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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Scott Woods


West Arete

Scott Woods is president of West Arete, a successful custom software development company based in State College that builds sophisticated web and mobile applications for companies both in Pennsylvania and around the country. They are Centre County’s first home-grown certified B-Corporation, a designation signifying their commitment to sustainable growth.

“I have been fortunate enough to learn from a diverse set of experiences — music performances that stretched from New Zealand to Carnegie Hall, internships at IBM, a Computer Science degree from Penn State (where I met my wife, Ieva), working with a top- notch academic team on hard technical challenges, and several years traveling around the world rock climbing and running trail ultramarathons full time,” he said.

Despite all of his experience, Woods is beginning to realize that he might not be able to do it all on his own.

“Ernesto Sirolli says that in order to have a successful business, you need three things — someone who can make an outstanding product, someone who can sell it, and someone who knows how to make the whole enterprise profitable. The problem is, the person who can do all three has never been born! You need to figure out which one of those you are, and which ones you are not.”

Woods has found that while he loves financial analysis, his company needs to bolster that aspect with someone who can focus solely on that responsibility.

Woods is proud to call central Pennsylvania home. He enjoys rock climbing and long distance running with his wife and spending time with his two children.

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