Patrick Shyu is the face of the YouTube channel TechLead. He is a software developer, instructor, and technical lead who used to work for Google and Facebook. While he created his YouTube account to discuss his programming skills, it has evolved into a lifestyle and finance channel. He has an estimated net worth of $5 million in 2022.
Shyu is from Tokyo, Japan. He finished high school at the Tokyo Institute Of Technology. In 2001, he moved to the US to pursue higher education at the University of California, Berkeley.
He studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and got his degree in 2005. While he was studying, he worked on games and online apps. He also learned computer graphics.
In 2006, the aspiring programmer finished his master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California San Diego. He soon worked on his internships.
His career as a programmer started when he interned for Juniper Networks. He was also an intern at Microsoft. After that, he became a software engineer at Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Later on, he was employed as a technical staff member at the e-commerce marketplace Groupon. While working there, he also developed his own games and apps. After more than a decade of failed applications, Shyu was employed by Google in 2014.
He worked there as a technical lead. Shyu left Google in 2018 to work for Facebook as a tech lead and staff software engineer. He was fired by the web company in 2019, allegedly because of his YouTube channel.
Patrick created his TechLead YouTube account in 2016 but didn’t start uploading until 2018 when he was still at Google. He started out by sharing his experience and knowledge about programming.
Later on in his career, he started uploading videos about other topics. He occasionally talks about social and political issues. He has also criticized major cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and Ethereum. So, Patrick Shyu created his own crypto, Million Token, and listed it in CoinGecko.
He got a lot of traction and soon launched other ventures. He owns the website, TechSeries.dev, and sells his Tech Interview Pro Training program there. He has two other courses: Coder Pro and YouTube Backstage. With his influence, he has amassed a total of 1.33 million subscribers.
Net Worth and Earnings
As a self-made millionaire, TechLead has several income sources. His channel’s ad revenue generates about $173,000 every year. He also has sponsorships and affiliate commissions that can make him up to $100,000 annually.
However, he claims that his biggest income stream is Tech Interview Pro, which makes around $800,000 to $1 million. His other courses make approximately $10,000 per month. With all of this, his net worth sums up to $5 million.
TechLead was once married to a Japanese woman named Reina Shyu. They have one son. However, Patrick revealed in 2019 that his partner had unexpectedly taken his 3-year-old child to Tokyo. He stated that money contributed to the steady deterioration of his relationship with his ex-wife.