Who Is YouTuber “TechLead” And Is His Channel Satire? (Patrick Shyu Net Worth, Bio, Videos, More)

Patrick Shyu, better known as TechLead.
Courtesy of Patrick Shyu’s Instagram profile.

 

Who Is Patrick Shyu?

Patrick “TechLead” Shyu is a US-based software developer, former tech lead and software engineer at Google and Facebook, and a YouTuber. He is also the creator of Tech Interview Pro – a training program aimed to help software engineers successfully pass technical coding interviews.

As a YouTuber, Shyu initially covered technical coding interviews and software development, providing advice and directions in the field. At some point, Shyu’s topics expanded to lifestyle, money-making, productivity, investments, and cryptocurrency.

Shyu is known for his dry, sarcastic humor that is sometimes difficult to detect because of his generally neutral face expression. However, Shyu’s videos are typically not entirely satirical or humorous.

 

Bio And Background

Patrick Shyu’s LinkedIn profile states that he graduated with a Bachelor of Science, EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences) with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. In 2006, he received a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California San Diego.

In one of his videos, Shyu shares that he was engaged in game and web app development while studying.

Prior to working at Google and Facebook, Shyu worked as an intern at companies like Juniper Networks and Microsoft, a Software Engineer at Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Member of Technical Staff at Groupon. He held a number of other positions as well.

In the meantime, Shyu was working on his own apps and games, he says in the video featured above. By following technology trends and creating apps for new platforms (such as iOS or the Facebook app platform) as they were coming out, Shyu became a self-made millionaire.

Shyu was hired by Google in September 2014 after about a decade of unsuccessful applications with the company.

At Google, Shyu was the Tech Lead of App Architecture & Core Features for the YouTube iOS app.

In April 2018, Shyu left Google.

In May 2018, he was hired by Facebook as a Staff Software Engineer/Tech Lead.

In an August 1, 2019, video, Shyu announced that his wife had taken his 3 years old son with her to Tokyo without warning.

In an August 29, 2019 video, Shyu announced that he had been fired from Facebook. He claimed that the company had fired him because of his YouTube channel.

Among other things, he said:

They told me that they didn’t really like my YouTube show where I’m always talking about how I’m an ex-Google tech lead. And they were wondering why couldn’t I mention that I’m also an ex-Facebook tech lead. And they wanted to see that happen.

In a video published on October 3, 2019, Shyu explained the possible reasons for his wife’s departure. He thinks that this happened because of disagreements between his wife and his parents, who they were living with after Shyu left Google and was hired by Facebook.

Approximately 8 months after his wife’s departure, Shyu visited Tokyo to see his family.

 

Patrick Shyu On YouTube

Patrick Shyu joined YouTube on September 20, 2016. The oldest video on his channel is dated February 9, 2018. In this video, he features his day as a YouTube software engineer.

As of June 8, 2021, Shyu had over 1.06 million subscribers and over 87 million total video views.

Shyu has a secondary channel called TechLead Show where he typically discusses tech, news, lifestyle, and other topics not covered on his main channel.

Shyu’s videos are generally focused on software engineering & coding interview tips.

Shyu sometimes covers social-political issues. In a March 6, 2020, video, he criticized software companies for forcing diversity and opined that software developers should be hired based on their achievements.

On June 9, 2020, Shyu also shared his opinion about the #BlackLivesMatter movement on his secondary channel. He thinks that the movement has a good cause, but he added that he would want the movement to promote the rights of not just Black Americans but also the rights of all other peoples and minorities. Additionally, he thinks that prioritizing and classifying people based on the color of their skin is reverse racism.

He concluded the video by saying that BlackLivesMatter highlighted the issue of brutality and lack of accountability in the US law enforcement.

He also covered the BlackLivesMatter movement in a satirical video published on June 8, 2020.

At some point, Shyu also covered cryptocurrency. He initially invested in a number of cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Doge – but later claimed to have sold much of it during the mid-to-late May 2021 drop.

Shyu also criticized Ethereum on multiple occasions, pointing out its downsides like scalability issues. At the same time, he opined that Cardano had more potential because of its research-oriented development process, among other things.

At the same time, Shyu was critical of cryptocurrencies, especially of Bitcoin, due to security concerns and the possibility of regulation.

Shyu’s cryptocurrency videos have received mixed feedback, with some supporting his views and others accusing him of spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt). Some viewers were unsure whether his crypto videos were serious or whether they were merely trolling.

In late 2019, Shyu got into a conflict with software engineer and technical interview prep platform AlgoExpert founder Clement Mihailescu, who he had collaborated with several times. Shyu and tech YouTuber Joma Tech had acquired a domain similar to Mihailescu’s and had started redirecting traffic to Shyu’s TechSeries.dev.

Mihailescu covered the issue in several of his videos. The conflict was ultimately resolved.

 

Patrick Shyu’s Tech Interview Pro, Coder Pro, And YouTube Backstage

The homepage of Shyu's Tech Interview Pro.
Courtesy of TechSeries.dev.

 

Patrick Shyu runs Tech Interview Pro – an online training program and community intended to help students successfully pass technical coding interviews. Tech Interview Pro covers programming assignments, algorithms, system design, resume tips, and more.

Shyu also runs Coder Pro, which includes over 100 video explanations of common interview questions. Coder Pro covers data structures, time-space complexity, dynamic programming, recursion, iteration, search, sorting, among others.

YouTube Backstage is Shyu’s third educational course. It’s focused on YouTube – more specifically, on helping students build a $1 million YouTube business.

 

Techlead/Patrick Shyu Net Worth

Patrick Shyu frequently calls himself a multi-millionaire in his videos. However, his exact net worth is unknown.

In a video dated December 31, 2020, TechLead talked about his YouTube income in 2020. He provided the following breakdown:

  • AdSense: $158,000 ($173,000 in 2019).
  • Tech Interview Pro: Approximately $800,000 to $1,000,000.
  • YouTube Backstage: Approximately $10,000 per month.
  • Affiliate & sponsor commissions: Approximately $50,000 to $100,000 per year.

While at Google and Facebook, Shyu claims to have been earning approximately $500,000 annually.

 

What Is The ‘Million Token’ ($MM) By TechLead And Is It A Scam?

In early July, 2021, TechLead created the ‘Million Token’ ($MM).

He made several videos explaining it, and tweeted about it on Twitter (see video and tweet embeds below). As with many of his videos, it was unclear if the token was created in a serious or satirical manner.

At the same time, many on crypto-twitter began cautioning that the token was a “scam” whether TechLead created it as a form of satire or not, as they accused TechLead of pulling liquidity from the project on Uniswap at the same time he was encouraging his followers to invest in the token (see tweet embeds below).

Here is a link to the CoinGecko listing for the Million Token ($MM).

 

Online Presence And Publicity

In addition to YouTube, Patrick “TechLead” Shyu is present on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

To find out more about Shyu, visit his YouTube channel, LinkedIn profile, and the Tech Interview Pro website.

 

 

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