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Key Points:

  • Challenge Norms: Rejects traditional business advice like writing extensive plans and seeking investors.
  • Simplify Work: Advocates for less bureaucracy, fewer meetings, and avoiding workaholism.
  • Focus on Action: Encourages starting projects immediately and learning through doing.
  • Real-World Examples: Provides practical advice with examples from the authors’ own experiences at 37signals (now Basecamp).


“Rework” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is a refreshing take on business and entrepreneurship, offering unconventional yet practical advice. The book challenges many traditional business practices, advocating for simplicity, quick action, and focusing on what truly matters. Fried and Hansson argue against the need for detailed business plans, excessive meetings, and large teams, instead promoting a leaner, more efficient approach to work.

With real-world examples from their own successful company, 37signals (now Basecamp), they illustrate how to be more productive and innovative without overcomplicating things. This book is a great read for anyone looking to rethink their approach to business and work smarter, not harder Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson: 9780307463746 | Books .