If an employee has an idea for a new, reasonable benefit, Fried said, he puts it to vote to the staff, considers whether or not it's doable, and, if it is, makes it happen. If that sounds too good to be true in the Abaddon of corporate wretchedness that the 2017 tech industry is known to be, consider two things: (1) the company's got just 50 employees; and (2) Basecamp, a self-funded entity, has no board of directors to appease.
This sets it apart dramatically from larger tech companies. Nick Bilton of Vanity Fair has written quite a bit about how a board of directors can command a vice grip on a tech company looking to go public. Basecamp, a company that reportedly hasn't seen much turnover in recent years, presumably because of benefits like this, doesn't have those concerns, and its employees don't either. We should note that it's not the only tech company that offers sweet benefits, either. Large companies like Facebook, Netflix, and Microsoft have stepped up their perks game considerably in recent years too, probably because most employees should understand that your job isn't what matters the most in life.