20-year-old Marques Brownlee is “the best technology reviewer on the planet.” It’s true. Especially when it comes to explaining new technologies to the average consumer.
In fact, Brownlee’s reviews are so good that Google VP Vic Gundotra even recognized him.
YouTubers have taken notice of the young man: Brownlee’s YouTube channel “MKBHD” has more than 1.5 million subscribers and nearly 130 million total views on his 640-plus videos.
Still, he’s no overnight success: 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, who is a senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, has always had a love for technology. His interests like in the area of consumer electronics, such as computers and video recording devices.
It started with Brownlee conducting research on a laptop to purchase for high school. He watched a few tutorials on “how to do tricks and customizations” and became interested in making his own. The rest is history.
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