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 49,049 creators have earned over $226M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $76,065,894 earned by 9,845 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $63,641,250 earned by 15,442 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $58,062,714 earned by 5,604 creators
  • Film & Video

    $24,975,695 earned by 4,107 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,551,632 earned by 3,802 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $14,636,423 earned by 4,033 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $4,988,201 earned by 1,066 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $4,751,104 earned by 1,972 creators
  • Photography

    $2,415,803 earned by 827 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $1,257,746 earned by 128 creators
  • Sports

    $1,132,233 earned by 129 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $936,663 earned by 204 creators
  • Comics

    $855,286 earned by 825 creators
  • Animation

    $749,964 earned by 464 creators
  • Comedy

    $738,758 earned by 31 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $623,498 earned by 151 creators
  • Games

    $577,514 earned by 461 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $28,630 earned by 26 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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