Nicolas J Hanauer began his professional career at Pacific Coast Feather Company as the company's executive VP of Sales and Marketing. In that role, Nick helped grow Pacific Coast from several million dollars in sales to more than 300 million. Hanauer remains as the company’s Co-Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer.
In 1988, while still an executive with Pacific Coast, Hanauer co-founded Museum Quality Framing Company. Today that company has 60 stores and is the largest of its kind on the west coast. Hanauer became the first non-family investor in Amazon.com in 1995 where he served as a Board Advisor for the company until January of 2000. In 1996, he founded and served as CEO of internet media company Avenue A Media; later re-named aQuantive, Inc. and became Chairman of the board when the company went public in February of 2000. aQuantive was purchased by Microsoft in August of 2007 for 6.4 billion dollars; the largest acquisition in Microsoft history. In 1998, Hanauer founded Gea