Derek Sivers: former owner of CD Baby giving back to music

Why I gave away my company to charity

When I decided to sell my company in 2008, I already had enough.
I live simply. I hate waste and excess. I have a good apartment, a good laptop, and a few other basics. But the less I own, the happier I am. The lack of possessions gives me the priceless freedom to live anywhere anytime.  Full Details

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MusicThoughts: inspiring quotes about music

MuckWork: assistants to do your dirty work

Derek Sivers: my personal site, with articles

SongTest: a free, open song contest

They're all free, open-source, and non-commercial (except MuckWork).


  1. Derek hardly gave away his company to charity; he put it in a trust to avoid taxes. Check the Wikipedia entry: He gets a *minimum* of 1.1 million dollars per year, *tax free*. This story about him giving the company away has gone around over and over, and he has happily let it ride. But it is false. The reality is that Derek abused his employees for years; they are finally being paid a living wage by their new owner, and we all hope he rots in his gold lined casket.


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