This week, on our Masters in Business radio podcast, we speak with tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist Nick Hanauer.
Beginning his career in the family business, the Pacific Coast Feather Company, he became fascinated with the early form of the internet. That led him to eventually becoming the first outside investor in Amazon.com; if you ever wondered why Amazon is located in Seattle, you can listen to Hanauer’s explanation.
He was the founder and chairman of Aquantive Inc., which was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion in cash. Some of his other investments include Insitu group, purchased by Boeing for $400 million; Market Leader, purchased by Trulia in 2013 for $350 million. Other companies include Marchex, Newsvine, Qliance, and Seattle Bank.
Listen to the broadcast portion on Bloomberg radio; the full podcast is now available on iTunes, SoundCloud and on Bloomberg. Earlier podcasts can be found on iTunes and at Bloombergview.com. (The books discussed during the podcast can be found after the jump)
Be sure to check out our conversation next week with Evercore ISI’s Ed Hyman.
Books discussed during Podcast:
• Warfighting (Department of the Navy)
• Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors (Michael E. Porter)
• A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars (Nicholas Rankin)