Jarvis Johnson was previously a software engineer at Patreon, Yelp, and Google. He’s now a YouTuber.
You can find him on YouTube at Jarvis Johnson and on Twitter @jarvis.
The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.
Y Combinator invests a small amount of money ($150k) in a large number of startups (recently 200), twice a year.
Learn more about YC and apply for funding here: https://www.ycombinator.com/apply/
00:00 - Intro
00:20 - Jarvis' intro
00:50 - Where his videos first got traction
1:30 - Being part of the software industry while critiquing it
4:05 - How he got into programming
6:30 - Moving to California
7:50 - Interning at Google then Yelp
9:20 - Interviewing multiple times at the same company
10:20 - Moving from Yelp to Patreon
14:30 - Switching from individual contributor to manager
18:35 - Learnings from managing that he applies to himself
21:45 - What made Jarvis want to do YouTube full time?
30:20 - Investing in yourself
31:25 - Making what you want vs talking to viewers
35:55 - When did things really start to click for his channel?
38:20 - Choosing to make multiple genres of video
44:00 - Nathan Allebach asks - Are content creators responsible in any capacity for their audiences?
51:05 - Taylor asks - In what ways do you think content creation can benefit one's career in the tech industry?
54:40 - Jarvis made a podcast when he was a teenager
56:30 - Octopus Blues asks - What lessons did improv teach you/who would you recommend it to, if anyone?
58:45 - Predictions for YouTubers and content creators