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Rich Barton, Reid Hoffman, Salman Khan and others named Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced 11 members of its Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship program, a new effort designed to spark entrepreneurial activity worldwide. In some ways, the program is kind of like a Peace Corps for business. “America’s entrepreneurial spirit has always been a key driver of our economic growth and success,” said Secretary… Read More

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Rich Barton: Uber made me call my mom

A month or so ago, I had dinner with a group of entrepreneurs at the Goldman Internet Conference in Vegas.  Among them was Travis Kalanick, the colorful and talented founder and CEO of Uber. Travis is a man on a mission to revolutionize how we get around, as I’m sure you’re all well aware.  I’ve been a… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: The future of shopping, startups, venture capital, video games and more

This week on the GeekWire radio show, we revisit last month’s GeekWire Summit technology conference, with highlights from four of the panels at the event. The GeekWire Summit is our annual technology conference, bringing top CEOs from around the region and the country for a discussion about the future of technology. Listen via the audio… Read More

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Zillow’s Rich Barton on building big companies: It takes a little bit of ‘craziness’ (full video)

Rich Barton has helped build some of Seattle’s biggest tech brands, including Expedia (market value $7.6 billion) and Zillow (market value of $3.6 billion). So, what does it take to grow startups to that scale? According to Barton, it’s a “certain amount of craziness.” “A big dream and a clear vision, and a little bit of… Read More

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Relive the GeekWire Summit with photos, Twitter reaction

From a fantastic talk with Rich Barton and Bill Gurley to a former Amazon exec comparing shopping to sex, the 2013 GeekWire Summit was one to remember. Thanks to the more than 700 of you who came out to Thursday’s day-long event, where we enjoyed excellent conversations with industry leaders, great networking and tasty food…. Read More

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Q&A: Zillow’s Rich Barton on startups and what he’s looking for on the competition stage

SAN FRANCISCO–One of the judges for a round in today’s Startup Battlefield competition at TechCrunch Disrupt was none other than Zillow co-founder and former Expedia CEO Rich Barton. After the round, which included presentations from startups hawking everything from enterprise VoIP solutions to iPad games, I sat down with Barton to see who he thought stood… Read More

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Front Desk reels in $1M to help business owners manage scheduling, admin

Front Desk, the Seattle startup that helps businesses manage scheduling and other administrative tasks, has raised an additional $1 million from some of the region’s top angel investors. The Seattle company, led by former T-Mobile and Expedia analytics guru Jon Zimmerman, raised the cash from Second Avenue Partners, Version One Ventures, Zillow co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink,… Read More

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Rich Barton, Spencer Rascoff and others bankroll online vacation rental startup

Some of the biggest names in online travel are tossing their support behind TurnKey Vacation Rentals, an Austin-based startup company that helps vacation rental owners market and manage properties. Backers of the company in the $1.5 million round include Zillow co-founder and former Expedia CEO Rich Barton; Orbitz CEO Barney Harford; Expedia co-founder Greg Slyngstad; Zillow… Read More

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Trover snaps up $2.5M to create a hub for up-and-coming travel photographers

Seattle startup Trover has scored $2.5 million in fresh funding, money that the five-person company will use to build out its network of amateur travel photographers. Concur led the round through its newly-formed Perfect Trip Fund, continuing a streak of investments in up-and-coming travel-oriented startups. Zillow co-founder Rich Barton and other angel investors also participated…. Read More

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Q&A: Rich Barton and Nick Hanauer on why Seattle is a great ‘startup cake’ (and NYC has a ‘sell out’ culture)

We had a blast catching up with Seattle technology entrepreneurs and investors Rich Barton and Nick Hanauer on last weekend’s GeekWire podcast and radio show. Barton, the former CEO of Expedia and co-founder of Zillow, and Hanauer, an early investor in Amazon.com and aQuantive, like to think big as they look at ways to be… Read More

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The state of education: Yes, we suck

Ten years ago, then Boeing Commercial Airplanes boss Alan Mulally declared in front of the Seattle Rotary Club that Washington state wasn’t a great place to do business. “I think we suck,” he said. I was reminded of that comment after attending the Technology Alliance luncheon in downtown Seattle yesterday, one of the biggest gatherings… Read More

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Zillow co-founder Rich Barton: ‘Kill the squirrel’

If you’re a squirrel, make sure you stay well clear of Rich Barton. The founder of Expedia and Zillow on Wednesday offered some key advice from his dad, applying a driving lesson from the road that he’s used in business to this day. “My dad used to say: ‘kill the squirrel,’” noted Barton. In other… Read More

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Qliance raises $8M, opens new clinic on Expedia campus

Qliance Medical, the Seattle health services startup backed by venture capitalist Nick Hanauer; Zillow Chairman Rich Barton; comedian Drew Carey; Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos; and others, has raised $8.6 million in venture capital financing, GeekWire has learned. Total funding in Qliance now stands at $27.6 million, with the 50-person company possibly raising a little more… Read More

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Rich Barton and Nick Hanauer on startups, the fiscal cliff and ‘creative disruption’

Zillow chairman Rich Barton and aQuantive co-founder Nick Hanauer are two of Seattle’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, having created billion-dollar companies that altered how we shop, travel and buy real estate. Both also are extremely outspoken when it comes to politics, sharing some of those opinions in an informative appearance today on The Conversation with KUOW’s Ross… Read More

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Vinod Khosla, Rich Barton lead Vittana’s new ‘League of Extraordinary Tech Superheroes’

Venture capital Vinod Khosla and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton have joined forces to bankroll Vittana, the Seattle non-profit that’s attempting to wipe out youth poverty through education-oriented microloans. The contributions of Khosla and Barton mark the largest in Vittana’s history, and set the organization on a path to become self sustainable. The exact amount of… Read More