Zillow founder goes full throttle

Profile: Richard Barton behind newly launched real estate service

About one month ago, Zillow founder Richard Barton took a helicopter 12,000 feet to the top of a mountain in British Columbia and snowboarded down untracked powder with a group of friends.

Today, Barton and his team have set out in similar circumstances, launching their new service Zillow, which offers consumers a look at their home’s value history.

“It’s called heli-skiing,” said Gordon Stephenson, a Seattle real estate broker who serves on Zillow’s board of directors, of Barton’s sport. “You don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know what weather conditions are like.