Ever heard of Techlead? The guy that doesn’t spare a video without mentioning that he’s a millionaire?
He’s a self-made millionaire, app creator, online course instructor, and an Ex-Facebook software engineer and Ex-Google techlead.
While he started his Youtube channel to share his experience as a programmer, the channel has turned out to be a lifestyle channel.
He shares his family matters (divorce) on his Youtube channel.
But behind everything, you cannot miss his funny titles that have “as a millionaire” as a suffix.
Wondering who the Techlead is, his wife, net worth, and how he started? I did detailed research to find out everything about the Techlead.
I hope you have a great read!
Who is the Techlead? – Patrick Shyu
His real name is Patrick Shyu. He’s a genius programmer who taught himself programming and has created apps that have earned him millions of dollars.
He’s the Ex-Google tech lead, Ex-Facebook software engineer, and Ex-husband (a title he has been using lots of times).
Patrick Shyu spent most of his time in the United States. He officially started his career in 2001 where he began his BSC program at the University of California, Berkeley.
He finished his program in 2005. Before the end of his BS program, he did a computer science program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, which lasted one year.
Upon graduating in 2005, he went for his Master of Science in computer science and engineering at the University of California San Diego.
Although little is known about Shyu’s early life, Patrick Shyu worked in computer graphics.
What’s worth mentioning is that he worked as an intern at Microsoft in 2006 for four months.
He also interned in PixelActive3D during that same year, 2006, for four months too.
From there onward, Patrick got into app development.
Making over a Million Dollar from Apps
Patrick started creating apps in 2008, and this was when the app market was still young. His very first apps were a series game, World of Blood.
During that time, the web game became so popular and reached over 1.5 million users on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, etc.
This was his very first set of game apps and definitely earned something worthwhile. But as it is in the app market, apps become quickly outdated when the buzz around them dies.
The World of Blood was active for over a year before it started seeing a decline in users.
In 2007, Patrick Shyu created a social network that features games, a marketplace, chats, etc.
This was also a success. It had over 3.5 million users. It was active from 2007 to 2014. This also contributed to him becoming financially stable in his 20s.
Panolapse360 is another software created by the Techlead (Shyu) in 2013. It is a popular timelapse software for perspective-correct simulated motion (I had to check this out as I didn’t know what it was).
In 2014 was when Patrick started hitting it big with his mobile apps. As Patrick said in one of his videos, tapping into an early trend is one of the easiest and best ways to become rich.
He got into iOS apps development in 2014 when it was still new, and lots of people were still on the Android app store.
In 2014, Patrick launched 9 iOS apps with over 100K downloads under the brand name, Avalancia.
Thanks to these apps, Techlead became a millionaire over time.
In an interview with Graham Stephan, Patrick Shyu revealed three of his apps were responsible for his million-dollar net worth at 25.
Before 25 or hitting a million-dollar from his apps, Shyu was already living a digital nomad lifestyle.
It is at this point that he got accepted into Google as a software developer after several applications.
Ex-Google and Ex-Facebook Developer
While developing apps, Shyu was consistently applying for his dream job as a software engineer at Google.
Coincidentally, it was at this point his income from apps started declining. That’s the nature of the app industry.
It isn’t a consistent business. You need to keep creating more apps and marketing them properly to make consistent income.
According to Patrick Shyu, the average lifespan of his app profitability is a year.
The Techlead, as he loves to call himself, worked at Google for three years and eight months, as stated on his Linkedin page.
After leaving Google, he got a job at Facebook as a software engineer. He worked with Facebook for a year and three months.
At both tech companies, he rose to the position of a team leader, which is referred to as Tech Lead.
It is not an actual position you apply to get as Shyu mentioned in one of his videos (sorry, I can’t remember the URL).
As a tech lead, you’re the representative of your team. Quite similar to the typical team leader we are familiar with.
According to him, Facebook fired him for having a Youtube channel against its staff policy.
It was during this period, he started having some family crisis.
Heck, you must have seen the Tech lead video(s) about his divorce.
Shyu doesn’t restrain from sharing personal and family problems on his youtube channel as a free-spirited guy.
In one of his videos, Shyu revealed how his financial success caused friction in his relationship.
According to him, money led to the gradual degrading of his relationship with his wife,, which eventually led to divorce.
In that video episode, he discussed how small acts of kindness never mattered again to his wife.
A little about his wife is that she’s Japanese. The culture barrier was also one of the things that led to the divorce.
While we never would know what exactly happened in his marriage, it’s sad and unhealthy how the Tech Lead always blame his Ex-wife.
Having watched several of his videos, I feel like he’s instead a confused soul trying to survive the crisis all around him.
Well, what do we expect when the videos about his midlife crisis received more views than the regular content he publishes?
Since disclosing his divorce from his wife, Shyu has created multiple videos about his relationship and sharing relationship advice.
And these videos received lots of views. Some of his videos have over 2 million views.
Some of these videos are:
He also once shared a video about how it has been a while he saw his son. Yes, the Tech lead has a son. His wife went away with his son. He also once disclosed how his son is the victim of the divorce.
Luke Winkie did put this better in his article: The Hustle Guy Monetizing his Midlife Crisis.
Patrick Shyu Net Worth
If you’ve seen any of Patrick Shyu’s videos, then you’ll know he never fails to remind you that he’s the Tech lead and also a millionaire.
In fact, a good number of his video titles have the (as a millionaire) as a suffix.
And that’s the only thing we know about his net worth.
All research to verify his net worth was proved abortive. But we know so far that he has a seven-figure net worth. But we couldn’t confirm a specific figure.
The Tech lead Youtube.
As a full-time YouTuber, Patrick Shyu runs one of the fastest-growing youtube channels.
In 2019 when I discovered his channel, he had about 500K subscribers but revisiting it now, he has about 1.1m subscribers.
The Tech Lead channel was created as a hub to share his experience as a programmer and the tech lead.
He also uses his channel to boost the sales of his courses which would be discussed later on.
And now, he has moved from being just a channel for his programming experience to a lifestyle channel where he shares the personal experience.
He also shares ways to make money online as that’s one of the popular types of content on his channel.
Before the Tech Lead channel, Shyu does ran a travel channel in the year 2005, a long time.
I managed to track this on his LinkedIn profile. The channel is no longer active. It goes by the name Blue Eden.
The Techlead has two courses where he teaches you how to start and run a successful youtube channel (Youtube Backstage) and a course that helps you pass your tech interview (Tech Interview Pro).
Let’s get into the details.
Tech Interview Pro
The Tech Interview Pro is Shyu’s primary and very first course. The course is targeted at programmers and tech enthusiasts hoping to pass tech interviews with the tech company of their dreams.
As an Ex-Google and Ex-Facebook engineer, Patrick Shyu is more than qualified to teach this course.
Getting a job at Google and Facebook is the dream job for nearly all programmers. And Patrick didn’t just get in once; he worked in the two companies for a total of 6 years.
And at the companies, he was a tech lead. This you already know, let’s talk about the course.
Who is the Tech Interview Pro for?
This course is best for software engineers, programmers, and tech enthusiasts interested in becoming better as a programmer and also getting accepted in the tech company of their choice.
What’s Covered in the Course?
The course doesn’t just cover tutorials on tech interview questions; it covers more than that.
Here’s what to expect in the course:
Coding Interview Videos – As a student, you get access to over 150+ video course episodes teaching you how to pass the coding interview exam. It also includes previous questions and answers. The course also covers some past questions for popular tech companies like Google, Facebook, etc.
Coding Sessions – Together with the interview series, you get access to coding sessions that trains you to become better at programming.
There are over 100 coding video sessions that cover data structures, algorithms, and many more aspects.
Resume Review – As a bonus and benefit you stand to enjoy, The Tech lead will review your resume to help you stand out and get a chance to be invited for an interview.
Private Facebook Group – There’s a private Facebook you get access to as a member. The group consists of veteran programmers and software engineers working at big companies. Getting access to the group would be worth the cost of the course as you could meet up with someone working in your dream company.
Live Q&A – Every two weeks, the Tech lead hosts a live question and answer session where you can ask personal questions and get help.
Tech Interview Pro Price – How Much Does It Cost?
The Tech Interview Pro course costs $597. You grab it at a 50% discount with this link.
The Youtube Backstage is a course for Youtubers and aspiring Youtubers hoping to build a solid and profitable Youtube channel.
With a Youtube channel of 1.1 million subscribers and has made over a million dollars from his channel, The Tech lead is in the best position to teach this course.
Some of his videos have over 2 million views. You’d hardly find a video with less than 300K views on his channel.
So if you’re considering if his course is worth it, then you already know my response. His course is definitely worth it.
Who is it For?
Are you a blogger? A YouTuber? A marketer? Or business owner? Then Youtube backstage is for you.
As a blogger, you can spread your wings and distribute your on Youtube as a Youtuber.
Marketers and business owners can also leverage Youtube to grow their business and generate sales.
What is in the Course?
This course focuses on teaching growth strategies to grow your Youtube channel and proven tips to make it a real business.
To achieve those two things, here’s what you’ll find within the student login area:
50+ Video Courses – Youtube backstage has over 5o video courses on running and growing a successful youtube channel. This also covers the monetization aspect, video editing, and the business aspect of running a youtube channel.
Private Facebook Group – Similar to the Tech Interview Pro, you get access to an exclusive Facebook group where you can learn from other pro YouTubers in the group. You can also ask questions and get answers to your questions.
Lifetime access – The course is regularly updated. And the interesting part is that you’ll get lifetime access to all the courses. Both current content and future content.
Life lessons from Patrick Shyu (The Tech Lead)
From his jokes in his videos, there are lots of lessons that I have learned by watching his videos.
Patrick Shyu is a determined and focused individual. Sometimes I wonder how he manages to write codes while at Google and Facebook and also create videos at the same time.
This is something I so much respect him for. Also, he has developed lots of apps also which was where he got his start as a millionaire.
Also, in a life where you can never please anyone, being free-spirited can be a wonderful attribute to have.
I so much love his free-spirited attribute and honesty when it comes to discussing his matters.
Although a lot of people dislike him for that, I do love him for being honest about his opinions and not painting something that isn’t.
While I do not agree with all his views, that’s bound to be, I do love and cherish his honesty.
Patrick Shyu (the Tech lead) is an awesome guy and his videos are worth watching as I catch lots of fun and learn a lot from his channel.
But at the same time, I wouldn’t turn a blind eye to the fact that he somehow is a typical example of someone who sacrificed his family life and relationship for financial and business success.
This also tells in his videos as he doesn’t waste an episode or interview without reminding you that he’s the techlead and also a millionaire.
Anyway, he’s a cool guy and someone I respect in the industry. He isn’t your regular Youtuber.
Have you watched any of the Tech lead videos? Have you taken any of his courses before? I would love to hear from you.
FAQs about the Techlead (Patrick Shyu)
How Much is the Techlead Worth?
There’s no data on how much he’s worth. However, he’s a millionaire and we estimate he should be worth anywhere $3million – $7 million.
Is Techlead the Chinese or Japanese?
Techlead is a Chinese-American software engineer and Youtuber.
How old is Techlead?
Techlead’s age is not publicly revealed but we assume him to be in his mid thirties.
Why Did Techlead Leave Google?
According to the Techlead, he was fascinated with the advanced hidden techs in the four walls of Google. Some of these technology are yet to be commercialized and this kept him wondering what other strange and amazing tech are hidden in the four walls of other companies.
He left Google the moment he got accepted into Facebook, another opportunity to experience and see the tech hidden behind other tech companies.