RALEIGH — Artificial Intelligence startup Pryon, led by veteran tech entrepreneur Igor Jablokov, has made the annual CNBC Upstart 100 list of the brightest and most promising young companies.

According to CNBC, “All of the 100 companies on the list have quickly become entrepreneurial success stories worth keeping an eye on.”

“Making the CNBC Upstart 100 is an honor because there is a history of calling attention to early-stage companies that become great,” said Igor Jablokov, CEO of Pryon, in a statement. “I believe we have the experience, expertise, and backing to become an important leader in Enterprise AI.”

Founded in 2017, Pryon has since gone on to raise close to $25 million in capital and is growing exponentially.

As Jablokov recounted to WRAL TechWire in October, “we’re hiring like gangbusters.”

Backers of the most recent round earlier this year included the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, a creation of AOL founder Steve Case’s Revolution, along with Breyer Capital and Greycroft as well as previous investor Digital Alpha Advisors.

“Augmented intelligence technologies from Pryon help companies mitigate these dangers – showing business leaders how to combine the strengths of humans and machines for truly transformative results. For example, allowing employees to read and understand more than humanly possible, conducting a kind of clairvoyant search across all types of data wherever it resides, and operating apps without touching them,” said Jablokov. “Pryon works with companies on the cultural shifts AI requires with a positive focus on how it can help all of us be ourselves.”

CNBC’s Upstart 100 is an exclusive list of promising young start-ups, featuring a diverse group of companies that are building brands and breaking industry barriers on the path to becoming tomorrow’s household names. Selected from hundreds of nominees, each company was scored on eight equally weighted quantitative metrics.

Considering  Jablokov’s former successes, his firm is well placed to be a serious player in this space. Back in 2011, he sold his former company, Yap, to Amazon. Its technology is now incorporated into smart speakers Alexa and Echo.

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