At 36 years old, Linus Sebastian has this physical status:
Linus Gabriel Sebastian (born August 20, 1986) is a Canadian YouTube personality, presenter, producer, and founder of Linus Media Group. Best known for creating and hosting four YouTube channels: Linus Tech Tips, Techquickie, TechLinked, Channel Super Fun, these channels have a combined subscriber base of over 13 million users.
From 2007 to 2015, he was also a regular presenter of technology videos for the now defunct Canadian computer retailer NCIX.
In 2015, Inc.
magazine ranked Sebastian 4th in a list of the "Top 30 Power Players in Tech".
He is also the owner of Floatplane Media.As of February 2019, Linus Tech Tips is ranked the 5th most watched Technology channel on YouTube.
In 2014, Tubefilter named the channel as being within the "top 1% of Google's preferred advertising channels" on YouTube for the technology category.
Sebastian was working for the now-defunct Canadian online computer store NCIX. 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 cameraperson and editor, and worked with limited resources, shooting videos with a camera borrowed from the son of the company's president.
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 NCIX channel, to allow for lower production values without affecting the NCIX brand. He described TigerDirect and Newegg as competitors. Linus Tech Tips was created on November 24, 2008. He eventually left NCIX following a dispute regarding company management, negotiating an agreement in which he could keep the channel as long as he signed a non-compete clause.
Sebastian founded Linus Media Group (LMG) in January 2013 out of a garage. The group developed the Linus Tech Tips channel as an independent venture. Between 2017 and 2019 LMG hosted an annual event known as the LTX Expo, a "convention featuring tech-focused content creators and personalities".
LMG is headquartered in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. By April 2022, it had over 80 full-time employees.
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. In August 2017, the Linus Tech Tips channel uploaded a two part video where they were able to game at 16K resolution (15360 by 8640 pixels) using 16 4K monitors in a 4 by 4 configuration.
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. 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. The series has gained over 12 million views and was covered in PC Gamer.
In 2021, Linus Tech Tips released a three-part series showing the process of making an 18-carat gold Xbox Series X controller. The first video showed the prototyping, the second showed the making of the gold shells, and the third showing the reactions of employees at their headquarters.
Sebastian grew up on a farm with siblings and has been married to Yvonne Ho since May 20, 2011. In a 2014 interview with technology startup website Tech.co, Sebastian said that his favourite YouTubers were TotalBiscuit, Marques Brownlee, and Austin Evans.
In January 2020, Sebastian claimed he was thinking about retiring. However, he later said he had changed his mind.