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 62,376 creators have earned over $294M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $93,908,288 earned by 11,624 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $71,020,231 earned by 17,013 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $69,759,999 earned by 6,305 creators
  • Film & Video

    $28,383,196 earned by 4,658 creators
  • Merchandise

    $18,418,574 earned by 4,201 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $17,025,224 earned by 4,861 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $12,283,476 earned by 4,351 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $10,674,833 earned by 2,306 creators
  • Photography

    $6,800,564 earned by 1,862 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $3,290,417 earned by 283 creators
  • Animation

    $2,265,418 earned by 1,065 creators
  • Comics

    $1,980,219 earned by 1,748 creators
  • Games

    $1,915,565 earned by 1,111 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $1,763,603 earned by 339 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $1,627,463 earned by 549 creators
  • Comedy

    $1,503,148 earned by 74 creators
  • Sports

    $1,418,394 earned by 366 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $143,875 earned by 89 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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