Basecamp 3

Basecamp 3

Product Name
Basecamp 3 – Project management and collaboration software

Company Website:  
Year Founded: 1999
LinkedIn: 37signals
Twitter: @37signals
Facebook: 37signals

Creator(s) / Founder(s) :
Jason Fried
Ernest Kim

What it does:  

Basecamp 3 is the latest version of Basecamp. Just like its predecessors, it is a project management platform that’s focused solely on creating colaboartive projects and creating to-do/task lists for your team to accomplish. It has some new cool features and additions like pings, unlimited projects (before it has a limit on the number of projects that you can create), offwork notifications, campfire, and so much more.

Why you need this:

It allows you to jump right in and list out all of your To Do’s, break down all your projects into actionable, measurable pieces, and makes you happier with the results. In a nutshell, it’s a tool that will help you get your projects out of email and keep everything in one place.

The idea behind it.

It’s developed to make project management simple. With all of its features and functionalities, it allows all users to get an overview of all projects, and the granular control over to-do tasks. It is also comes in handy when it comes to scheduling and managing complex projects and processes.

What Bob likes

Bob thinks that Basecamp 3 does a better job of assigning and tracking tasks in a given project along with providing task management compared to the earlier versions. It also provides flexible response: website, mobile app, or via email replies. Basecamp 3 has a simple website interface and they make it easy to interact with.

What it doesn’t have or doesn’t do

Bob doesn’t know that he has too much to complain about. For my purposes, Basecamp 3 does what he needs it to do. He has tried other project management tools and never felt as at home with them, so Basecamp 3 has remained his go-to.

Bob Mini Review

Basecamp was launched way back in 2004, when “reply all” email chains were still “cool.” But a couple of years later, enterprise software has undergone a renaissance. And I can say that we collectively agreed that email sucks. Heavily influenced by the emergence of social media sites, and empowered by the rise of cloud computing, appreneurs launched apps like Yammer and Asana, not to mention Dropbox, Trello, and, of course, Slack. These apps raised venture capital, promising growth on a grand scale. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Google doubled down on apps to allow us collaborate more efficiently.

The new Basecamp, currently at version 3, incorporates several elements that were missing in the previous versions; but more importantly, it has new features.  

I’ve been playing with Basecamp 3 for a couple of days, and I am digging the new layout. It also incorporates several elements that were missing—an improved mobile app. There’s also newsfeed that aggregates all your notifications, the Campfire feature, and a snooze option, which allows you to defer notifications for three hours. Cool eh? It also allows you to define your work hours. Simply click on the “Work Can Wait” feature, to set the days and times you want to receive notifications.

There’s much more to this new Basecamp 3, but those are the most influential ideas. I like it because it’s intuitive, easy on the eyes, and inexpensive. It will help you manage team projects across several unrelated industries – whether managing a team of technicians in the field deploying network infrastructure, or a group of subcontractors building condominiums, it can keep tabs on everyone and communicate with your people effortlessly. Training or learning to use the app is nearly nonexistent, you just need tell people to download the app and they’ll get the hang of it.

I think the developers did a great job to propel the software into a full-blown competition with Slack.

Should  you try it?

Go ahead! Believe me, once everyone dove in, you’ll never look back. Even those people who were rolling their eyes at the thought of trying a new tool will have a hard time telling you why your team shouldn’t continue to use it.

Includes FREE Trial?  Available


$29/month: Everything except clients

$79/month: Includes clients

$3,000/year: Premium support


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