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Obama taps Zillow founder Rich Barton as an ‘ambassador of entrepreneurship’

Exec will advise policymakers on how to foster innovation

Rich Barton, co-founder and executive chairman of Zillow, has been named an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors of Global Entrepreneurship, a group recently formed by President Obama that will advise policy makers on how to foster innovation and entrepreneurship."I am honored to be appointed to this esteemed group and look forward to working with the President, Secretaries Kerry and Pritzker, Administrator Shah and my fellow ambassadors to help support the rise of entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems globally," Barton said in a statement.Barton, one of 11 inaugural members of PAGE, will participate in the group's first meetings in the nation's capital today with officials including U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, according to Zillow.Barton's appointment comes less than a year after Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff moderated a discussion with Obama on housing. The White House's decision...

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