Today, 37signals– molds of efficiency and online group software program like Basecamp, Highrise and Campfire revealed that it was coming to be a one-product business. That product is Basecamp, and the firm has actually now relabelled itself “Basecamp” also. The choice to concentrate on Basecamp alone suggests that the business’s various other products will either be sold or assisted internal while at the exact same time being gotten rid of from sale to new customers.
The choice to perhaps sell off added items affects not just 37signals (sorry, Basecamp), but additionally the several 3rd parties that market applications based on the firm’s products. Apps like Propane (OS X) and Satchel (iOS) rely upon the API from Basecamp products such as Campfire and Backpack, however right now the future is a little hazy.
For a company to scoop up an item like Campfire and shutter it does not make a lot of sense, and Basecamp has said it will certainly not sell to a firm that is intending on axing the products outright. So in the meantime, the worst-case circumstance for both the third-party app makers and their users is that a buyer will attempt to lock down the services in order to release a singular authorities application.
“Ultimately we cannot manage what another business would certainly do,” Basecamp CEO Jason Fried informed me. “Yet we can regulate which we sell the item to. So it’s on us to do our finest due diligence regarding a firm’s true motives.”
Fried could not share whether or not any type of interested events have actually come ahead, however he did share that he really hopes that any sort of deals would shakeout within “a few months.”