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, until I felt done, then gave them away. My audio/book about it tells you everything I learned in one hour.

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

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.

Here’s what I’m doing now.

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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.

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
MusicThoughts
inspiring quotes about music, translated into Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Русский, العربية, 日本語, and 中文
sivers.org
the hand-crafted Ruby code that makes 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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December 30
Quitting something you love: https://sivers.org/quit
December 29
What I'm doing now : https://sivers.org/now (updated today)
December 27
I'm a solitary socialite : https://sivers.org/soso
December 25
Spent 2 riveted hours tonight doing http://lernu.net/en/kurso/nakamura section 1. First time with Esperanto ever. What a cool language!
December 22
In 2016, I answered 30,904 emails from 11,971 people. Here are the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions : https://sivers.org/faq
December 19
How to do what you love and make good money : https://sivers.org/balance