Jawed Karim

Karim was born in East Germany, but crossed the Berlin Wall and grew up in West Germany. He moved to the United States with his family in 1992, two years after German reunification. He graduated from Central High School in Minnesota and he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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 in 2004.

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.

In October 2006, Karim gave a lecture about the history of YouTube at the University of Illinois' annual ACM Conference entitled YouTube: From Concept to Hyper-growth. The lecture material also contained pictures and videos of Karim, Hurley, and Chen from the garage days of YouTube. Karim returned again to the University of Illinois in May 2007 as the speaker at the university's 136th commencement, at which he explained his career path.

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

Time of Presentation: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 14.30-15.10

Topic of Presentation: Open Q&A

Abstract of Presentation: TBD