Alex Osadzinski is a Sun Microsystems vet, a serial entrepreneur and Silicon Valley venture capitalist who moved to Cary in 2011 to invest in some companies and then “slowly fade away.” 

He didn’t expect to be recruited to join another high-growth technology company. And he certainly didn’t expect it to be one he’d never heard of or noticed despite its headquarters just four miles from his house.

But Osadzinski is a self-professed “startup junkie.” And he’s now six months into a leading role as managing director of global operations at Relias Learning, the company that, alongside Governor Pat McCrory Tuesday, announced plans to hire at least 450 people over the next five years at its Corning Road offices in southeast Cary.

It’s one of the fastest growing technology companies in North Carolina, and at least according to Osadzinski, still very much a startup despite its 400 employees and ownership by one of the world’s oldest and largest media companies.  

“The growth rate of employees, markets, products, acquisitions—all of that looks and feels like a startup and that is what attracted me,” he told me on the phone Wednesday before jetting off to Germany, where Relias opened an office earlier this year.

Osadzinksi’s role at the e-learning company is to turn the 1 percent of the company’s business outside of the United States today into 50 percent in the long term.

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Bio: Alex Osadzinski

Source: Relias Learning

Title: Managing Director of Global Operations

Alex Osadzinski joined Relias in January 2016 as Managing Director, Global Operations. Previously he was an active angel and VC investor in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, serving on several boards of local companies, including KnowledgeTree and WedPics, and volunteering with Triangle Startup Factory and NC IDEA to mentor and help budding entrepreneurs. 

His prior career included founder, executive and CEO roles at six startup companies, including Sun Microsystems, Be and Vitria Technology; a Group Executive Board role at Nagra Kudelski Group, a global digital security company; and seven years as a partner at Trinity Ventures, a leading Silicon Valley VC firm, investing in software and systems companies. 

Alex was a board member of Start Up East Palo Alto, a non-profit educating microbusiness entrepreneurs, and a founding member of Environmental Entrepreneurs, now a national non-profit in the ecology space.

Alex was educated in the UK, with equivalency to a US Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Marketing.

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