ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Social media pioneer and Disruptor Capital CEO Pete Snyder has been named one of Washington, D.C.’s “Leaders We Admire” by Smart CEO Magazine in its May issue.
The magazine specifically cited Snyder for his entrepreneurial roots and for starting his newest company, Disruptor Capital, a firm that invests in, helps fuel and grow other entrepreneurs and start-up companies in Virginia and across the country.
New Media Strategies, which he founded in 1999, led to the creation of the booming social media marketing industry. New Media Strategies, the first social media marketing company, remains the largest player and market leader in that field. Snyder sold the company to Meredith Corporation, a publicly traded media company, in 2007. He stepped down as CEO in December 2011 but remains affiliated with the company as Founder and Senior Advisor.
Disruptor Capital (www.disruptor.com), an angel and seed capital investment company, was founded by Snyder in January 2012.
“I’m honored to be in the company of business and community leaders like Seth Goldman, president of Honest Tea, Mark Ein, president of Venturehouse Group and owner of the Washington Kastles, and Catherine Meloy, CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington.
“It’s really special to be recognized among many of the other serial entrepreneurs and job creators that do so much to innovate the business in Virginia, Maryland and D.C.,” Snyder said. “More so, hats off to Smart CEO Magazine for recognizing how important entrepreneurs are to our community and how vital it is to play an active role in helping revive our economy.”
Snyder has twice been named a Technology Titan by Washingtonian Magazine and led New Media Strategies to Inc. Magazine's list of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America three years in a row.
Earlier this year Snyder announced Disruptor Capital’s lead investment in Potomac Research Group, an innovator and market leader in the rapidly growing policy research industry. Snyder said, "As an entrepreneur myself, I look for three factors for an investment: One, is the company a disruptor or transformative company in its industry? Two, does it have solid leadership? And, three, does it have a rewarding company culture?”
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