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 67,004 creators have earned over $319M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $101,298,242 earned by 12,500 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $74,622,041 earned by 6,520 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $74,605,698 earned by 17,572 creators
  • Film & Video

    $29,800,260 earned by 4,830 creators
  • Merchandise

    $19,173,543 earned by 4,320 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $17,865,079 earned by 5,181 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $14,532,854 earned by 5,105 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $13,160,128 earned by 2,735 creators
  • Photography

    $8,226,827 earned by 2,182 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $4,122,856 earned by 313 creators
  • Animation

    $2,647,099 earned by 1,258 creators
  • Comics

    $2,455,713 earned by 1,980 creators
  • Games

    $2,349,057 earned by 1,307 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $1,963,094 earned by 416 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $1,819,243 earned by 660 creators
  • Comedy

    $1,668,810 earned by 83 creators
  • Sports

    $1,599,355 earned by 461 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $197,128 earned by 111 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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