by Jason Fried
The Way I Work: Jason Fried of 37Signals
"I spend another good portion of my day thinking about how to make things less complicated. In the software world, the first, second, and third versions of any product are really pretty good, because everyone can use them. Then companies start adding more
Why I Run a Flat Company
"At 37signals, however, we have a different position on ambition. We're not big fans of what I consider 'vertical' ambitionâ€”that is, the usual career-path trajectory, in which a newbie moves up the ladder from associate to manager to vice president over a number of years of service. On the other hand, we revere "horizontal" ambitionâ€”in which employees who love what they do are encouraged to dig deeper, expand their knowledge, and become better at it. We always try to hire people who yearn to be master craftspeople, that is, designers who want to be great designers, not managers of designers; developers who want to master the art of programming, not management."