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DHH
Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver.
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DHH 4h
"That idea, that maybe things like our gaming devices or the websites we visit should be created by people we know and like, instead of giant faceless companies, seems more essential than ever", ❤️ 
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DHH 4h
Replying to @dhh
Another cautionary tale of introducing market dynamics in delicate social relations comes from the Haifa fine-for-picking-up-your-kid-late study.
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DHH 5h
Replying to @thomasfuchs
I wish I could file this under the "evil mastermind" category, but I think it's far more likely to be caused by good intentions based on shallow thinking 🤷‍♂️
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DHH 5h
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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DHH 5h
Replying to @ardalis
I'm suggesting that it's infinitely easier to process and discard guilt trips that are based on "I did nothing for you; now do something for me". Even a $10 donation is enough to hack the reciprocity gene, thus leading people to internalize that they SHOULD owe the donor.
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DHH 6h
Replying to @LasseRafn
Of course they will.
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DHH 6h
Replying to @dhh
If your initial reaction was just “oh, OF COURSE donations are good. End of story!”, then I have a keynote for you to chew on.
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DHH 6h
Replying to @dhh
I’m sure GitHub had all the right intentions here. And I’m sure this will work out well for a select few developers who will amass enough donations to ignore individual claims to their time. But I think it’s a grave risk to the culture of open source.
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DHH 6h
Replying to @dhh
“Why haven’t you fixed my issue yet!? I sent you $10! I demand you honor your obligations here. I paid you”, welcome to small-donation open source 2019 🙈
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DHH 6h
“Most importantly, this helps to change the open source narrative: you shouldn't feel like you need to work for free, especially if companies are actually making money off of your work.”, I swear I didn’t have a crystal ball for my RailsConf keynote 🙈
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Rob Zolkos 💻☁️ May 21
Replaced lots of React with Turbolinks/Stimulus. App is simpler and faster. It really is a magic combo for productive app development.
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DHH May 21
Keynote on the topic of open source, markets, debts, purpose, and no less than the meaning of life. Delivered at RailsConf 2019. Also available as a long read.
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DHH May 20
Replying to @aadriasola
Radford, amongst a few other sources.
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DHH May 20
Basecamp has been paying at the top 10% of San Francisco market rates for a while now (based on pay + bonus, but not stock options). That's been working great for a lot of roles, but now we've taken one step further and raised our min pay to $70K too.
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DHH May 17
Replying to @iso_anu @basecamp
This hire is for replacing someone no longer with Basecamp. But our general freeze isn't a straight jacket in any case. We will hire when we must, even if we prefer to stay roughly the size that we're at.
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DHH May 17
(On a Twitter hiatus. Only popping in rarely. If you need to reach me, try email. I'll be back next month(?).)
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Emma Wedekind 🐞 May 17
Coding is kinda like exercising. It’s hard to get started, and it takes a while to see progress. You’ll see many people who are more advanced than you. But the longer you do it, the better you’ll get 💪🏼
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DHH May 17
We're hiring a Director of Operations at to lead our team of seven on ops, juggling our own servers and cloud setups. Come help us strive for uptime 9s while keeping calm and building a resilient ops culture ❤️
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DHH May 13
Replying to @daveying99 @jmeller
Uber has 68% turn-over of drivers within 6 months. I'd say that's pretty horrible retention. Uber is also losing even more money than Groupon was. Is it the same business? Of course not. Is it comparable as a unicorn, crazy-growth, no-straight-path-to-profits? Yes.
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DHH May 13
Replying to @daveying99 @jmeller
And Groupon IPO’ed at $26 and is now worth $3.40 😄
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