Jawed Karim Biography
Jawed Karim is a German-American Internet entrepreneur and co-founder of YouTube. He is the first person to upload a video to the site. This inaugural video – titled Me at the zoo – has been viewed over 65 million times as of April 2019.
Karim met Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, fellow YouTube fonder, as he working at PayPal. He designed many of the core components including its real-time anti-internet-fraud system.
Jawed Karim Age
He was born on October 28, 1979, in Merseburg, Germany. He was raised by his mother Christine Karim, who was a professor in Biochemistry, and his father Naimul Karim who was a chemist alongside his sister, Ilias. Jawed has one brother named Ilias Karim. His zodiac birth sign is Scorpio. He is thirty-five years of age as of 2018.
Jawed Karim Early Life
Jawed was raised in Germany till the early 1990s and then he moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota with his parents in 1992. There he got enrolled at Saint Paul Central High School and he also earned his high school graduation from there.
After that, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Computer Science. But before he earned his Bachelor’s degree from there, he joined PayPal as its early employee. He also continued his coursework and finally earned his Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Illinois in 2004.
He also has a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Jawed Karim Wife
He has managed to keep his wife’s detail off the spotlight. Due to this, we are unable to determine whether he has a wife or not.
Jawed Karim Career
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. In 2002 after eBay bought the payment service, Karim and the other two co-founders decided to come up with a database venture.
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 2005.
Jawed Karim Youtube
YouTube is the largest video sharing website in the world. It is an American website. YouTube provides a big platform where millions of users can create an account on this site, allowing them to upload videos that anyone can watch videos. Anyone can share the content on Youtube only through Internet Connection.
During a Super Bowl performance in 2004, Janet Jackson had a wardrobe malfunction that exposed her breasts. While it was something that caught the attention of the world, Karim tried getting the video of the accident on the internet with no success in 2005. Getting other videos such as for Tsunamis and other world events proved to be very hard as well.
This was what kicked in the idea in the head of Karim then 26 to start a video sharing platform and so he proposed the idea to his other two friends who agreed and immediately set to work.
Inasmuch as the idea was originally his, what Jawed Karim wanted more than anything else at the time was to go to computer school and so he opted out of the management of the new company as the three decided that Hurley would become the CEO while the office of the chief technology officer would go to Chen. On his part, he would still be a part, although he would only have smaller stakes.
On Saturday, April 23, 2005, at 8:27 pm, Karim using the username “Jawed” posted the first ever video on YouTube. The video was “Me at the zoo” and it captured him describing elephants. It was shot by his friend, Yakov Lapitsky.
Karim then enrolled as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University while acting as an adviser to YouTube. As a result, he took the least amount of share in the company as compared to Hurley and Chen. Due to his smaller role in the company, Karim was unknown to the public as the third founder until YouTube was acquired by Google in 2006.
He gave a lecture about the history of YouTube at the University of Illinois’ annual ACM Conference entitled YouTube: From Concept to Hyper-growth in October 2006. Karim then returned to the University of Illinois in May 2007 as the 136th and youngest Commencement Speaker in the school’s history.
when did Google buy YouTube
On October 9, 2006, they announced that YouTube will sell to Google। Google bought YouTube for 1.65 billion US dollars on November 13, 2006.
it was announced that the company would purchase Google for 1.65 billion US dollars, which ended on November 13.
At the time it was Google’s second biggest achievement. After contracting three contracts with YouTube media companies to avoid copyright-infringement cases,
the agreement was reached between Google and YouTube. YouTube’s co-founder and Google’s 68 employees worked to continue operating independently.
Google’s February 7, 2007 release of profit for YouTube’s investors has been published after selling the SEC through Google Filing. In 2010, Chad Hurley’s profit was $ 325 million and Steve Chen’s profit was $ 326 million.
Jawed Karim’s career after YouTube
After Jawed and his friends sold YouTube. Later, Jawed created Youniversity Ventures (Y Ventures) which is a venture fund. He was one of the first to invest money in Airbnb. He also invested in Reddit and in many other startups. Jawed runs the venture fund with Kevin Hartz and Keith Rabois.
Jawed Karim Publications
Karim has published articles on programming in Dr. Dobb’s Journal, including one on loading rendering and animating Quake models.
Jawed Karim Net Worth
Jawed Karim has a net worth that is estimated at $140 million. The program made his fortune mainly from the company that he had helped to found, YouTube. After it was bought over by Google, he Karim got 137,443 shares of Google at the time which translated to $64 million but with the continuous rise of the stocks of the company, his stake is now more than $140 million.
Jawed Karim Achievements
- The video has already garnered over 54.6 million views in his post-Me At The Zoo while his channel has over 354 K subscribers.
- He is the official informal advisor of YouTube.
- He became the youngest Commencement Speaker in the history of the University of Illinois to give a lecture in May 2007.
Several of his articles on programming has been published in the United Business Media published US monthly journal, Dr. Dobb’s Journal (DDJ).