Jawed founded the concept and website with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, whom he had met while working at PayPal.
Karim had been attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but left campus after Co- Founder of PayPal and Illinois alum Max Levchin approached him to become one of PayPal’s early employees. While at PayPal, he implemented the company’s first real-time anti-fraud system.
Karim returned to school and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science in 2004, and subsequently co-founded YouTube in 2005. Karim then enrolled as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University , but remained an advisor to YouTube. When YouTube was acquired by Google in October 2006 for $1.6 billion, Karim’s stock was valued at $64.6 million, whereas the other two Co – Founders earned around $326 million.
Karim has also launched a venture fund called Youniversity Ventures financial-organization/youniversity-ventures) with early PayPal investors Kevin Hartz and Keith Rabols. The firm’s focus is on former and current students at Stanford University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Karim is currently pursuing a Graduate Degree at Stanford, where the firm holds regular office hours.