Jawed Karim, the co-founder of Youtube, is a Bangladeshi origin German-American engineer
The Bangladeshi born German American, Mr. Jawed karim (Bengali : জাওয়েদ করিম), had founded YouTube, one of the most popular video sharing website of the world as a co-founder with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen in 2005. YouTube is the third most visited website in the world, behind Google and Facebook. Its users will soon be uploading 1 million videos every day. It is revolutionizing advertising, broadcasting, music and the media. The first video of YouTube, Me at the zoo; the great-granddaddy of millions that followed, is an 18-second clip of Karim standing by the elephant pen at a California zoo was uploaded by Karim at 8.27 PM on April 23, 2005. In a speech of Jawed Karim on 13th May 2007 at the University of Illinois’ annual ACM Conference, Jawed gave a lecture about the history of YouTube entitled YouTube: From Concept to Hyper-growth as the 136th and youngest Commencement Speaker in the school’s history. The lecture material also contained pictures and videos of Jawed, Chad and Steve from the garage days of YouTube.
Youtube video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJEXUNmP5M
Naimul Karim, a Bangladeshi American researcher at 3M is the proud father of Karim and Christine Karim, a German scientist and research associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Minnesota is his proud mother. Jawed was the first child for Naimul Karim and Christine who had met as students at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, fallen in love and gotten married. Naimul Karim, residence of DIT quarters in Shiddheswari, had moved to Leipzig, Germany in 1975 from Bangladesh. He stood first in the combined merit list for Dhaka Division Secondary (SSC) exams in 1972. There, he had to learn German before entering the regular programme to get his “Diplom” (equivalent to Master’s degree) in chemistry.
Naim and Christine got married and a year later, they were graced with the birth of Jawed. Almost 30 years later, Naim is an accomplished scientist at 3M Corporation with 30+ patents to his name and Christine is an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. Another son, Ilias was born in 1989, also in Germany.
Karim was born in Merseburg of then East Germany (Deutsche Demokratische Republik or East Germany) on January 1, 1979. His family had crossed the Berlin Wall by the year 1980 and he had brought up in Neuss, then West Germany. His family moved to United States in 1992, two years after German reunification at 13 years of his age for whom, technically, English was the third language. He had completed his graduation from Central High School in Minnesota and later joined in University of Illinois where Marc Andreessen, and other creators of the first popular Web browser, Mosaic, the precursor to what became known the world over as the Netscape Internet browser, attended.
He left campus prior to graduating to become an early employee at PayPal, but continued his coursework, achieving his Bachelor of Science in computer science. Many of the core components of PayPal, including its real-time anti-fraud system, were designed and implemented by Karim during his service in PayPal.
He had met Chad Hurley and Steve Chen at the time of working in Paypal, the payment service to eBay in 2002. The three later had founded the YouTube video sharing website in 2005 altogether. The three agreed within a few days in February, and then divided work based on skills: Hurley designed the site’s interface and logo. Chen and Karim split technical duties making the site work. They later divided management responsibilities, based on strengths and interests: Hurley became CEO; Chen, chief technology officer. Karim had already planned to resume computer studies, so he opted out of management and agreed to take a smaller ownership stake than the other two founders. He continued advising YouTube as advisor. The growth of the site was so unparalleled that YouTube was sold to Google for $1.65bn 20 months later since founding in October 2006. Karim says his idea for what became YouTube sprang from two very different events in 2004: Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” during a Super Bowl show, and the Asian tsunami.
After founding the company and developing the YouTube video website with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Karim had re-enrolled as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University while continued acting as an advisor to YouTube. The story had find an end when they had decided to sell YouTube to Google with a deal in which Karim had received 137,443 shares of stock, worth about $64 million based on Google’s closing stock price of that time.
YouTube’s expansion has not been without growing pains. Inside, the site’s community spirit has been shaken by debates over authenticity after the exposure of the likes of LonelyGirl15, the home-schooled American teen who turned out to be a New Zealand actor. Outside, it has been challenged legally by companies including Viacom and the English Premier League over copyright infringements and, more widely, by critics who see it as grotesquely trivial and narcissistic.
Karim was also contributed in developing computer games, particularly, a game that used to be very famous some 10 plus years ago called Doom. In his continued effort, Karim has launched a venture fund called Youniversity Ventures in March 2008, with the goal of helping current and former university students to develop and launch their business ideas. He also advises and invests in Milo.com (local shopping search). He is now one of the backers of San Francisco-based Dotblu, which runs a “social betting service” designed to let people turn Twitter and Facebook status updates into a game.
One of his famous word from this legendary figure, Take risk and be successful!
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