Our product team uses Basecamp and JIRA to plan out sprints and scrums. Our design, merchandising and marketing teams use either Trello or Asana. We allow teams to use the tool they want rather than standardizing it across the business. We think that each team is unique in their own way so whatever tools is most effective to help them achieve their goals is fine. We’re pretty tool agnostic and it has happened organically because people latch on to certain tools. I personally like Trello because it’s simple and easy to use with its kanban style.
Co-founder & CEO - Brosa
We’re Basecamp people. It’s more about the simplicity of things. I don’t want to do boxes Trello-style. I see the value, but I’ve always found the way that Basecamp is organized or the way it encourages you to organize your workflow to be the best. I’m sure there’s better out there, I know it, but for me and the team it works really nicely.
Founder - Better Proposals
I am pretty happy with Basecamp. We just brought on a product manager who will help us get better at utilizing all the tools. Often with project management software, half the battle is becoming well versed with the full range of tools it offers.
Founder & CEO - Unbound
Our team loves Basecamp and we use it to streamline projects and organize conversations and tasks. We’d certainly enjoy some additional functionality with the levels of organization but the redesign of Basecamp 3 is solid!
Co-founder & CEO - Olika
We use Basecamp for everything - it’s so simple. There’s no big tracking needs or granular needs in Basecamp. It’s easy just to upload a document or post something on Basecamp and have a conversation.
Founder & CEO - Agorapulse
When we have to interact with people external to our organization we use Basecamp. On Basecamp you can organize discussion boards and all the emails relative to that discussion get automatically stored in that board. It also keeps a timeline, and if I write something down in Basecamp, the other people that are assigned to that board receive an email notification.
Co-founder & CEO - Yalty
We use Basecamp a lot for managing our classroom. We have all the students join a basecamp project. It is great for classroom management.
CEO - HackerYou
Basecamp is great for small teams. It gets tricky when you try to assign priorities, track bugs vs. features vs. other tasks. Basecamp works more as a to-do list.
Co-founder & CEO - Moesif
We found for our workflow that Trello is best. We started with Trello and tried every tool you could find, and came back to Trello. The flexibility of it works quite well. Trello is where we put our engineering cards. Basecamp is where we do full fledged discussions on our sales and marketing projects. Before we build a feature we do it in Basecamp, just because we need to make a bunch of screenshots. Trello isn’t great for long discussion threads--it doesn’t make attachments and comments obvious.
Co-founder - Betterteam
From my experience, I think a lot of project management systems don’t get wide company adoption. But Basecamp is super simple and super easy to start using. The learning curve and onboarding curve is really quick. We don’t want to spend a lot of time training employees and Basecamp is the best way to onboard. I’ve used 10 different project management tools over the past 5 years and Basecamp is the most simple tool for project management. It gets the job done without any extra frills.
Co-founder & CEO - Student Loan Hero
Each of our teams uses different tools for project management, but cross company we use Basecamp for different products and initiatives. At the end of the day, it’s about whatever is easiest for you. They are all probably very similar to most people. Each has its own bells and whistles that make them the right fit for your company.
CEO - ReviewTrackers
We use Basecamp for the marketing and creative side. Everything that has to do with creative work, website development, advertisement development, everything to do with brand management is managed in Basecamp.
Co-founder & CEO - Strainz
Basecamp is great! It helps keep everyone on the same track, even when they’re spread out around the world.
Founder - Magical Butter
Basecamp is easy. It is not feature rich, but that is actually the selling point. They didn’t want to make things too complicated. Other tools, like Asana, can get very bloated because they try to do too many things.
Co-founder - Trove
We went through everything - tried everything - and, for us, project management is Basecamp, with a healthy dose of custom tools and Slack. We tried Asana, but its complexity versus the simplicity of Basecamp was more of a barrier than an invitation. Teaching our team to understand how Asana is most exploitable was less valuable than just using Basecamp and filling in the blanks with Slack. This was the path of least resistance, since we figured out Basecamp + Slack = Happy Productive People.
President - MU/DAI
We use Basecamp calendar to mark all of our feature releases, so everyone in the company knows what is going on.
Content Strategist - Kin HR
Basecamp makes it easy for employees in different roles with different responsibilities to communicate and work together. Basecamp’s interface is very intuitive and makes it easy to reach out to anyone. It encourages all the users to use it regularly because it notifies you every time there is any engagement in a given project.
Content Strategist - Kin HR
We’ve tried Github, Trello, and JIRA, but none of them have been a great fit. They're too technically focused, and forcing business people to use a tool built for developers makes them use the tool less, and less effectively. As a result, we don’t get as good intelligence on the status and needs of our projects. We like Basecamp and will probably end up using it soon, especially as our team grows.
Co-founder & CEO - Stylisted
All design projects go through Basecamp. It is extremely easy for the team to comment and discuss changes on each mock-up/asset.
Co-founder & CEO - Opternative
We use Basecamp when assisting our business clients to secure government funding or private investments. Basecamp keeps their sensitive documents safe and it is very user-friendly.
Founder & CEO - Funding Portal
All our developers use Basecamp, but I’m not its biggest fan. I don’t like how Basecamp navigates. There’s too much stuff to scroll through and feels cumbersome.
Founder & CEO - PaletteApp
We use Basecamp for collaboration with customers as opposed to internal collaboration. We started using it to collaborate with some of our remote team, because it kept everyone together on a single project. We found that It's useful for when we are helping a customer with their job board or recruiting website. We give them a set of to-dos to complete so we can help deliver the product. We have our own internal checklists for our staff to know what to do for each customer website. It's useful for keeping track of our project to-dos. Everyone who is involved in a project gets a daily summary of it so things are less likely to fall through the cracks this way.
Co-founder & CEO - Careerleaf
We use Basecamp for our project management, and rely on project templates that we have created and refined over time. We run a lot of AdWords campaigns, and we use Basecamp to set up and monitor the steps required to get them onboarded successfully and also include clients in on the process through Basecamp when appropriate. Similarly all web development and design projects follow a similar pattern. We’ve looked at Asana and Trello and found they weren’t as clean as Basecamp; mind you, it might have been a UX change that our team couldn’t adapt to. Asana was annoying because when you open a task there is no default owner creating the possibility for a project manager to lose sight of a task if his or her direct report added it incorrectly. Overall, Asana wasn’t as clean as Basecamp where everyone can see who’s working on what.
Founder - Neumarkets
Basecamp is used by our operations team to manage projects with 3rd parties.
Co-founder & CEO - Inkshares
Basecamp is used for our smaller, more specific launches that launch on a rolling basis. Both Smartsheet and Basecamp are extremely helpful, and easy to use.
Director of Service & Operations - Smart Lunches
The cool thing about Basecamp is that they’re our customer! But we would use them regardless – it’s really been a tried and true tool for us over the years. We’ve used them since their inception, mostly on the marketing side of the house.
CEO - OnSIP
We were using Google Docs, then moved to Basecamp, and now we’re on Asana. What’s nice about Asana is that I can go in, click on a name, and see how anything is prioritized, and managed. But one thing Asana hasn’t allowed me to do is have workspaces. I’ve been invited to others’ Asana channels, and it’s a crack that everything will fall through. I now refuse to join others’ Asana channels, and make them join mine. Brett, our Director of Business Development, is more of a visual, Trello type of guy, and is not a huge fan of Asana. His big complaint is that Asana’s search feature searches every task ever completed. But in my mind, that’s the purpose of it, and a huge advantage of using it! We used Basecamp in the past, and we loved it. But the big limiting factor with Basecamp was not having a universal view. We’d have a sales project, a marketing project, a current clients/sponsors project, etc., and I could prioritize to my heart’s content and delight. But I couldn’t see a view of what I had to do on any given day. And there was no way to prioritize projects well. Asana allows me to have a “Brian’s View”, where I can re-orient everything. From a personal productivity perspective, Asana is much better because I can see what I need to do at any given time, and I can review time and projects easily. In Basecamp, managing employees was hard, and it was difficult to see priorities and what you’ve done this week.
Founder - VentureOut
We use Basecamp for certain projects, and everyone is pretty happy with it. We use it for project management on a campaign basis.
Co-founder & CEO - Blue Bite
We’ve used both Basecamp and Asana. We’ve drifted more toward Basecamp because the user experience is better, most clients understand it, and because you can check things off your list!
Founder & CEO - Arment Dietrich
We found that Basecamp is not good for regular project management.
Co-founder - Monarq
I use Basecamp and like it a lot.
President - Martin Waxman Communications
Basecamp is still free for us, which is a huge positive for using it. One of my data scientists insisted on using it, and it’s been fine. But I don’t think it’s that great, and I don’t see why it’s better than any other project management tool. It also seems redundant to use Basecamp at times, because we’re often having the same conversations on Slack and email that we have in Basecamp.
Founder & CEO - Social Data Collective
We use Basecamp for our SEO team, and it works really well for that, but it’s not good for development.
Co-founder - Simple Texting
Basecamp is great, and it’s done what we need. But there is one downside: We’re using an outsourced testing company called Applause (formerly uTest), and Basecamp is not one of the platforms Applause supports. So we have to manually transfer the bugs across the two systems, which is a pain.
Founder & CEO - messageLOUD
Basecamp is sometimes used with external folks because they request it and we’re happy to plug in.
CEO - DoSomething
Basecamp was overly complicated. I like something that’s basic and “1-2-3 and done.” Basecamp was not like that. Now we just use whiteboards, books and logs to track everything.
Chief Operations Officer - CTRL Collective
We used Basecamp for about eight years, and while it always a decent tool, we always felt like it wasn’t sophisticated enough. While Basecamp may be great for small, simple projects, Teamwork feels like it’s the project management tool designed for professionals.
Founder - Built for Teams
We use Basecamp for client projects. With our company, client projects can be anything! Some have no marketing whatsoever, some have extensive marketing and some require just editing. We can go back and forth between Brightpod and Basecamp for the projects that have marketing. It’s extremely easy to share content with clients in Basecamp, and all of our clients really like that. It allows me to keep all documents, pictures and everything else all in one place. I also really like Basecamp because I like the pretty colors! Basecamp changed for the better a few years ago. When I first started using it, it was very expensive, and on top of that, when you called support, they seemed like they were mad at you. It was not a good user experience. But they have completely changed all of that around. I almost stopped using the tool a few years back, but now the team is responsive, and the platform is friendly and easy-to-use. And most importantly, it’s easy for our clients to use. Basecamp has pricing tiers for 10 projects, and then the next tier was something like 50 projects, which is a huge leap. They gave me a special price for in between the two tiers, since 10 was too few and 50 was too many. I really appreciated that they worked with me. They definitely work with the little guys, which you can’t say for a lot of companies.
Founder & CEO - Writing It Right For You
Our marketing and customer success teams love Basecamp.
VP of Marketing - Unbounce
Early on, we used Basecamp. The decision to start using it was driven by external designers, and then we adopted it. But we needed something much more robust in the long term. Basecamp was like a combination of Slack and Pivotal Tracker, and became an extra tool that was unneeded. We just used Slack for Slack purposes, and Pivotal Tracker for Pivotal Tracker purposes.
Co-founder - Aviary
At this point, we use Basecamp and an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is really just an overall visual representation of what’s in Basecamp. We can use both to track the speed with which people are flowing through our process. Basecamp works well with other systems, and we have a number of integrations built in with Basecamp. For example, a salesperson will get a signed contract, and there will be a Dropbox folder and Basecamp project automatically generated.
Founder & COO - Book In A Box
It has a great reputation, and it’s very easy to use.
Founder & CEO - Publicize
Our engineers use Basecamp and they love it.
CEO & Co-founder - Derby Games
We use Basecamp for internal company project management (promotions, product launches). We use it pretty diligently--at least three times a day. However, Basecamp doesn’t have the settings/agility that allow you to track progress in your tech pipeline (QA, results, discovery research, etc). And it doesn’t have a great way of tracking highest-, medium- and low-priority lists, nor can you view all of your lists at once.
Founder & CEO - Nine Naturals
Basecamp is really good on a project-by-project basis.
Co-founder & President - ALICE
We’re happy with Basecamp although we’ve had slightly annoying ID and password issues with it.
Co-founder & CEO - SponsorHub
I'm relatively new to consulting, so I wanted my project management tool to be good for my clients. Basecamp has great client access management, which is why I picked it. Its actual PM tools work just fine, but the client access is what matters to me.
Ron J. Williams
Managing Partner - proofLabs Group
Basecamp is OK. We only used it for a short time while we were planning app development. It’s easy to use and track progress.
Co-founder - NeuroDining
Basecamp is used by our services team to manage client projects.
CEO & Co-founder - Movable Ink
Basecamp is a good, easy-to-use, low-cost option.
CEO - PureWow
We use Basecamp for advertising or creative collaboration between account management, sales and design teams. Basecamp is hard to use if collaboration with external parties is required. We are evaluating and planning for an internal replacement to manage the creative approval process outside of Basecamp.
Founder & CEO - Kargo
Our studio team originally used Basecamp, then we switched to Trello to manage elements of our operation. We dropped both of them in favor of using a single system to manage projects. Trello was used for task management--it's very easy to use; you just create a vertical task list and check them off one by one. The downside is that it isn’t easy to move things around, and it wasn't as versatile as we wanted it to be. Teamwork is a lot more versatile--you have many more tabs and bells and whistles than Trello. It has a nice UI, clean and simple. One con of Teamwork is that it visualizes a waterfall project management style, so just looking at it you might think there's a contingency on one task being completed before you can move on to the next, but that's not actually the case. The visualization doesn’t necessarily convey the complexity or concurrent tasks being completed at one time.
CEO - TreSensa
10%Stacklist Startups Are Using Basecamp
Though Basecamp has customers of all sizes and industries, among the Stacklist community it’s favored by Series A startups looking for a lightweight project management tool with additional functionality to help their team stay on the same page.
Basecamp has five pricing packages, defined by the number of active projects your company is involved in, as well how much storage space you need. It starts at $20 a month for 10 active projects and 3 GB of space. It then scales to $50 a month for 40 active projects and 15GB of space; $100 a month for 100 projects and 40GB; and $150 a month for unlimited projects and 100GB. Basecamp also has an annual package that goes for $3,000 a year, and includes unlimited projects, 500GB and priority support.
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