The first video uploaded to YouTube, 15 years ago, shows one of the cofounders at the zoo — watch the clip here
- A website for hosting and sharing videos called
YouTubewas launched to the public 15 years ago.
- YouTube's cofounders uploaded the first video to the platform, still in beta, while in April 2005.
- The video they selected — called "Me at the Zoo" and starring cofounder
Jawed Karim— forged a path for billions of hours of YouTube videos to come in the years since.
Fifteen years ag0, a guy named Jawed Karim posted the first-ever video to YouTube.
The 18-second video, entitled "Me at the zoo," features Karim, a YouTube cofounder, at the San Diego Zoo standing in front of a bunch of elephants."All right, so here we are in front of the elephants," he says in the clip. "The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long trunks, and that's, that's cool. And that's pretty much all there is to say."
Karim left the company in 2005, instead going to Stanford University to get a masters degree in computer science. But when Google later acquired YouTube in 2006, Karim got 137,443 shares of stock in the company worth roughly $64 million. Karim went on to found venture capital firm Youniversity Ventures, which has invested in companies including Airbnb.Watch the first video ever posted to YouTube: an 18-second-long, grainy home video.
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