Jawed Karim (born 1979) is an Internet entrepreneur, who worked at
PayPal, and co-founded YouTube. He is the first person to upload a
video on it. The video he released was named 'Me at the zoo' and as of
March 21, 2018, has reached over 47 million views. Many of the core
components of PayPal, including its real-time anti-internet fraud
system, were also designed and implemented by Karim.
1 Personal life
4 Response to
8 External links
Karim was born in Merseburg,
East Germany in 1979 to a Bangladeshi
father and a German mother. He crossed the inner German border with
his family in the early 1980s, growing up in Neuss, West Germany.[note
1] Karim moved with his family to
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1992. He
graduated from Saint Paul Central High School and later attended
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Computer
Science. He left campus prior to graduating to become an early
employee at PayPal, but continued his coursework, earning his
bachelor's degree in computer science. He subsequently earned a
master's degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Karim in September 2004.
In 1998, Jawed served an Internship at
Silicon Graphics Inc., where he
worked on 3D voxel data management for very large data sets for volume
rendering, including the data for the Visible Human Project.
While working at PayPal, he met
Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. The three
later founded the
YouTube video sharing website in 2005. YouTube's
first-ever video, Me at the zoo, was uploaded by Karim on 23 April
After co-founding the company and developing the
YouTube concept and
Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Karim enrolled as a graduate
student in computer science at
Stanford University while acting as an
adviser to YouTube. When the site was introduced in February 2005,
Karim agreed not to be an employee and simply be an informal adviser,
and that he was focusing on his studies. As a result, he took a
much lower share in the company compared to Hurley and Chen.
Because of his smaller role in the company, Karim was mostly unknown
to the public as the third founder until
YouTube was acquired by
Google in 2006. Despite his lower share in the company, the purchase
was still large enough that he received 137,443 shares of stock, worth
about $64 million based on Google's closing stock price at the
In October 2006, Karim gave a lecture about the history of
the University of Illinois' annual ACM Conference entitled YouTube:
From Concept to Hyper-growth. In his lecture he mentioned as
being an innovative social experiment. Karim returned again to the
University of Illinois
University of Illinois in May 2007 as the 136th and youngest
Commencement Speaker in the school's history.
In March 2008, Karim launched a venture fund called Youniversity
Ventures with partners
Keith Rabois and Kevin Hartz. Karim is one
of Airbnb's first investors, investing in that company's initial Seed
round in April 2009.
On November 6, 2013,
YouTube began requiring that commenting on its
videos be done via a
Google+ account, a move that was widely opposed
YouTube community. An online petition to revert the change
garnered over 240,000 signatures.
In response to
YouTube members to use
Google+ for its
comment system, Karim wrote on his
YouTube account, "why the fuck do i
need a google+ account to comment on a video?", and updated the video
description on his first video titled 'Me at the zoo' to: I can't
comment here anymore, since i don't want a google+ account. In
response to pressure from the
apologized for forcing
Google+ users to use their real names, which
was one of the reasons the
Google+ integration was unpopular with
Google subsequently dropped its
across all products, beginning with YouTube.
Karim has published articles on programming in Dr. Dobb's Journal,
including one on loading rendering and animating Quake models.
^ Sources vary regarding the year the family moved from East Germany
to West Germany. The New York Times says 1980. Star Weekend
Magazine says at the end of summer 1981.
Die Welt says 1982.
^ Tate, Ryan (28 October 2009). "The Insanely Rich Kid Next Door".
Gawker. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
^ "Jawed Karim's house in
Palo Alto, California
Palo Alto, California (CA), US". Retrieved 7
^ "Surprise! There's a third
YouTube co-founder". USA Today. Retrieved
22 July 2017.
^ a b c d Helft, Miguel (12 October 2006). "With YouTube, Student Hits
Jackpot Again". The New York Times.
^ a b Rahman, Muhit (8 December 2006). "The Greatest Possibilities:
Jawed Karim Story". Star Weekend Magazine. Retrieved 20 August
^ Keese, Christoph (22 October 2006). "Sergey Brin und
Jawed Karim -
Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 20 August 2017. Der
Jawed Karim und wurde 1979 in Merseburg/DDR geboren.
Sein Vater kam aus Bangladesch, seine Mutter aus dem Harz. Die Karims
waren als Ausländer verpönt und wanderten deswegen 1982 in den
Westen aus. In
Neuss schlug ihnen wieder Fremdenhass entgegen; deshalb
zogen sie in die USA
^ Christensen, Tesha M. (5 September 2016). "Year-long events mark
Central High School 150th anniversary". Monitor St. Paul. Retrieved 20
YouTube co-founder to be commencement speaker at Illinois" (Press
University of Illinois
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 27 March 2007.
Retrieved 20 August 2017.
^ "Planet Cardinal". Stanford Magazine. January 2007.
^ "Speakers, Graphics Conference".
^ Video websites pop up, invite postings, USA Today, 21 November 2005
^ Karim, Jawed (23 April 2005). "Me at the zoo, YouTube's first ever
^ "Jawed Who? Meet YouTube's silent partner -SVW".
^ Helft, Miguel (7 February 2007). "YouTube's Payoff: Hundreds of
Millions for the Founders". The New York Times.
^ Welcome to Engineering at Illinois, University of Illinois
^ 136th Commencement Address Archived 11 April 2009 at the Wayback
Machine., University of Illinois, 13 May 2007.
YouTube Co-Founder Starts Venture Capital Firm". Mashable. 20 March
^ Leigh Gallagher (14 February 2017). "The Hustle". The
How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and
Created Plenty of Controversy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 31.
ISBN 978-0-544-95387-1. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
^ Chesky, Brian."How much money did
Airbnb raise? What is the
company's financing history?", Quora, March 21, 2015. Retrieved
YouTube faces backlash for
Google+ integration". CNN. Retrieved 10
^ Cheredar, Tom (8 November 2013). "
YouTube cofounder's first public
comment in 8 years: 'why the f*** [sic] do i need a google+ account to
comment on a video?'". VentureBeat. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
Google Plus Finally Gives Up on Its Ineffective, Dangerous
Real-Name Policy". Slate. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
Google is dropping its
Google+ requirement across all products,
starting with YouTube". VentureBeat. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
^ "Dr. Dobbs Article, A Windows 3D Model Viewer for OpenGL".
Jawed Karim's Personal Website
Cache of Jawed's
YouTube Profile in 2008
He went off to college to make his fortune – The News-Gazette (16
YouTube Red (List of original programs)
YouTube presidential debates
YouTube headquarters shooting