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 45,854 creators have earned over $208M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $72,533,201 earned by 9,487 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $61,407,533 earned by 15,048 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $52,884,010 earned by 5,345 creators
  • Film & Video

    $23,785,198 earned by 3,934 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,959,105 earned by 3,702 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $14,576,133 earned by 3,832 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $3,989,383 earned by 745 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $2,948,872 earned by 1,393 creators
  • Photography

    $1,413,285 earned by 524 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $795,911 earned by 146 creators
  • Comedy

    $585,604 earned by 17 creators
  • Comics

    $537,167 earned by 578 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $464,842 earned by 119 creators
  • Animation

    $460,995 earned by 310 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $460,437 earned by 93 creators
  • Sports

    $432,511 earned by 95 creators
  • Games

    $419,640 earned by 293 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $20,945 earned by 22 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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