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 44,956 creators have earned over $202M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $71,116,747 earned by 9,396 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $60,746,586 earned by 14,939 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $50,732,401 earned by 5,273 creators
  • Film & Video

    $23,348,464 earned by 3,892 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,745,549 earned by 3,659 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $14,367,361 earned by 3,780 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $3,739,612 earned by 666 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $2,518,172 earned by 1,203 creators
  • Photography

    $1,207,680 earned by 454 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $741,836 earned by 130 creators
  • Comedy

    $547,781 earned by 17 creators
  • Comics

    $460,117 earned by 505 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $435,936 earned by 85 creators
  • Sports

    $396,353 earned by 83 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $395,879 earned by 114 creators
  • Animation

    $389,850 earned by 267 creators
  • Games

    $331,495 earned by 238 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $18,479 earned by 16 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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