Technology Leader, Cultural Advisor and Entrepreneur Martha McGeary Snider Joins the Advisory Board of Rocket Wagon Venture Studios

Innovator in the creation of connected human experiences will bring her unique vision and commitment to communities to the most meaningful projects being developed in IoT venture studios

CHICAGO, IL.– November 5, 2019: Rocket Wagon Venture Studios today announced Martha McGeary Snider has joined their advisory board, contributing her experience in building successful information technology, entertainment and communications businesses as well as sustainable programs enriching society through cultural exchanges and the evolution of digital entertainment and experiences.

Snider joins a highly respected group of leaders, including Max Wolff, Managing Partner of Multivariate, Dr. Richard Soley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Object Management Group and Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), and Tony Wilkins, an early stage investor focused on disruptive products and services.

Snider founded Guildford Consulting Group, LLC in 2012 to create innovative approaches to business development and strategic relationship building for new and established companies, foundations and ventures specializing in arts, cultural, media, technology, entertainment and community relations.

She serves as Vice President, Corporate Development for Source Digital, Inc., a platform for content owners, brands, retailers, educators and influencers to activate untapped revenue and information streams by turning metadata into discoverable “commerce in content.” It is the first AI customer experience platform that integrates within any video on any screen for time driven and emotionally connected activations and monetization.

“We are honored and excited to welcome Martha to our Advisory Board, which represents the heart and soul of our innovation platform,” said Don DeLoach, founder and CEO, Rocket Wagon Venture Studios. “Every member of our board is passionate about the potential for IoT to make every community cleaner, safer, more inclusive and more vibrant through connectivity at every level. Martha’s career and life continue to be defined by her generosity of spirit, creative vision, energy and commitment and today we are inspired to provide her new ways to continue to scale these gifts.”

“As the physical and digital worlds become increasingly connected,” Snider said, “it is essential that we remain focused on solving challenges that will impact the human experience for generations. The potential to improve millions of lives through innovative and ethically connected systems is very real, and it is a privilege to be part of this team, to support future visionaries, designers, engineers and companies who will be better positioned to succeed when they are supported by the venture studio model.”
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell appointed Snider to serve as Policy Advisor on Arts and Culture, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for both of his terms in office, between 2003 through 2011. Prior to this appointment, she served in both ownership and management positions at Comcast Spectacor.

Snider has played a key role as a Trustee on the Board of the Museum of the American Revolution since 2003, where she serves as the Vice Chair of the Board and the Chair of the Revolution Society. As a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1992, Martha serves as the Chair of the Committee for European Painting and Sculpture Before 1950.

She has also served as a trustee or director on many boards, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Board of Visitors of the Temple University Rome Program, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Fairmount Park Conservancy, The Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Rosemont College, where she established the Martha Snider Scholarship for Italian Study Abroad. She currently serves on the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize National Jury for the American Prairie Reserve.

Snider holds a Fine Arts Degree and a Teaching Certification from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Gallery of Success Award from the university.

About Rocket Wagon Venture Studios

Rocket Wagon Venture Studios helps to build startups for the cyber-physical world by providing a team of experienced entrepreneurs who also have strong experience in IoT and specific vertical expertise. The RWVS parent organization provides the architectural cyber-physical framework including considerations regarding devices, security, privacy, data governance and ownership, communications, and a broad range of analytics, as well as shared legal and financial services, underlying operational systems, and corporate relationships. The related subsidiary studios are vertically focused venture studios that combine entrepreneurial expertise to de-risk startups and accelerate them to market with vertically aligned, IoT specific expertise to drive targeted startups at higher valuations.
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