Derek Sivers

Programmer, writer, entrepreneur, 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, business, philosophy, and intercultural 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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October 2
Relax for the same result :
September 29
Is there a course like this for hip hop?
September 28
Musicians: if you get an email "Seeking Your Music For Radio Airplay", saying they are partnered with me: No. I am not. Never heard of them.
September 24
Saying no to everything else:
September 16
My book “Anything You Want” is released worldwide on Portfolio/Penguin today: (I recommend the 90-minute audiobook.)
September 14
Business-owners focusing on money is like car-owners focusing on their odometer number. If you think it’s the point, you should look up.


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