Derek Sivers

Programmer, writer, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

Me in 10 seconds

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

I started CDBaby and HostBaby, which got way too big, so I gave them away. My audio/book about it compresses everything I learned into a one hour read.

Now I’m a writer, programmer, student, and I guess interviewee.

I’m fascinated with the usable psychology of self-improvement, business, philosophy, and intercultural relativism. I love finding 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 and Singapore.

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

Here’s what I’m doing now.

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Interviews

NEW: I get personal and pour 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 200+ 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
Wood Egg
my book publishing company
sivers.org
the hand-crafted Ruby code that runs this site

Books

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.

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.

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August 5
“Ego is the Enemy” is a great book with such an important point. I wish everyone would read it. https://sivers.org/book/EgoEnemy
August 4
Keep earning your title, or it expires : https://sivers.org/expire
August 2
When you're extremely un-motivated : https://sivers.org/unmo
July 27
Disconnect : https://sivers.org/dc
July 25
Don't add your 2 cents : https://sivers.org/2c
July 7
On a hopeless crusade to correct those who say they'll “revert” back to my email. Werewolves revert to humans. People *reply* to emails.

Contact

Please email me at [email protected] for any reason. I reply to all, and much prefer email over social networks.

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