Basecamp vs JIRA

Basecamp tackles project management with a focus on communication and collaboration. Making to-do lists and adding to-do items literally just takes seconds. Basecamp is optimized to make the things you do most often really fast and really easy. Basecamp mobile is especially made for popular mobile devices like iPhone and Android. Basecamp free alternatives are Trello and Asana. If you are looking for open-source self-hosted Basecamp alternatives pay attention to RedMine or ProjectPier.
JIRA provides issue tracking and project tracking for software development teams to improve code quality and the speed of development. Combining a clean, fast interface for capturing and organising issues with customisable workflows, OpenSocial dashboards and a pluggable integration framework, JIRA is the perfect fit at the centre of your development team. JIRA free alternatives are: Trello, Todoist. If you are looking for open-source self-hosted JIRA alternatives pay attention to Redmine, Bugzilla, Trac
Comparing Basecamp vs JIRA is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Basecamp has better video than JIRA

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like JIRA has more user-friendly interface than Basecamp because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Basecamp is more popular than JIRA

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- JIRA gets Upwork integration (in 2016)
- Basecamp app is available for iPad (in 2014)
- Atlassian launches JIRA and Confluence for large companies (in 2014)
- 37Signals renames to Basecamp, discontinues development of other products (in 2014)
- Basecamp launches mobile app for iOS (in 2013)
- Basecamp Personal - SaaS with no monthly charges (in 2013)
- New Basecamp: All ingenious is simple (in 2012)
- Jira 5 - bug-tracker goes social (in 2012)
- JIRA, Confluence available as SaaS services (in 2011)
- 37signals Suite - the new rival for Google Apps (in 2010)

Looks like Basecamp was recently more active than JIRA (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Basecamp and JIRA meet head to head:

2014 - 37Signals renames to Basecamp, discontinues development of other products to keep up competition with JIRA

37Signals was one of pioneers on the SaaS market. In 2004, they launched the project management service Basecamp, which still remains one of the most popular apps in this category. Today it's used by 15 million users. Many of them believe that Basecamp is the trendsetter in web-app design. But besides Basecamp everybody know 37Signals CEO - Jason Fried. He is the author of books Getting Real and ReWork. He is a huge fan of small business and startup spirit. Despite the great success of Basecamp he managed to keep the company in the format of startup (now it employs just 43 people). Jason even tried to reduce the number of customers to restrain growth. And now he has come up with a new idea - to frozen the development of all other products (CRM system Highrise, group chat Campfire, task-manager Ta-Da List, wiki Writeboard, organizer Backpack) and focus all attention on Basecamp.

And, if so, he also decided to rename company from 37Signals to Basecamp to keep it short and beautiful.

If you use 37Signals products, that are going to be frozen - don't panic. They will continue to work and will be supported in future. But they won't get new features any more.