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 48,079 creators have earned over $220M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $74,826,129 earned by 9,724 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $62,712,107 earned by 15,300 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $56,162,462 earned by 5,542 creators
  • Film & Video

    $24,903,126 earned by 4,055 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,418,657 earned by 3,772 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $14,437,843 earned by 3,971 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $4,712,651 earned by 972 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $4,223,570 earned by 1,813 creators
  • Photography

    $1,969,472 earned by 734 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $1,202,294 earned by 119 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $889,663 earned by 190 creators
  • Sports

    $750,517 earned by 119 creators
  • Comics

    $737,584 earned by 745 creators
  • Comedy

    $688,643 earned by 28 creators
  • Animation

    $682,888 earned by 419 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $579,109 earned by 143 creators
  • Games

    $515,173 earned by 416 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $26,914 earned by 26 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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