Nicholas Liou grew up in the state of California and is a native son. He was inspired by his family's modest company as a child and decided to attend the University of California, Berkeley to get a degree in business administration. Nicholas Liou worked as a PricewaterhouseCoopers consultant for four years after graduating. He began his career in financial services taxes, where he remains now, for the first two years of his career. These two years laid a solid framework for his future career in business, and he credits them with giving him the foundation he needed. PwC's management consulting practice, where he was a member of the mergers and acquisitions division, hired him when he completed his studies. He worked for a company that helped clients think through and complete large cross-functional transactions by creating narratives from the data they gave. When Nicholas Liou chose to go back to school after two years of working in mergers and acquisitions.