Chad Hurley is an American businessman and entrepreneur who co-founded the video sharing website YouTube. He was born on January 24, 1977, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Hurley studied fine art and music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania before dropping out to start his own business.
In 2002, Hurley co-founded PayPal, an online payment company that was later acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion. After leaving PayPal in 2004, Hurley began working on YouTube with Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, two other former PayPal employees.
The three founders launched YouTube in April 2005, and the website quickly gained popularity. By the end of the year, it was receiving millions of views per day. In October 2006, Google announced that it was acquiring YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock, and the acquisition was completed in November of that year.
After the acquisition, Hurley served as CEO of YouTube until October 2010, when he stepped down to become an advisor to the company. In 2011, Hurley co-founded a new company called MixBit, which developed a video editing app that allowed users to create and share short videos. He also became an investor and advisor to several other companies, including Humin and Arrayspace.
In addition to his business ventures, Hurley is known for his philanthropic efforts. He has supported various charitable causes and organizations, including education and the arts. He is also an avid collector of contemporary art and has donated artwork to museums and galleries around the world.