Derek Sivers

Yes my site is plain on purpose. It’s my minimalist desire for only what’s needed.

Me in 10 seconds

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

I started CDBaby and HostBaby long ago. My short audio/book about it tells you everything I learned while starting, growing, and selling the business.

Introvert, slow thinker, and love finding a different point of view.

California native, I now live in Oxford, England.

Me in 10 minutes?

See my “about” page.

What am I doing now?

See my “now” page.

Contact me?

See why you should, though read my frequently asked questions, first.

Books

Anything You Want (2011)
40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur: my tales of starting, building, and selling CD Baby
Your Music and People (2019)
a philosophy for musicians (and normal people) of getting your work to the world by being creative, considerate, resourceful, descriptive, focused, and connected
Hell Yeah or No (2019)
a collection of thoughts around re-defining yourself, changing focus, and saying yes to less
How to Live (2019)
radically different approaches to life, in succinct directives

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My private email list

If you want the announcements and opportunities that I never post publicly, get on my private email list, here:


Projects see all projects

Book Notes
detailed notes from the last 250+ books I’ve read
Now Now Now
a collection of sites that have a “what I’m doing now” page
MusicThoughts
inspiring quotes about music, translated into Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Русский, العربية, 日本語, and 中文

Videos

TED (ted.com)
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.

Interviews

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.

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Tweets see all tweets

April 25
Loving with your head is like running with your hands.
April 12
New notes from two books on Artificial Intelligence. One good, one great. https://sivers.org/book/SurvivingAI + https://sivers.org/book/Life30
March 8
I’ve moved from New Zealand to Oxford England : https://sivers.org/ox1 (Email me if you want to meet up anywhere in Europe.)
March 5
Settling in to Oxford, England : https://sivers.org/now
January 28
Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals : https://sivers.org/dj
January 7
Must-read book for those over 60. Should-read for those over 40: https://sivers.org/book/BrainRulesAging

(micro.blog/sivers is a nice mirror of my posts.)