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 69,747 creators have earned over $336M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $106,511,426 earned by 13,026 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $77,076,570 earned by 17,901 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $76,717,176 earned by 6,659 creators
  • Film & Video

    $30,806,115 earned by 4,930 creators
  • Merchandise

    $19,917,248 earned by 4,383 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $18,461,041 earned by 5,341 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $15,947,771 earned by 5,508 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $14,271,366 earned by 2,994 creators
  • Photography

    $9,071,266 earned by 2,408 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $4,665,139 earned by 340 creators
  • Comics

    $2,976,802 earned by 2,145 creators
  • Animation

    $2,860,646 earned by 1,355 creators
  • Games

    $2,583,311 earned by 1,436 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $2,018,817 earned by 451 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $1,942,133 earned by 718 creators
  • Comedy

    $1,794,031 earned by 90 creators
  • Sports

    $1,722,560 earned by 508 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $214,939 earned by 120 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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