Or is that because we are next to the Neuros construction site?
Anyway as I was saying, the first thought that ran through everyone's mind when the deal was announced is:
Here at Fresh Brainz, we immediately set out to learn more about the two newest billionaires on our planet: Chad Hurley and Steve Chen!
First stop: Wikipedia, why of course.
I searched for Chad Hurley and Steve Chen.
Not much stuff there. After all, they are young guys who were
So, in order to dig up interesting information, it's time to crunch through the Deep Web with my teeth.
Turns out that Chad was trained as a designer while Steve did computer science at the university. Neither of them are drop-outs, so perhaps the glory days of the super drop-outs are now officially over.
Isn't it funny how it's always one pair of them? Usually an arty guy partnered with a geek?
I'm beginning to see a pattern. Hmm...
For more details, here are some articles that I've found. Enjoy!
YouTube: Way Beyond Home Videos (BusinessWeek)
Steve Chen: The Local Boy That Created YouTube (Taipei Times)
Of course, not everyone thinks that the Goo-Tube deal makes business sense.
There are two major concerns - despite its overwhelming popularity YouTube hasn't really made money yet, and there is that nagging problem of copyright infringements.
Check out this blog post by veteran investor Mark Cuban.
I Still Think Google Is Crazy (Blog Maverick)
He also has a few other Youtube-related articles on his site.
If you have no time to read these sources, let me just quote Chad Hurley himself (from the BusinessWeek comments section):
I do not want to work hard. I want to live a soft life. I want to sleep for three hours every afternoon. I do not want to stay awake the whole day so that I can get a few grand at the end of each month. That is why I choose to live off the Net. I am too lazy to try and survive in the real world...
...We worked for about six hours each week for two months designing YouTube. We had the idea to create a community around the video. Once that was done we knew that tons of millions of dollars would just flow into our laps after a buyer which we expect to happen very soon. We will not have to work hard...
...Now we are sitting at home waiting for a buyout. I expect to make at least $400 million personally. Content has been handed to us on a silver platter. We do not have to slog hard to create content like a poorly paid online journalist who makes a lousy $450,000 each year.
Making US$450,000 is poorly paid?
I would be ecstatic if I could even make US$45,000 a year. Graduate school lowers your expectations on just about everything.
Except chocolate. I will NEVER compromise on chocolates.