Igor Jablokov is an Entrepreneur in Residence for Blackstone EN, a collaboration between the region’s major universities, its entrepreneurial ecosystem and the private sector. He was recently awarded Eisenhower and Truman National Security Fellowships, to research how our nation can fully engage its intelligence and special operations communities at the intersection of economic development and 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 Veterans for Ventures, to project our warfighters' experiences towards high-growth industries, and the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers.
Igor previously served as CEO of Yap, a venture capitalist funded startup that pioneered cloud-based speech recognition. Amongst numerous accolades for their innovations, the Company was a finalist at Silicon Valley's inaugural TechCrunch Conference and counted Microsoft and Sprint as customers. The Firm was subsequently acquired by Amazon.com in a successful transaction.
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.
National Security Fellow
Jan, 2013 - Dec 1, 2013
Entrepreneur in Residence
Founder & CEO
May, 2006 - Sep, 2011
Dec, 1996 - May, 2006