It’s shipped! And, an interview with David Allen

It’s always fun to be able to say the words, “It’s shipped!” , especially if you don’t actually have to do the shipping. Yesterday, paper copies of The Web Startup Success Guide started arriving at customer’s doors; I got my 20 author copies in the middle of an interview for a future Startup Success Podcast episode. Also, Apress is now selling the PDF version: very handy given the number of URLs in it. (Update (7/24/09 7pm PST: Apress is working to make this PDF Kindle-ready. It’s not as of now.)

This book would not have been possible without the cooperation and help of a great many people. Today though, I’d like to point out one of my personal heroes that writing this book gave me the opportunity to interview: David Allen, creator of the Getting Things Done productivity methodology and best-selling author.

David was kind enough to give me an extensive interview on the intersection between GTD and a range of topics: building a startup, working online, using Twitter and more. It’s a long interview – 6,000+ words – so I’ve made it the GTD page of 47hats.

If you know about GTD, and you are building a startup or microISV, this is the interview you’ve been waiting for. If you’re building a startup or microISV and don’t know about GTD, you need to read this interview. Seriously.


  1. Jackson says:

    Congrats! I’ll definitely be checking it out :)

  2. According to the Apress e-book FAQs (and verified by my own attempt to open a different Apress pdf on my Kindle), pdfs downloaded from Apress do not work on Kindle. The only Apress e-books that work on Kindle are the ones that you buy through Amazon and, as of yet, I do not see your book available in Kindle format on Amazon.

  3. Bob Walsh says:

    Hi Greg – have forwarded you comment to Apress to doublecheck what I’d been told. Should have an answer Monday or so.

  4. I’m also curious to know if there is a Kindle friendly version.

  5. Bob Walsh says:

    Here’s what I got back from my editor at Apress:
    “That is true. We’re working on a solution, but we’re not there yet. ( It’s actually more to do with Amazon’s rendering engine than us but it is our responsibility to work around it.)”

  6. Will absolutely be checking this out… any word yet when it will be up on Audible?

  7. Bob Walsh says:

    Hi Feedbo – It probably won’t be – I don’t have a relationship with Audible and I’d need David’s okay to post the actual audio…

  8. Hi Bob,

    It’s arrived!

    I got the book a couple of days ago and the first chapter I turned to was the Getting It Done chapter.

    While I love GTD and totally admire David Allen and appreciate all the work he’s done to make the world a better place, I really believe that his ideas can be presented in a much, MUCH simpler way!

    I think the original GTD book wasn’t as well structured as it could have been. I only understood a few sentences here and there in Ready for Anything. And in his interview with you, he doesn’t express his ideas very clearly. At one point he says: “I don’t know if that answered your question.”

    And you reply: “I think it did.”

    It seems he lost you too! :P

    I really don’t mean to attack David. I don’t think stress-free productivity can be achieved without heeding his words. But I also have to point out that his words aren’t always as clear as they can be. If GTD wasn’t so dear to me I wouldn’t have bothered to leave this comment.

    Looking forward to reading the rest of your book!


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