We believe every creator
should be able to earn a living
doing what they love.

Our story

In 2011, Pinterest designer Sahil Lavingia wanted to sell an icon he had made directly to his audience. But it was too difficult. Why setup a storefront? Just share a link–customers can click, pay, download. A weekend later, Gumroad was live.

A lot more has happened since then, but we won't bore you. If you're curious, you can read all about it on Medium.

By the numbers.

More than 51,012 creators have earned over $238M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $79,121,477 earned by 10,063 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $65,669,576 earned by 15,679 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $61,275,684 earned by 5,762 creators
  • Film & Video

    $25,743,882 earned by 4,192 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,874,894 earned by 3,881 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $15,080,794 earned by 4,128 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $5,928,991 earned by 1,222 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $5,699,415 earned by 2,347 creators
  • Photography

    $2,854,660 earned by 1,011 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $1,385,201 earned by 146 creators
  • Sports

    $1,211,560 earned by 152 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $1,090,158 earned by 242 creators
  • Comics

    $995,101 earned by 960 creators
  • Animation

    $891,745 earned by 571 creators
  • Comedy

    $823,520 earned by 34 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $708,750 earned by 170 creators
  • Games

    $695,118 earned by 557 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $108,133 earned by 29 creators

One more thing...

We have a lot in common with our creators: we also earn a living by selling a product we love working on. But we are different from many other companies.

We're profitable.

We are focused on improving our product in a sustainable way. We even share our numbers, so that others can learn how to run a creator-focused business.

We donate a percentage of our profits to causes.

In 2018, we donated over $23,775 (eight percent of our profits) to different causes. We raised money for the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the floods in Kerala. We helped fund the Presence-of-Blackness project in speculative fiction, and a Mexicanx publication.

We are not giving away equity.

We're not trying to sell the company. We just want to make Gumroad better. Without an exit in sight, we do something radical: we pay awesome people a fair rate to contribute to Gumroad on their own terms.

It's been a while since April 2011. But rest assured, we're just getting started. Want to follow along?

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