David Heinemeier Hansson

Creator of Ruby on Rails. Cofounder of Basecamp & HEY. Best selling author. Le Mans class-winning driver. Antitrust advocate.

About David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH)

David is the creator of Ruby on Rails, a hugely successful and popular web-app framework which is used by many major internet services including Twitter, Airbnb, Shopify, and GitHub.

David invented the Rails solution in 2003. In 2004 he made the code available for free under an MIT open source license. This has enabled hundreds of thousands of people and/or organisations to use his work and further it's development.

David is cofounder and CTO of Basecamp. David's initial Rails development occurred while working on the Basecamp project management solution. The company was originally called 37signals. In 2014 it was renamed Basecamp.

In 2020 David and the Basecamp team (Jason Fried is CEO and cofounder) released HEY, a new alternative to Gmail and Outlook email. The solution uses a fresh approach to provide people a better relationship with their email.

David is a race car driver and has raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2014, David won his class with Aston Martin in the 82nd running of the 24 hours of Le Mans. The 24 hours of Le Mans is the world's biggest, and oldest, endurance race. The event is held each year at the Circuit de la Sarthe race course near the town of Le Mans, in France. See David's Le Mans Driver Profile here.

David also won the WEC championship in the GTE-Am category in 2014. He mostly raced in LMP2 prototypes, and finished on the podium at Le Mans four times.

David has described how Stoicism has helped him succeed. Stoicism is an ancient philosophy from the 3rd century BC. David has provided insights to his reading and learning about Stoicism in various interviews and podcasts. He's also made many book recommendations, including this one.

Having accumulated great knowledge and experience, David shares his wisdom as a best selling author. Books authored/coauthored by David:

  • It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work is about how to run a calm company by avoiding the lure of excessive growth and making your time count for more (2018).
  • REMOTE: Office Not Required A book sharing experiences about working remotely for over a decade (2013).
  • REWORK is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Sunday Times best seller with more than half a million copies sold. It's about starting and running businesses a better way (2010).
  • Getting Real is about building Basecamp and a software business back (2006).

David has an official website at dhh.dk. See his Hey blog and signup for his newsletter here. He can also be found on Twitter as @dhh, and the DHH Racing account is @dhhracing.

This website is created and maintained by the Inspirational People non-profit organisation. The above image is © 2022 David Heinemeier Hansson https://dhh.dk, and used here with permission.

Daily Stoic Interview

24 Heures du Mans

In 2020 David drove the #13 car in the 24 hour race with Nelson Piquet Jr and Mathias Beche.


It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work 2018 Book

It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work is a book by David and Jason Fried CEO and Cofounder of Basecamp, released in 2018.

On the Basecamp website you can find full book details, reviews and more on this page. We've included a link to Audible below. We have no affiliation with Audible.

Basecamp Project Management

REMOTE: Office Not Required 2013 Book

REMOTE: Office Not Required is a book by DHH and Jason Fried, CEO and Cofounder of Basecamp. The book was released in 2013.

On the Basecamp website you can find full book details, reviews and more on this page. We have no affiliation with Audible but have included their link below.

David's REWORK 2010 book

Please see this Basecamp page about the Rework book, or click the section below for the Audible audiobook.

Getting Real 2006 Book