Marques Brownlee on Building an Audience Competition is for Losers with Peter 2 days ago   52:07

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Marques Brownlee is a YouTuber. He has over 8 million subscribers to his channel MKBHD where he reviews electronics, drives electric vehicles, and interviews people such as Kobe Bryant and Bill Gates.

https://twitter.com/MKBHD
https://www.youtube.com/MKBHD

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

https://twitter.com/craigcannon

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Topics

00:00 - What does Marques attribute his channel's success to?

2:15 - The early days

4:45 - How does he go about evaluating a product?

7:05 - Features that Marques thought were great that didn't catch on

8:15 - Peak smartphone?

10:05 - Folding phones and new trends

11:00 - Tesla and the EV market

15:20 - Getting older and staying relevant

16:40 - New kinds of videos and podcasting

22:00 - Does Marques feel limited by gear?

25:45 - Storytelling techniques

27:50 - Tech vs Marques as the star of the show

29:30 - Marco Castro asks - What advice do you have for new creators on YouTube?

30:30 - When did Marques find his voice as a creator?

33:30 - Overcoming perfectionism

34:30 - Gut instinct vs data

37:00 - YouTube comments

39:05 - Austin Ryder asks - In the early years of his channel, Marques took a several month hiatus from YouTube, but then came back with a new video format and seemingly renewed drive. What happened during those months off that led to the channel becoming what it is today?

40:15 - Winston asks - What’s your daily schedule?

42:40 - Ultimate frisbee injuries

43:00 - Amad Khan asks - Are there any problems that you see or face that you really wish engineers/developers would solve?

44:25 - Christian Giordano asks - Any tips on how to engage/work with influencers when you are a very early stage startup with little or no money?

46:15 - The future of creators supporting themselves financially

49:05 - His biggest challenge as a creator

50:05 - Long-term goals

Comments 123 Comments

Sundar Pichai
sad mkhb
strongforu
I felt like the interviewer had a slight chip on his shoulder in the first half of the interview. He seemed to relax a bit in the second half though. Respect Marques. He is a YouTube and tech world legend. At just 25 he's interviewed Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson and just about anyone else who matters in the tech world and his channel has over 8 million subscribers and growing.
mac berry
Everybody confuses Marques with Lou from unbox with the bending iPhone 6
Christian Tessmer
Is this really the best time to do the dishes?
Digong DU30
Back then he was very honest on reviewing products.
Now, he is a sellout to a big corporations.
Guto Bernardo
Throughout the video I was thinking about Marques directing his own movie and what could that be about. I'm really glad you asked him that question!
RegularBrian
What's the mic stand you used for the Shure SM7B in this video?
Ismail K
Don't be the guy who decides to do the dishes when the people go live. Don't do it man.
Jan M
Background noises killing me. Please improve this. Great video besides of that.
Jonathan Koller
hackintosh is very kosher. it improves the apple experience
Don in 5 Reviews
MKBHD is great. I build my audience by offering free glasses of milk and one Oreo.
Mejora y Emprende
Great talk! 😊
Never Mind
why there is alot a nose in the background?!1!
Awom Kenneth
how do keep up consistency? it's really hard.
Hassan AlSharif
sorry but I find the questions asked by the host is kinda cheap.
Mossy Sparks
He tried to slyly ask if Marques pirated software and music in the beginning... lol
Benjamin Sila M.
GREAT interview. Consistency and having a decent niche is the key to success. And benchmarks are a great decider for me. Keeping it real 100%.
Quetorials
fellas- lets talk BBQ this serious...just once
drzzLx
09:50 I dont agree when he sais, smartphones are more durable. come on 4 Years isnt long. The Phones from back in the day, even before touchscreen times, still work today and have a battery life of roughly a week. Some of them even support whatsapp, but not Youtube/ Insta etc. Those Phones lasted over 10 Years! that is long! and in my oppinion, that how it's supposed to be. At least the hardware and whatsapp should last that long..... Also: I miss small phones. I Wish therw would be a new iphone 5 sized phone on the market. And for all those who are thinking of the palm phone: that thing is a joke......
Alfonso Decafe
"Nothing really sucks anymore..." - You should find a girl that does...
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Competition is for Losers with Peter Marques Brownlee on Building an Audience 2 days ago   50:28

Lecture Transcript: http://www.tech.genius.com/Peter-thiel-lecture-5-business-strategy-and-monopoly-theory-annotated

Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal and Palantir, discusses business strategy and monopoly theory in "Competition is For Losers".

See the slides and readings at http://www.startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec05

Discuss this lecture: http://www.startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64034