Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers (CD Baby)
Location: Ballroom I - II Level: Novice
Average rating: ***..
(3.77, 61 ratings)

Keynote by Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby.

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Derek Sivers

CD Baby

Derek Sivers is best known as the founder of CD Baby. A professional musician (and circus clown) since 1987, Derek started CD Baby by accident in 1998 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby was the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients. After he won the 2003 World Technology Award, Esquire Magazine’s annual “Best and Brightest” cover story said, “Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold… one of the last music-business folk heroes.” In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby to focus on his new ventures to benefit musicians, including his new company MuckWork where teams of efficient assistants help musicians do their “uncreative dirty work”. His current projects and writings are all at

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Diego Scataglini
06/11/2010 6:01am EDT

Great talk. I already seen part of it online but it’s always great fun. Plus it raises some good philosophical question.

Jacques Crocker
06/09/2010 7:14pm EDT

Good talk, great content. Music was a bit forced and awkward. I’d get rid of it for next time.

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Derek Sivers
06/09/2010 6:30pm EDT

Omar & Ryan: Sorry I didn’t reply before. I was changing my talk up until an hour before, so I wasn’t sure about the subject.

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Ryan Bates
06/09/2010 9:45am EDT

In 2007 Derek Sivers wrote the controversial post 7 reasons I switched back to PHP after 2 years on Rails . Does he use Rails now? It will be an interesting talk none the less.

Omar Garcia-Palencia
06/03/2010 10:55pm EDT

I just wonder what is the topic of your speech

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