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February 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Look out, Pinterest: here comes Zillow Digs

Zillow today is launching the fourth major business on its real estate platform. Called Zillow Digs, it’s a service that lets people planning to remodel their homes peruse and collect images from the huge collection of photos that have been uploaded to Zillow over the years. The feature lets people compile and share online inspiration boards and…

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November 19, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Video: Wine app Corki wins Seattle Startup Weekend

Here’s a video showing the pitches of 15 finalists at Seattle Startup Weekend. Teams of participants developed startup companies in a 54-hour burst then pitched them to a panel of judges Sunday evening. Zillow hosted the event at its swanky offices downtown. The winning team gets to enter a video pitch in a national competition and…

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August 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Zillow boss offers fresh take on IPOs, regulatory burden

Perhaps the founders of Facebook, Groupon and Zynga should spend more time at their satellite offices in Seattle. All three failed to live up the hype around their initial stock offerings. Meanwhile Seattle’s biggest entrant in the current generation of Web startups has won over Wall Street in its first year as a public company. The stock…

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May 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Zillow buys Rent Juice, reports blowout quarter

To boost its new push into the rental marketplace, Zillow’s paying $40 million for Rent Juice, a San Francisco company that makes software that landlords use to manage their properties. The deal follows Monday’s release of Zillow’s mobile application for searching rentals, which provides estimated rental values and search services. Rentals are the latest segment of the…

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April 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Rich Barton on startup frothiness, pivots and pitches

Inspired by our local space explorers, I donned my high-tech prospecting gear and set out to mine precious nuggets of wisdom from a nearby star. That would be Rich Barton, the startup wunderkind who founded Expedia as a twenty-something Microsoft manager, spun it into the world’s largest travel business and became a serial…

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October 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Barton backs Nextdoor, after Washington Park tryout

Seattle tech investor Rich Barton has another project, which he tested at his home in the Washington Park neighborhood. Called Nextdoor, it’s a new platform for creating neighborhood Web sites that function as bulletin boards, newsletters and notification systems. Neighborhoods can use Nextdoor sites – which it calls “private social networks” – to do…

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September 14, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Zillow CEO Rich Barton steps down, Rascoff moves up

Zillow.com co-founder Rich Barton is stepping down as chief executive of the 5-year-old real estate website, which is positioning itself for an initial public offering when conditions are right. Spencer Rascoff, Zillow’s chief operating officer (left), is taking the top job at the Seattle-based venture. Zillow simultaneously is announcing that the company is now profitable. It…

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July 8, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Zillow hooks up with Yahoo on ad deal

Everyone’s been wondering if Zillow would someday hook up with one of the big Web portals. Now it’s finally happening, sort of. Under a deal being announced Friday, Zillow is going to become the exclusive partner of Yahoo Real Estate, handling real estate advertising for both sites. The two are also combining their listing directories. Zillow and Yahoo…

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March 22, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Ex-Expedia team hiring, promoting new travel company

A group of former Expedia executives is dropping bigger hints about a new travel company they’re starting in Seattle. With the buzz they’re getting so far, they won’t have to spend any of the $9.8 million they’ve raised on job ads. Rich Barton first announced the venture with a Tweet in January, saying “Greg Slyngstad & I…

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March 17, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Zillow’s mobile app comes to Android, gets voice search

Zillow’s hit mobile real estate search application is coming to the Android platform Thursday, the company announced. The iPhone version of the application has been downloaded more than 1 million times since it debuted last April, Zillow chief operating officer, Spencer Rascoff, said in the release. The Android version uses GPS to find and follow users’…

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