Linus Gabriel Sebastian (born August 20, 1986) is a Canadian YouTube personality, presenter, and producer. He is the founder of Linus Media Group and has served as its CEO since 2013.
Sebastian is best known for creating and hosting four technology YouTube channels, Linus Tech Tips, Tech quickie, Declined, and Short-circuit, which have a combined subscriber base of over 19 million. From 2007 to 2015, he was also a regular presenter of technology videos for the now defunct Canadian computer retailer NIX.
In 2015, Inc. magazine ranked Sebastian 4th in a list of the “Top 30 Power Players in Tech”. As of September 2020, Linus Tech Tips is ranked the most watched technology channel on YouTube.
In 2014, Tube filter named the channel as being within the “top 1% of Google's preferred advertising channels” on YouTube for the technology category. The Linus Tech Tips logo as of 2018. Sebastian was working as a product manager for the now defunct Canadian online computer store NIX.
He was asked by the company to be the host for its technology channel, which was created to help demonstrate products. Sebastian was assisted by an unidentified cameraman and editor, and worked with limited resources, shooting videos with a camera borrowed from the son of the company's president.
His first video was a demonstration for a Sunbeam processor heat sink. Due to high costs and low viewership during the early days of the channel, Sebastian was instructed to create the Linus Tech Tips channel as a cheaper offshoot of the NIX channel, to allow for lower production values without impacting the NIX brand.
During his time at the company, he worked as full-time sales representative, a high-end systems designer, a product manager, and a category manager. Sebastian founded Linus Media Group in January 2013 out of a garage, with Luke Cafetiere, Edsel Ago, and Brandon Lee.
The group developed the Linus Tech Tips channel as an independent venture. Since 2017, LEG hosts an annual event known as the LTD Expo, a “convention featuring tech-focused content creators and personalities”.
“7 Gamers 1 CPU” (2016) On January 2, 2016, Linus Tech Tips released a video demonstrating a computer capable of supporting seven individual users at once, with an estimated total cost of $30,000. The video made technology news on a number of websites.
The computer had eight modules of 32 GB ECCDDR4 RAM, eight 1 TB KingstonSSDs, two Intel Leon 14-core E5 2697 v3 processors, seven AMD R9 NATO GPUs, an VGA T2 1600W PSU, and was housed in a Case labs Mercury S8 with an Asus Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard. The project was sponsored by Kingston Technology.
iMac Pro incident (2018) In April 2018, the Linus Tech Tips channel uploaded a video claiming that Apple refused to repair his iMac Pro (paid, non-warranty repairs) after they damaged it in a product teardown, an act (refusal to repair) that has been speculated by VentureBeat to be illegal. Gaming PC Secret Shopper (2018 – 2020) In December 2018, Linus Tech Tips released a four-part series detailing their experience buying a gaming PC from 6 systems integrators representing 3 different market tiers: two major manufacturers (HP and Alien ware), two high-volume systems integrators (burrower and CyberPowerPC), two upscale boutique systems integrators (Origin PC and Mangier) to see what they would offer to an average customer.
Linus Media Group accountant Agent Janice went undercover with sales and tech support representatives from each systems' integrator to determine which were the best, and which were the worst. Some systems integrators were very helpful and respectful, while others were the exact opposite.
The series has gained over 12 million views and was covered in PC Gamer. In 2020, Linus Tech Tips released a second season, adding two new system integrators, Corsair and NEXT.
In an interview with technology startup website Tech. Co, Sebastian said that his favorite YouTubers were TotalBiscuit, Marques Brown lee, and Austin Evans. In February 2014, Sebastian was among the YouTubers who contributed funds and support to Evans, who lost his possessions and home in a fire.
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