Michael Z. Stahl

Founder & CEO
Passionate about improving financial education among young adults, such an essential life skill, Mike founded the StreetSage in July 2001 to incorporate his vision for an innovative long-term investing teaching tool that was both deeply informative, engaging, and fun for secondary school students. StreetSage has been featured on in such media as the Kansas City Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, and on CNN for the company's pioneering work in financial education.

Mike has parlayed his know-how into a successful book, Early to Rise: A Young Adult's Guide To Investing (Silver Lake
Publishing), aimed at teaching his generation and their parents the importance of financial education. Also a frequent speaker to groups of university and high school students and teachers, Mike has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Investors' Business Daily, and on CNNfn and Bloomberg Financial Television, among others. Mike is a graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics where he pursued dual concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.
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Matthew Saskin

Co-Founder & CTO
Matthew has assumed the considerable task of creating and programming StreetSage's innovative 25-year stock market simulation. Along with game programming and design, he has extensive experience in the fields of network design and implementation and Unified Communications. Matt is a graduated of Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with a BS in Computer Science where he focused on Network Engineering. He is currently employed as a practice manager by an industry-leading managed services provider.
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David Schlosberg

Co-Founder
David has served an integral role in the development of the StreetSage program. His focus has been to ensure the accuracy and realism of every aspect of the game including pouring over each piece of financial, stock price and news related item. He is currently employed by a Fortune 100 financial services company, where has participated in a leadership development program as well as roles in Investor Relations and Business Development. David graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he pursued a concentration in Finance.
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Daniel Stahl

COO & VP of Relations
As Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of School Relations, Daniel is charged with coordinating the StreetSage experience within our participating schools. Daniel works with teachers, students and administration to maximize student enjoyment, reduce teacher administrative effort, and ensure the educational success of StreetSage participants. Daniel is also intimately involved in working with our educational partner, YoungBiz, in providing StreetSage to scores of young people. Daniel is a graduate of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University with a Bachelors of
Business Administration where he achieved dual concentrations in Accounting and Venture & Consulting Management.
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OUR MISSION:
"To improve financial literacy among young adults through novel approaches of practical, interactive education."
About StreetSage
Our Team
Founders, Mike Stahl, David Schlosberg and Matthew Saskin recognized the flaws with all of the educational stock market game they have played through their life. Most games don't assess trading fees or capital gains taxes nor do they provide adequate research capabilities, leaving most students to simply guess. Furthermore, the short duration of the game promotes day-trading and risky investments. The game's purpose is to educate students about investing but they rarely fulfill this intention.

The imperfections of the stock market game troubled them and they were determined to find a better solution. When thinking about other programs that simulate hundreds of years of time over a couple of weeks, the founders asked "Why can't a game simulate 30 or 40 years of a lifetime of investing to promote the true virtues of the practice?" The answer was that it could and the StreetSage concept was born.

Since then the concept has been blueprinted and designed to provide the first teaching tool to accurately illustrate the virtues of long-term investing using a 25-year game-simulation. In an effort to reflect reality, StreetSage includes trading commissions, capital gains and dividend taxes, and detailed investment research, among many other innovative features.

Michael Z. Stahl

Founder & CEO
Matthew Saskin

Co-Founder & CTO
David Schlosberg

Co-Founder


Daniel Stahl

COO & VP of Relations
Recent Studies/Programs
The Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, David Brant
In the spring of 2003, StreetSage conducted an education study to determine the effectiveness of its program. The study, generously sponsored by The Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, included 14 high schools and nearly 400 students from across the state. At the urging of Commissioner David Brant, the study included schools large and small, public and private, urban and rural.

Quantitative and qualitative results across the board were impressive. Using questions from Savings & Investing section of the National Jump$tart Financial Literacy Survey, StreetSage determined that students increased their test scores by an average of 13% and scored more than 8.5% better than the national average. Furthermore, students strongly exhibited their enjoyment by logging on to StreetSage an average of 3.1 times per week. The anecdotal feedback from students and teachers solidly validated these findings.

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
In the fall semesters of 2002 and 2003, StreetSage conducted an in-depth analysis of its program's usage within the classroom. With the assistance of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, StreetSage was administered to a group of students at University City High School (UCHS) in Philadelphia. Each year, a group of 10-12 Wharton undergraduate students would teach the UCHS students the fundamentals of long-term investing using the StreetSage program. Throughout the semester, the Wharton students would keep copious notes on their teaching sessions. Each year resulted in an extensive research report provided by Wharton to StreetSage about the effectiveness of the program along with its usage patterns and possible suggestions for improvements.

Innovation Philadelphia
After spending 18 months developing StreetSage, we conducted a pilot program in the fall of 2002. The objective was to administer StreetSage in a diverse group of classrooms in order to better understand how the program is used, how it can be improved and what specific benefits it provides. The pilot was generously sponsored by Innovation Philadelphia, a public/private partnership supported by the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The pilot resulted in a wealth of positive information. Teachers appreciated the idea of educating students with a long-term simulation rather than a short-term one. Students enjoyed the experience considerably as exhibited by the myriad of positive letters, emails and essays we received. Moreover, StreetSage faired remarkably well across all demographic groups. The pilot illustrated that StreetSage was successful in educating students in an innovative, enjoyable fashion.

The National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB)
In conjunction with the National Youth Involvement Board, an organization of credit union professionals committed to youth education, StreetSage set up a system whereby credit unions nationwide could sponsor StreetSage for their local schools. The program has proved quite popular and resulted in StreetSage being used in schools from Virginia to North Dakota to Oregon. Those interested in learning more about this partnership should contact us at info@streetsage.com.