Hi! I'm Philipp Dettmer, founder and head writer of Kurzgesagt, one of the largest science channels on YouTube with over sixteen million subscribers - AMA
It's 9:20pm CET: Wow, thank you all for your questions and for joining the AMA today. It was more than I expected and I tried to answer as much as possible and now my brain is pudding. Signing off for today. If you want to ask more stuff, maybe ask others from the team, head over to r/kurzgesagt or checkout our (independent) discord community.
Again, thank you for your watching our videos. Doing Kurzgesagt is truly a privilege and a dream job. You are making this possible. The entire team and I appreciate it more than you can imagine.
I was really bad at school and I dropped out of high school at age fifteen and generally was a pretty stupid and not interested in learning anything. While pursuing my secondary school diploma I met a remarkable teacher (thanks Frau Reddanz!) who inspired a passion for learning and understanding the world in me. (Mostly by screaming at me passionately). This changed how I looked at anything education related - school really made stuff horribly boring but with passion and a different teaching approach everything actually became super interesting.
So I went on to study history but that was boring too ( university, not the subject) and finally I switched to communication design with a focus on infographics, wanting to make difficult ideas engaging and accessible. During that time Edu Youtube became big and I ended up doing a video as bachelors thesis.
This project became one of the largest sciency channels on YouTube over the course of the following eight years. (It is still pretty funny to me as I'm the most unlikely person too that should explain people anything about anything) Today we have more than 16 million subscribers and 1.5 billion views on our main channel on YouTube and a team of 45 individuals working full time behind the scenes of the channel. We are known for the insane amount of hours we put into every video, which currently is north of 1200+ hours per video. Also we only published 150 videos in 8 years.
For the last decade, I've been working on and off on a book about the immune system, and decided to finish it during the pandemic, as it (obviously) felt like the right time. In the book, I take you on a journey through the fortress of the human body and its defenses and discuss a few diseases and how amazing your defenses are. The book happens to be released today if you want to check it out!
Ask me anything!
Also, here's my proof