The Founder of Expedia and the Founder of Zillow.com
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Richard Barton Biography:
Richard Barton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zillow.com. Before creating Zillow.com, Barton founded the online travel site Expedia. Expedia was started within Microsoft in 1994, then spun out of Microsoft in 1999. Barton served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director until March 2003. By that time, Expedia had grown to become the largest online seller of travel in the world.
From 1991 to 1994, Barton worked in various product management roles at Microsoft. He currently is a venture partner at Benchmark Capital and on the board of NetFlix and Avvo.
Barton resigned as president and CEO of Expedia effective March 31, 2003. Barton left the company at the height of its financial earnings history, with the company having booked $5.3 billion in gross revenue for the 2002 calendar year. He listed personal reasons for his departure, specifically the desire to live in Europe for a year.
In February 2003 he assumed a position on the board of directors at Expedia’s parent company, IAC/InterActiveCorp. The InterActiveCorp position allowed Barton to continue his involvement with Expedia. Barton also served on the board of directors of Ticketmaster, Netflix, and AtomShockwave.
He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
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