Derek Sivers, CD Baby at Business of Software 2010: I sold my business and gave the money away

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Derek A/B tests his possible talks with the audience before talking about how and why he grew one of the most successful online music distribution businesses in the world. Why did he sell it and why has he given the money away?

Derek is back to make you think in a new way about serving customers and the role of software. He will be joining a great line up of European entrepreneurs at Business of Software Europe (25-26 June, Cambridge) in 2014: ‘TED for software businesses’. Take home new ideas from speakers and fellow delegates on how to build a great business.

Book before 7th June for last earlybird rate.

For a transcript of this talk and notes click here.


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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