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You Tube Innovation
Md Masudul Huq

In 2005 Three young friends launched you tube in California. It became a popular site; founders are Steve Chen, Chad Hurly and Jawed Karim. They developed you tube to share videos quickly and easily. The site started growing quickly when Heinz and Peterson uploaded their weeding videos. The videos started spreading through Facebook, Twitter, print media and Television news. It went viral, spreading like a virus. More and more people using it everyday.

Steven Chen born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1978 and his father was a successful businessman in Taiwan who expanded his business in Chicago, USA. Steve was 8 years old only at that time. Chad Hurley was born in Pennsylvania USA in 1977. Jawed Karim was born in 1979 in East Germany. His father is of Bangladeshi origin. Both father and mothers were scientists. His father Naimul Karim was a Bangladeshi chemist employed in 3M Company in USA. His mother Christine was German professor of Bio Chemistry. Karim was interested in science from his childhood. As a boy he spent many hours in her mother’s laboratory while she used to take classes.

Steve , Chad and Jawed came up with an idea for a web site that would make sharing home videos easier. They needed one office to work and decided to start in Chad's garage. They established a company called You Tube LLC and registered a domain. Within a short time youtube .com was up and started running with a test version of the site. The site’s first video ``ME at the zoo’’ was posted on April 23, 2005 which was only for 18 seconds. It featured Karim in front of the elephants' enclosure. The trio then started working to improve their creation. They added different features to the site. Users now able to add their videos by a simple copy and paste and share it with any one they want.

By December 2005 users worldwide would quickly made it an internet phenomenon. Karim did not want any title, salary or benefit from the company. He rather acted as an adviser. Karim began his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but postponed completing his bachelor’s degree. He was offered a job at PayPal Company in California where he together with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen developed an idea that affects countless computer users around the world. In January 2006 about 5 million visitors accessed the site, in May 20 million, in July more than 30 million visitors.
When it started expansion like a virus Google wanted to buy it. On October 9, 2006, Google purchased You Tube for $1.65 billion in stocks. Both Chen and Hurly received $300 million worth of Google stocks in the deal. Karim received $66 million in Google stocks. You tube was used in USA and UK for mobilizing opinion of people during election, for advertisement, music, videos etc.

After leaving You tube, Karim became a student at Stanford University in northern California. He completed his Masters in Computer science there and now working towards a doctoral degree. In 2009, Karim cofounded youniversity ventures with Kevin Hartz and Keith Rabois.

Stev Chen, Chad Hurly and Jawed Karim’s creation continues to touch the lives of countless people worldwide. A good environment, Positive attitude, guidance and dedication to the purpose led them to their goal.

Ref: you Tube, Technology pioneers

Md Masudul Huq, Woodcroft, Sydney

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                            Published on: 16-Mar-2016