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 42,286 creators have earned over $186M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $66,936,983 earned by 9,079 creators
  • Writing

    $57,643,343 earned by 14,640 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $46,134,840 earned by 5,052 creators
  • Film & Video

    $21,998,854 earned by 3,776 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,337,863 earned by 3,559 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $13,564,083 earned by 3,597 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $2,944,202 earned by 406 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $1,692,880 earned by 718 creators
  • Photography

    $710,325 earned by 256 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $420,466 earned by 77 creators
  • Audio & Podcasts

    $389,843 earned by 52 creators
  • Comics

    $284,359 earned by 265 creators
  • Sports

    $264,732 earned by 50 creators
  • Animation

    $210,369 earned by 141 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $177,872 earned by 69 creators
  • Games

    $138,372 earned by 140 creators
  • Comedy

    $11,919 earned by 7 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $4,852 earned by 8 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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