willkommen-in-germany: Jawed Karim (*Jan 1, 19…

willkommen-in-germany:

Jawed Karim (*Jan 1, 1979) is a German-born entrepreneur best known for being the co-founder of YouTube. Many of the core components of PayPal, incl. its real-time anti-fraud system, were designed and implemented by him. He was born in Merseburg, East Germany, but crossed the border in 1981 at the age of 2 and grew up in Neuss, West Germany. He later graduated from Central High School in St. Paul, Minnesota in the USA and attended the University of Illinois for Computer Science. He left campus prior to graduating to become an early employee at PayPal, but continued his coursework, earning his Bachelor of Science. He subsequently earned a Masters in computer science from Stanford. While working at PayPal, he met Chad Hurley and Steve Chen – the 3 founded YouTube in 2005. YouTube’s first video, Me at the zoo, was uploaded by Karim in 2005. When YouTube was acquired by Google, he received 137,443 shares of stock, worth about $64 million based on Google’s stock prices at the time. Karim’s father is a Bangladeshi researcher at 3M. His mother Christine is a German-born scientist who’s now a research associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Minnesota.