Cory Rellas: Drizly CEO & Co-Founder

My Native Admission Statement: Drizly is the world’s largest alcohol marketplace and the best way to shop beer, wine and spirits. Our aim as a company is to make good times just a little bit better. To be there to celebrate life’s important moments – no matter how big or small. Building something that doesn’t exist is always hard and that complexity only compounds over time. However, it always comes back to people. Working at a small, ambitious company is an incredible investment for someone to make — an investment of time, of energy, and most importantly, an investment of trust in the people who have made that same pact. Inevitably, there are moments when the paths of the people there no longer intersect with the path of the company. While those moments will always be hard, we’ve learned that when the company places its people first and truly values their career progression, we can look back on however long the paths intertwined and know that both sides are better off for making the investment in each other.

Industry opportunities and challenges?:

The alcohol industry is incredibly complex and highly regulated. Instead of seeing this as a barrier, we saw an opportunity to establish and grow a business where others did not. As we learned more about the industry, we realized that not only was the idea of Drizly great for consumers, but that it could also be a catalyst for local retail, and a way to provide suppliers with insights that they’d never been able to access. This trifecta has allowed us to grow Drizly into the leading alcohol e-commerce platform benefiting consumers, local retailers, and the biggest stakeholders in adult beverage alike.

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