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

Wood Egg logo

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

September 24
Of the 185 books I've read in the last 7 years, this one has stuck with me the most: http://sivers.org/book/TimeParadox (email me when you finish it)
September 21
Fixed mindset vs Growth mindset. Crucial to recognize the difference in yourself & others: http://sivers.org/mindset
September 17
“Don’t divide the world into the weak and strong, or successes and failures. Divide the world into the learners and nonlearners.” - B Barber
September 9
I love being wrong : http://sivers.org/lw
September 2
Sadly selling my paradise house in New Zealand. I'll miss it a lot: http://nelson.nzsothebysrealty.com/nelson-properties/?Location=37-Shelbourne-Street-Nelson&PropertyID=2413
August 26
Awesome customer service from a guy named Thor at Amazon: http://i.imgur.com/IDFkz82.png

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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