The founding of OpenSky Corp., which provides consulting services for the information-technology sector, sounds like something out of rock 'n’ roll history: Five guys who were successful with other groups get together and form their own, starting out in a basement (in Glastonbury). After putting in the hard work and long hours, they finally break through and enjoy dramatic success.
“It absolutely was like the start of a rock band,” says OpenSky co-founder Tom Hazen, noting that it was the “professional services” arena where they got their self-funded start.
“At first, we were sitting around card tables and working on some old laptops, putting our noses to the grindstone, so to speak.”
Since that modest launch in January 2008, OpenSky Corp. has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the IT sector. The company moved from the basement to official offices in Tolland in 2009, gaining multiple Fortune 500 companies as clients along the way, In addition to annually doubling and tripling revenue over the past few years—it posted growth of more than 18,000 percent from 2007 to 2011—the company has expanded, opening offices in the mid-Atlantic, Southwest, South Central and Western United States. It has gone from the original five founders to nearly 150 employees, netting a fair share of accolades, including recognition for “fastest growth” (Inc. magazine, CRN and Marcum Tech), for being among the “tech elite” (CRN) and as a “Top Workplace” (Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine).
Hazen calls the rapid growth “surprising,” but expresses confidence in the OpenSky team. “We live behind our values and one of those is doing the right thing for both our clients and our employees, and that has translated into a successful formula, and that’s driving our growth,” he says.
OpenSky plans to continue its trajectory in the year ahead, expanding both services and presence, with an eye to adding international offices. “We’re still a growth organization,’ says Hazen. “We still have a long ways to go. We’re not done yet.”
- Ray BendiciOpenSky Corp.