Igor Jablokov

04/22/2016 4:08PM EDT

Igor is founder and CEO of Pryon.ai, a stealth startup in the field of artificial intelligence that is financed by a consortium of Fortune 500 companies. Previously, he was founder and CEO of Yap, an institutionally-funded venture that pioneered cloud-based human language technologies. Its speech recognition platform was widely deployed by dozens of carrier and enterprise customers including Microsoft and Sprint, and was a finalist at the first TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Yap became Amazon’s first AI acquisition and acted as the nucleus of products such as Alexa, Echo, and Fire TV. Igor is also a mentor to TechStars’ Alexa Accelerator and has advised Penn State University’s College of Engineering where he was honored as an outstanding engineering alumnus.

Prior to founding Yap, as IBM Program Director, Igor led the team that designed the precursor to Watson and developed the world’s first multimodal speech-enabled Web browser. With over two dozen patents issued and pending, he was named an industry luminary by Speech Technology Magazine and Chairman of the VoiceXML Forum, an industry group championing a standards-based vision of speech computing. He previously held positions with IBM’s Pervasive Computing, PartnerWorld, Global Industries and MicroElectronics divisions, and was a mentor for IBM’s Extreme Blue internship program.

Igor has broad global interest in deepening collaboration between industry and government. He was awarded both Eisenhower and Truman National Security Fellowships to understand the role of venture capital in addressing strategic imperatives, and is a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from The University of North Carolina.

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