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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Jawed Karim

Jawed Karim /জাওয়েদ করিম

Jawed Karim in 2008

Born January 1, 1979 (age 35)
                Merseburg, East Germany
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
                        Stanford University
Known for Co-founder of YouTube
Net worth $140 million[1]

Jawed Karim (Bengali: জাওয়েদ করিম) (born January 1, 1979) is a German internet entrepreneur of German and Bangladeshi descent. He is best known for being the co-founder of the 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.

Early life

Karim was born in Merseburg, East Germany, but crossed the Inner German border in 1980 and grew up in Neuss, West Germany. He moved to the United States with his family in 1999, nine years after German reunification. He graduated from Central High School (Saint Paul, Minnesota) and later attended the 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.


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 March 2008, Karim launched a venture fund called Youniversity Ventures, with the goal of helping current and former university students to develop and launch their business ideas.


Karim's father, Naimul Karim, is a Bangladeshi American researcher at 3M. His mother, Christine Karim, is a German scientist and research associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Minnesota.

Response to Google+ integration

On November 6, 2013, YouTube began requiring that commenting on its videos be done via a Google+ account, a move that was widely opposed by the YouTube community. An online petition to revert the change garnered over 240,000 signatures.
In response to Google requiring YouTube members to use Google+ for its comment system, Karim wrote on his YouTube account, "why the f*** 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.
Google was subsequently reported to have made drastic cuts to its Google+ division, and was planning to end forced Google+ integrations with future products. Google also publicly apologized for forcing Google+ users to use their real names, which was one of the reasons the Google+ integration was unpopular with YouTube users.
On April 24, 2014, Vic Gundotra, Google’s Senior Vice President for Social and one of the creators of Google+, announced his resignation from Google.

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