Basecamp implodes as employees flee the company

Nearly a 1/3 of the entire company has quit.

Including the heads of marketing, support and design. That’s a pretty wild mass exodus. Basecamp’s been around for 20 years and has always been pretty adept at traversing the rapid changes that come with being an internet company.

So, it makes you wonder…

What the hell happened?

Get this…

The company changed its policies on political and social conversations within its official work channels. Basically, they’re no longer allowing their employees to bicker about politics in official channels.

And boy-o-boy…

You know that has the know-it-all, 20-something, purple hairs lighting the torches. “Silence is compliance!” And Basecamp basically just said, “Shut up”. Haha. It’s actually a bit refreshing to see a CEO actually take control of their company…

And not let the inmates run the asylum.

Of course, you can probably guess, this decisions didn’t just appear out of the ether. It was in response to an “incident”. Supposedly, there was an internal “best names” list of customers with funny names.

And a few of them “were of Asian or African origin”.

And, according to a group of employees in the company, this best names list was “essentially genocide” and everyone who participated in laughing at the names, etc… should be fired, tarred feathered, drug through the street…

And hung (using a rope made of hemp, of course).

Crazy thing is…

This isn’t all that uncommon. In fact, in most companies today, this thing isn’t just tolerated, it’s encouraged. The CEOs are complicit in promoting that kind of environment — funded, of course, by VC money…

And, not any real productivity or, ya know… generating revenue.

That’s why I’ve purposefully avoided the corporate and startup worlds for the better part of the last 12 years. A bunch of know-nothing, 20-somethings who “have it all figured out” and won’t hesitate to tell you…

Everyday… constantly…

Hush now, sweetie.

I don’t care.

Anyway, just one more reason why I freelance. I can easily avoid all this. And, if a run into a client like this, I just fire them and move on. I don’t have to work with anybody I don’t want to.

And refuse to be held hostage by some 20-something, purple hair…

On a mission to “save the world, maaan”.

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