Derek Sivers

Me in 10 seconds

I’ve been a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher.

Monomaniac, introvert, slow thinker, and love finding a different point of view.

California native, I now live in New Zealand.

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 book cover

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 book cover

Your Music and People (2020)

getting your work to the world by being creative, considerate, resourceful, and connected

Hell Yeah or No book cover

Hell Yeah or No (2020)

thoughts around what’s worth doing, fixing faulty thinking, and getting things done

How to Live book cover

How to Live (2021)

27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion


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Book Notes
detailed notes from the last 320+ 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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January 26, 2022
The best ideas I’ve found in the last 320+ books I’ve read:
October 27, 2021
Considerate book pricing:
October 24, 2021
Parents of young (age 5-10) readers: We just finished reading the “HILO” comic books - which my boy’s librarian recommended - and it’s the best we’ve ever found. GREAT writing/story/twists/everything. If you know another this good, please let me know.
September 14, 2021
My newest and best book, “HOW TO LIVE - 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion”, is officially released and shipping worldwide now, exclusively through me:
August 13, 2021
How many pets do you have?
June 16, 2021
Now that I’m done writing “How to Live”, I’m listening to music again! Starting with Ted Gioia’s great “Hundred Best Albums of 2020”: — buying them all on Bandcamp.