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 44,152 creators have earned over $197M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $70,154,507 earned by 9,330 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $60,059,269 earned by 14,853 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $49,219,862 earned by 5,198 creators
  • Film & Video

    $23,041,892 earned by 3,859 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,864,888 earned by 3,639 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $14,139,704 earned by 3,728 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $3,475,084 earned by 591 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $2,182,274 earned by 1,041 creators
  • Photography

    $1,063,230 earned by 387 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $552,062 earned by 107 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $438,461 earned by 77 creators
  • Sports

    $365,509 earned by 77 creators
  • Comics

    $363,981 earned by 431 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $356,929 earned by 103 creators
  • Games

    $297,387 earned by 204 creators
  • Animation

    $281,065 earned by 230 creators
  • Comedy

    $13,903 earned by 12 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $8,522 earned by 13 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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