Work life balance (US vs Denmark) with David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH)


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David Heinemeier Hansson is a tech entrepreneur and internationally successful racing driver. Anyone who has worked in computer programming will likely have come across Ruby on Rails. Well, David invented it.

David is the author of several business books with his American Basecamp business partner, Jason Fried including Rework, Remote and It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy at Work. He writes frequently about the importance of simplicity and work life balance in the working (and especially tech) world.

In this conversation, Josefine and Sam speak with David about his experiences working/ living in the US and now back in Denmark (where he grew up).

We cover:

  • How Denmark is a country made for kids compared the US
  • The American "enthusiasm for newness"
  • The Danish conservatism (both positives and negatives)
  • The effects of the lack of societal hierarchy in Denmark
  • How Basecamp's company philosophy is inherently shaped by David's Danish upbringing
  • What Denmark can learn from the world
  • What the world can learn from Denmark

Thank you to the wonderful Hotel d'Angleterre for hosting us for the recording. If you ever visit Copenhagen, try to go there.

Learn more about What The Denmark via: and @whatthedenmark on Instagram

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