Nick Hanauer is one of the most successful entrepreneurs, investors, and managers in the Northwest. Hanauer is a co-founder and partner in Seattle-based venture capital firm, Second Avenue Partners. In 2015, he also founded Civic Ventures, a small group of political troublemakers devoted to ideas, policies, and actions that catalyze significant social change.
Nick has managed, founded or financed over 30 companies, creating aggregate market value of tens of billions of dollars. Some notable companies Include Amazon.com, Aquantive Inc., (purchased by Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion), Insitu group (purchased by Boeing for $400 million), Market Leader (purchased by Trulia in 2013 for $350 million). Some other companies include Marchex, Newsvine, Qliance, Seattle Bank and Pacific Coast Feather Company.
Nick is also actively involved in a broad variety of civic and philanthropic activities, In 2000, he co-founded the League of Education Voters (LEV); a non-partisan statewide political organization focused on promoting public education. He currently serves as Co-President of the LEV. Additionally, Hanauer serves or has served a broad range of civic organizations including the boards of the Cascade Land Conservancy, The University of Washington Foundation, The Seattle Alliance for Education, and The MT Lemmon Science Center. He currently serves as a Director for The Democracy Alliance and as a board advisor to the policy journal Democracy and recently founded Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. He also co-manages The Nick and Leslie Hanauer foundation with his wife.
In 2007, Nick published the national bestseller in politics, The True Patriot, with co-author Eric Liu. In 2010 Liu and Hanauer published their second book, The Gardens of Democracy, also a national bestseller in politics. Hanauer has been featured in a variety of publications and is a frequent commentator on politics and economics in the media. He has appeared on Charlie Rose, Fareed Zakaria, National Public Radio, Ed Schultz Show, The Lawrence O’Donell Show, and others. He was recently featured on the cover of the National Journal. His TED speech on the true job creators went globally viral in 2010. His opinion pieces have been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic, Democracy Journal, and other publications. He has been featured in two documentary films on economic inequality, American Winter -which premiered on HBO, and Inequality for All, which was theatrically released in the fall of 2013.
Hanauer has a degree in philosophy from the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle, Washington and is married with two children.