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Basecamp implodes as employees flee company, including senior staff

After a controversial blog post where CEO Jason Fried outlined Basecamp’s new philosophy that prohibited, among other things, “societal and political discussions” on internal forums, company co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson said the company would offer generous severance packages to anyone who disagreed with the new stance. On Friday, it appears a large number of Basecamp employees are taking Hansson up on his offer: according to Verge contributing editor Casey Newton, roughly a third of the company’s 57 employees accepted buyouts today.

Not long after Fried’s blog post went public — and was revised several times amid public backlash online — Hansson outlined the terms of the new severance offer in a separate Wednesday blog post.


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