Steve Snyder

Partner and Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Six degrees of Steve Snyder – he knows who you need to know.  As Gesmer Updegrove’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Steve’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.

Specialties:

  • 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

Six degrees of Steve Snyder – he knows who you need to know.  As Gesmer Updegrove’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Steve’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.

Specialties:

  • 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
Background & Experience

Experience

A Sampling of What Client CEOs Are Saying:

Adam Goldberg, President, torchlight

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 torchlight. 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.

Stephen Schultz, Director of Business Development & Co-Founder, 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.”

Manasi Gangan, Founder & President, Nested Bean

“I was fortunate to have been introduced to Steve just as I founded my company. I knew nobody in the startup ecosystem. But with Steve’s help, my universe started to expand quickly. He helped me navigate the startup world in Boston. Since that time until now, whenever I have a business need, I always start with Steve. He is a great listener and an has a diverse perspective on a number of business topics. Whether it is legal, finance, talent acquisition or anything else, no matter what business challenge I am facing, Steve has always had a thoughtful response to solve the need; always eager to make the right connection. He has held our best interest in mind and over the years has grown to become a trusted partner and friend. He is an exceptional advisor and resource that any startup founder would be lucky to have by their side. Thank you Steve for years of sincere help and advice.”

David Rubinstein, Chief Executive Officer, OptiRTC, Inc.

Steve Snyder is an outstanding trusted advisor who brings an amazing network of like-minded professionals who genuinely care and contribute. As a business advisor to me, Steve always asks great questions, provides tough empathy and holds me accountable to do what is best for my company and myself. He gives me an extra level of confidence as I know he is there to help no matter when I need him. He brings an added level of business acumen to our relationship with Gesmer Updegrove.

As a 35+ year veteran of startups, I can say with confidence that Gesmer Updegrove is the most qualified law firm for startups that I have ever worked with. They are sensitive to the idiosyncrasies and challenges of a startup. They take the time to get to know your business. Gesmer helps their clients improve and prosper.

Mark Landgren, CEO, The Nexxus Group

“I have known Steve for close to a decade and have come to rely on him as a true friend, colleague and “super connector.” Among his greatest assets are his business acumen and his extensive network. Steve has graciously tapped into this network countless times for me over the years and I have developed many meaningful relationships as a direct result of these introductions. Steve’s listening skills and responsiveness are unrivaled, and his willingness to give – with no expectation of anything in return – is a rarity in today’s day and age. What makes Steve so impactful is the question that he always leaves me with after a meeting, lunch or call: ‘What can I do to help you?'”

Greg Rich, CEO & CoFounder, Vivantio

Steve Snyder, Gesmer Updegrove’s Entrepreneur in Residence, was one of the very first individuals I was introduced to after expanding my business from the UK into the US in 2012. Steve and the team at Gesmer were instrumental in supporting Vivantio to navigate this new initiative, always going the extra mile to help shape the business for future growth and swift to react to challenges or problems we faced. Steve became a great friend, confidant and trusted advisor and over time, introduced me to others in his network who have ultimately shaped and transformed my business to what it is today. Every advisor, partner and supplier of Vivantio have stemmed from Steve. It’s helped create an ecosystem that’s truly outstanding and I feel blessed to have met Steve so early on in my journey. If you are looking for a trusted partner to help support and grow your business, look no further than Steve and his team at Gesmer Updegrove.

Jason T. Ray, Co-Founder & CEO, Paperless Parts, Inc.

I am writing to provide the highest possible recommendation for Steve Snyder and his team at Gesmer Updegrove. Since starting our business in early 2017 Steve and his team have been trusted advisors that have helped us navigate a variety of different business situations. Steve is the kind of person who goes out of his way to help you with any challenge you are facing. Whether it is reaching into his vast network to find suitable advisors or sitting down for lunch to discuss business challenges, he is one of my most trusted advisors. I recommend Steve to fellow entrepreneurs all of the time including those in my family.

Mike Sweet, CEO, NimblyWise Inc.

I feel very grateful to count Steve Snyder as a friend and trusted business advisor. Steve works tirelessly to support the entrepreneurial community in Boston. He is always thinking about how he can help companies connect with the right resources at the right time to sustain company growth. Given his vast experience, Steve is able to quickly hone in on business challenges and opportunities that I might otherwise miss. By investing in relationship building first, Steve and Gesmer differentiate themselves in a crowded legal market in Boston.

Adam McGowan, Firefield

Steve personifies the true nature of the term “giver”. Whether offering advice, introductions, referrals, or (most importantly) friendship, he gives with both generosity and thoughtfulness. Most importantly, Steve’s selflessness doesn’t come with any veiled expectation of reciprocity. He offers of himself for the true benefit of others, making it unsurprising that he’s the most well-respected connector I know. I cannot recommend him more highly.

 

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.

Education/Training

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • Boston University School of Management, B.S.B.A.
    cum laude
  • Babson College, Entrepreneurial Management Program (non-degree)
    Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
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Admissions

  • Massachusetts