Derek Sivers

Entrepreneur, programmer, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

Me in 10 seconds

I'm a musician, programmer, writer, entrepreneur, and student — though not in that order.

I'm fascinated with the usable psychology of self-improvement, communication, business, philosophy, and cross-cultural relativism. I love seeing a different point of view.

Total introvert (INTJ). I thrive in solitude.

Minimalist. I prefer giving to getting.

California native. I now live in New Zealand, Singapore, and Belgium.

Deeply happy and anti-drama, my favorite fable is 塞翁失马.

CURRENT UPDATE: Here's what I'm doing now.

Official Bragging Bio

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998.

It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians.

In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.

He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.

Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

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Book Notes
Detailed notes from the last 150+ books I’ve read.
Inspiring quotes about music, translated into Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Русский, العربية, 日本, and 中文.
Wood Egg
My book publishing company.
The hand-crafted Ruby code that runs this site.


Anything You Want
Tales from my CD Baby experience: Entrepreneur lessons learned from starting, building, and selling CD Baby.
Marketing Your Music
Free e-book for musicians about promoting your music and navigating the music industry.
Wood Egg Startup Guides
20 books about starting a business in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.


3 short talks from the TED Conference.
Anything You Want
7 short animations from my book “Anything You Want”.
Uncommon Sense
Entrepreneur lessons learned from starting, building, and selling CD Baby.
Conference Presentations
Talks from other conferences, all subjects.

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April 17
My best friend is a bird. Her boyfriend is a tree. She keeps asking him to fly. But when he can’t, she doesn’t understand why.
March 26
I know more people than I know.
March 23
Extra-sad to not be home in Singapore today. R.I.P. to one of the strongest leaders the world’s ever known.
February 25
“My output was being sourced from my weaknesses, not my strengths.” Good insight & question to ask yourself:
February 17
Just back from 5 days in paradise:
February 2
Getting out of a bad place:


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