Win Free Seat to the Sold-Out 37signals Master Class

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Win Free Seat to the Sold-Out 37signals Master Class


After a long hiatus, the brilliant team at 37signals will be running another master class “How We Work”.  Think of it as startup bootcamp — for a day.  You get to interact in a small group including Jason, DHH and Ryan.  It’s a rare opportunity.  You’ll successfully learn more in one day than I fail to learn in a year.37school

There are two problems though: 

1) The ticket is $1,000 (though totally worth it, might be more than you can afford at the monent). 

2) Even if you had the $1,000, the event is sold-out.

To support what they’re doing, and because I think it’s such an awesome opportunity, I bought the last seat for the event (and for the record, yes, I did pay the $1,000).

I’m going to give it away to one very lucky, deserving individual in exchange for just one thing:  After the event, you write a guest post for OnStartups that shares some of what you learned.  [My goal at OnStartups is very simple — help more startups succeed].

Here’s how I’m going to arbitrarily pick the winner: Visit OnStartups on Facebook.  Find this article and leave a comment.  Ideally, you’ll share some insight that you learned (or pretended that you learned) from 37signals.  Maybe from the blog, or from one of their books, like the super-useful (and free) “Getting Real”.  Let me know in the comment that you're in the running.  Just put #ftw in there.  (Note: All costs other than the cost of the ticket are yours — the event is in Chicago).  Limitations apply, void where prohibited and you are at the mercy of my whim.

Summary:  1) Read the details on the class (and make sure you can go).  2) Leave a comment on the OnStartups Facebook Page.  3) (Maybe) WIN!

On a somewhat related note, I’m on the hunt for an exceptional hackepreneur in the Boston area that codes in PHP (and does so unapologetically) to work on projects with me in HubSpot Labs.  Particularly the new Social Inbox project.  If you’re a candidate for this role, and really truly kick-ass, launch products, then drop me an email: dshah {at} hubspot {daht-kahm}. 

Posted by Dharmesh Shah on Mon, Oct 18, 2010


Awesome idea, Dharmesh. I already noticed a comment on FB. I am avid fan of 37 Signals folks for the past few years; read their books and watched a ton of their videos / presentations. jason & co serve as great inspiration for startups.

posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 10:32 AM by Paddu G

That's awesome and really nice! I'd enter, but I can't afford the time or $ to go out to Chicago. Wish I could because 37Signals is awesome. 
Favorite GettingReal mantra: "Half, Not Half-Assed" 
Are you using a specific framework to build SocialInbox?

posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM by Andy Cook

Being new to internet entreprenuership, I need all the help I can get! 
I have always been a big fan of KISS..In fact, what I am trying to get started is something that is so user friendly you can't be led off track when using it. Just following the directions on the OnStartups page got me side tracked (by links to other pages, etc.) for 45 minutes! I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to go to Boot Camp (37 Signals Master Class). As I am from Chicago, I can handle all other arrangements (won't be sleeping in the car, or on the el).

posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM by Lisa Cohn

Awesome idea and would love to win. Quick question. You didn't mention when you were going to choose a winner. Any thoughts on that would be great...

posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 6:10 PM by Jason G.

I actually asked 37s if I could be the official photographer or videographer so that I could Go :) My startup that includes myself and a single partner, just went private beta last week, so I am sure that we could really use the education. I live in chicago, and I mention 37s as one of my "examples to live by". If only . . .

posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 7:22 PM by Brad Wilkening

This is my first visit to; will certainly be back.  
The 37signals mantra that things can always be simpler helps me write webapps that don't get swallowed in feature creep.  

posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 10:28 PM by Eric

Thanks to everyone that has submitted a comment on the Facebook page. 
I'll be picking the winner on Saturday afternoon (Boston time). 
Good luck!

posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 11:28 PM by Dharmesh Shah

Dharmesh, though you are picking the winner on Saturday, will you be closing comments/entries on, say, Friday or somesuch? 
Awesome idea. Very interested to read the article that is developed out of this...but even better for this Chicago boy to write it.

posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 6:48 AM by MIchael Carruth

I co-founded a health and wellness tech company 2 years ago and neither me or my business partner have any programming knowledge. It's been an interesting journey to say the least. I'm always hungry to find out how other people do it. Peace and Joy

posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM by Alessandra Noelting

Hi Dharmesh, 
I left a comment on Facebook and I would like to know if you have announced a winner. I could not find that information anywhere. Thank you.

posted on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 10:30 PM by Gabriel Rotman

Thanks everyone for your participation. 
Noah Kagan is the lucky winner. Congrats Noah!

posted on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 11:59 PM by Dharmesh Shah

Yeah, figures there's no way that Jason would give you a free ticket. ;-)

posted on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 3:01 PM by Andrew Warner

After getting downsized again I decided I had had enough and started my own business. It has been scary but not as scary as waiting for the ax to drop at a job. As a start up business I am using all my funding to pour into my business so I don't have the funds to pay for the event but would love the opportunity #ftw.

posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM by Debby Verbeten

You made some good points jersey I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

posted on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 9:19 PM by gfdhgf

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