Rick Pleczko is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Austin Ventures where he focuses on early-stage software investments in the Houston area.
Prior to joining Austin Ventures, Rick was CEO and Founder of Idera, a software company focused on systems management software for server and cloud infrastructures. Under Rick’s leadership, Idera grew to become a multi-national company with a broad product portfolio used by over 12,000 customers worldwide. The company won numerous awards for product innovation and rapid growth, including the Houston Fast-Tech 50 award for nine consecutive years. Rick was also nominated for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work at Idera.
Prior to Idera, Rick served in a number of senior executive roles including EVP and CMO at NetIQ, and SVP at Mission Critical Software, Platinum Technology, and LBMS. Rick started his career in technology as a software developer writing avionics software for an aerospace company in the UK.
Idera provides industry-leading application and server management software for physical and virtual server platforms, including solutions for server backup, SQL Server administration and SharePoint administration. Idera's award-winning products address real-world challenges, including performance monitoring, backup and recovery, security, compliance and administration.