Marques Brownlee

Marques Brownlee


Who is Marques Brownlee

Who is Marques Brownlee?

Marques Brownlee, professionally known as MKBHD, is an American tech influencer who is also an ultimate frisbee player. He is highly popular because of his tech-focused YouTube content and Waveform podcast.

Brownlee kickstarted his YouTube career back in 2008. While still in high school, he posted YouTube videos on new gadgets or reviews of the ones he already possessed. His first YouTube videos were freeware and hardware tutorials. 

While he has numerous videos, he uploaded his most viral video in 2013, where he performed multiple scratch tests on an LG G Flex to demonstrate and prove the device’s self-healing ability. The video spread like wildfire and gained a million views on its first day. 

Then, Marques Brownlee uploaded another scratch test and review video of the iPhone 6 rumored 4.7-inch sapphire display component the following year. The video caught the attention of major magazines and news outlets like Forbes, The Verge, Time Magazine, and NBC News. 

At the height of his popularity, Brownlee ventured into a different content style — interviewing notable personalities. He started with then-professional NBA player Kobe Bryant in his Talking Tech With Kobe Bryant video in 2015. The following year, he was given the privilege to ask the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates a question on encryption while maintaining privacy rights and national security. 

In 2016, he interviewed Apple’s senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi, Elon Musk in 2018, Bill Gates and Microsoft CEO Nadya Nadella in 2019, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama in 2020, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai in 2021. 

The influencer’s great fame earned him 17.2M subscribers on YouTube, 6M followers on Twitter, 4.2M on Instagram, 1.7M on TikTok, and 992K on Facebook. 

Awards and Recognitions

Marques Brownlee Awards and Recognitions

  • 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30
  • 2018 Shorty Awards: Creator of The Decade

Marques Brownlee Prominent Campaigns

Marques Brownlee Prominent Campaigns

Rewind: Tech from 2021

Rewind: Tech from 2021
Source: Best Buy

Best Buy Co. Inc., a consumer electronics retailer, partnered with Brownlee on the Rewind: Tech from 2021 campaign, where the influencer showcased his top favorite gadgets from the brand and everything a customer needs to know about those gadgets. Brownlee’s curated selection was up for grabs. 

Sneaker 251

Sneaker 251
Source: Fast Company

Renowned shoe company Atoms collaborated with Marques Brownlee on an innovative high-top sneaker called Sneaker 251. Atoms named the sneaker after the duration of the video (2:51), which jumpstarted Brownlee’s entire career as an influencer. 

Icons: The MKBHD Collection

Icons: The MKBHD Collection
Source: MKBHD YouTube

Gadget accessories retailer dbrand teamed up with Brownlee on Icons: The MKBHD Collection. The curated collection features black and red gadget cases or skins, face masks, pyramids, rubix cubes, and more. His collection is still available on the brand’s website. 

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