37 Signals name

26 Aug 2008 - 3:22pm
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ian swinson
2005

Actually, it has nothing to do with the original team. It's from the SETI project.

>From 37Signals' company manifesto

"Mankind constantly analyzes radio waves from outer
space in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Since this
analysis started, almost all of the signal sources have been
identified. 37 signals, however, remain unexplained."

Ian
------

They named their company 37Signals because "37" was their original team
size. I guess, I remember reading it on their blog or elsewhere.

- Bharath

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Just wondering if anybody happens to know the basis to the naming of
37signals.
I'm reading "The Tipping Point" at the moment, and came across a description
of an experiement that happened during the 1984 presidential election.
http://tinyurl.com/5cluwz

Shaun

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26 Aug 2008 - 3:46pm
SemanticWill
2007

That explains 37Signals' user interfaces! It may make no sense to us, but if
we were 'aliens' - it would be completely usable :-)

Alien-Centric Design, of course, is nothing new. A classic example is the
unclosed circle with the line through the top, which to us human's makes no
sense - but to aliens, it is the symbol for god, and so clearly indicates
that you are instantiating an object or device with divine power.

On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 4:22 PM, ian swinson <iswinson at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Actually, it has nothing to do with the original team. It's from the SETI
> project.
>
> >From 37Signals' company manifesto
>
> "Mankind constantly analyzes radio waves from outer
> space in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Since this
> analysis started, almost all of the signal sources have been
> identified. 37 signals, however, remain unexplained."
>
>
> Ian
> ------
>
> They named their company 37Signals because "37" was their original team
> size. I guess, I remember reading it on their blog or elsewhere.
>
> - Bharath
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Shaun
> Bergmann
> Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 8:03 PM
> To: IxDA List
> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Off Topic: 37signals
>
> Just wondering if anybody happens to know the basis to the naming of
> 37signals.
> I'm reading "The Tipping Point" at the moment, and came across a
> description
> of an experiement that happened during the 1984 presidential election.
> http://tinyurl.com/5cluwz
>
> Shaun
>
>
>
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29 Aug 2008 - 9:32pm
Angel Marquez
2008

Rails is the famous framework that works off of ruby. It's user base is
constantly growing. Developed by David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals for
basecamp, it was released as open source in July 2004.

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