After a controversial blog post in which CEO Jason Fried outlined Basecamp’s new philosophy that banned, among other things, “social and political debate” on an internal forum, company co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson said the company would offer. Compensation package for everyone who disagrees. With a new gesture As of Friday, it appears a lot of Basecamp employees are taking Hansson’s offer: according to Verge Editor’s source Casey Newton, about a third of the company’s 57 employees, accepted the acquisition today. On Friday afternoon, 18 people tweeted that they were planning to leave.
Shortly after Fried’s Monday blog post went public and was revised several times amid public backlash online, Hansson outlined the terms of the new cutoff proposal in a separate Wednesday blog post.
Yesterday, we offered everyone at Basecamp an option of a compensation package that offers up to six months of salary for those who have stayed with the company for more than three years and three months’ salary for those who have been in the company for less. Feeling difficult, not asking questions For those who cannot see the future at Basecamp, under this new approach, we will help them in every way to go elsewhere.
Among those announcing on Twitter that they would be leaving the company, it was reported that chief marketing officer Andy Didorosi, chief design officer Jonas Downey and chief customer support Kristin Aardsma, mostly cited “recent changes” that the company was justifying for. Resign
“With the recent changes at Basecamp, I decided to retire as head of design,” Downey tweeted. “I’ve been helping design and build all of our products since 2011, and I recently led our design team. with”
Today, I am resigning from my position as Head of Marketing at Basecamp due to recent changes and new policies.
I am going back to being an operator. My DM is open if you want to talk or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Andy Didorosi (@ThatDetroitAndy) April 30, 2021
I resigned as Head of Customer Support at Basecamp. I am now four months pregnant. It will take me a while to create this child and hang out with my wonderful spouse and child.
– Kristin Aardsma (@kikiaards) April 30, 2021
I left Basecamp due to recent changes and policies.
I’ve been working in product design there for the past 7 years. The past 3 years I lead the iOS team working with @dylanginsburg and @zachwaugh they are the best.
If you need product designer, please DM or email me: email@example.com.
– Conor Muirhead (@conormuirhead) April 30, 2021
After almost 8 years of recent changes at Basecamp, I decided to quit my job as an Android programmer there, finally looking for something new, so feel free to contact / RT open DM.
Thank you for all your encouragement and kindness. It means a lot ❤️
– Dan Kim (@dankim) April 30, 2021
Developer John Breen is following an additional exit from Basecamp on this Twitter thread.
The original blog post that started the boredom at a small company with an offensive tone also detailed how Basecamp would handle the board. “Father’s benefit” how and will it be forbidden. “Inactive or obsessed with decisions in the past,” but a show. The most reactive “social and political debates”:
The social and political waters of today are particularly volatile. Sensitivity is 11, and every debate involving politics, support or society as a whole remotely rotates at a rapid pace. You have no doubt that being out means that you are a complex person or that wading into it means that you are the target. These are waters that are difficult to navigate in life. But there’s more to it at work, it’s too much, it’s a distraction. It drains our energy and redirects our conversations to the dark. It’s not good for your health, it doesn’t do our job well. And we did it in the Basecamp account of the company where the work took place. People can chat with their willing colleagues to Signal, Whatsapp, or even their personal Basecamp account, but this can no longer happen in the event the event takes place.
While the company argues it is simply trying to keep its employees focused on their work. But company founders aren’t shy about avoiding them. Online “social and political debate” in particular, Hansson has become a critic of Apple’s App Store policy to the point where he testifies to support antitrust regulations.
such as The Verge Later reports, the initial motive for the letter stems from internal disagreements about Basecamp’s customers’ controversial “funny names” list. Many of the names on the list have appeared multiple times over the years and management knows of Asian or African origin. Employees viewed their inclusion as inappropriate at best and racist at worst.
Hansson acknowledged the show and tried to continue. (You can read his internal communication here.) But the employee pressed the problem.
Hansson did not respond to a request for comment from The Verge o n Friday.