Jawed Karim was frustrated. He’d heard about Janet Jackson’s infamous nip-slip wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl halftime show in February 2004 but never got a chance to see it. Surely there was somewhere he could see it online. Nope. So he vowed to do something about that.
Karim became a co-founder of a new online video platform he called YouTube. And fifteen years ago today–April 23, 2005–he posted the first-ever video. He titled it “Me at the Zoo.”
A year after he posted that video, he and his co-founders sold the company to Google for US$1.65 billion.