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Jason Fried, 32

Keeping online collaboration simple


37signals builds aggressively simple Web-based collaboration tools that help people manage everything from family to-do lists to big corporate projects. Hundreds of companies are using Ruby on Rails, the open-source software toolkit that the firm created, to quickly

develop their own online applications. Jason Fried, the founder and president of the seven-person firm, is fond of saying, "It's better to tell a short story well than a long one poorly." In that spirit:

“Jason is immune to dogma and has much to teach. In 37signals, he has built an elegant company with elegant products based on the idea that less is more.” --Jeff Bezos, CEO,, and the first outside investor in 37signals

2006 TR35 Winners

Roger Dingledine

When your Internet communications absolutely, positively need to be anonymous

Jason Fried

Keeping online collaboration simple

Matthew Herren

Beaming textbooks across Africa

Eddie Kohler

A better operating system

Joshua Napoli

Super-high-resolution 3-D displays could change the way people look at everything from tumors to drug targets and natural gas deposits.

Nikos Paragios

Clearer computer vision

Paul Rademacher

The man who opened up the map

Joshua Schachter

How tags exploit the self-interest of individuals to organize the Web for everyone.

Ben Zhao

Perfecting peer-to-peer networks


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