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About Inworld


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AI characters will transform everyday life — from virtual worlds to the Westworlds of our imagination. We’re making the stuff of science fiction real with AI NPCs that blur the line between virtual and human interactions.

Inworld is the best-funded startup in AI and gaming, and we're always looking to hire the best in the industry.

Our History

Inworld was founded by leading experts and pioneers in the fields of conversational AI and generative models. Our founders previously launched the highest rated independent voice assistant in the world and API.AI, a conversational AI platform that was renamed Dialogflow after being acquired by Google. Dialogflow is now the most popular conversational AI platform in the market, used by millions of developers.

We have assembled a team of engineers, designers, inventors, creatives, scientists, and technologists who are also leading experts in their fields. Together, we’re building technology that will transform pop culture, entertainment, human-to-machine communication, and immersive experiences.

Founding Team

  • Ilya Gelfenbeyn

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Michael Ermolenko

    Chief Technology Officer

  • Kylan Gibbs

    Chief Product Officer

  • John Gaeta

    Chief Creative Officer, Academy Award Winner

Inworld Advisors

  • Bing Gordon

    AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

  • Neal Stephenson

    Award Winning Author & Futurist

  • Danny Lange

    AI Luminary at Google, and formerly Unity, Uber, Amazon, Microsoft

  • Jon Snoddy

    Former Walt Disney Imagineering SVP



Backed by industry leaders

  • crv
  • intel capital
  • First spark ventures
  • M2
  • Section 32
  • Kleiner Perkins
  • Disney
  • Bitkraft
  • Lightspeed
  • dentsu