Sahil Lavingia

Founder and CEO Gumroad

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON April 07, 2016

Discussion

Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
Hi! I'm Sahil Lavingia, founder and CEO of Gumroad, where we help creators take control of their creative careers. Before that I was an early hire at Pinterest, where my primary contribution was the iOS app. I like (designing, building, all for the sake of) shipping simple, meaningful products. AMA.
Adnan Sabanovic@adnanxteam · Web Developer, Thinker, Creator
Hi Sahil, What was your early marketing strategy and did you start out by accepting payments immediately or it was a graduate process towards that?
Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
@adnanxteam We accepted payments immediately. That's a core part of what Gumroad is and always has been. Marketing-wise, never really did a good job of that.
Will Chou@willc · Personal Development: willyoulaugh.com
What was the reasoning behind Gumroad's decision to limit the free options for selling digital products?
Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
@willc Two big reasons: 1. We can make more money, hire more people, build more cool stuff for creators. 2. Creators have an incentive to sell more stuff and get started sooner. Both of things have turned out to be true.
Harsh Snehanshu@harshsnehanshu · Co-founder & CEO, YourQuote
Hi Sahil, How did you onboard the first few users of Gumroad? What were "the things you did that didn't scale", in PG's words?
Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
@harshsnehanshu Not the right person to ask this; never a big fan of doing things that don't scale, especially in a consumer-facing business. But I understand the sentiment.
Harsh Snehanshu@harshsnehanshu · Co-founder & CEO, YourQuote
@shl I guess you might have the answer to the first question though: How did you onboard the first few users of Gumroad?
Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
Initially? Nothing.
Gabriel Reynard@gabrielreynard · Business Lover ✌
Hi Sahil! Great to have you here! I believe Gumroad is an awesome product, I'm planning to launch a book next month and I'll use your service. My question is: you guys already have a Portuguese (BR) version, but the payment method is still International Card (and lot of us don't have it). Any plans to invest in Brazil payment methods and in our market? Regards! ☺
Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
@gabrielreynard Unfortunately we use Stripe so you'll have to ask them. We do accept PayPal though!
Jack Kaufman@kaufman_jack · Entrepreneur
Hi, Sahil! How did you learn design? Did you learn through courses, real-world projects, books, etc?
Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
@kaufman_jack Mainly copy, copy, copy. Then slowly branching out into my own stuff.
Jamie Barton@notrab · Husband, Dad & Developer 🙌
Hi Sahil. What's the biggest decision so far in the Gumroad journey you think you've made, have you had to overrule any decisions of the Gumroad team or community to move Gumroad to the next step?
Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
@notrab Launching the premium tier was hard.
Ravi Vadrevu@raviformative · Autonomous Hiring Intelligence
What'sup bro. We've met before (Ravi from resu.me and now it's Meed) and good to see you here. I must say your parents obligatory retweets are funny! :) I have one question for you: What's the next big thing for Gumroad?
Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
@raviformative Hi! Can't reveal. But I want to open Gumroad up to a much larger market of creators.
yadav prasanth@riser_spy · UI designer @pstakecare.com and Human
Hello !! Thanks for doing his AMA ! What was the biggest Challenge you thought to solve with gumroad ? What was the motivation behind it?
Sahil Lavingia@shl · Gumroad
@riser_spy It's all hard! And different. Can't really pick one challenge. Covered a lot in the LIVE interview though!
yadav prasanth@riser_spy · UI designer @pstakecare.com and Human
@shl thanks. I heard in the Interview it!