Zack Nelson is a popular tech YouTuber.
He runs the world’s largest cell phone repair YouTube channel, JerryRigEverything and has acquired more than 7 million subscribers on it.
Zack Nelson was born on 29 June 1989.
He grew up in Utah, United States and did his high schooling there.
At 19, Zack moved to Guatemala, Central America for a couple of years to serve a mission of a church. Here, he learnt Spanish.
In 2009, Zack joined Utah State University to study Bachelors in Business Administration and Management, Interdisciplinary Study.
He graduated in 2013.
A born entrepreneur-
Since his childhood, Zack always wanted to grow up to become an entrepreneur.
At the age of 3, he sold toothpicks to his neighbours for a penny a piece by going door-to-door.
In his high school years, Zack did residential construction, framed houses and did drywall painting.
Later, he also built computers as a side job before joining the college.
And even while studying in college, Zack did many projects.
He did the business of shipping cell phone parts like batteries, lenses, etc. to Amazon.
Finally, Zack settled YouTube and now, his YouTube channel is his main business.
While in his first year of college, in July 2009, Zack started working as a Sales Associate for T-Mobile.
And from April 2010, he started working as a Retail Sales Associate for Sprint Nextel.
Zack worked in this position until March 2014.
Even as he worked in his job, he always dreamt of becoming an entrepreneur.
An interesting fact- Michael Fisher of MrMobile also worked at the Sprint Nextel.
Impressed by YouTube-
One of Zack’s acquaintances published a video titled- Why Men and Women Cant be friends on 2 December 2011.
This video got viral and he was able to purchase a car with the earnings from this single video.
When he shared this with Zack, he was very impressed by the earning potential of YouTube.
After a while, his old Jeep Wrangler broke down and when he took it to the repair shop, he was informed that it would cost him $1000 to fix it.
But Zack wasn’t convinced because he felt that his Jeep itself wasn’t worth $1000.
So, as he wanted to repair the vehicle himself, he started researching on YouTube.
And one YouTube video of the briansmobile1 YouTube channel taught Zack how to fix the issue for just $60.
Later, when he messaged the owner of briansmobile1 channel to thank him, he got to know that he too was earning with YouTube and also simultaneously making this world a better place.
Starting a YouTube channel-
As Zack was impressed by YouTube, he too decided to start a YouTube channel so that he too can help people by sharing his projects and teaching them and also, earn.
During that time, he was studying in college and as he liked Mountain Dew at that time, he named his YouTube channel Green dew oceans.
Zack started publishing Jeep and motorcycle repair videos and soon, he realised that many people own cell phones rather than Jeeps or motorcycles.
He also realised that publishing videos about cell phones would increase the views of his videos.
As during that time, Zack was already doing a job of repairing cell phones for a shop, he started filming his work and publishing them onto his YouTube channel.
Soon, people started liking his concise videos.
Zack was doing all these on the side while studying in the college.
Deleting his YouTube channel-
After publishing around 40 videos on his Green dew oceans YouTube channel, Zack realised that the name of his YouTube channel wasn’t good.
As during that time, YouTube didn’t allow to change the channel’s name, so he decided to delete his channel and start afresh with a more apt name.
So, even though Zack had acquired a few hundred subscribers on his YouTube channel, he deleted it.
And on 23 July 2012, he started a new YouTube channel by the name, JerryRigEverything.
Prior to deleting Green dew oceans YouTube channel, Zack downloaded all its videos and then, uploaded these videos onto his JerryRigEverything channel.
Story behind the name-
Jerry was his grandfather and he loved rigging the things.
When Zack was 13, he lost his grandfather.
So, he named his channel as JerryRigEverything out of respect to his grandfather.
Also, as his channel revolves around fixing things, this name seemed apt to him.
Initially, Zack was just earning 5 cents per day with his YouTube channel but as he liked his work of repairing cell phones, he persisted.
Zack shot his first 200 videos with his HTC Evo 4G smartphone and used to edit them on his laptop in his dorm room.
After a couple of years of starting his channel, he acquired just around 2000 subscribers after publishing 100 videos.
Becoming a full-time YouTuber-
After around two years of starting JerryRigEverything, the cell phone company which employed Zack was getting closed.
So, they offered him a severance package for four months and after quitting the job, he decided to dedicate most of his time to grow his YouTube channel.
Zack began working hard on his channel and thankfully, after four months, his YouTube channel became feasible.
And since 2015, he is working as a full-time YouTuber.
Along with cell phone repairs, Zack also started testing the durability of cell phones and started posting these videos onto his channel because the majority of the people would be interested in knowing the durability of cell phones rather than to learn to repair them.
And thanks to the cell phone durability videos, he started getting good views on his videos.
Meeting Cambry Kaylor-
Zack met Cambry Kaylor on a dating app.
Cambry is a registered occupational therapist and she also teaches horse riding (equestrian).
After dating, they got married on 31 August 2019.
In October 2021, this couple got blessed with a baby boy, Cyrus Nelson.
Zack along with Cambry in partnership with Utah Trikes created Not-a-Wheelchair, an affordable bike for paraplegics capable of off-roading.
They have also made these bikes available for the public.
Thanks to his perseverance, Zack became a successful YouTuber and as of November 2021, he has more than 7 million subscribers on JerryRigEverything.
He also has another YouTube channel, ZacksJerryRig.
Some interesting facts about Zack-
- Zack is fond of trucks and motorcycles. Toyota Tacomas are his favourite trucks.
- While in high school, he had an afro hairstyle but thanks to his genetics, he lost his hair.
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Featured Image credit: Zack Nelson/Instagram
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