Jawed Karim

Jawed Karim


Jawed Karim is an American software engineer and Internet entrepreneur of Bangladeshi German descent. 


Jawed Karim is a Bangladeshi-born American software engineer and internet entrepreneur of Bengali German descent.

Before Fame

In 1998 Karim did an internship at Silicon Graphics, Inc. where he worked on 3D voxel data for very large volume rendering datasets, including the data for the Visible Human Project. While working at PayPal, he met Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Three years later, in 2005, they founded the YouTube video sharing website. The very first YouTube video, Me at the Zoo, was uploaded by Karim on April 24, 2005.


He is the co-founder of YouTube and the first person to upload a video to the site. This inaugural video, entitled Me at the zoo and uploaded on 23 April 2005, has been viewed more than 110 million times since August 30, 2020.

Family Life

Karim was born on October 28, 1979 in Merseburg, East Germany, to a German mother and Bengali father. He was the eldest of two boys. He crossed the German border with his family in the early 1980s due to xenophobia, growing up in Neuss, West Germany.

Associated With

Karim has published articles on programming in Dr. Dobb’s Journal, which includes an article on loading, rendering and animating Quake models.