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Even the site’s domain name was registered on February 14, Valentine’s Day.
That's not exactly what comes to mind when you think of the world's largest video site, which welcomes a billion visitors a month.
"Just three guys on Valentine's Day that had nothing to do," he said. You Tube has grown into a video empire and launched the careers of several stars, including Justin Bieber, makeup artist Michelle Phan and Swedish gamer Pew Die Pie.
The service has also expanded to include a subscription site, You Tube Red, and a dedicated gaming site.
Soon, coming up with methods to recruit would-be daters became less and less of an issue.
"Our users were already one step ahead of us," Karim says.
In a You Tube video of his 2007 commencement speech at the University of Illinois, Karim explains how he and his fellow co-founders struggled to get people interested in the site in its earliest days.