|Rich Barton was a Microsoft engineer in the early 1990s with an idea and plan, while working for Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. He talked with Ballmer about the big idea and Steve said how much money do you need?|
The talks stalled.
But the history is recounted in a Masters In Business (on Bloomberg and iTunes) podcast last month.
Microsoft spun out Expedia.
I looked and Barton didn't keep much Expedia.
But he's an active venture capitalist, an early investor in Netflix, and he's still on the board of Netflix and other companies.
So there is a direct connection from Khosrowshahi to Bill Gates, and not surprising that he lives in Bellevue, WA.