Derek Sivers


Derek Sivers has been a musician, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher. Long ago he started CD Baby, and wrote a great little book about it called “Anything You Want”.

He’s working on three new books, and he tends to share his insights on, so go see for yourself. Originally from California, he moved to Singapore and New Zealand for a few years each before moving to Oxford just this year, we think just to be closer to the Business of Software gang.

Software is changing the world. What can we do to ensure it is for the better?

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and latterly A16Z, one of the highest profile Silicon Valley investors, famously wrote in the Wall Street Journal in 2011, “Software is eating the world!” He cited the book trade as an example that has been utterly transformed by Amazon, a software company that destroyed an existing industry by being a better software business.

In Marc’s mind, this is unquestionably a good thing leading to better outcomes for consumers. We believe that this isn’t necessarily so. There’s no doubt that software is changing the world. Derek will offer some perspectives on what we can do as the software industry, to make the world a better place. How can we end up on the right side of history?