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Jawed Karim (Bengali: জাওয়েদ করিম) (born October 28, 1979 (1979-10-28) [age 38]) is a Bangladeshi-Eastern-German-American technologist and co-founder of the popular video sharing website YouTube. Many of the core components of PayPal, including its real-time anti-fraud system, were also designed and implemented by Karim. He is also known to have uploaded the first video on YouTube. Jawed's video, Me at the zoo, was the first most viewed video on YouTube in theory. He made the first YouTube video, Me at the zoo. He is also the first channel on YouTube.

Career

Karim was born in East Germany to a Bangladeshi American father and German mother, but he crossed the Berlin Wall and grew up in West Germany. He moved to the United States with his family in 1992, two years after German reunification. He graduated from Central High School in Minnesota and he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He left campus prior to graduating to become an early employee at PayPal, but continued his coursework, earning his Bachelor of Science in computer science in 2004.

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 video, Me at the zoo, was uploaded by Karim on April 23, 2005.

After co-founding the company and developing the YouTube concept and website with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Karim enrolled as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University while acting as an advisor to YouTube. When YouTube was acquired by Google, Karim received 137,443 shares of stock, worth about $64 million based on Google's closing stock price at the time.

In October 2006, Karim gave a lecture about the history of YouTube at the University of Illinois' annual ACM Conference entitled YouTube: From Concept to Hyper-growth. The lecture material also contained pictures and videos of Jawed, Chad and Steve from the garage days of YouTube. Karim returned again to the University of Illinois in May 2007 as the speaker at the university's 136th commencement.

More recently, Karim has launched a venture fund called Youniversity Ventures, with the goal of helping current and former university students to develop and launch their business ideas.

Videos

On mobile/tablet devices, in user Jaweds feed, it shows that Jawed uploaded another video around October 2013. The video is not available for public viewing. Me at the zoo was uploaded by Jawed on April 23rd, 2005, making it the first YouTube video.

Trivia

  • Jawed uploaded two videos on April 23, 2005; "Me at the zoo" and another video titled "Rolling down a hill," which he later took down.[1][2]
  • Jawed once had 68 videos uploaded by August 2005,[3] 121 videos uploaded by December 2005,[4] 45 videos uploaded by February 2008,[5] and only one video upload since July 2012,[6] many of which he took down for unknown reasons.
  • Jawed has commented on a few videos, which he took some down for unexplained reasons. He once commented on larfus's "Baby Fart" video saying, "rofl!!!!!!!!!!" in June 2005.[7] He also once commented on mw's "My Snowboarding Skillz" video saying, "Ouch!" sometime in 2005,[8][9][10][11] which mw responded to Jawed's comment.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18] He commented "you just saved me many hours of frustration. i used a shoe sole, and it worked perfectly!" on a video entitled "How to remove a lens filter that's stuck" in 2011.[19]

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References

  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20070525072305/http://youtube.com/watch?v=nGzAI5pLbMY&mode=related&search=
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGzAI5pLbMY
  3. http://web.archive.org/web/20050804085438/http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos.php?user=jawed
  4. http://web.archive.org/web/20051218151541/http://www.youtube.com/watch.php?v=usRldgBlEBk&search=funny
  5. http://web.archive.org/web/20080218053853/http://www.youtube.com/user/jawed
  6. http://web.archive.org/web/20120709070547/http://www.youtube.com/user/jawed
  7. http://web.archive.org/web/20051218151541/http://www.youtube.com/watch.php?v=usRldgBlEBk&search=funny
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z233jj3xkxjvuj5o204t1aokg0enrubgqahekzvs5e4qbk0h00410
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z22uvtgw2rf2zv5spacdp433i2f1aalcgdb52cw154hw03c010c
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z22oy5qqhzq5zne0racdp430cb3mubx5au3v4e4la4lw03c010c
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z22gvpmiytymdpmdoacdp43aween3ssgkvsu2glv4khw03c010c
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z22gvpmiytymdpmdoacdp43141cafd5b0pxg04ftoy1w03c010c
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z233vpioenv0grxcaacdp432qeyd1jjpypglj33a44xw03c010c
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z22xttdrzoizf1u5d04t1aokgos55jg1qpkt0j2pisj2bk0h00410
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z23ajxkixrugvtbip04t1aokgdybiv0llcrriftrkadmrk0h00410
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z23at5qahzbcx11qj04t1aokgxhphynfbiwib2uzkwrgbk0h00410
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z22melpa5sqvy5o02acdp431vh520xykws0a4d3p5xpw03c010c
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAltgu_pbM&lc=z22melpa5sqvy5o02acdp4304ifom2as2nqwespzaodw03c010c
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D04X9Qqo06M&lc=z223srgpgvbfsrgdoacdp43abkouwgtskmxtlkbzpkpw03c010c

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