Chad Hurley – Proudstories
There is hardly anyone who might not have heard of YouTube. Chad Hurley is one of the masterminds behind YouTube and MixBit, both of which are well known video sharing websites.
He was mainly instrumental in handling the video sharing and tagging mechanisms of YouTube. He also happens to be the ex-CEO of YouTube that allows people to share videos with others across the globe.
|Date of Birth||January 24, 1977|
|Parents||Father : Don Hurley Mother : Joann Hurley|
|Education||Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Twin Valley High School|
|Net worth||$355 million|
Early Life and Education
Chad Hurley was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the early years, he was inclined towards arts. However, during his high school days, he starred taking a keen interest in electronic media and computers.
While studying at the Twin Valley High School, he led the school team to win two PIAA state titles in the years 1992 and 1994. Thanks to his interest in technology, he was also the member of Technology Student Association during his high school days.
After completing his schooling, he enrolled into the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and went on to get a BA degree in Fine Arts in 1999.
The YouTube Revolution
Soon after graduating, he joined eBay and worked in their PayPal division where his prime responsibility was to improve user interface. It was here that he became friends with Jawed Karim and Steve Chen.
In 2005, the three founded a video sharing website which became an instant hit with the internet users. The websites enabled the users to share videos with people across the globe. The website was soon flooded with all kinds of videos and got a record number of hits every day. It became one of the fastest growing sites and secured 10th rank in the survey of Most Popular websites within a year of its launch. It is believed that 100 million YouTube videos are viewed by users every day all over the world along with 65,000 videos being uploaded on a daily basis.
Chad Hurley went on to become the CEO of the company. The popularity of the website did not go unnoticed by the technological giants which is why Google Inc. approached Hurley and his friends to buy the website. In October, 2006, Chad and his friend Steve sold YouTube for $1.65billion to Google.
He stepped down from the post of the CEO of YouTube in 2010 but continues to be an advisor to the company.
Another Video Sharing Platform
When smartphones started ruling the internet arena, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen came up with another video sharing website called MixBit which allowed users to share videos using their smartphones.
Chad is known to have invested in a number of teams to enhance his revenues. This includes the US F1 team that participates in the Formula One racing. He is also a partner in the MLS’s Los Angeles Football Club and NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
His claim to fame with YouTube got him 28th Rank in 2006’s 50 People who Matter List that gets featured in the Business 2.0 magazine.