Rad Dad Podcast by Kirill Zubovsky

David Heinemeier Hansson

Founder of Ruby on Rails and Basecamp

Founder of Ruby on Rails and Basecamp
December 26, 2019
Malibu, CA
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Episode Summary

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?

What will you find inside this episode of the Rad Dad podcast?

What drives @dhh to come to work every day (01:00)
Can you only do the thing you love? (06:00)
How the stoic philosophy and the concept of existentialism can make you better (08:30)
How to be satisfied with life and work (13:00)
The power of intrinsic motivation and how David nearly failed high-school [on purpose] (17:00)
Benefits of growing up in a socially democratic state of Denmark (28:00)

ReWork - New York Times Bestseller (32:00)
It Does Not Have to Be Crazy At Work (39:00)
When enough is enough (44:50)

How to make a fortune in car racing (50:00)
Truth about entrepreneurship, risk and reward (58:00)
Raising free-range children and the goal of living (1:03:00)
Modern parent obsession with obedience (1:09:00)
Parenting and equal and how to teach your kids about money (01:15:27)

Episode Notes

Links from this episodes

Books by David and 37Signals / Basecamp

Rework - New York Times Bestseller
Remote: Office not required
It does not have to be crazy at work

Books that David mentioned during the show

Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life
Punished by Rewards

Popular blog posts by DHH

The day I became a millionaire

To see an amazing car collection, as well as beautiful hills of Malibu

DHH on Instagram

Other thoroughly enjoyable podcasts with DHH

The Tim Ferris Show (warning: very-very-very long)
The Unmistakable Creative (my personal favorite)

About Rad Dad

Rad Dad is a podcast about the lives, decisions and view of successful, intelligent, and peculiar parents. Fun stories, insights, and of course, occasional parenting advice.

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Rad Dad Podcast is created and hosted by Kirill Zubovsky