Derek Sivers

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.

Monomaniac, 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 (2020)
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 (2020)
a collection of thoughts around re-defining yourself, changing focus, and saying yes to less
How to Live (2020?)
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.


You can listen to over 80 hours of interviews, where I’m the guest.

Each one has an MP3 you can download, or a transcript if you prefer to read.

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April 28
8 years ago I spent the day in Singapore with my hero Kevin Kelly, then at the end he told me it was his 60th birthday. Today he posted this must-read gem:
April 20
If you haven’t heard “Tango Til They’re Sore” by Tom Waits (from Rain Dogs) in a while, now’s a good time.
April 10
Season 2 of my podcast is in full swing. Completely different than Season 1, it’s me being interviewed by many different hosts. Listen at
March 23
Sometimes the winds of change are a hurricane.
March 21
I’ve answered 2100 emails in the last 48 hours. 4000 left. This is intense, but I’m thankful for the connection.
January 20
My #1 most-gifted book is “The Third Ear” by Joachim-Ernst Berendt. Forever changes how you think of sound.