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Rich Barton

Rich Barton is an entrepreneur and investor with a knack for disrupting and transforming industries. He is currently co-founder and executive chairman of Zillow, Inc., a real estate marketplace he co-founded in 2005 that went public in 2011 (NASDAQ: Z).

Prior to Zillow, Rich founded Expedia inside Microsoft in 1994 at the age of 26, pioneering a new model that gave consumers more control over their travel and demonstrated how powerful e-commerce could be. He built the original Expedia team then spun out the company in a successful IPO in 1999, serving as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director through the company’s acquisition by IAC Corp in 2003. He co-founded Zillow with many of his former Expedia compatriots with the goal to bring the same level of transparency to real estate that they brought to travel a decade earlier. Today, Zillow has expanded beyond its trademark Zestimate® to become the largest real estate and home-related marketplace on mobile and the desktop.

Rich has also taken pages from his “power to the people” playbook and in 2007 co-founded Glassdoor, a social career and jobs community, where he currently serves as non-executive chairman. He is also co-founder of Trover, a mobile app helping people find and share their “discoveries” around the world. He is a Venture Partner at Benchmark and is also on the boards of Nextdoor, Netflix, RealSelf, Avvo and non-profit, YearUp. His angel investments include stakes in such innovative startups as Hotel Tonight, Hipmunk, Room 77, Front Desk, Decide, Qliance, Duetto, Seattle Bank, and Revinate.

Rich holds a Bachelor’s of Science in General Engineering: Industrial Economics from Stanford University.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
GemShare 4/2014Seed$1.2M9
Front Desk HQ 2/2014Series A$4M4
Front Desk HQ 9/2013Seed$3.2M5
Trover 7/2013Seed$2.5M4
Sift Science 3/2013Series A$4M7
TreeRing 9/2012Series A$3.6M6
Room 77 6/2011Series B$10.5M7
HotelTonight 5/2011Series A$3.59M8
Inkd.com 2/2011Angel$400k7
Hipmunk 1/2011Series A$4.2M6
Vittana 2010Seed5
Decide.com 1/2010Series A$2.5M2
Room 77 1/2010Angel$3M7
Inkd.com 9/2008Series A$1.7M11
Fanzter 1/2008Series A$2M4

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  1. GemShare Raises $1.2M in Seed Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  2. Front Desk Raises $4M Series A Led by Floodgate To Expand Its Mobile Business Management Service (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. Front Desk Raises $3.2 Million To Help Businesses Manage Payments And Scheduling (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. Trover Raises $2.5M Funding Round Led By Concur To Expand Its Travel Photography Community (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. Ex-Googlers Launch Sift Science, A Fraud-Fighting System For Websites, Backed By $5.5M In Funding From Union Square, First Round, YC & Others (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  6. Social Yearbook Company, TreeRing, Raises $3.6 Million in Series A Funding (tmcnet.com) [edit]
  7. Search Engine Room 77 Raises $10.5M For Personalized Hotel Room Recommendations (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  8. HotelTonight Raises $3.25M in Series A Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  9. Curious Office (curiousoffice.com) [edit]
  10. Hipmunk’s Official Round: $4.2 Million Led By Ignition And A Group Of Online Travel Experts (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  11. Non-profit Vittana lands CNET’s Wolaner as CEO (pando.com) [edit]
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  14. PressPlane Takes $1.7M (nwinnovation.com) [edit]
  15. fanzter.com [edit]
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