About us

Vision

Inworld AI provides a developer platform for creating AI-powered virtual characters to populate immersive realities including the metaverse, VR/AR, games, and virtual worlds.
Building truly intelligent virtual characters is complex and takes a great deal of specialization. Our aim at Inworld AI is to perform the required heavy lifting. We want to enable partners and creators to leverage our platform to build and deploy virtual characters for a variety of use cases.

Management team

We are a team of experts that have pioneered conversational AI platforms and generative models at API.AI (Dialogflow), Google and DeepMind. We are continuing to build out our incredibly talented team, with experts in generative language models, emotions, speech synthesis, multimodal interaction, design, and 3D animation.
Ilya Gelfenbeyn
CEO
Prior to Inworld, Ilya co-founded API.AI (now known as Google Dialogflow), a developer platform for building conversational experiences, and served as its CEO before Google acquired the company in 2016. The company also built Assistant.ai, the highest rated independent voice assistant in the world with 40M+ users. Ilya was also the Founding Head of the Google Assistant Investments program at Google. Ilya’s favorite video games are Prehistorik 2, HoMM3 and CS:GO.
Michael Ermolenko
CTO
Michael has extensive experience in leading AI teams and has played a pivotal role in the development of Google Dialogflow. A true visionary, Michael has a passion for gaming and is determined to bring the world of VR to life with Inworld AI. His favorite games include the Legend of Zelda series which he hopes to one day see made into a VR game.
Kylan Gibbs
CPO
Kylan has a background turning advanced AI into products that naturally interact with humans. He came from DeepMind, where he led product for Conversational AI and Generative Models. Prior, Kylan worked on enterprise Machine Learning projects at Bain & Company. Kylan studied at the University of Cambridge and McGill University, and when he’s not chatting with AI enjoys ultra running, mountaineering, and yoga. His favorite video games are Fable and Assassin’s Creed (and all Pokemon games… shhh).
John Gaeta
Chief Creative Officer
John Gaeta is a legendary designer and inventor best known for his Academy Award-winning work on The Matrix trilogy. He has pioneered a spectrum of emergent platform formats such as Bullet Time, Universal Capture(ie. Volcap), HoloCinema, Magicverse and more. Previously, Gaeta held positions as the SVP Creative Strategy at Magic Leap and the Executive Creative Director and Co-founder of Lucasfilm/ILMXLAB. He advises highest tier creative / platform companies and leaders. Recently, Gaeta was the Creative Executive Producer of the groundbreaking Matrix Awakens UE5 demonstration of state of the art building blocks of the Metaverse.
Florin Radu
Head of Partnerships
Florin’s career has focused on the intersection of tech, media and entertainment. Prior to Inworld, he was part of Sony Music’s venture capital and strategy team, investing in startups across the music industry. Before Sony Music, Florin worked in tech, media and telecom investment banking at Credit Suisse. He holds an MBA from Stanford and is an avid tennis player and EDM producer. He was first introduced to video games by his father, George, by way of the classic strategy game Empire Earth.
Monica Tran
VP of Marketing
Monica has spent 15 years working with startups, developer, and B2B businesses with expertise in product, programs, partnership, brand, and digital marketing. Monica was a partner at GV, where she advised startups on building marketing organizations, developing go-to-market strategy, and telling brand stories. Prior to that, she led the global developer marketing team at Google, and worked on product marketing teams in London, Tokyo, and Sydney. Monica loves metroidvanias like Hollow Knight and Guacamelee, as well as the open worlds of Elden Ring and Breath of the Wild.

Investors

We’re funded by top-tier investors including Kleiner Perkins, CRV, and Meta, as well as a team of all-star angels - corporate executives, top VC funds' partners and scouts and industry veterans.