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 54,346 creators have earned over $256M on Gumroad.

  • Education

    $83,931,270 earned by 10,420 creators
  • Books & Writing

    $68,336,922 earned by 16,060 creators
  • Apps & Software

    $65,069,395 earned by 5,927 creators
  • Film & Video

    $26,591,436 earned by 4,351 creators
  • Merchandise

    $17,185,637 earned by 3,996 creators
  • Music & Sound Design

    $15,729,446 earned by 4,357 creators
  • Drawing & Painting

    $7,287,637 earned by 2,953 creators
  • Design & Tech Products

    $6,739,573 earned by 1,548 creators
  • Photography

    $4,741,285 earned by 1,351 creators
  • Podcasts & Audiobooks

    $1,615,891 earned by 186 creators
  • Food & Cooking

    $1,424,481 earned by 219 creators
  • Sports

    $1,413,409 earned by 192 creators
  • Comics

    $1,348,904 earned by 1,167 creators
  • Crafts & DIY

    $1,269,425 earned by 326 creators
  • Animation

    $1,220,288 earned by 732 creators
  • Comedy

    $979,789 earned by 45 creators
  • Games

    $943,760 earned by 725 creators
  • Dance & Theater

    $103,856 earned by 35 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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