Jawed founded the YouTube concept and website with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, whom he had met while working at PayPal.
Karim (of Bangladeshi and German descent.), 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 (of 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.
In March 2008, Karim launched a venture fund called Youniversity Ventures (now known as YVentures) with partners Keith Rabois and Kevin Hartz.
Karim is one of Airbnb’s first investors, investing in the company’s initial seed round in April 2009. Y Ventures has also invested in Palantir, Reddit and Eventbrite.