Linus Sebastian
Linus Sebastian Screenshot From Youtube August 5 2013.png
Sebastian in 2013
Personal information
BornLinus Gabriel Sebastian
(1986-08-20) August 20, 1986 (age 36)
  • Video presenter
  • Technology demonstrator
  • Advertiser
Yvonne Ho
(m. 2011)
YouTube information
Years active2007–present
  • 14.9 million (main channel)
  • 24.91 million (combined)[a]
Total views
  • 6.06 billion (main channel)
  • 7.79 billion (combined)[b]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2021
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2014, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2022
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2020

Last updated: 21 July 2022

Linus Gabriel Sebastian (born August 20, 1986)[2] is a Canadian YouTube personality. He is the creator and host of the YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips (LTT). He is also the founder of Linus Media Group Inc. and has served as its CEO since 2013.[3] He is also the owner and CEO of Floatplane Media Inc., which operates a paid streaming service.

Sebastian is best known for creating and hosting four technology YouTube channels, Linus Tech Tips (LTT), Techquickie, TechLinked, and ShortCircuit, which have a combined subscriber base of over 22 million. From 2007 to 2013, he was a regular presenter of technology videos for the now defunct Canadian computer retailer NCIX.

As of March 2021, Linus Tech Tips is ranked the most-watched technology channel on YouTube.[4] In 2014, Tubefilter named the channel as being within the "top 1% of Google's preferred advertising channels" on YouTube for the technology category.[5] In 2015, Inc. magazine ranked Sebastian fourth in a list of the "Top 30 Power Players in Tech".[6]


NCIX and Linus Tech Tips

The Linus Tech Tips logo as of 2018

Sebastian was working for the now-defunct Canadian online computer store NCIX.[7] He was asked by the company to be the host for its technology channel, which was created to help demonstrate products.[3] 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.[8]

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.[8] Linus Tech Tips was created on November 24, 2008.[9] 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.[10]

Linus Media Group

Sebastian founded Linus Media Group (LMG) in January 2013 out of a garage.[11] 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".[12]

LMG is headquartered in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.[13] By April 2022, it had over 80 full-time employees.[3]

Notable projects

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.[14] The video made technology news on a number of websites.[15][16][17] 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.[18]

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,[19] an act (refusal to repair) that has been speculated by VentureBeat to be illegal.[20] 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.[21] The series has gained over 12 million views and was covered in PC Gamer.[21]

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.[22]

Personal life

Sebastian grew up on a farm with siblings[23] and has been married to Yvonne Ho since May 20, 2011.[24] In a 2014 interview with technology startup website, Sebastian said that his favourite YouTubers were TotalBiscuit, Marques Brownlee, and Austin Evans.[25]

In January 2020, Sebastian claimed he was thinking about retiring.[26] However, he later said he had changed his mind.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Subscribers, broken down by channel:
    14.9 million (Linus Tech Tips)
    4.1 million (Techquickie)
    1.75 million (TechLinked)
    1.89 million (ShortCircuit)
    1.04 million (Channel Super Fun)
    437 thousand (LMG Clips)
    422 thousand (Mac Address)
    245 thousand (LinusCatTips)
    133 thousand (They're Just Movies)
  2. ^ Views, broken down by channel:
    6.06 billion (Linus Tech Tips)
    718.4 million (Techquickie)
    367.7 million (TechLinked)
    302.3 million (ShortCircuit)
    168.4 million (Channel Super Fun)
    120.28 million (LMG Clips)
    41.09 million (Mac Address)
    11.11 million (LinusCatTips)
    3.68 million (They're Just Movies)


  1. ^ a b "About Linus Tech Tips". YouTube.
  2. ^ Linus Tech Tips [@LinusTech] (August 20, 2014). "Me: Holy crap I'm gonna be 29 in an hour! Wife: 28.... Me: Oh, that's better Wife: My goodness..." (Tweet). Retrieved October 22, 2016 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b c Ovide, Shira (February 15, 2022). "This YouTube Star Is Also a Retail Empire". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 13, 2022. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  4. ^ "Top 100 YouTubers tech Channels". Archived from the original on June 19, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  5. ^ "Meet The Top 1% Of YouTube's "Google Preferred" Channels For Advertisers (Exclusive)". Tubefilter. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Rampton, John (July 21, 2015). "30 Power Players in Tech You Need to Know". Inc. Archived from the original on July 24, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "I'm Linus Sebastian of LinusTechTips, and This Is How I Work". LifeHacker. July 29, 2015. Archived from the original on January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "How I became: LinusTechTips (Linus Sebastian)". How I became. Archived from the original on October 17, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2016 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "About". Linus Tech Tips. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "Why Linus Left NCIX". Retrieved March 25, 2021 – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "The History of Linus Media Group". Linus Media Group. Archived from the original on November 30, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "DreamHack to Provide Festival Experience at Linus Tech Tips Expo". The Esports Observer. February 22, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  13. ^ "Linus Media Group".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Richards, Rae Michelle. "EVER WANTED TO BUILD A$30,000 COMPUTER? BECAUSE THIS GUY DID IT!". Broken Joy Sticks. Archived from the original on January 9, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  15. ^ Khan, Imad. "$30,000 gaming PC defies logic, lets seven people game at once". DailyDot. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  16. ^ "Youtuber spend equivalent to R $120,000 to build supercomputer". UOL. Archived from the original on January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  17. ^ Utomo, Riandanu Madi. "Computer Can Be Played By 7 People Simultaneously". Metro TV News. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  18. ^ Orland, Kyle (August 3, 2017). "What kind of gaming rig can run at 16K resolution?". Ars Technica. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  19. ^ Hanson, Matt (April 19, 2018). "YouTube channel claims Apple is refusing to fix its broken iMac Pro". TechRadar. Archived from the original on September 7, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  20. ^ Horwitz, Jeremy (April 18, 2018). "Apple refuses to fix iMac Pro damaged in YouTube teardown". VentureBeat. Archived from the original on November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  21. ^ a b Lilly, Paul (December 26, 2018). "Linus Tech Tips finds a range of issues in $1,500 gaming PCs". PC Gamer. Future US Inc. Archived from the original on February 27, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  22. ^ "Xbox Series X Controller Made From Solid Gold Is Very Expensive". GAMING. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  23. ^ This Is So Embarrassing! (Video). Linus Media Group. September 14, 2022. Retrieved September 14, 2022 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ Sebastian, Linus (October 27, 2017). "Bixby Showcase – It does more than you might think!". Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017 – via YouTube.
  25. ^ "Secrets of the Most Successful Tech YouTube Content Creators Revealed". Archived from the original on January 26, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  26. ^ Garreffa, Anthony (January 23, 2020). "Linus from LinusTechTips is 'thinking of retiring'". TweakTown. Archived from the original on January 29, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.

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