Igor Jablokov is an EIR for Blackstone NC, a regional initiative focused on commercializing university-based research. He serves on the boards of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and Innovate+Educate. Igor also serves as an advisor to Penn State's College of Engineering, UNC Charlotte's College of Computing and Informatics, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. He was awarded Eisenhower and Truman National Security Fellowships to deepen collaboration between government and industry.
Previously, Igor was founder and CEO of Yap, a venture capitalist funded startup that pioneered cloud-based speech recognition. Its technology was deployed by dozens of customers, Microsoft and Sprint being examples, and received accolades for their innovations including North Carolina’s Early Stage Company of the Year and as a finalist at Silicon Valley's TechCrunch Conference. The firm was subsequently acquired by Amazon.
As Program Director of IBM's multimodal speech recognition group, Igor led a worldwide team that invented the first ever speech-enabled Web browser. With almost two dozen patents, he was named an industry luminary by Speech Technology magazine and an outstanding engineering alumnus of Penn State. Igor holds a BS 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