The MSU JJCBE’s David Orser Executive Speakers Forum is named for David B. Orser,
a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU
business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible, and ethical business
These events are FREE and open to the public!
Upcoming Orser Executive Speakers Forum:
Thursday, February 22
Informal Networking: 6:15 pm
Public Presentation: 6:45 pm
Location: Jabs Hall 111
MSU Calendar: http://calendar.msu.montana.edu/events/25528
Rich Barton, a former Microsoft executive and a founder of the online companies Expedia,
Zillow, and Glassdoor, will discuss his experience building several successful companies.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of the internet's true innovators
and thought leaders. Rich Barton disrupted the travel, real estate and recruiting
markets and will provide the audience rare insights into how to build defining companies
About the Presentation:
About the Orser Speaker:
Barton joined Microsoft in 1991 and then founded Expedia – a website that transformed
the way individuals plan and purchase travel – in 1996. Barton served as Expedia’s
president, CEO and board director until 2003. (The company spun-off from Microsoft
in 1999 in an initial public offering.) In 2005, Barton co-founded Zillow, which creates
an accessible site for information about local real estate markets that was previously
hidden. He is executive chairman and served as Zillow’s CEO until it went public in
Barton also co-founded and serves as non-executive chairman of Glassdoor, a leading
employment site in which users contribute information about their employers and the
job market. Barton is also a venture partner at Benchmark and is on the boards of
directors at Netflix, Avvo, RealSelf, Artsy and Liberty Interactive. He has a bachelor’s
degree in engineering from Stanford University.
For more information about the forum, contact Anna Reardon at 406-994-6195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.