Rich Barton is an entrepreneur and investor with a knack for disrupting and transforming industries. Rich founded Expedia inside Microsoft at 26, assembled the original Expedia team then spun out the company in a successful IPO in 1999, serving as president, CEO and board director through the company’s acquisition by IAC Corp in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded Zillow, which went public in 2011 and is now the largest real estate marketplace in the U.S. He served as Zillow CEO until 2009 and remains Executive Chairman. Rich is also co-founder and non-executive chairman of Glassdoor, one of the largest job listings sites in the world that also offers a unique inside look at jobs and companies through user-generated content collected from employees and jobseekers in more than 190 countries. In addition, he is co-founder and non-executive chairman of Trover, a mobile app helping people find and share their “discoveries” around the world.
Rich is also an active investor, and serves as a Venture Partner at Benchmark, one of the largest VC firms in Silicon Valley, which is behind companies like Twitter, Uber, Snapchat, Yelp and more. He is also on the boards of Netflix, Nextdoor, RealSelf, Avvo and YearUp, a non-profit working to help young urban adults gain the skills and experience to help them advance in their careers. His other angel investments include stakes in innovative startups such as Hotel Tonight, Hipmunk, Room 77, Front Desk, Qliance, Duetto, Revinate, SiftScience and TurnKey. Rich holds a bachelor's in general engineering: industrial economics from Stanford University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. When not working, you can usually find him doing something active like surfing, snowboarding, or fly fishing. You can follow Rich on twitter @Rich_Barton or his blog, hopperanddropper.com.