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.


Please read why you should contact me, then introduce yourself.

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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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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
the hand-crafted Ruby code that makes this site


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.


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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February 23
I thought it’d be funny to make a news outlet that’s just “Everything You Don’t Need to Know”, but then realized that’s all news is, anyway.
February 16
I've done nothing but Esperanto since Christmas. I love it, and love being single-focused.
January 26
Spent 55 hours this month learning Esperanto. Built these tools to help: Usable for any language. Enjoy.
January 18
So excited about what I'm doing now : Learning so much.
December 30
Quitting something you love:
December 29
What I'm doing now : (updated today)