Hello, and welcome to I am glad you have found your way to this site and appreciate your taking the time to visit.

I am best known as the founder of How Stuff Works. I started HowStuffWorks as a hobby in 1998 and it has grown to be one of the top Web sites in the country. In 2007 Discovery Communications purchased for $250 million. I am also well known as the host of the show “Factory Floor with Marshall Brain” which appeared on the National Geographic channel.

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I am known for the Robotic Nation essays and the book Manna. The article How to make a million dollars is also very popular. I am also known as a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at North Carolina State University.

I have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz show, CNN, MSNBC, Modern Marvels, etc. I have been interviewed for hundreds of different newspaper articles, magazine articles and radio shows. If you would like to schedule an interview, please click here.

Today I am a writer, a well-known national speaker, a consultant. I am the Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at NCSU. I am an active participant in the entrepreneurial community in RTP as a mentor, coach, consultant and adviser. I am very interested in Elon Musk’s Mars ColonyBasic Income and the concentration of wealth, I work with Dr. Seth Hollar on EcoPRT (a envisioned automated transportation system for NCSU), and so on. You can find my resume on LinkedIn. I live in Cary, N.C. with my wife Leigh and our four children. Contact information is available at the bottom of this page.

You may also enjoy these in-depth interviews and videos:

We’re approaching humanity’s make or break period
Getting Over Getting Started
On Robotics and Employment at the Singularity Summit
Part 2
A Conversation with Marshall Brain from MIRI on Vimeo.
Factory Floor with Marshall Brain

Marshall Brain’s Bio

  • Born in Santa Monica, California, on May 17, 1961.
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York
  • M.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Taught in the computer science department at NCSU between 1986 and 1992
  • Named to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NCSU in 1992.
  • Started a software training and consulting company in Raleigh in 1992.
  • Named one of the Carolinas’ top entrepreneurs by Ernst & Young in 1999.
  • Founded HowStuffWorks as a hobby in 1998 and turned it into a venture-backed startup in 2000.
  • Won numerous awards while at HowStuffWorks including:
  • Other Achievements:
    • Author of more than a dozen books.
    • Hundreds of live radio and television interviews on radio stations like WABC and TV networks like CNN.
    • Hundreds of radio vignettes for the Cox radio network.
    • Dozens of television news vignettes like this and this.
    • Host of the National Geographic show “Who Knew? with Marshall Brain”

Contact Information for Marshall Brain


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Cary, NC 27518
(919) 858-1002

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