Derek Sivers

Yes, my site is plain on purpose. You’ll see this is a common theme for me: wanting no more than I need.

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.

INTJ, minimalist, solitary socialite, and a very slow thinker. I love finding a different point of view.

California native. I now live in New Zealand and Singapore.

Me in 10 minutes?

See my “about” page.

What am I doing now?

See my “now” page.

Contact me?

See why you should.

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


Anything You Want
Tales from my CD Baby experience: Entrepreneur lessons learned from starting, building, and selling CD Baby.
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.


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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Tweets see all tweets

March 21
Why I deleted Facebook :
March 6
My writing process :
March 1
(for musicians) — Be an extreme character:
February 27
My “Hell Yeah or No” in the New York Times :
February 26
Get specific!
February 24
What it means to be resourceful : (new version)

( is a nice mirror of my posts.)