David Heinemeier Hansson, popularly known as DHH, needs no introduction.
He is the CTO of Basecamp, co-author of 4 books, and the creator of the open-source Ruby on Rails framework.
If you haven’t noticed, David has a thing for taking things out of obscurity and making them popular.
- In an age when PHP was the de-facto standard of web development, David created Ruby on Rails.
- When everyone was running after VC money, David along with co-founder Jason Fried, bootstrapped Basecamp (previously 37signals ).
- And years before people thought of remote work, David co-authored “Remote – Office not required”.
David is a rare kind of programmer. He cares deeply about both — writing beautiful code and building software that makes an impact. Something you can clearly see in Basecamp and Ruby on Rails.
David is a best-selling author. He has co-authored 4 books on making work-life better. His most popular book — Rework — is a New York times, Wall Street Journal, and Sunday Times bestseller, with half a million+ copies sold worldwide. And his latest book — It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work — is about making running a business calm and enjoyable.
We love it when he says –
Nobody is an overnight success. Most overnight successes you see have been working at it for ten years.
Here is everything about him in his own words on his personal site — dhh.dk. He has also been contributing to the blog Signal v Noise for the past two decades.
For someone who enjoys growing things slowly, it’s almost ironic that David is also into racing cars.