These techies just invested $15 million in a Seattle pizza chain

MOD Pizza just completed a very special order — closing a $15 million funding round. That’s usually not news on a tech site like GeekWire, but then look at who is involved in the Seattle pizza chain’s latest financing. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff; T-Mobile COO Jim Alling and Madrona Venture… Read More

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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff to keynote GeekWire Awards bash

The GeekWire Awards are fast approaching, with tickets on pace to sell out. And, if you didn’t have enough reasons to attend the big bash at EMP on May 8th, here’s another. We’re excited to announce that Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff will keynote the event, offering insights and lessons from his own startup voyage. Rascoff is… Read More

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Will Zillow make a move into commercial real estate?

Commercial real estate agents want Zillow to move into their market. During an event put on by the Portland Business Journal today, a commercial real estate broker asked Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff when the company planned to move into providing information on commercial properties, according to a report by the Oregonian. Rascoff said that the company has… Read More

A photo of Errol Samuelson. Chairman Errol Samuelson joins Zillow

Zillow announced today that Errol Samuelson will be joining the company as its Chief Industry Development Officer. He’ll be reporting directly to CEO Spencer Rascoff, and will be charged with forging partnerships between Zillow and players in the real estate industry, including brokerages and Multiple Listing Services. Samuelson will also provide executive oversight on Zillow’s… Read More


Ski lift ticket seller Liftopia carves fresh path with $5M from Spencer Rascoff, Marc Benioff and others

Some big names in tech are hitting the slopes. Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, former Expedia CEO Erik Blachford are joining with Industry Ventures, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital and others to bankroll Liftopia, which offers discounted ski lift tickets at hundreds of ski resorts throughout the world. The… Read More


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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Commencement speech showdown: Advice to recent grads from Redfin’s Kelman and Zillow’s Rascoff

It’s that time of year when commencement speeches ring out across the nation, with everyone from President Barack Obama to philanthropist Melinda Gates to comedian Jimmy Kimmel offering words of wisdom to recent grads. Now, LinkedIn is taking a very special approach to the commencement speech tradition, asking several of its so-called “influencers” to write “Commencement… Read More

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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff sounds off on the JOBS Act, calls it a ‘step backwards’

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, also known as the JOBS Act, was signed into law by President Barack Obama six months ago. The measure was supported by many in the technology and startup communities, in part because it was designed to loosen regulations on emerging businesses, including obligations to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley and other… Read More

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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff: ‘We monetize on mobile’

There’s been a lot of chatter about companies like Facebook and Zynga having challenges unlocking the mysteries of monetization on the mobile Web. But that’s not the case at Zillow, with CEO Spencer Rascoff today appearing on Bloomberg TV and discussing the company’s success in driving advertising through its mobile platform. He said the biggest… Read More

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Why Zillow’s CEO wants to be the OpenTable of real estate

On the surface, OpenTable may not seem to hold many similarities with Zillow. After all, one specializes in restaurants, and other in real estate. But Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff sees similarities between the two companies, telling Business Insider that those companies which simply provide leads to businesses are ripe for disintermediation. In Rascoff’s view, OpenTable has… Read More

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Next up at Zillow: Tools to help real estate agents manage leads, contacts and much more

Historically, Zillow has derived the bulk of its revenue from online advertising, charging real estate agents to gain access to the company’s growing ranks of home buyers and sellers. And while the advertising business won’t be going away anytime soon, Zillow has much bigger ambitions in 2012. Essentially, it wants to become the place where… Read More