How Jason Fried Built One of the Most Profitable Businesses Online

jason fried: create a business you love

Want to create a successful business?

I was pumped to not only launch the birth of The Growth Academy, but to have one of my role models come on the show to share his knowledge with us.

This is a gem for all the young aspiring entrepreneurs out there that are thinking of working on a startup or already in the process.

With the hype of all the apps raising millions of dollars and being sold for billions of dollars, it’s tempting not to create a startup hoping to do the same.

Jason Fried has a very different view. As the Co-Founder and CEO of 37Signals (now known as Basecamp), a software company that has been profitable and successful for the last 15 years, Jason understands how to build a real business.

He’s also a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon’s best selling author of Remote and Rework.
To sum it up, Jason knows his shit and has built one of the most profitable businesses online.

On this first episode of The Growth Academy, Jason digs deep into the difference between a business and a startup, his advice for young entrepreneurs, and tips on creating a successful business.


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Key Takeaways from the Episode:

  • The difference between a startup and a business
  • Why today’s startups are not real businesses, but research projects
  • Ignoring the hype of raising money and beating the competition
  • What Jason would do if he had to start all over again
  • Why you should charge for your product/service on day one
  • Embracing success,  not failure in today’s culture
  • & much more…


Links and Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • 37Signals, now known as Basecamp
  • The DISTANCE – online magazine by the Basecamp team, featuring profitable and bootstrapped businesses that have stood the test of time.
  • Rework: NYTimes & WSJ Best Seller that Jason co-authored
  • Signal vs. Noise – Basecamp’s blog (one of my favorite blogs of all time – a must read)
  • Jason’s Twitter


Thank you for listening!

I appreciate each and every one of you for tuning in. Being this my first podcast episode, I’ve decided to keep it short and sweet but will go into longer episodes in the future.

Please, please, please provide any feedbacks (the more honest, the better!) about the content, sound quality, and the type of guests you would like on for future episodes.

Let me know in the comments below what you thought of Jason’s thoughts and if you agree with his beliefs on building a successful business. What were your key takeaways?

Until next time growers,


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said or what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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  • Great start Sean, Jason Fried it's definitely one of the big of the Web business, and his view always is a little against what you hear every day, and that I think it's great. One comment that has nothing to do with the interview it's the size of the font, it's to big and in the takeaways and link and resources list it's difficult to read.
  • GK
    I can't find the Jason Fried track on soundcloud. :( Any hints?
    • Sean
      Hey GK, we removed the episode. Happy to email it to you if you share your email

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