Derek Sivers


Derek Sivers (born September 22, 1969) is an American entrepreneur best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians. A professional musician (and circus clown) since 1987, Sivers started CD Baby by accident in 1997 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby went on to become 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 to focus on his new ventures to benefit musicians, including his new company, MuckWork, where teams of assistants help musicians do their "uncreative dirty work". His current projects and writings are all at June 2013, Sivers launched his new company, Wood Egg, which publishes annual guides on how to build companies in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, SouthKorea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.Sivers resides in Singapore and Wellington, New Zealand.

Book Recommendations

Au Contraire

by Gilles Asselin, Ruth Mastron

But, actually, an even better book I’ve found since then, on describing the mindset of a country, is called Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French. It is so deep! It explains the mindset so well. I wish there was a book like this about every country.

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A Geek in Japan

by Hector Garcia Puigcerver

I spent months in Japan over the last 20 years. I’ve gone there five or six times, and I used to play guitar for a Japanese pop star, and toured the country. But, somehow, A Geek in Japan made me understand Japan more. So, I give that to everyone who’s going to Japan

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