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 53,084 creators have earned over $249M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $82,479,205 earned by 10,256 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $67,683,207 earned by 15,939 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $64,133,734 earned by 5,871 creators
  • Film & Video

    $26,392,626 earned by 4,298 creators
  • Merchandise

    $17,125,719 earned by 3,952 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $15,432,371 earned by 4,286 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $6,703,827 earned by 2,731 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $6,405,412 earned by 1,405 creators
  • Photography

    $3,498,189 earned by 1,226 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $1,517,587 earned by 171 creators
  • Sports

    $1,339,281 earned by 175 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $1,172,948 earned by 284 creators
  • Comics

    $1,156,311 earned by 1,091 creators
  • Animation

    $1,117,276 earned by 655 creators
  • Comedy

    $923,667 earned by 42 creators
  • Games

    $872,067 earned by 663 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $853,682 earned by 203 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $117,176 earned by 33 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?

Follow @gumroad on Twitter


Don't let limits get in the way of your creative career. Plus…

Upgrade account