When Sahil Lavingia turned 18, he came to an important conclusion. “I was an adult,” he said, “so I decided I was going to get serious about my career.”
That career, in a very short span, has included stints at Pinterest, Turntable.fm and now Gumroad. Lavingia founded Gumroad, which is designed to help people share and sell their creations directly to their social network followers and friends. As a speaker at Big Omaha 2012, he discussed his path to Gumroad.
Through it all, has been driven by one underlying desire. “I build products,” he said, “so that I can scale myself.”
Why scale himself? In addressing that, the 19-year-old exhibits a preternatural appreciation of legacy. “Products keep us alive,” he said. “After we die, we have legacies. And products are kind of the best way, the most scalable way, the fastest way, the cheapest way and, honestly, the most fun way to keep us alive.”
Read our recap: “Sahil Lavingia: ‘Build products to scale yourself’ “
About Sahil Lavingia
Sahil Lavingia is the designer, founder and CEO of Gumroad. Previously, he was on the founding team of Pinterest before he left to build a number of other projects, including the turntable.fm iPhone app and the file sharing site Crate. Most recently, he started Gumroad with a focus of democratizing the ability to sell stuff online – easily, simply and beautifully. Gumroad assembled an A-List of investors for its latest round of funding, including Chris Sacca, Max Levchin and Seth Goldstein of turntable.fm (also a Big Omaha 2012 speaker).
Find Lavingia on Twitter: @shl
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