|Born||1959 (age 55–56)
New York, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Author, entrepreneur, venture capitalist|
|Notable works||The True Patriot|
After earning his philosophy degree from the University of Washington, Hanauer got his business start at the family-owned Pacific Coast Feather Company, where he continues to serve as co-chair and CEO. In the 1980s he co-founded Museum Quality Framing Company, a large West Coast franchise.
In the 1990s Hanauer was one of the first investors in Amazon.com (where he served as adviser to the board until 2000). He founded gear.com (which eventually merged with Overstock.com) and Avenue A Media (which in 2007, under the new name aQuantive, was acquired by Microsoft for $6.4 billion).
Hanauer and his wife, Leslie, co-manage The Nick and Leslie Hanauer Foundation "which focuses on public education and the environment, and additionally supports a variety of progressive causes locally and nationally."
Hanauer is active in the Seattle community and Washington’s public education system. He co-founded the League of Education Voters (LEV), a non-partisan political organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education in Washington. He also serves on the boards of Cascade Land Conservancy, The University of Washington Foundation
In June 2014 Hanauer wrote an op-ed for Politico magazine in which he foresaw pitchforks coming for his "fellow .01%ers" if they did not address the issue of increasing wealth inequality. He noted how it would result in the destruction of the middle class and damage to the wealthy class. He made comparisons to the period preceding the French Revolution in the 18th century.
TED Talk controversy
In May 2012, several online news outlets reported that Hanauer's March 1, 2012 TED talk was not posted by TED Talks. In the short presentation he spoke about rising income inequality in the US, and the problems it may cause to future business ventures, as he feels that middle class consumers are far greater job creators than wealthy entrepreneurs like himself. Thus he proposed the necessity for higher median incomes for workers rather than tax breaks for the wealthy, stating that if lower income tax rates for the wealthy really worked "we would be drowning in jobs", instead of unemployment being at current numbers.
As justification for not posting the talk, Chris Anderson, curator of TED, a private organization, stated that he felt Hanauer's talk was "explicitly partisan" and included "a number of arguments that were unconvincing". Huffington Post writer Jillian Berman expressed bewilderment since TED had previously issued talks by politicians such as former US Vice-President Al Gore or British Prime Minister David Cameron without hesitation. TED reserves the right to post only the talks it considers to be most effective. Hanauer partially defended Anderson's decision in an interview with Sam Seder, saying he could understand that the position he himself offered in his talk might be controversial to the business community and that Anderson might have received unproportional critique for his decision to hold back the talk. The original presentation is available on YouTube.
Anderson later decided to add Nick's most recent, and longer, talk on a similar theme from TEDSalon NY2014. It was posted on August 12, 2014. Anderson also posted an explanation for his decision and showed himself and Hanauer "burying the hatchet".
- Engleman, Eric (March 9, 2008), Nick Hanauer's 2007 -- a ride on the tech wave, Puget Sound Business Journal, retrieved September 9, 2014
- Pacific Coast Feather Company History, fundinguniverse.com, retrieved September 9, 2014
- Kim, Nancy (November 21, 1999), Seeking frame and fortune. Seattle framing chain buys rival, Puget Sound Business Journal, retrieved September 9, 2014
- Isidore, Chris (May 18, 2007), Microsoft buys aQuantive for $6 billion, CNNMoney, retrieved September 9, 2014
- blog entry, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- Timmerman, Luke (July 7, 2009). "Qliance Raises $4M To Expand New Primary Care Model, Circumvent Health Insurers". Xconomy. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
- Hill, Kashmir (February 27, 2012). "How The 'True Patriot Network' Tested Its Political Messages On The 99% Via Email". Forbes. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- Rahner, Mark (March 20, 2008). "Authors plunge into meaning of "True Patriot"". Seattle Times Newspaper. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
- "About Friends of Waterfront Seattle". Friends of Waterfront Seattle. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- Hanauer, Nick. The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats, Politico, July/August 2014
- Who are the Job Creators?, June 15, 2013.
- Tankersley, Jim. Too Hot for TED: Income Inequality, National Journal, May 16, 2012
- TIME Business & Money, May 18, 2012.
- Berman, Jillian (May 17, 2012), Nick Hanauer's TED Talk On Income Inequality Deemed Too 'Political' For Site [UPDATE], The Huffington Post, retrieved September 9, 2014
- Anderson, Chris. "TED and inequality: The real story". TEDChris. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013.
- Majority Report with Sam Seder, May 30, 2012.
- "Youtube video Nick Hanauer".
- Hanauer, Nick. Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming, TED Talks, TED@250, August 12, 2014
- Anderson, Chris. How did Nick Hanauer get onto TED’s home page?!, TED Talks, August 12, 2014
- Official Nick Hanauer website
- The True Patriot Network website
- Pacific Coast Feather Company website
- Direct Primary Care Coalition website
- Second Avenue Partners website
- Nick Hanauer at TED
- Abelson, Max, "Bankers Join Billionaires to Debunk ‘Imbecile’ Attack on Top 1%", Bloomberg, December 20, 2011. Hanauer and Warren Buffett are noted as not joining in the debunking.
- Hanauer, Nick, "Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators", Bloomberg, November 30, 2011.
- Hanuaer, Nick, "The Death of Overtime"