For the main page Netcraft's record only date back to 30th October when it was on the same net as it is now which belongs to Youtube itself.
However there seem to be other subdomains like static*.youtube.com, v*.youtube.com and cdn2.youtube.com which point to different networks ran by Rackspace, ServerBeach and Limelight. It seems that the first v* machines were all hosted at ServerBeach (v6 dates back to 19th December) and are now moved to Youtubes's own network (v64 for example). Youtube as of 28th April 2005 can be seen at http://web.archive.org/web/200504280...w.youtube.com/
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I thought youtube started pretty close to the VC $$$, so it was more than a side project between friends. But I would be interested in their history, from the get go, and who hosted them too.
There you go Bob
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
YouTube.com was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. Prior to PayPal, Hurley studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The domain name "YouTube.com" was activated on February 15, 2005, and the website was developed over the following months. The creators offered the public a preview of the site in May 2005, and six months later, YouTube made its official debut.
In August of 2005, Macromedia released FlashPlayer 8, which uses On2 Technologies' VP6 video codec, providing a large increase in video quality compared to FlashPlayer 7 and had a very small download size, decreasing download time. For the first time ever, users did not have to use a separate video player, like Windows Media Player, Realplayer, or Apple's Quicktime Player. They could now watch decent video in a web page practically instantly. Without this new technology, it's unlikely YouTube would have taken off as fast as it did.
The company's humble beginnings in a garage and commitment to offering free services necessitated outside financial backing. In November of 2005, venture capital firm Sequoia Capital invested an initial $3.5 million; additionally, Roelof Botha, partner of the firm and former CFO of PayPal, joined the YouTube board of directors. In April 2006, Sequoia put an additional $8 million into the company, which had experienced a boom of popularity and growth in just its first few months.