Creativity and Engineering with Derek Sivers


“Creativity never comes to you – she will only meet you halfway.”

Derek Sivers is a programmer, musician, and writer. He has created several companies and products, including CD Baby, which became the largest seller of independent music online.


  • As programmers, do we have an obligation to create new things?
  • How did your interest in PostgreSQL evolve?
  • Why does Active Record complicate things?
  • What were the interesting engineering challenges at CDBaby?
  • You wrote a post about loss in 2010 – can you talk a little bit about this and what you learned from this experience?
  • What is the most counterintuitive thing you’ve learned in life?



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