Bethany Simon is the co-founder of OpenArc, collaborative problem solvers specializing in talent, software development, and strategy. Follow her on LinkedIn.
What inspired you to start OpenArc?
It was after a decade in the staffing business, when I realized that my approach to the business, which was sometimes considered to be non-conforming to my managers, could be combined with new methods of doing business to redefine traditional processes and the perception of the staffing and software industry.
My entire life I’ve always done things a bit differently. I’ve always challenged the status quo and it perplexed me why others could so easily accept it. I wanted to be in the driver’s seat and be able to pursue opportunities that could only be uncovered if I could follow my passion of connecting with others at a more personal level.
I saw a need for a firm that focused on establishing long-term relationships while offering a unique combination of services: software development and technical staffing. My goal was to build a team of IT recruiters and account managers that was empowered to tailor the search and placement process to produce the most impactful results for both job seekers and hiring managers.
What has been your favorite part of creating this business?
Giving people opportunity and equipping them with the knowledge and tools to realize the most successful version of themselves. It is exposing developers, IT managers, and an array of technologists to life-changing career experiences. It’s rewarding to hear directly from the people we touch that our approach is refreshing and how it’s the way in which it should be done. Having that direct impact on an individual’s quality of life, and helping companies reduce hiring costs and avoid bad hires while changing the perception of the industry is what make all the long hours, hard work, and struggles of work/life integration worth it.
What led you to the tech industry?
I was, and continue to be, fascinated by the innovation spurred by IT and software development. Simple lines of code to complex databases can greatly impact our community and the cities in which we reside and do business. To me, coding is a universally recognized language and it has no boundaries when it comes to the varying business sectors. From Accounting, Finance, Manufacturing, Healthcare, you name it, the tools and solutions developed through code impact each and every one of us, whether directly or indirectly.
How has the business impacted your family?
There are always sacrifices when starting a new business and those upfront sacrifices proved challenging. And yet, the excitement and reward once you achieve success is a feeling that quickly erases those tough times. My family has been my biggest supporter, making sacrifices of their own to ensure we had financial stability during the beginning of the journey. Fast forward to today, and my family is appreciative of the hard work I put in years ago that now affords me, as a business owner and a mother, more flexibility with my schedule. From helping with my daughter’s softball games to encouraging my husband to now refocus on his career goals, we feel blessed to be in the situation we are in.
What is the most important thing you hope your daughter learns from your life?
I believe one of the most important virtues I can teach her is to be accountable for the success she wants in her life. Embrace the opportunity to accept challenges and focus on what you are capable of achieving without fear of failure. To have faith and trust in herself, and to find what she loves to do. Because I believe if you love what you do, then success is sure to follow.