What we do
37signals is a small team that creates simple, focused software. Our products help you collaborate and get organized. More than 350,000 people and small businesses use our web-apps to get things done. Jeremy Wagstaff, of the Wall Street Journal, wrote, "37signals products are beautifully simple, elegant and intuitive tools that make an Outlook screen look like the soft ware equivalent of a torture chamber." Our apps never put you on the rack.
Our modus operandi
We believe software is too complex. Too many features, too many buttons, too much to learn. Our products do less than the competition — intentionally. We build products that work smarter, feel better, allow you to do things your way, and are easier to use.
As of the publishing date of this book, we have five commercial products and one open source web application framework.
Basecamp turns project management on its head. Instead of Gantt charts, fancy graphs, and stats-heavy spreadsheets, Basecamp offers message boards, to-do lists, simple scheduling, collaborative writing, and file sharing. So far, hundreds of thousands agree it's a better way. Farhad Manjoo of Salon.com said "Basecamp represents the future of software on the Web."
Campfire brings simple group chat to the business setting. Businesses in the know understand how valuable real-time persistent group chat can be. Conventional instant messaging is great for quick 1-on-1 chats, but it's miserable for 3 or more people at once. Campfire solves that problem and plenty more.
Backpack is the alternative to those confusing, complex, "orga nize your life in 25 simple steps" personal information managers. Backpack's simple take on pages, notes, to-dos, and cellphone/ email-based reminders is a novel idea in a product category that suffers from status-quo-itis. Thomas Weber of the Wall Street Journal said it's the best product in its class and David Pogue of the New York Times called it a "very cool" organization tool.
Writeboard lets you write, share, revise, and compare text solo or with others. It's the refreshing alternative to bloated word processors that are overkill for 95% of what you write. John Gruber of Daring Fireball said, "Writeboard might be the clearest, simplest web application I've ever seen." Web-guru Jeffrey Zeldman said, "The brilliant minds at 37signals have done it again."
Ta-da List keeps all your to-do lists together and organized online. Keep the lists to yourself or share them with others for easy collaboration. There's no easier way to get things done. Over 100,000 lists with nearly 1,000,000 items have been created so far.
Ruby on Rails, for developers, is a full-stack, open-source web framework in Ruby for writing real-world applications quickly and easily. Rails takes care of the busy work so you can focus on your idea. Nathan Torkington of the O'Reilly publish ing empire said "Ruby on Rails is astounding. Using it is like watching a kung-fu movie, where a dozen bad-ass frameworks prepare to beat up the little newcomer only to be handed their asses in a variety of imaginative ways." Gotta love that quote.
You can find out more about our products and our company on our web site at www.37signals.com.