Basecamp is #5 in Top 25 Project Management software

Last updated: November 02, 2019
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.

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#5 in Top 25 Project Management software


The best alternatives to Basecamp are: Clickup, Asana, Slack, Trello, JIRA,, Teamwork, Notion, Microsoft Teams

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2020. Basecamp launches Hey, a hosted email service for neat freaks

Project management software maker Basecamp has launched a feature-packed hosted email service, called Hey — which they tout as taking aim at the traditional chaos and clutter of the email inbox. Hey includes a built in screener that asks users to confirm whether or not they want to receive email from a new address. Inbound emails a Hey user has consented to are then triaged into different trays — with a central “imbox” (“im” standing for important) containing only the comms the user specifies as important to them; while newsletters are intended to live a News Feed style tray, called The Feed, (where they’re automatically displayed partially opened for easy casual reading); and email receipts are stacked in a for-reference ‘Paper Trail’ inbox view.

2018. Basecamp adds recurring events and image galleries

Project management service Basecamp added several new features. The first is Recurring events. You can add daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly repeating events to your Basecamp 3 schedule. You can choose to continue those repeating events until a certain date, or forever. The second new feature is Image galleries. You can put your images in a side-by-side gallery or even three-in-a-row, making it easier than ever to display your work or share photos. And the third is Automatic Check-ins. It is a simple, relaxed tool we use a lot to keep up with one another. The whole company gets asked things like: What did you do this weekend? What have you worked on? Small teams like Support get asked questions like: What was a common issue that you saw this week?

2018. Basecamp improves client collaboration

Working with clients in Basecamp just got a whole lot better. Now you can assign clients to-dos, share files and folders, schedule events and meetings, chat around the Campfire, and even ask clients automatic check-in questions. Everything in a project is now labeled as “private to our team” or “the client can see this”. Plus, to reduce anxiety and prevent “oh shit, they weren’t supposed to see that” moments, everything in a project starts off as private just to your team. Whenever you post something new, you’ll have the option to specify if the client should be able to see it or if it’s private just to your team.

2014. Basecamp app is available for iPad

Popular project management service Basecamp has released the official app for iPad (before it offered only iPhone and Web versions for iPad users). The app allows to check in on your projects from anywhere, shows you the latest news on each project, jump in on a discussion and post your thoughts, view progress as team members complete to-dos and upload files. Everything from your projects is available, so you can refer to a document or make a decision no matter where you are. The app is quick and responsive, its interface is clean and well organized.

2014. 37Signals renames to Basecamp, discontinues development of other products

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.

2013. Basecamp launches mobile app for iOS

Mobile applications have won over HTML5. At least at the current stage. Jason Fried, the head of the super popular project management service Basecamp, never intended to follow fashion trends or making something just for PR. He always did what he considered necessary for the effectiveness of his product. For a long time his position on mobile access to Basecamp was following: "We won't chase the variety of mobile platforms, but will do what we can do best - create and develop the Web-interface." Therefore, so far Basecamp for mobile devices was available only as a web app. But at last Jason has come to the conclusion that the native client would be more convenient, and from now Basecamp is available as a native app for iPhone / iPad. The app is free and features the new beautiful style of the web version.

2013. Basecamp Personal - SaaS with no monthly charges

37Signals, the maker of the popular SaaS project management app Basecamp, always invent something interesting and innovative. This time they coming up with the new service Basecamp Personal, intended for small teams (projects), for which the regular Basecamp is too expensive. Earlier Basecamp used to provide a free version for one project and it was very popular. But as you know, 37Signals want to have fewer clients and more money. Therefore, they decided to create a paid version for 1 project and 5 users. But how beautiful they did it... Basecamp Personal - is the world's first SaaS-service with no monthly fee. It's sold as a regular software. You pay once and it's yours forever. And it costs just $25. You get Basecamp (without some non-critical features) and 1 GB of disk space to manage your project. Forever. And if you start another project - you can buy one more for $25. As you know, 37Signals uses Amazon's cloud storage and Amazon's head Jeff Bezos is an investor of 37Signals. Perhaps, 37Signals knows some secret. For example, that the cost of cloud storage will be soon considerably reduced again.

2012. New Basecamp: All ingenious is simple

As one of the Enterprise 2.0 classics said: "If I had more time, I would have created a simpler application". That's how 37Signals (the company behind the project management app Basecamp) is spending its time. Basecamp was launched about eight years ago and since then it remained almost unchanged. Every new feature was added only if it was really necessary. Due to this, Basecamp has retained its simplicity and effectiveness. But it turned out that the Basecamp developers during all these years not only defended the app from the complications, but also have been inventing more perfect and simple structure. And this year they decided to roll it out. It's hard to believe, but the new version of Basecamp is even easier and more effective. Nested pages interface, cool new calendar, project history in Facebook Timeline style, clean and informative profiles - will surely please the users. But creators say that the main feature of the new version is its higher speed. And it's achieved not only thanks to the platform optimization, but also due to real-time updates: new messages, comments, tasks appear instantly and automatically without page reloading. In the same way wiki pages are updated. And they support collaborative editing in real time. Autosave feature works everywhere. You can continue using the old version for as long as you want - it's not going anywhere and nothing changes - or you can check out the all new Basecamp. Or you can use both. By the way, the cost of the lower Basecamp plan was again dropped to $20/month (for 10 active projects). Remember it was (kind of) raised to reduce the number of clients. And still Basecamp provides 1-project free plan.

2010. 37signals Suite - the new rival for Google Apps

37Signals decided to market a combined package of its key SaaS services for business - 37signals Suite, similar to how Google sells its services as Google Apps. 37signals Suite includes Basecamp (project management system), Highrise (CRM system), Campfire (group chat, which can be used as communication tool in this bundle) and Backpack (group organizer+wiki, which can be considered as an intranet portal in this bundle). The integration between applications in the package doesn't rock for now, but at least the user base will be unified. 37signals Suite is prices so that in most cases it's cheaper to buy the whole suite than two separate services. Price starts at $99 per month - for 35Gb of memory, 35 projects in Basecamp, 20000 contacts in Highrise, 5000 pages in Backpack, 50 simultaneous chats in Campfire. Though it seems much more expensive than the cost of Google Apps (50$/year), but you shouldn't forget that Google charges this fee for each user, and in 37Signals Suite the number of users is unlimited.

2010. Jason Fried: We want fewer customers. Basecamp increased prices (sort of)

Let's start from what happened last week. Without any announcements 37Signals dropped a low end plan from the Basecamp sign-up page ($24/month for 15 projects and 5GB of disk space). Now, the cheapest option on this page is $49 for 35 projects and 15 GB. Of course, this caused a loud reaction of bloggers and competitors. Bloggers started speculating that Basecamp feels so confident that has lost interest in small business. Competitors started pitching alternative project management tools and Zoho even pushed the promotion for customers switching from Basecamp to Zoho Projects. 37Signals co-founder Jason Fried has clarified the situation. "In fact, Basecamp hasn't raised prices. Existing users continue to pay the same price for the same subscription plans. The company is just experimenting with the sign-up page design. The $24 plan is still available (inside) for those who sign-up for free account and then wants to upgrade". Nevertheless, the idea of the experiment is clear: Basecamp focuses on the more "expensive" clients. Here's why: Now we'll be telling not about Basecamp, but about the other new 37Signals product - Draft. It's a simple whiteboard for iPad, which allows your to draw sketches with your finger and send them to colleagues via email or Campfire group chat. Jason says that the company has developed Draft for itself. Before, to share ideas developer had to draw something on a paper, scan it and upload to Campfire. Draft - greatly improves this process. Though there were already some similar drawing tools in the App Store, all they weren't suitable enough for 37Signals. Some of them were too complicated, others can't send sketches by email and upload them to Campfire. Being happy with the new tool 37Signals team thought, why not sell it to others? The competing tools, like the majority of applications in the App Store, cost 1 to 3 dollars. So it's logical to set a price within that range. Or may be offer the product for free? "We think free or one-dollar-price is a business cancer" - says Jason. "With a price tag of a buck or two, I think we could have easily sold 10,000 copies of the software (from June). On the surface, that sounds great. But not when you think about all the resources required to serve 10,000 customers. That's the software business, an a good number of those 10,000 people are going to need help. Some are going to complain. Some will request a lot of features. Some will ask a lot of questions. Could we provide excellent service for many thousands of additional customers paying a one-time price of $1.99? Would that reduce our ability to service our Basecamp and Highrise customers? We believed it would. So we decided not to participate in a race to the bottom and not to pay attention to what the other drawing apps sell for. We focused only on the real value which Draft brings to us. If we need Draft but not the other existing tools, then there are other companies with the same needs. And we priced Draft at $9.99. When we presented the new product in the blog - users shouted: Are you guys nuts? Is there a gas leak in the 37s offices? At the moment we have sold 2,000 copies and earned $20000. And we prefer to have 2000 customers than 20,000. We want to have fewer customers. But we want only happy customers. "

2010. Jason Fried: Why modern workplaces don’t work

Jason Fried, 37Signals co-founder, exactly knows how to create beautiful systems. Basecamp users and Ruby on Rails developers know this. Recently he published the video with his vision of how to create a beautiful workspace (on the example of 37Signals) and how online tools can help. Jason started with the fact that in most companies collaboration is organized absolutely wrong. It's based on the constant interruptions. Employee just turns on the computer, and the interruptions begin: instant messages, email notifications, phone calls and of course, co-workers that come and ask something. No one can work productively in such environment. And, often collaboration software (especially messengers and microblogs) doesn't help to mute this noise, but increase it. Of course, we can't say that messengers and microblogs - are evil. All depends on how to use them. For example, in the 37Signals office all communications and collaboration take place in Campfire online chat. Even if employees are sitting close to each other at the same table. And it's normal if the chat window is closed, or the chat notifier is turned off. So, if you sent a message to your colleague and he doesn't respond, it meens that he is busy and will answer later, so if your question is not very urgent - wait. Jason believes that in 90% cases it can wait for several hours. Despite this delay, the overall team productivity increases. Even executives at 37Signals prefers not to call employees without the urgent need. Manager does not go to the office and does not ask "so how it's going?". If they want to meet and talk, the meeting is planned beforehand and employees are invited via the chat. This is not Campfire advertising, and Jason does not say that Campfire and Basecamp - is a medicine for all. The idea is that the collaboration tools should filter out the interruptions, put them in a separate place where the worker can see them later, but not to load employee with "real-time" signals. In addition, the tools themselves will not work if the manager does not create a proper collaborative culture in the team.

2009. 37Signals becomes the richest SaaS company

37Signals, the developer of online project management service Basecamp, according to the recent investment round, has become the most expensive company in the Internet services market. The group of investors, led by Yardstick Capital and Institutionalized Venture Partners purchased 0.000000001% of the company for $1. So, the potential 37Signals' market price has increased to about $100 billions. This was officially  announced in the company blog. During the company-wide meeting, dedicated to this event, Jason Fried (37Signals founder), announced, that all SaaS applications, developed by 37Signals, including Basecamp, will become free in order to attract more users and to reach the estimated userbase already in 2013. We would remind that according to the company's business plan they plan to have 12 billions of users. Aanandamayee Bhatnagar, the professor at Grenada State’s Schnook School of Business, says that this number is not so outlandish. How will the company overcome the fact that there are only 6.8 billion people alive today? “Why limit users to people?” he said. Regarding the announced 37Signals market price, the professor also considers that it's close to truth: "I always evaluate company price using the following formula: [(Twitter followers x Facebook fans) + (# of employees x 1000)] x (RSS subscribers + daily page views) + (monthly burn rate x Google’s stock price)2 and then double it if they use Ruby on Rails. Of course, it's an empiric formula, but mostly gives realistic results." Of course, we don't know if the professor has a personal interest in providing such information, but the guys in 37Signals are definitely having fun.

2006. Campfire Goes Live

Campfire is the new web-based chat service from 37Signals, the makers of Basecamp. As you’d expect, it’s simple, intuitive and good looking. It’s really a service for small businesses who want to keep all their chats in one place (all chats are permalinked) - you can also insert images in the chat window itself, which is a nice touch. For one-to-one chat, it’s only marginally more useful than your IM client - where it really shines is for multi-person chats. And yes, it does take a lot of the pain out of organizing group chats and having no centralized place to store them.  Every chat in Campfire has a permanent URL. Chats don’t require special chat software or networks. You can instantly share and discuss files with your colleagues/clients, search or browse through transcripts of past chats, chat securely over SSL (Plus and Premium plans).