Derek Sivers


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Derek Sivers
Derek Sivers, November 2014.jpg
Sivers in 2014
Born (1969-09-22) September 22, 1969 (age 52)
California, United States
CitizenshipDominica, New Zealand
Alma materBerklee College of Music
OccupationWriter and programmer
Notable work
CD Baby
Wood Egg
Hit Media

Derek Sivers (born September 22, 1969) is an American writer and programmer. A former entrepreneur and musician, he is best known for starting CD Baby.[1]

Sivers grew up in Hillsdale, Illinois.

Sivers started CD Baby by accident in 1997 after requests from other independent musicians for him to sell their CDs on his website. CD Baby became the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients.

In 2008, Sivers sold CD Baby. His current projects and writings are at

In 2013, Sivers launched Wood Egg which published guides doing business in Asia.[2]

In 2015, he appeared in Tom Libelt[3]' documentary "Your Own Way Out", [4] presenting the highs and lows of the digital nomad movement. [5]

In 2021, Sivers published the book "How to Live: 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion"[6]

Sivers has a chapter in Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans.

Sivers currently lives in New Zealand, which he considers his "real or ultimate home".[7]

CD Baby

In 2008, Derek Sivers transferred ownership of his company to a charitable remainder unitrust called Independent Musicians Charitable Remainder Unitrust for music education, and had the trust sell it to Disc Makers.[8]


  • 2020: Anything you want (with Rythmicity)
  • 1993: Sunshine – Young, Free & Single
  • 1994: Danube Dance - Chains
  • 1994: Club 69 - Pleasure
  • 1995: Club 69 - Adults Only
  • 1997: Captain T - U.S. Aliens


  • How to Live: 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion (2021, Hit Media)
  • Anything you want (2011, The Domino Project)[9]
  • Your Music and People: Creative and considerate fame[10]
  • Hell Yeah or No[11]


  1. ^ Small, M (2009). "Berklee Today". Indie Musician Advocate
  2. ^ "Wood Egg – 2014 Startup Guides".
  3. ^ "Tom Libelt".
  4. ^ "Sivers Yowo Interview".
  5. ^ "imdb "Your Own Way Out"".
  6. ^ "How to Live". Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  7. ^ "Derek Sivers".
  8. ^ "Why I gave my company to charity | Derek Sivers".
  9. ^ Derek Sivers (2011). Anything you want. The Domino Project. ISBN 978-1-936719-11-2.
  10. ^ Derek Sivers (2020). Your Music and People: Creative and considerate fame. Hit Media. ISBN 978-1-98-857503-2.
  11. ^ Derek Sivers (2020). Hell Yeah or No: What's worth doing. Hit Media. ISBN 978-1-98-857506-3.

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