Nick Rellas is the co-founder and CEO of Drizly, Inc., the technology company powering a superior shopping experience for beer, wine and liquor.
Since its inception in 2013, Drizly has raised $17.8 million in seed funding, expanded from one to 17 major metropolitan markets, grew from three to 51 full-time employees, and delivered hundreds of thousands of deliveries across the country. Rellas was named to BetaBoston’s “25 Most Innovative People Under 25” list, which recognizes young professionals making an impact in the Boston start-up and business community. Rellas was also named to the 2015 Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for changing the way consumers purchase alcohol.
Before Drizly, Nick Rellas was a Boston College student working for New England Coffee Co, one of the largest coffee manufacturers in the country. During his tenure there, Rellas focused on strategy, plant efficiency, and SKU profitability while reporting directly to the COO. It was during this time that Rellas noticed the lack of technology surrounding a regulated industry and asked himself: “Why do regulated industries and technology not mix well?” That question, combined with his newfound love for Uber in 2011, lead him to look at how mobile could transform other regulated industries, most notably alcohol. The rest, as they say, is history.
Rellas got an early start on his professional career, securing work as commercial photographer throughout the eastern seaboard while still in high school. After studying Advertising Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology for two years, Rellas transferred to Boston College, double majoring in Finance and Corporate Reporting & Analysis. The switch in career paths was facilitated by close to 10 years of financial derivative trading and a passion for financial markets.