Sahil Lavingia

Founder/CEO, Gumroad

Sahil was the second employee at Pinterest but left before his stock vested to start Gumroad, an online platform that helps creators sell products directly to consumers.

Founded in 2011, the company took angel, then venture, funding from names including Max Levchin and Kleiner Perkins to scale, grow and become a unicorn business. In 2016, having failed to raise further funding, the company moved from 25 employees to one, Sahil, who radically rethought the purpose of the company. Since then, the revenue generated by creators on the platform have grown to over $10 million per month and while there are 25 or so people working with the company, none are full time. The company does not hold meetings or set deadlines.

The Pros and Cons of Setting Your Own Goals as an Entrepreneur

Sahil will discuss the evolution of his journey from venture backed rocket ship to independent business. Having chosen a goal and path for his business that breaks the traditional high-growth mould, he’ll share some of the lessons he’s learned about running a profitable, growing business with no full time employees as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages that come from being different.

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