April 23, 2005: First YouTube Video Uploaded
In April of 2005 the very first video is uploaded to YouTube. Was it a music video, maybe Britney Spears 2005 Grammy winner for best Dance Recording, Toxic? Or Carrie Underwood winning American Idol? How about the first cat video recorded by T. Edison (yes the light bulb guy). Recorded in 1894 showcasing boxing cats.
1894 Edison Vid of Boxing Cats: Naw, none of those, it was Jawed Karim, one of the co-founders of YouTube, standing in front of an elephant enclosure with some goats baaa-ing in the background. That first video, “Me at the zoo”, was posted on April 23, 2005 at 8:27pm by Karim. For being a piece of history, the video is actually pretty dumb. Just a note to future entrepreneurs: what you do may be for posterity so choose wisely.
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. Hurley had studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, while Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
YouTube began as a venture-funded technology startup, primarily from a $11.5 million investment by Sequoia Capital between November 2005 and April 2006. YouTube’s early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California. The domain name, youtube.com was activated on February 14, 2005, and the website was developed over the subsequent months.
YouTube uses Adobe Flash Video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.