About Derek

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 published a book which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

Derek Sivers lives in Singapore, where he is creating his next company.

Languages

English

TED Conferences

TED2014, TEDGlobal 2010, TED2010, TEDIndia 2009, TEDGlobal 2009, TED2009

Areas of Expertise

Music, Programming, entrepreneurship

I'm passionate about

musicians, entrepreneurship, programming, internationalization

Talk to me about

musicians, entrepreneurship, programming, internationalization

People don't know I'm good at

entertaining children. (I was the ringleader/MC of a circus for 10 years.)

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations