Nick Hanauer has founded, co-founded, or funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries. Among his many successes, he co-founded a company called aQuantive that sold to Microsoft for $6.4 billion and he was the first non-family investor in Amazon.
At the same time, Hanauer, a self-described “proud and unapologetic capitalist,” has become a leading critic of modern economic policy. He is now one of the world’s most provocative thinkers about our society’s growing inequality, the dire consequences that increasing inequality creates for our democracies, and how to fix the system.
Hanauer has been featured in a variety of publications and is a frequent commentator on politics and economics in the media. His opinion pieces have been featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg Business Week, The Atlantic and Democracy Journal, among other publications.
Among his most notable essays, Hanauer published “The Capitalist’s Case for a $15 Minimum Wage” in Bloomberg Business Week in 2013. Early in 2014, he and Oxford’s Eric Beinhocker published “Capitalism, Redefined” in Democracy Journal. In the summer of 2014, Hanauer published “The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats” in Politico, which became among the most-shared essays in the publication’s history. Last year he published “Democrats Must Reclaim the Center … by Moving Hard Left” in Politico Magazine.
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