Chad Hurley

Businessman and Silicon Valley maven Chad Hurley is the co-founder and former CEO of YouTube. He is currently its adviser.

Starting at PayPal, Hurley’s amazing trajectory to founding YouTube and beyond has made him a legend in business, technology, social, and educational circles globally. He has since gone on to found and develop several more innovative tech companies.

YouTube is estimated to attract over one billion unique users watching over six billion hours of video each month, with 80% of its traffic coming from outside the US. Approximately 100 hours of new video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

The media giant was created in 2005 when Hurley, along with Steve Chen and Jawad Kim, left the PayPal team at eBay to forge ahead on their own. In October of 2006, Chad and his partners sold YouTube, now the world’s leading video sharing platform, to Google for $1.6 billion – one of the most significant transactions in internet history. In 2006, Hurley was 28th on Business 2.0’s "50 People Who Matter Now" list. He stepped down as YouTube CEO in 2010.

Hurley also co-founded AVOS Systems, which is committed to creating platforms and building products that enable individuals to utilize their time more efficiently in daily life.

From the lectern, Chad shares the lessons learned from the unique experiences of creating YouTube – a “game-changer,” “status quo disrupter,” and “new standard” in technology. He also looks at what’s next on the horizon of emerging technology, the shifting paradigm of media production and distribution, and how YouTube continues to evolve in order to stay on top.