Acquired by on October, 2006
Total Equity Funding
$11.5M in 2 Rounds from 2 Investors
San Bruno, California
YouTube, a video-sharing platform, allows users to upload, view and share videos, including movie and music clips and amateur content.
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Internet, Video, Music

Company Details

February 1, 2005
1k - 5k | 44 in Crunchbase

YouTube is a video-sharing website created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim.

YouTube enables users to upload, view and share videos. It uses Adobe Flash video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including video clips, TV clips, music videos, and amateur content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.

YouTube offers a variety of features, including playback, uploading, quality and codecs, and 3D video viewing. It also offers users the ability to view its videos on web pages outside their website. The videos on the site are playable on both iOS and Android platforms. Unregistered users can watch videos, while registered users can upload an unlimited number of videos. Videos considered to contain potentially offensive content are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.

Most of the content on YouTube has not been uploaded by individuals, but by media corporations including CBS, BBC, Vevo, Hulu, Haber and other organizations that offer some of their material as part of the YouTube partnership program. Partners from major movie studios, record labels, web original creators, viral stars, and millions more all have channels on YouTube. YouTube is predominantly an ad-supported platform, but also offers rental options for a growing number of movie titles.

YouTube is currently based in San Bruno, California, and is available in 76 languages.

In November 2006, YouTube was acquired by Google and now operates as a Google subsidiary.

Funding Rounds (2) - $11.5M

DateAmount / RoundValuationLead InvestorInvestors
Mar, 2006$8M / Series B2
Nov, 2005$3.5M / Series A1

Acquisitions (3)

Feb 12, 2016$8M (terms undisclosed)
Dec 18, 2014Unknown
Mar 7, 2011Unknown

Current Team (44)


Products (6)

  • Create polished video ads right from your phone—for free.
  • A standalone app and site focused on video game related content.
  • The official YouTube Kids app is designed for curious little minds, & is packed full of videos, channels and playlists that kids love.
  • Download the new YouTube Music app free for Android or iOS (U.S. only).
  • A curated and verified feed of the day’s most newsworthy events being published to YouTube, powered by Storyful.
  • YouTube Red is your membership for an amplified video and music experience.

Competitors (36)

  • Aniboom is an online production studio that produces animation through its database of creators worldwide.
  • bendecho is a social entertainment website that allows its users to view or post funny videos.
  • CarDomain Networks is a database tracking the behavior and purchasing patterns of automotive enthusiasts.
  • Fuzzwich is an online animation platform developed by Habit Industries.
  • Crackle is a multi-platform video entertainment network and studio, distributing movies, TV shows and programs in users’ favorite genres.
  • Dailymotion is a video-sharing website that allows users to upload, watch and share videos.
  • FilmOn is an internet-based television provider.
  • Simplest virtual reality authoring platform.

Offices/Locations (1)

  • Headquarters

    901 Cherry Ave

    San Bruno, California 94066

    United States

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Images (2)


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