Real learning for real-world business scenarios

At PIXL, we believe that the best way to learn is by doing – experience leads to proficiency. We use a sophisticated business simulation framework to give people the opportunity to work in teams, devising their own detailed strategy and managing their business. We couple this with state of the art assessment techniques and targeted classroom training to help participants achieve the most in their personal development.

A state-of-the-art algorithm

The PIXL Simulation Tool uses a state-of-the-art algorithm first developed by two distinguished finance professors at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

For the past twenty-five years, Johnson MBA students have had the opportunity to take a course where they put their skills to the test, competing with one another in the “Cornell Management Game.”

In 2009, PIXL co-founders Tom Schryver and Stephen Sauer licensed the simulation technology and started a company around it, updating the algorithm to make it as adaptable and applicable to today’s business environment as it was when it began.

PIXL Founders featured in Cornell Enterprise

Johnson’s homegrown Cornell Management Simulation, brainchild of Johnson professors Jerome “Jerry” Hass and Seymour “Sy” Smidt and given a new web format by Tom Schryver and Steve Sauer, has enthralled students for 25 years.

Our Team

Tom Schryver

Tom Schryver

Tom Schryver is an experienced entrepreneur having served as a startup founder and senior executive of high-growth companies. Tom has successfully structured new companies and raised capital in the form of private venture capital and venture debt as well as grants and loans from local, state and federal agencies.

He has managed accounting and compliance functions from initial startup through successful financial audits by national accounting firms, and helped guide company strategy, growth and development.

Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where he was responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the Foundation, including accounting, audit, and investing the Foundation’s $250mm portfolio.

Stephen Sauer

Stephen Sauer

Stephen Sauer is a member of the Management and Organizations faculty at Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson College of Business and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works. His research and teaching activities focus on issues of leadership, entrepreneurship, team process, and diversity in management.

His work has been published in a number of academic journals including Leadership Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Small Group Research, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Human Resource Management.

His research has also been featured in a variety of mainstream media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review,, and USA Today, among others.

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