Bob Walsh - An Introduction

Writing about yourself qualifies as a definitely weird experience, but since you're reading this, I'll give it a shot.

I used to be a fairly normal contract programmer, going from project to project, contract to contract. And then a few years ago, I realized I had been doing the same old same old, just with different tools and languages, for over 20 years, that I was 46, and life is not a rehearsal and I'd better get cracking if I still want to change the world.

Now, don't click the back button or I'll whack you with my cane. I don't want to change the entire world; just the part where millions of people spend their lives getting beaten down and going nuts working for some clueless giant corporation. After all those years of contract programming I've seen all of that I ever want to see.

So I wrote and started selling my own commercial app MasterList Professional. I discovered in short order there was a hell of a lot I still didn't understand about business, so I went out and found out and wrote it up in a book, Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality (MIVR).

As I wrote MIRV for Apress last year I came to see there's a much more important story unfolding here. The Internet meant a few people, even one, could create a world class product and company. And make a very good living indeed in the process. It was like finding a get out of economic jail free card out there that really worked.

I realized micro-ISVs were not just a way of doing business, but a new way people can make a difference. So I decided to focus what I do on how micro-ISVs can work and what they need to succeed.

Since MIRV came out in January, I've started applying what I learned to my own micro-ISV, started a new resource site for micro-ISV's called MyMicroISV.com, started co-moderating a forum for people interested in the Business of Software and because blogging a major part of the way micro-ISVs can win, I'm researching and a second book, working title "Clear Blogging", for Apress. Then to top it off, I decided to start writing here.

So, if you're looking for the neat programming stuff the other CodeSnipers bring to the table, I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint you: I'm out to change the world by making you a successful micro-ISV.

Welcome

Bob,

Welcome aboard. Until I reviewed the ToC of your book last night, I forgot that I did an interview with you. Now I have to buy it. ;)

Fresh Ideas

Great to have you on board, Bob! Your Micro-ISV book was the catalyst I needed to switch my business focus from service to software, and to improve my development toolset.

Looking forward to exploring successful micro-ISV practices with you.

Glad to See You Here

I'm still working my way through your book. The advice looks solid, but the single biggest missing piece is this:

How the heck can someone find the time to start a uISV while still working a 40+ hour a week job. I supose less sleep and more caffine might work.

Nice to have you on board,

Nice to have you on board, Bob.

Thanks and Getting Things Done

Thanks all for the kind comments - and coderpunk pushed my other button: "How the heck can someone find the time to start a uISV while still working a 40+ hour a week job"?

Getting Things Done, time management, simplitity, coping with Future Shock have been things I've been really interested in for decades. As a self-employed contract programmer I constantly tried, improved and experimented with ways of getting more done, with less stress, with better results.

But a few years ago - at the same time my online time skyrocketed - all the old tools became inadequate to cope with it all. I turned to David Allen's Getting Things Done methodology and that has helped a great deal.

But the wheel continues to turn, and faster, and finding new ways of managing yourself is the other half of what I'm interested in in life and here.

Expect to hear a lot more about this here and at my GTD blog, ToDoOrElse.com (currently silent) in the months ahead.