Nicholas Liou grew up in California. His parents owned a small business, which sparked his interest in business and accounting. He pursued his business degree at UC Berkeley and graduated in 2013. Nicholas Liou worked at PwC for four years after graduation. He started in financial services tax and developed a strong understanding of business and accounting. Next, he transitioned into PwC's management consulting business, where he worked in the mergers and acquisitions practice. He helped clients think through and implement large cross-functional transactions through data-generated narratives. After his two-year stint in M&A, Nicholas Liou decided to pursue his MBA to transition into the tech industry.