Community Spotlight – Igor and Irina Ilynsky

Written by Hope Seasholes



Igor and Irina llyinsky are wonderful members of the Venture Cafe Phoenix community. As founders of the ListenUp app, they come to Venture Cafe to network and engage with weekly programming as there is always something new to learn and share. 


How did you learn about Venture Cafe Phoenix? 

Word of mouth in the startup community 


What does Venture Cafe Phoenix mean to you? 

It means a place to learn, connect and grow as a community with other like minded entrepreneurial individuals. 


Have you made any meaningful connections at Venture Cafe? 

Of course! Every week we connect with new people and continue building our relationships with others we have met at the weekly Thursday meetings. 


What is ListenUp? 

ListenUp is app that tells you about where you are , wherever you are. It is a geospatial audio app that narrates stories, information and entertainment to the user based on their location and mode of travel. Removing the reliance on a screen, the app works anywhere in the world, in up to 22 languages. Launching in Phoenix in the beginning of 2023.


Can you discuss a bit about storytelling and content creation for ListenUp? 

ListenUp provides stories contributed by locals and enhanced by artificial intelligence. We use community storytelling tools to engage visitors in communities all over Arizona.


What would you tell someone about Venture Cafe?

It’s a great way to network and meet amazing people! 


Learn more about ListenUp, here

Join the movement of innovators building the center of gravity here in the Valley. Join us every Thursday and meet people like Igor and Irina, 5-7 PM, free to attend, free parking, two free drinks.

Check out our upcoming programming and register here

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