Sahil Lavingia and the story of Gumroad

July 10, 2020
Li Jin

Gumroad founder and CEO Sahil Lavingia discusses building an e-commerce platform for online creators, walking away from VC funding, and the decisions he had to make in doing so -- including whether to build horizontally or vertically, and if his product was a platform or an aggregator.

Means of Creation is a weekly conversation hosted by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez to unpack the passion economy. Li is the founder of Atelier, a new venture fund investing in the passion economy; Nathan is a writer, strategy researcher and a founder Everything, a business-writing bundle that includes his newsletter Divinations.

Means of Creation is hosted live on Zoom every Friday at 11am PST. The first 30 minutes of the show is a fireside chat, and the latter half is Q&A with the audience.

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