Our Mission:
Make anyone a learning experience designer.

Who We Are

Synapse® is a company that’s driven to learn, to develop, and to hone its expertise. We always want to know what we can do to be even better. We know that if we are learning, there’s a greater likelihood we will achieve our goals.

We are a team of business pros, technologists, engineers and instructional experts. Our goal is to help you take what you know about your organization and put it to work in the most responsive, effective and efficient way. That’s what we want for ourselves, too. And that’s why we created Synapse®, the cloud-based Learning Experience Design System.

Following best practices in design-thinking and learning science, Synapse® lets you define project needs, design learning experiences, and create blueprints and prototypes that guide content authoring efforts.

The results: better design, better outcomes, better economics.

We Know Learning Design


Ryan Austin

Chief Executive Officer


Josh Crohn

Client Success Officer


Sebastian Leks

Chief Technology Officer


Victor Koosh



Russell Naisbitt

Chief Financial Officer


Khaled Taha

Product Manager

Bartek Swidzinski

Senior Developer


Michał Podeszwa

Lead Developer

Kajetan Dobczyk

UI Developer



Bror Saxberg

CLO at Kaplan


Paul Sheppard

Fmr. COO at McGraw-Hill


Nick Schacht

CEO at KnowCyber


Stephen Gass

Fmr. President, Sesame Street Online


Nick Howe

CLO, Area9 Learning

Doug Lynch

MD, StartED New York


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Our Values

  • Respect
    We know that know-how and insight can come from anyone on the team. We thrive on open communication. What do you think? How do you feel? What do you need to get your job done well? These are our favorite questions.
  • Integrity
    For us, integrity is a twin value.  There’s the integrity of character that’s all about honesty, truthfulness, consistency and service—doing what’s right and best for our clients and one another.  And there’s structural integrity that’s all about soundness—not only in our products and services, but in the decisions we make.
  • Innovation
    Innovation is fueled by creativity and creativity by the drive to seek new approaches and embrace problems as opportunities.  As we are confronted by the complexities of the world or just a project with a new or novel problem, our “live outside the box/give it a shot/ask and look differently” philosophy is what gets us through.
  • Creativity
    We think like designers: We care about the human factors, the needs of the people touched by a product, project or process; we are compelled by what’s technologically feasible and how we can go the extra mile; and we see things through the lens of business viability.
  • Learning
    We’re a learning company.  Curiosity, exploration, change, and mastery are in our DNA. So is learning from our mistakes.  We want our clients to be better and smarter.  That goes for us, too.  The more we learn, the more we know.  The more we know, the more we can learn.
  • Teamwork
    Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” We couldn’t agree more. We believe working as a team promotes trust and respect, fosters creativity and some sensible risk-taking, encourages doing and being your best, and inspires learning from one another. Teamwork. That’s where and how our values come together.
  • Fun
    OK, we know our work is serious, but we also know that a business that embraces fun and levity has a greater likelihood of success. Research shows that when employees report that their workplace is “fun,” that organization’s levels of productivity, camaraderie, and commitment go up.  We love that data. We are that data.

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Synapse® has come a long way and are excited for what’s next! See what got us to where we are today and where we’re headed.

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June-Sept 2015

Ryan Austin, Josh Crohn, and Sebastian Leks co-found Synapse® and accept residency at the EDGE EdTech accelerator program in New York City to develop the Learning Experience Design System.

Oct-Dec 2015

Synapse® acquires its first SaaS enterprise client.

Dec 2015

Synapse® graduates from EDGE EdTech and attracts top investors. Read More

Feb 2016

Synapse® attracts the top minds in corporate learning and forms its advisory board: Bror Saxberg, Nick Howe, Paul Sheppard, Doug Lynch, Nick Schacht, and Stephen Gass.

Oct 2016

Synapse® launches an early BETA to an exclusive group of learning designers who signed their names as ‘Founding Innovators’ to the Learning Experience Design System.

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Nov – Dec 2016

Synapse® is honored as the winner of Learning 2016’s Barracuda Bowl, citing disruptive innovation that provides support to learning designers.

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April 2017

Synapse® launches its first public release.

“I really like the layout and how the process is much more streamlined than my current situation. I like having everything in one place.”

–Sr. Instructional Designer


Stronger than ever, Synapse® is redefining how learning experiences are designed.


We’ve learned. We’ve grown. We’re learning and growing. Join our team and help us create a smarter world.


Become a learning experience designer with Synapse®.