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YouTube History: Year 1

Who are the founders of YouTube?

YouTube was founded by Jawed Karim, Chad Hurley, and Steve Chen.

When did design and development efforts start at YouTube?

YouTube started design and development efforts in February 2005.

When did YouTube purchase its domain name?

YouTube purchased the youtube.com domain name in February 2005.

When did YouTube launch publicly?

YouTube launched in March 2005.

When was YouTube incorporated?

YouTube incorporated as YouTube Inc. in October 2005.

How much venture capital did YouTube raise?

YouTube raised more than $11 million USD in 2 funding rounds.

When was YouTube acquired?

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

Where was YouTube headquartered?

YouTube was headquartered in San Bruno, USA.

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What happened during the year 1 of YouTube?


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What was the version 1 of YouTube like?

MAR 2005

What are some of the pre-sale stats for YouTube?

2005 and 2006

What were some of the extra materials about 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

2023 JUL The YouTube Effect