When Tae Ha Kim began streaming himself constructing mechanical keyboards on Twitch roughly two years ago, he didn’t think it would be a viable replacement for his San Francisco programming career. His goal now is to build his Twitch and YouTube channels, and to become a respected source of information on mechanical keyboards that will continue sending big-name streamers his way. “Now that we’re starting to see this exposure, people are trying to scale up and make it user-friendly.”. Instead, what’s allowed him to turn keyboard design and construction into a full-time job is his Twitch channel, where he gets donations and subscriber revenue every time he goes live.

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