The Distance is a podcast from Basecamp that spotlights longevity in business. We tell the stories of entrepreneurs who often get overlooked in traditional business journalism. We produce narrative audio stories about businesses that are at least 25 years old. Our stories give insight into those mom-and-pop businesses, neighborhood storefronts and unheralded companies that are typically absent from the news cycle.
The long-timers featured in The Distance have figured out what 90 percent of the entrepreneurial population hasn’t: how not to go out of business. They have a wealth of knowledge that comes only from years of experience making canny decisions and overcoming setbacks, and they’ve pushed ahead through a combination of perseverance, serendipity and sheer force of personality. The stories we present at The Distance represent just a sampling of the incredible diversity and creativity found among this group of business owners. We look for human stories that illuminate the joys and struggles of building something that lasts.
If you’re looking for an alternative to today’s glut of stories about hot startups, tech company valuations and jargon-spouting CEOs, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a lot to admire about young entrepreneurs, but it can be even more worthwhile to examine what has endured. We hope you come away from The Distance with new perspectives on old industries and insights into the business challenges that remain constant from one generation to the next.
Wailin Wong - Reporter, Producer
Wailin is a business journalist with more than a decade of experience. She previously covered consumer technology for the Chicago Tribune and started her career reporting on Latin American financial markets for Dow Jones Newswires.
Shaun Hildner - Producer
Shaun is a video producer and animator at Basecamp and The Distance. He previously taught filmmaking at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago.
Nate Otto - Illustrator
Nate is an artist and illustrator. He draws with pen on paper for Basecamp and The Distance, and actively shows his art all over the world.
The Distance is a production of Basecamp, the project management app for wrangling people with different roles, responsibilities and objectives. The Distance's editorial team controls how stories are selected, reported and presented. We do not cover Basecamp customers.
“Survival Secrets of the Longest-Lasting Business Owners.”
Inc., July/August 2014
“Why Basecamp Just Launched an Online Magazine That Shuns Technology.”
Content Strategist, May 7, 2014
“New online magazine called The Distance is about old businesses.”
Chicago Tribune, May 1, 2014
“Basecamp seeks business lessons in ‘The Distance.’”
Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation, May 2014