Jawed Karim

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Jawed Karim (Bangla: জাওয়েদ করিম, born in 1979, East Germany) is a 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.


Jawed Karim grew up in Germany, and moved to the United States with his family in 1992. He graduated from Central High School and he attended the 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 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 Jawed 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...
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