Derek Sivers

Yes, my site is plain on purpose. You’ll see this is a common theme for me: having no more than is really needed.

Me in 10 seconds

I’ve been a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher.

I started CDBaby and HostBaby, until I felt done, then gave them away. My short one-hour audio/book about it tells you everything I learned while starting, growing, and selling the business.

I’m fascinated with the usable psychology of self-improvement, business, philosophy, and culture. I love finding a different point of view.

INTJ, minimalist, solitary socialite, and a very slow thinker.

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

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

What am I doing now? See my “now” page, which changes often.


Please read why you should contact me, then introduce yourself.

Newest Articles see all

Popular Articles see all


Through 2015, I got personal and poured my heart into 40 hours of interviews.

Each one has an MP3 you can download, or a transcript if you prefer to read.

Projects see all projects

Book Notes
detailed notes from the last 230+ books I’ve read
Now Now Now
a collection of sites that have a “what I’m doing now” page
inspiring quotes about music, translated into Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Русский, العربية, 日本語, and 中文
the hand-crafted Ruby code that makes 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.

Photos (click for big)

Derek Sivers Derek Sivers Derek Sivers Derek Sivers

Tweets see all tweets

April 14
Updated my OpenBSD page to 6.1 : (6.1 is better and faster than ever.)
April 5
Great new book notes just posted from Seth Godin, Derren Brown, Ryan Holiday, and more. Go to then click “newest”.
March 13
Think like a bronze medalist, not silver :
March 10
Art is useless, and so am I :
February 23
I thought it’d be funny to make a news outlet that’s just “Everything You Don’t Need to Know”, but then realized that’s all news is, anyway.
February 16
I've done nothing but Esperanto since Christmas. I love it, and love being single-focused.