Steve Snyder

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AKA: “Ambassador of Quan”

Educational Training

    • Babson College, Entrepreneurial Management Program, 1985
      Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
    • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • Boston University School of Management, B.S.B.A., 1977
    cum laude


  • Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MTLC)
  • The Exit Planning Exchange


  • Massachusetts

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Six degrees of Steve Snyder – he knows who you need to know.  As Gesmer Updegrove’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Steve Snyder’s passion is providing clients with highly effective business guidance and connections to drive revenue, increase profitability and create value. 

Following 17 years of very successfully building, funding and turning vision into reality at three tech companies, Steve works with clients to create growth strategies and find new ways to affect both their top and bottom lines. 


  • Decision making with a bias for timely, decisive action
  • Growing top line through effective marketing strategy and sales approach
  • Utilizing strong managerial and operational credentials with financial acumen and bottom line orientation. 
  • Applying financing, acquisition and public company experience

A Sampling of What Client CEOs Are Saying

Adam Goldberg, President, Encompass Education

Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

“Steve Snyder isn’t just ON the pulse… he IS the pulse. I feel very fortunate that we crossed paths at the right time, as Steve has been an incredible conduit to and within the heart of the Boston start-up ecosystem for EnCompass Education. Yet, while it is easy as an entrepreneur to cite his networking prowess as his true gift, the thing that stands out most to me about Steve is his remarkable (and almost mysterious) ability to anticipate even my most specific needs before they arise… I’m still not quite sure how he does that, but why question the magic – I’m a huge believer in Steve and the extended team at Gesmer Updegrove.”

Todd Cieplinski, co-Founder and Board Member, Universal Mind

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

“Steve is an Entrepreneur, Lawyer and Angel on my shoulder all rolled into one. I am very fortunate to have been introduced to Steve and his firm. He is always there for me and truly cares about my business, genuinely concerned about my well being, and continuously offers to provide help through a consultative approach. He is well networked and has opened many doors for me via his generous introductions. If you are in an emerging technology business, you should be working with Steve. I wish I met him many years sooner. If it's not obvious by now....I HIGHLY recommend Steve.”

Bill Bither, President, Atalasoft

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

“Steve provides thoughtful and relevant business advice from real experiences at running software startups. He obviously enjoys what he does and is VERY GOOD at providing insight to growing technology companies, setting them up for success. I worked with Steve and his firm to help grow my company into a successful exit where he provided invaluable advise and connections.”

Simon Budman, President, Inflexxion

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

“My company, Inflexxion, has worked with Steve and Gesmer since 2009. He is a fantastic resource! I frequently use Steve as a sounding board regarding organizational and business issues that come up at my company. He is highly experienced, well-informed, responsive and available and has what must be hundreds of business and personal contacts in the Boston business community. He is also smart, personable and comes up with great ideas based upon his many years of entrepreneurship. I would give him my highest recommendation.”

Stephen Schultz, COO, Supporting Strategies

“I formally recommend Steve Snyder from Gesmer Updegrove. Officially Steve is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence. A title that certainly fits. Steve’s experience starting, growing, and eventually selling businesses gives him a very unique perspective on the needs and challenges that all growing businesses face. Steve wants to know what keeps you up at night, and I often hear him say “how can I help”. Steve never bills for his time, his approach is straight forward, and his advice very non-biased. I value his opinion, and always enjoy working with him. He is my "Trusted Advisor."

Amir Farhi, President, TreeTop Technologies

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

“I honestly don’t know where to start when describing what a great person Steve Snyder is. Although I’ve only known Steve for less than a year, he has been a great advisor, supporter, promoter, and above all, a friend, to me and my company. Steve’s wealth of experience and wisdom when it comes to all aspects of running a business successfully (including sales and marketing, finance, operations, legal, HR, etc.) is simply unparalleled. Steve is also a fantastic networker, and has a knack for connecting the right people. Since I first met Steve, he’s always been there for me, always adding value and helping push things forward. I feel grateful to know, work and just talk with Steve.

Kevin Millien, COO, Boston Technologies

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

“Boston Technologies is an MIT startup founded by George Popescu, our CEO, only 3 years ago. Our company provides software and services to large banks and brokers to facilitate online foreign exchange trading. We have worked with many legal firms in the past and we have had, quite frankly, a horrible experience. We were very fortunate to be introduced to Steve Snyder and Gesmer Updegrove by one of our bankers. He gave a glowing recommendation of course, but when we met with Steve and Peter Moldave, one of practicing partners at the firm, we were indeed impressed. I am happy to say that Gesmer has done an outstanding job. They are very considerate of our limited resources as a growing organization and provide regular "meter checks" to ensure that we do not lose sleep worrying about the prospect of a huge legal bill at the end of the month. Our experience working with them since then has been highly consistent and we are elated that we have finally found the right legal firm to work with. Steve Snyder in particular is nothing short of an incredible resource. Not only has he followed up with us personally on all work that we give to Gesmer to ensure that it is performed to our satisfaction, but he regularly makes "house calls" to our headquarters to keep a pulse on the challenges facing our organization - legal or otherwise. Steve has helped us find some of our best new talent, he has advised us when faced with tough decisions and he has always made it clear that the best interests of BT have always been put first. I consider myself fortunate to be able to work with Steve - he is a true entrepreneur at heart and he never ceases to amaze us with his great ideas, proactive networking on our behalf and his commitment to making our organization successful. George and I trust Steve implicitly - this is very rare in our business - and I cannot think of anyone that I would more highly recommend working with.”

Prior to joining Gesmer Updegrove, Steve was the Vice President of Business Development at AmeriVault Corp., a leader in online data backup services, Chief Operating Officer of Sowles Trauring, a large regional health care services organization, President of Centerstone Software, a facility management software company and Chief Operating Officer of Software Partners, a storage management software company. He began his career as a practicing corporate and securities attorney and was a founding partner of O'Connor Broude Snyder & Aronson.

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