Signal vs Noise

By Vicki Ball

Signal vs Noise is 37Signal’s blog, about “design, business, experience, simplicity, the web, culture, and more”.

37Signals is well known in the internets for a few reasons- mostly as the home of David Heinemeier Hansson creator of Ruby on Rails, and also for their range web-based services for managing projects, people and things (Basecamp, Highrise, etc).

With a reputation for being opinionated innovators (and, some would say, arrogance), the blog is a great mashup of discussions about many things business and web, but the comments can occasionally suffer from a bit of Tall Poppy Syndrome. All of which gives a great insight into how a “big” software development company works, innovates and is perceived.

The most prolific contributors are Jason Fried, Matt Linderman and Ryan Singer. While each of the 37Signals products has its own blog, you’ll occasionally hear about new features- but always in the context of a broader discussion, perhaps about usability, business strategy or design/implementation process.

And I think that’s what sums up what I love about this blog so much- it’s the thinking entrepreneur’s blog about real practice. Discussions in the comments are also often thoughtful and thought-provoking, and with a large readership you’re bound to get a healthy range of views.

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