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The first YouTube video was updated 15 years ago today.

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.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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