There is an interesting panel discussion with Tim Ferriss and Derek Sivers at Tim’s blog and a transcript at Derek’s. For micro-ISV owners, business owners, or anyone looking to take a different approach to their career: Tim and Derek are two worthwhile people to watch. Being a New York Times best selling author, you’ve probably heard of Tim Ferris. You may not know Derek Sivers’ story though. From Tim’s Blog entry:
Derek is a programmer who lost his stage fright by doing more than 1,000 gigs as a circus ring leader. He is also the musician who started CD Baby, the world’s largest online music store for independent musicians. Here are some current numbers:
- 242,846 artists sell their music at CD Baby
- 4,574,622 CDs sold online to customers
- $83,590,381 paid directly to the artists
With more than 2 million digitized tracks under management, CD Baby is also the largest provider of independent music for iTunes… and it all started as a hobby.
I recommend listening to the discussion and reading The 4-Hour Workweek (less than $12) and Derek Siver’s e-book (free). Tim’s book is for anyone that wants to “escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich”. Siver’s advice is targeted at independent musicians, but is relevant to anyone that wants to get the most out of their time and talents.