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 56,212 creators have earned over $267M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $86,526,201 earned by 10,668 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $69,919,207 earned by 16,251 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $67,046,655 earned by 6,009 creators
  • Film & Video

    $27,082,826 earned by 4,415 creators
  • Merchandise

    $17,506,847 earned by 4,057 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $16,028,452 earned by 4,484 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $8,191,636 earned by 1,725 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $8,111,259 earned by 3,336 creators
  • Photography

    $5,227,498 earned by 1,461 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $2,049,417 earned by 219 creators
  • Sports

    $1,538,495 earned by 230 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $1,510,599 earned by 239 creators
  • Comics

    $1,498,279 earned by 1,322 creators
  • Animation

    $1,335,211 earned by 816 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $1,321,635 earned by 368 creators
  • Comedy

    $1,214,300 earned by 54 creators
  • Games

    $1,048,215 earned by 812 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $116,732 earned by 50 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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