – source
Jason FriedNov 12, 2018
This book is also recommended byBill GatesManu GinobiliAlexis OhanianTrevor NcubeSanjay BakshiPreston PyshJoe KunkleBryan Johnson
The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling ...
I'll leave you with the one I just finished: "Endurance". It's about Ernest Shackleton's incredible attempt to cross the Antarctic continent back in the early 1900s. Amazing story of perseverance and leadership against all odds. Riveting book. – source
Jason FriedNov 21, 2016
One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still ...
The book that had the biggest impact on me this year was “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” —> – source
Jason FriedDec 05, 2017
This book is also recommended byMarc AndreessenDavid Heinemeier HanssonDerek SiversPeter AdeneyTobi LutkeShoshana WeissmannPhil Libin
"Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers." David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, he was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea. In this high-s...
I don’t read many business books, but last year I read one that had a profound effect on me: “Turn The Ship Around” by L. David Marquet. I guess it’s not really a business book, which is probably why I liked it. – source
Jason FriedJul 17, 2012
Its a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything weve been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan? In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: Aging is a disease, and ...
Sinclair’s a brilliant guy (highly recommend his book “Lifespan”). Nice to see him chiming in on COVID-19. This ~12 min sobering video is worth a watch. – source
Jason FriedMar 17, 2020
Peter Bevelin begins his fascinating book with Confucius' great wisdom: "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake." Seeking Wisdom is the result of Bevelin's learning about attaining wisdom. His quest for wisdom originated partly from making mistakes himself and observing those of others but also from ...
Finally got to re-reading one of my favorite books: Seeking Wisdom, from Darwin to Munger. Highly recommended. – source
Jason FriedJan 17, 2017
'Talent. You've either got it or you haven't.' Not true, actually.In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured.In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music ...
Highly recommend reading The Talent Code. Wonderful book w/ great insights. (thanks for the rec, @dhh) – source
Jason FriedJul 10, 2015
Semler turned his family's business, the aging Semco corporation of Brazil, into the most revolutionary business success story of our time. By eliminating uneeded layers of management and allowing employees unprecedented democracy in the workplace, he created a company that challenged the old ways and blazed a path to success in an uncertain econom...
It was @ricardosemler’s 1990’s book Maverick that really gave me the extra boost to courage to run 37signals/Basecamp our way… – source
Jason FriedNov 24, 2016
This book is also recommended byDavid Heinemeier Hansson
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.In Quiet, Susan...
@norah_nr Haven't really. A good book I'd recommend is "Quiet" by Susan Cain —> – source
Jason FriedSep 02, 2015
This book is also recommended byEmma WatsonMiranda HartSimon SinekDerek SiversTom PetersNicholas C. ZakasLaurie Halse Anderson
This remarkable little book, intended as a supplement for any course that requires writing, models a clear, step-by-step system for creating straight-forward, concise, intelligible and readable prose....
If you want to be a better writer, ignore this cover and read this book: – source
Jason FriedMar 26, 2016
"For all the right reasons." "Cars that can." "What to Drive." "The perfect Car for an Imperfect World." Only one of these slogans would be chosen by Subaru of America to sell its cars in the recession year of 1991.As six advertising agencies scrambled for the account and the winner tried to churn out the Big Idea that would install Subaru in the c...
Q: What’s your favorite book on building a brand that ages well? #askJF - @TanWithMedia A: – source
Jason FriedDec 26, 2019