San Bruno, California, United States Trip: 2019-08   Update: 2019-09-15   By: yanz

Title: YouTube Headquarters Visit, San Bruno, California

Preparation: Address: 901 Cherry Ave. San Bruno, CA 94066 USA Youtube is phenomenal. Billions of views daily!!! Our family visited Youtube headquarters at San Bruno, CA . The story how youtube has been created and grown into the tech giant is fascinating.

Attractions and activities: Facts: Three former PayPal employees - Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—founded the company YouTube in February 2005; The domain name “” was activated on February 14, 2005; The first YouTube video was uploaded on 23 April 2005. "Me at the Zoo" shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo; Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; The first adverts were rolled out in August 2007; In May 2010, YouTube served more than 2 billion views a day; By March 2013, YouTube was now seeing 1bn monthly active users; The platform has over 1.9bn logged in monthly users; 6 out of 10 people prefer online video platforms to live TV; YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine and second most visited site after Google. ... Amazing!!! Can you imagine the video giant company YouTube with 1.9 billion users currently, initially how difficult was it to get one video uploaded from a user even they offered to pay $20? Here is a part of the commencement speech by one of the youtube founder, Jawed Karim, at University of Illinois: "... It was hard to get a handle on what YouTube was, exactly. The founders didn't know how to describe the project, so they called it a dating site. But since there weren't many videos on the site, Karim populated it with videos of 747s taking off and landing. Desperate to get people on the site, YouTube ran ads on Craigslist in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, offering women $20 for every video they uploaded. Not a single woman replied. ..." -- from a great article about youtube's amazing growing history although it's quite long.

Commute: Parking is very easy. Just park your car along the street Cherry Ave area which has a highway bridge overhead.

Things I wish I had known before: Youtube's headquarter office is very close to Walmart's San Bruno office. A friend told me that in Union City's Walmart, there is a morning shuttle he can take to go to youtube office to work. Walmart and Youtube employees can share the same shuttle. reference: