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 47,077 creators have earned over $215M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $73,286,699 earned by 9,611 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $61,853,431 earned by 15,190 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $54,585,827 earned by 5,460 creators
  • Film & Video

    $24,498,860 earned by 3,997 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,273,265 earned by 3,741 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $14,234,746 earned by 3,907 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $4,363,815 earned by 867 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $3,886,274 earned by 1,632 creators
  • Photography

    $1,724,504 earned by 646 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $1,142,953 earned by 102 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $849,213 earned by 177 creators
  • Sports

    $729,651 earned by 110 creators
  • Comedy

    $639,463 earned by 23 creators
  • Comics

    $606,160 earned by 666 creators
  • Animation

    $547,883 earned by 371 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $516,475 earned by 129 creators
  • Games

    $434,935 earned by 358 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $23,385 earned by 25 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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