Derek Sivers

Entrepreneur, programmer, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

Me in 10 seconds

I'm a musician, programmer, writer, entrepreneur, and student — though not in that order.

I'm fascinated with the usable psychology of self-improvement, communication, business, philosophy, and cross-cultural relativism. I love seeing a different point of view.

Total introvert (INTJ). I thrive in solitude.

Minimalist. I prefer giving to getting.

California native. I now live in New Zealand.

Deeply happy and anti-drama, my favorite fable is 塞翁失马.

Official Bragging Bio

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998.

It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians.

In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.

He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.

In 2011, he moved to Singapore and published a book which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

His new company is Wood Egg, publishing annual guides to 16 countries in Asia.

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Projects all projects and code

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Wood Egg

16 books per year about starting a business in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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MusicThoughts

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

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Book Notes

Detailed notes from the last 150+ books I’ve read.

Books

Anything You Want - book cover

Anything You Want

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

Wood Egg

Wood Egg Startup Guides

16 books per year about starting a business in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Marketing Your Music - book cover

Marketing Your Music

Free e-book for musicians about promoting your music and navigating the music industry.

Videos

Derek Sivers - video thumbnail - TED Conference

TED (ted.com)

3 short talks from the TED Conference.

Derek Sivers - video thumbnail - Anything You Want

Anything You Want

7 short animations from my book “Anything You Want”.

Derek Sivers - video thumbnail - Uncommon Sense

Uncommon Sense

Entrepreneur lessons learned from starting, building, and selling CD Baby.

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Conference Presentations

Talks from other conferences, all subjects.

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Tweets all tweets

July 17
Some great new additions to my list of book notes: http://sivers.org/book?sort=date (Click “Sort by rating” to see top recommendations.)
July 12
On our 3rd date, years ago, my wife said her dream was to see the Moorish architecture of southern Spain. Today we leave for Granada. ☺
July 10
Seth Godin's birthday. Looking back at his projects over the years. So inspiring: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/07/thirty-years-of-projects.html
June 29
The philosophy of great customer service: http://sivers.org/cs
June 16
Leaving for Belgium now, through the end of July. Email me if you want to meet up.
June 8
“A good day is when no one shows up, and you don’t have to go anywhere.” - Burt from Burt’s Bees http://youtu.be/xBfMtEebvN0

Keep in touch

Please email me at derek@sivers.org for any reason.

I reply to all, and much prefer email over social networks.

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