Founding History of YouTube

Founded by Jawed Karim, Chad Hurley, and Steve Chen.

Started design and development work in February 2005.

Purchased the youtube.com domain name in February 2005.

Launched in March 2005.

Incorporated as YouTube Inc. in October 2005.

Raised more than $11 million in 2 funding rounds.

Accepted a $1.65 billion acquisition offer from Google in October 2006.

Headquartered in San Bruno, USA.

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Year 1 of YouTube

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Version 1 of YouTube (Website)

MAR 2005

Stats of YouTube (Pre-Sale)

2005 and 2006

Full Year 1 of YouTube

Y1 of YouTube.pdf

FEB 2005 to JAN 2006

Extras of YouTube

2005 APR Jawed at the Zoo

2005 incorporation.pdf

2005 OCT Articles of Incorporation

2006 OCT Message from Chad and Steve

2019 MAR Steve Chen Oral History P1

2019 MAR Steve Chen Oral History P2