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The Founding (2005)

YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. At they time, They all worked for PayPal.[3] Prior to working for PayPal, Hurley studied design at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[4] YouTube's initial headquarters was situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California.[5]

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Screenshot of the site a few months after its launch, taken on the Wayback Machine.[6]

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The domain name "" was activated on February 14, 2005. Video upload options were integrated on April 23, 2005. The first YouTube video, titled Me at the zoo, was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.[7][8]

YouTube began as an angel-funded enterprise from a makeshift office in a garage. In November 2005, venture firm Sequoia Capital invested an initial $3.5 million;[9] additionally, Roelof Botha, a partner of the firm and former CFO of PayPal, joined the YouTube board of directors. In April 2006, Sequoia and Artis Capital Management invested an additional $8 million in the company, which had experienced hugely popular growth within its first few months.[10]