Founder of YouTube with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. The three were employees at Paypal when the entrepreneurship spirit called them. Karim’s first online project was a site similar to “Hot or Not” on which visitors would rate the ‘hotness’ of others.
As per a probably apocryphal story, the need to create an online video sharing service arose when Jawed Karim couldn’t find the Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction video. On 14th February 2005, YouTube.com domain name was registered and the service was officially launched after a few days. It quickly became popular getting millions of views each day. A little more than a year later, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion.
Jawed Karim is also the poster of the first video on YouTube on 23rd April 2005. The 18 second clip is of him at the San Diego Zoo in front of the elephant’s enclosure – Check out the original YouTube video.
In 2005, Opera CEO, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, announced that he would swim across the Atlantic from Norway to the US if the version 8 of web browser received a million downloads in 4 days. The number was reached in just 2 days and Tetzchner went ahead with the challenge, though in vain. [more...]