Zillow co-founder Rich Barton and MTV creator Bob Pittman join board of NY-based fine art startup
Rich Barton at the Zillow Premier Agent Forum. (GeekWire Photo)
Rich Barton has a resume that would make even accomplished entrepreneurs swoon.
He started his career as a Microsoft executive in the late 90s, launching travel site Expedia internally and then spinning the company out of its parent. He went on to co-found real estate site Zillow and employment transparency company Glassdoor.
Now Barton is joining the star-studded board of directors for Artsy, a New York City-based platform for discovering and collecting fine art. Its mission is to “make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.”
“The art market is one the last consumer markets that hasn’t been effectively scaled, and Rich is bringing his expertise to help Artsy build the world’s leading platform for buying fine art online,” an Artsy spokesperson told GeekWire over email.
Barton was a previous investor in the company, and has increased his investment along with his board involvement. He joins other high-powered tech leaders investing in the company, including Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Google chairman Eric Schmidt, and Sky Dayton, founder of internet service provider Earthlink who is also on the board.
Barton’s addition was announced this morning, along with the addition of media executive Bob Pittman, currently CEO of iHeartMedia. He previously served as CEO of MTV Networks and AOL, among other high-level media leadership positions.
Artsy provides users access to online auctions of fine art, along with an online magazine and other services. The company has raised about $51 million in three rounds of funding, including a $25 million series C round in 2015 that included Catteron, angel investor Peter Thiel and others.