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.


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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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
inspiring quotes about music, translated into Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Русский, العربية, 日本語, and 中文


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.


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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November 15
Now on podcast : Sammy Cahn said thank you : :
November 14
Posted to podcast : “Human Intervention as a Competitive Advantage” : ||
November 7
Experiments in music and life :
November 4
podcast now also on YouTube :
November 2
My podcast is launched : (Each episode is VERY short, of course. You know how I am.)
November 1
Writing daily, but posting when ready :