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.
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- 06/09/11 -techcrunch.com
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