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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell (/ˈkʊərtsɡəzɑːɡt/;[1] previously Kurzgesagt) is a Munich-based YouTube channel and design studio. The YouTube channel focuses on producing animated educational content. Founded by Philipp Dettmer in 2013, the channel has now gained over 6 million subscribers. YouTube videos from Kurzgesagt typically discuss scientific subjects, such as the Big Bang, but also feature various political and philosophical subjects, such as the European migrant crisis and optimistic nihilism. Each video is typically 5–10 minutes in length. Kurzgesagt also maintains a German channel with similar content.(Dinge Erklärt – Kurzgesagt)

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
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Origin Munich, Germany
YouTube information
Years active 2013—Present
Genre Education
Subscribers +6 M
Total views +429M
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers 2014
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers 2015
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 17 June 2018.



Started as a passion project, the Kurzgesagt YouTube channel was created on July 9, 2013, with its first video, explaining evolution, being published two days later. The videos were more popular than the expected 100 subscribers, and the channel went from a project worked on during the free time of a few friends to a design studio with over a dozen employees.[2]

Since April 2014, Kurzgesagt has maintained a Patreon page, a crowd-funding site for their development, which has allowed the creators to make videos nearly full-time. As of December 2017, Kurzgesagt currently makes over $40,000 a month from Patreon.[3]

In 2015, Kurzgesagt was commissioned to do a video on the end of disease for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has worked with the foundation on a number of other commissions since.[4]


The name derives from the German kurz gesagt (IPA: [ˈkʊɐ̯ts gəˈzaːkt]), which directly translates to "said in short";[5][6] it has been translated as 'in brief' or 'in a nutshell'.[7]

In 2015, the name displayed in the title video was changed from "Kurzgesagt" to "In a Nutshell - by Kurzgesagt" in order to better communicate the purpose of the channel to non-German speakers. The name was changed again in 2016 to "Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell"

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  1. ^ "Optimistic Nihilism" on YouTube
  2. ^ "About". Kurzgesagt. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "So it begins... | Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell on Patreon". Patreon. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Kurzgesagt". Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  5. ^ "kurz - Wiktionary". Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  6. ^ "sagen - Wiktionary". Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  7. ^ "In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt - The Shorty Awards". Retrieved 2017-07-27. 

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