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Illiri, founded by Alexey Sokolin ’13BUS, ’13LAW provides a sound-based technology to connect devices privately and securely. The company has emerged out of stealth mode to bring this vision to market.

“I partnered with Vadim Sokolovsky, a veteran entrepreneur and technologist” said Mr. Sokolin. “We have created an API and accompanying infrastructure that is equivalent to a software version of NFC. Our product allows seamless pairing of devices – mobile to mobile, computer to tablet, radio to phone – and secure exchange of information between them. We do this by playing a sound that establishes a connection between devices and allows them to communicate privately.”

Today, Illiri is looking for institutional partners and mobile developers to use its sound connection API, which is currently a free service available at They are also actively recruiting for roles in business development.

Alexey Sokolin is a founder and CEO of NestEgg Wealth, a next-generation online wealth management firm. Previously, Mr. Sokolin was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank in the financial institutions and media and technology groups, and a member of the Strategy team at Barclays Wealth, where he focused on the economics of new ventures and management of the group’s profitability. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Sokolin was at Lehman Brothers in the investment management division. He received his B.A. cum laude in Economics and Law from Amherst College, and a JD/MBA from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.