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 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 Singapore and New Zealand.

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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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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Tweets see all tweets

June 29
Someone just called me “a not-for-profit Dear Abby for the internet generation”. Answering strangers' emails 4-6 hours a day, I agree.
June 27
Debussy “Claire de Lune” moving air in a way that makes my chest change its pattern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fvo_iOuSck
April 27
Possible futures : https://sivers.org/futures (with bonus in comments)
April 27
SQL awesomeness gets me so damn inspired: https://blog.jooq.org/2016/04/25/10-sql-tricks-that-you-didnt-think-were-possible/
April 22
My 200+ book notes & reviews, now with updated ratings. Top recommendations up top: https://sivers.org/book
April 21
I sound strange because I’m singing the counter-melody : https://sivers.org/counter

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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