In a recent YouTube video, Linus Tech Tips‘ CEO, Linus Sebastian, announced his decision to step down as CEO of Linus Media Group, Creator Warehouse, and Floatplane Media, effective from July 1, 2023. After 10 eventful years, Sebastian acknowledged that the company had outgrown his leadership and that it was time for a change.
Sebastian expressed his realization that he was not cut out for the CEO role and highlighted his weaknesses in attention to detail and temperament required to run such a large organization. Despite his strengths in creativity, motivation, and problem-solving, he admitted that he was tired and feared the negative consequences of forcing himself to continue in the administrative role.
However, Sebastian assured his audience that he would still be an active presence on camera, engaging with the community and creating content. He revealed his new role as Chief Vision Officer, responsible for charting the company’s path while relying on the expertise of others to handle the operational aspects.
Acknowledging the curiosity surrounding his successor, Sebastian introduced Taran Tong, a former boss from his NCIX days, as the new CEO. Tong’s experience in managing Sebastian and his successful stints at Corsair and Dell made him the ideal candidate for the position. Sebastian expressed his excitement to work with Tong again and the valuable mentorship he could provide to the team.
Sebastian emphasized that the rest of the leadership team would remain intact, ensuring a smooth transition. He assured viewers that the company’s ownership structure would remain unchanged, with him and his partner Yvonne still serving as the sole shareholders and directors.
The CEO transition brings a shift in reporting, with no one reporting directly to Sebastian anymore. He highlighted the importance of trust in the new CEO and encouraged a culture focused on integrity, compassion, and strong investments in the team’s growth.
While acknowledging a substantial offer to sell the company, Sebastian stated that his mission with Linus Tech Tips was not yet complete. He emphasized their long-term thinking, driven by their principles, and their commitment to maintaining the company’s independence.
Sebastian concluded the video by expressing his enthusiasm for the upcoming chapter, promising better videos, products, and investments that would solidify their position as a premier source of tech information. He also invited the community to participate in a Q&A session about the transition, demonstrating his dedication to engaging with his audience.
As Linus Tech Tips enters this new era, fans can expect the same familiar face on screen, with Sebastian’s passion for technology and content creation undiminished.