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 48,808 creators have earned over $225M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $75,785,404 earned by 9,808 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $63,388,488 earned by 15,403 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $57,633,718 earned by 5,593 creators
  • Film & Video

    $24,892,480 earned by 4,093 creators
  • Merchandise

    $16,521,071 earned by 3,795 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $14,587,793 earned by 4,018 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $4,914,840 earned by 1,037 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $4,670,299 earned by 1,930 creators
  • Photography

    $2,202,791 earned by 809 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $1,244,657 earned by 128 creators
  • Sports

    $1,123,248 earned by 126 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $919,229 earned by 199 creators
  • Comics

    $836,187 earned by 810 creators
  • Animation

    $733,711 earned by 452 creators
  • Comedy

    $721,225 earned by 31 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $617,275 earned by 151 creators
  • Games

    $567,822 earned by 448 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $28,320 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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