Me in 10 seconds
I’ve been a musician, circus performer, entrepreneur, and speaker.
I’m a slow thinker, explorer, xenophile, and I love a different point of view.
California native, I now live in New Zealand.
Me in 10 minutes?
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What am I doing now?
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I love meeting new people, and I reply to every email, so say hello.
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Useful Not True (2023)
Doubt everything. No beliefs are true. Adopt what works for you.
How to Live (2021)
My masterpiece. Best thing I’ve ever made. My soul in a book.
Hell Yeah or No (2020)
Useful wisdom. Simple profound mental models to guide your decisions.
Your Music and People (2020)
Get your work to the world by being creative, considerate, resourceful, and connected.
Anything You Want (2011 → 2022)
40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur. My tales of starting, building, and selling CD Baby.
See the foreign publishers of my translated books.
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- Tech Independence
- step-by-step instructions to set up your own server and break dependency on the cloud
- Book Notes
- detailed notes from the last 360+ books I’ve read
- Now Now Now
- a collection of sites that have a “what I’m doing now” page
- tools to help people translate books
- inspiring quotes about music, translated into Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Русский, العربية, 日本語, and 中文
- TED (ted.com)
- 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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- July 20, 2023
- The past is not true : https://sive.rs/pnt
- June 30, 2023
- dashing dog, searching for purpose : https://sive.rs/pdog
- May 18, 2023
- $575K of books sold. $575K to save lives. https://sive.rs/575k
- April 21, 2023
- The joy and freedom of harmlessly upsetting social norms : https://sive.rs/nor
- April 20, 2023
- Why I let go of my U.S. citizenship : https://sive.rs/xus
- April 15, 2023
- the Michael Browne suits : https://sive.rs/suits
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