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Jawed Karim is an American engineer, internet entrepreneur, and co-founder of YouTube.
He was born in Merseburg, East Germany (present-day Germany), to a father, Naimul Karim, and mother, Christine Karim. He has two siblings.
Jawed Karim was born on October 28, 1979, and he holds both German and American passports. He lives in Palo Alto, California. He graduated from Saint Paul Central High School and went to the University of Illinois and Stanford University.
He is the first person to upload a video on YouTube, which is a video of him at the San Diego Zoo. The 18-second long video is titled 'Me at the Zoo' and has garnered over 200 million views. He has gained about three million subscribers on his YouTube Channel as of 2022.
Jawed Karim co-founded the popular video-sharing website together with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen.
Jawed Karim has an estimated net worth of $300 million. His net worth comes from an accumulation of his investments in different business ventures, including YouTube and a popular online marketplace and hospitality service, AirBnb Inc.
It is uncertain how much Jawed Karim makes per year.
He stands at 5 ft 8 in (172cm).
Jawed Karim is going to be 43 years old on October 23, 2022.
Jawed Karim was born in the late ’70s in East Germany. His family relocated to West Germany after crossing the inner German border when he was just two, so he was raised in Neuss. Again, Jawed and his family crossed the East-West German Border in the early ’80s to escape xenophobic attacks due to their Bangladeshi origin. They moved and finally settled in the United States of America.
His father, Naimul Karim, a researcher, took a job at 3M (originally known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company), an American multinational conglomerate. While his mum, Christine Karim, a German scientist, became a professor at the University of Minnesota. His father formally retired from his position at the manufacturing company in April 2020. Jawed Karim has a sister named Ilias.
Jawed Karim attended Saint Paul Central High School after his family settled in Minnesota.
He matriculated at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. He was in the school's department of computer science. After a while, he got a job at PayPal and left the university's campus before his graduation. He was one of the first people to work at PayPal. He, however, continued to complete his course and gained a bachelor's degree in computer science in 2004. Thereafter, he earned a master's degree in computer science at Stanford University.
There is no accurate information on who Jawed Karim is currently dating because he likes to keep an extremely private life. However, earlier, there were rumors that he was in an intimate relationship with novelist Kia Abdullah.
Jawed Karim is a software engineer, investor, and Internet entrepreneur.
Jawed Karim started his career as an intern at Silicone Graphics and worked on 3D Voltex data management; Silicone Graphics Inc. produces both hardware and software, before going to work at PayPal as a junior team member, where he met Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. At Paypal, he designed and implemented many of their features, like their real-time anti-fraud system.
Jawed Karim is best known for being the co-founder of YouTube together with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. He uploaded the first YouTube video on his YouTube channel named Jawed. It was a video of him at the zoo titled 'Me at the Zoo'. The first video was posted on April 23, 2005. Although, because he wanted to focus better on his education, he was not recognized as one of YouTube's founders and mainly stayed in the background as an informal adviser. Due to that reason, his share of the developing website at that point in time was lower than that of the other co-founders. He came into recognition after Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion dollars in 2006, and Jawed received 137,443 shares of YouTube stock which made his net worth at that point in time, be an estimated $65 million. According to him, the idea of YouTube came up when he couldn't find the video of two events very easily, the controversial Janet Jackson moment at the SuperBowl XXXVIII Halftime Show and the Indian Ocean tsunami. However, the two other co-founders said their inspiration was the dating site, Hot or Not.
Jawed Karim has been a serial investor, investing in a lot of successful business ventures. He was one of the initial seed investors in AirBnB, participating in the company's April 2009 first seed round. The investment round was valued at $7 million. Jawed set up a venture capital fund that has made a lot of early and profitable investments. His last documented personal investment is that of Formatech, which he invested on January 31, 2020.
Jawed Karim once delivered a lecture at the University of Illinois about the history of YouTube; In 2007, he became the youngest commencement speaker at the University of Illinois.
In 2008, he started Youniversity Ventures with Kevin Hartz and Keith Rabios.
He has different published articles on programming in Dr. Dobbs Journal (DDJ) in the United Business Media US monthly journal.
He has won the Young Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014).
He also won the GITA (Global Indus Technovator) Award in 2008.
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