What started out as a hobby for Marques Brownlee has made him into one of the tech world’s youngest experts. The 20-year-old began making Youtube videos where he reviews tech products at the time he was entering high school. Today, his Youtube channel, MKBHD, has more than 1.5 million subscribers and his 640-plus videos have a total of 130 million total views. Google VP Vic Gundotra called Brownlee “the best technology reviewer on the planet right now.” Business Insider’s Dave Smith wrote an inspiring profile of Brownlee that you have to check out:
Brownlee has been working tirelessly for more than five years, honing his craft by constantly producing and self-critiquing his videos to make the next ones easier to both make and watch.
But despite all of the work involved, “MKBHD” is, was, and will always be a solo effort.
“When I first started making the videos, I didn’t tell anyone about it,” he said in an interview with Business Insider. “Not [my family], not anyone. But after a while it was something that was pretty obvious, since I was making a whole bunch of videos … I just didn’t necessarily feel like telling people about what I was researching.”
Brownlee, a senior at Stevens College in Hoboken, New Jersey, said he always had a love for technology. His dad works in technology — information systems and programming, specifically — but Brownlee’s interests were more centered on consumer electronics, starting with computers and some of the old camcorders his parents had around. He said his first computer was a Dell desktop with a “big old 15-inch CRT monitor.”
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