Now there are pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows…
This will be a day long remembered. The day when “YouTube” really came into existence, long before it’s official debut. And the world has changed. I feel it in the streams of the internet. My name is Bippi Bracegirdle, and I will lead you into the worlds of fantasy. But how did this vehicle, this YouTube thing all started?
YouTube began when three former PayPal employees started to create a video-sharing website on which users could upload, share, and view videos. The Internet domain name “youtube.com” was activated on February 14, 2005. The website was developed over the subsequent months. The creators offered the public a preview of the site in May 2005, six months before YouTube made its official debut. Like many technology startups, YouTube was started as an angel-funded enterprise from a makeshift office in a garage. In November 2005, venture firm Sequoia Capital invested an initial $3.5 million; additionally, Roelof Botha, partner of the firm and former CEO of PayPal, joined the YouTube board of directors. In April 2006, Sequoia and Artis Capital Management put an additional $8 million into the company, which had experienced hugely popular growth within its first few months.
The first YouTube video was titled Me at the zoo, and shows co-founder Jawed Karim (YouTube Name “jawed”) at the San Diego Zoo. The video was uploaded on April 23, 2005. You can see it above.
A new dimension was added to storytelling, although it was not yet completely to be seen. But the story went on…
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