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Options June 15, 2020: Jason Fried, cofounder of Basecamp, on launching Hey.com, a new email service

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Tonight: Jason Fried, cofounder of Basecamp, on launching Hey.com, a new email service

Pointers to Jason Fried:

Hey.com

• @jasonfried (Twitter)

Books by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

• Past Techtonic episodes with Bron Gondwana (CEO, FastMail) and Gabriel Weinberg (CEO, DuckDuckGo - also this show)

Big Tech, Eager To Get Bigger, Seizes Moment (by Mike Isaac in the NYT, June 14)

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  Proof that tech can be good: Jason Fried talks about launching Hey.com, a new email service that respects user privacy.
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm ultradamno:

Hey Mark! Techscampers!
  6:02pm David in London:

Hello Technoids. Evening Mark.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm chris:

hey, Mark and techwarys. does this show come with an invite code to hey.com? :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Mark and Chatterers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Baja Joe:

Hidey Ho!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Bas NL:

Mark! ultradamno! Other Techtonicheys!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm ultradamno:

Hiya Bas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Corona virus! Murder hornets! Surveille ants!
  6:05pm David in London:

Hey ultradamno.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Mark Hurst:

Hi ultra, chris, Webham, Baja Joe, Bas, and KfHP! Thanks for joining in. Sorry, no invite codes, Chris!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Mark Hurst:

Hi David!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm ultradamno:

DiL!
  6:05pm P-90:

Hello Mark and Hurstopians
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm Webhamster Henry:

I'm on panix, and you can use Squirrelmail as the web client and pine as the shell client. #oldschool
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm Megaroni:

Wow, good news! Thanks Techtonic for keeping us on the pulse of positive tech news
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Mark Hurst:

Hi P-90, hi & thanks, Megaroni!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Bas NL:

Swagmail is (in) the future! I love the anticipation..
  6:07pm David in London:

Mark, I always get a slight shudder of technofear whenever you do your signature half chuckle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Mark Hurst:

The phrase "half chuckle" does sound kind of scary
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm ultradamno:

Bisected giggle is more sinister.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Webhamster Henry:

We'll be back to the 100% surveillance , AI Singularity, and tech evil NEXT week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:10pm Webhamster Henry:

3 letter TLD: must cost a lot!
  6:11pm Dave Miss:

Howdy all. Or should I say HEY!
  6:12pm ?:

Hay.com sells furniture? See that should have been a rule at the beginning of the internet. Your name should have to be what you actually do. So Amazon, which does nothing to help the rainforest, would be forced to be called books.com or lotsofcrap.com or something.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm Mark Hurst:

Hi Dave, hi ?
Avatar 6:15pm Fredericks:

What is CRM?
  6:15pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Hi gang!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm Fuzzy:

Nice old disk drives -- brings back memories!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm Mark Hurst:

Hi Fredericks, Buddha, Fuzzy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm Mark Hurst:

@Fredericks "customer relationship management" - basically a database of customers allowing companies/organizations to keep track of who bought (or donated) what
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm Webhamster Henry:

@Mark: gotta link to that email manifesto, or is if buried on Basecamp.com somewhere?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm Mark Hurst:

Manifesto is on the homepage of hey.com
Avatar 6:17pm Fredericks:

Hello, Mark and Techers.
Avatar 6:18pm Fredericks:

Thanks for the answer, Mark.
  6:19pm Sam:

You can already block people or label them spam. I’d be more worried that I’d say no to someone by mistake and then they’d be trying to reach me about something important and not know I wasn’t getting the messages.
  6:19pm David in London:

“Hi, I’m just reaching out to you to....hey...what....hello...hello...?”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm coelacanth∅:

no you will hear from them forever because they email you from a different source every time.
(ie solicitations for money for organisations or solicitations for life insurance...)
  6:20pm ilTofa:

Just a test for posting comments (sorry all)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:20pm Bas NL:

I remember the days when people exchanged emails when they had something to say... sigh...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm Webhamster Henry:

I can yap about email for an hour some time if you need it. I wrote this product in the late 90s - early 2000s:
www.cisco.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm ultradamno:

Making Your Bad Habits Work For Me would be a great Country song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm chris:

i've been in the communication and collaboration software game for several decades, and some of these features are true game changers for email. kudos.
  6:23pm David in London:

Ultradamno. Get on the banjo and I’ll join in on the jug.
  6:25pm ignatatus666:

Imagine if corporate sponsors approach the consumer and offer the consumer money to send them spam?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Bas NL:

Good initiative.. but when will Google take over Hey.com?
  6:28pm ignatatus666:

@Sam
It’s not that easy
Companies have multiple IP addresses and will send you spam via several addresses. Many of them get through the spam filter and then you have to click a link to their website for you to unsubscribe from something you never subscribed to,
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm Webhamster Henry:

If you don't load images, you don't get the call back through that tracking pixel. Most of the time, you don't need the images anyway.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm Mark Hurst:

@Bas I'm pretty sure that Jason and his cofounder would never sell to Google for any price. Similar to what Gabriel Weinberg told me in his first interview on Techtonic (linked at left)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm Webhamster Henry:

Proxying the web calls from email is a good idea!
  6:32pm johnzo:

wasn't paying attention, is Hey.com free? I know proton costs $ right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm Webhamster Henry:

Thumb up on remote work.
  6:35pm johnzo:

& what was the other one? Im down to pay for email, fuck gmail... but Im definitely going for whichever one of these 3 services is cheapest lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@johnzo - Individual accounts are $99 per year. www.hey.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm Fuzzy:

Proton has a free basic service and a multi-level premium pay service with VPN service possibly included.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm ultradamno:

Your Market Value would be a good Gang Of Four song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm Webhamster Henry:

There's also an ever-growing parade of cancelled Google products and ideas, basically because some other internal group made a competeing product, or it just didn't get the traction needed to satisfy the (evil) bosses.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm Webhamster Henry:

Jason should check out the Pivot For Humanity show: www.wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46pm Mark Hurst:

@Webham someone out there maintains the Google Graveyard, something like that - a list of the many, many cancelled products.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm Webhamster Henry:

@Mark yeah I love it, right up there like F**kedcompany used to be, but it's only one company!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:48pm coelacanth∅:

my experience is that duckduckgo results are just as good. slightly different results, but just as good.
and their image search is much better than gobble's now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm Webhamster Henry:

"Nobody knows if you've seen a billboard" --> except they now probably have cameras in them.
  6:49pm P-90:

High Quality interview.
  6:49pm Dave Miss:

Good interview
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm Mark Hurst:

@P-90 @Dave thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm Mark Hurst:

@Webham I had the same thought - thinking about (Google-owned) LinkNYC surveillance kiosks here in NYC, each with 3 hidden cameras.
  6:50pm David in London:

Godspeed to Jason, good interview.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm Webhamster Henry:

Google reads your emails for several reasons, one of which is just to train AIs in your native language.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm lukavino:

great interview, Mark. i’ve used Basecamp in past work lives and loved using it/dig their philosophy. Hey sounds worth a free trial at the very least.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm Webhamster Henry:

It might be time for an another interview-less week to catch up with the tech news.
  6:53pm Peter from Dover NJ:

Good program, Mark. If one switches from Gmail to e.g. hey.com, what happens if you get email from someone with a gmail addr? Sorry if yiu covered that, I had to miss a few minutes of the program.
  6:54pm laluna:

Googles dismissed https://killedbygoogle.com/
  6:57pm David in London:

Thanks Mark.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm Mark Hurst:

@lukavino thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm Ken From Hyde Park:

... and Hop on Hay!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm Mark Hurst:

@Webham you read my mind earlier today - been thinking the same thing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Mark Hurst:

@Peter they cover that, I think, on the FAQ at hey.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm ultradamno:

That pareidolia pic looks smug.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Mark Hurst:

@ultra it's watching you... smugly
  Swag For Life Member 6:58pm teod:

@Peter A normal email sent between any user and a gmail user will be visible by Google. I believe their terms of service grant them the ability to scan the messages. So they shouldn't have your entire collection of email, but may be able to track some information about your email as the sender. Also, Jason Fried mentioned that Hey will block trackers, meaning Google and other companies will gain less or no information when you open emails containing trackers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm chris:

thanks, Mark. great interview. thanks to Jason and the Basecamp crew for another great product.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Ken From Hyde Park:

(Hey) ... stupid autocorrect
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Mark Hurst:

@chris @Bas @David thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Mark Hurst:

@coel thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm ultradamno:

One that isn't twitter.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Mark Hurst:

The kid in the workin' from home gif looks like he's singing along
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm Fuzzy:

Thanks, Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, Fuzzy & everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm ultradamno:

The top pic woman need a full desktop for a cold, medium, hot internet experience
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm Petricole:

Just got home from work - ready to sink into some Tibetan momos for the first time in months (!) which I expect will pair immaculately with today's show. Thanks Mark and crew. Hope everyone is doing alright.
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