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 50,417 creators have earned over $234M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $77,989,762 earned by 10,008 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $64,985,204 earned by 15,612 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $60,023,771 earned by 5,698 creators
  • Film & Video

    $25,556,373 earned by 4,167 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,771,299 earned by 3,862 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $14,916,361 earned by 4,094 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $5,534,649 earned by 1,165 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $5,290,265 earned by 2,236 creators
  • Photography

    $2,683,837 earned by 952 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $1,346,430 earned by 142 creators
  • Sports

    $1,177,332 earned by 143 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $1,050,264 earned by 229 creators
  • Comics

    $959,645 earned by 920 creators
  • Animation

    $834,982 earned by 544 creators
  • Comedy

    $799,784 earned by 34 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $665,668 earned by 163 creators
  • Games

    $645,072 earned by 532 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $91,842 earned by 28 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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