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In a short time, Rich Barton and his team took a no-name Web site and made it one of the most highly trafficked real estate destinations on the Internet. The co-founder and CEO of Zillow shook up the real estate industry in early 2006 by creating a huge database of property records information and home-value estimates, which they dubbed "Zestimates." Zillow currently has information on more than 70 million homes across the country and now allows homeowners and real estate agents to participate by updating details, answering questions and flagging homes that are for sale. Barton's previous fame and e-commerce savvy may have helped along the way. Before creating Zillow, he founded and led online travel site Expedia, which quickly grew to become one of the largest travel sellers on the Internet. Barton will speak during Real Estate Connect in San Francisco, Aug. 1-3, 2007. Here are his answers to a set of questions posed by Inman News: What was your first job? I drove the ice cream truck...