Rich Barton, a familiar name in e-commerce and new to the real estate industry, will speak at Inman News’ Real Estate Connect in New York City, Jan. 11-13, 2006.

Barton is chairman and CEO of Zillow.com, a Seattle start-up that has attracted a lot of attention in recent months. Barton’s team announced the company earlier this year, and has remained secretive about the company’s business model while it has yet to open for business.

At Real Estate Connect NYC, Barton will join a panel discussion focusing on a look at the real estate industry from the outside. Fellow panelists include Lockhart Steele, publisher of Curbed.com; Craig Newmark, founder and customer service representative, craigslist.org; and Tony Lee, publisher of RealEstateJournal.com, Wall Street Journal Online Vertical Network.

To view more information about Real Estate Connect, visit the conference Web site at //www.inman.com/connectny/ny.aspx.

To register for Real Estate Connect, visit the registration page.

Real Estate Connect is a real estate conference that brings together new and traditional business models and ideas, the latest technology innovations in the real estate industry, and open discussion of timely industry topics.

Other speakers slated for the New York event in January include Chris Glowacki, founder and president of Plum TV; Michael Gross, author of “740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building”; Dottie Herman, president and CEO of Prudential Douglas Elliman; Pamela Liebman, president and CEO of The Corcoran Group; Richard Sommer, CEO of HomeGain; Tom Reddin, CEO of Real Estate with IAC Financial Services and Real Estate; Bruce Zipf, president and CEO of NRT; Mike Long, CEO of Homestore; and dozens more industry leaders and innovators.

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