Igor Jablokov is an Entrepreneur in Residence for Blackstone EN, a collaboration between the region’s major universities, its entrepreneurial community and the private sector. He was recently awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship, to research how our nation can fully engage its special operations community at the intersection of economic development and evolving national security considerations within the Middle East.
Igor is a board member of Penn State’s College of Engineering and UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics, advising both schools on matters relating to commercialization. He also serves on the boards of Queen City Forward, a non-profit focused on social entrepreneurship, Veterans for Ventures, to project our warfighters’ experiences into high-growth industries, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers.
Igor previously served as CEO and co-founder of Yap, a venture-backed startup that pioneered cloud-based speech recognition. Amongst numerous accolades for their innovations, the Company was a finalist at Silicon Valley’s elite TechCrunch Conference and was awarded North Carolina’s Early Stage Company of the Year.
As Program Director of IBM Software Group’s multi-modality initiatives, Igor led a worldwide team that created the first speech-enabled Web browser. Additionally, he was a mentor for IBM’s Extreme Blue internship program and Chairman of the VoiceXML Forum, an industry group championing a standards-based vision of speech computing. Igor previously held positions with IBM’s Pervasive Computing, PartnerWorld, Global Industries and MicroElectronics divisions.
With over a dozen patents granted and pending, he was named an industry luminary by Speech Technology magazine and an outstanding engineering alumnus of Penn State. Igor holds an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from The University of North Carolina.