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David Yang

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David Yang
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Founder and Chairman of ABBYY
Born (1968-06-03) June 3, 1968 (age 53)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
🏳️ Nationality
🏳️ CitizenshipSoviet Union, Russian Federation
💼 Occupation
Chairman, ABBYY, CEO, Yva.ai
🌐 Website[1]

David Yang (David Yan) (Armenian: Դավիթ Յան, Russian: Дави́д Ян, Chinese: 楊誠), born 1968, is an Armenian-born Silicon Valley / Russian business angel, serial entrepreneur, founder and Chairman of the board of ABBYY, in AI member of the board of advisors at FAST and member of the Band of Angels.

Early life[edit]

David Yang was born in 1968 in Yerevan, Armenia, to a Chinese father from Shanghai[1] and Armenian mother, both physicists. He spent his first 17 years in Armenia before enrolling in the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He graduated from its Department of General and Applied Physics in 1992, with a M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics.


In 1989, as a four-year student of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Yang founded his first company, Bit Software. His partner was Alexander Moskalev, a member of the Institute of Microelectronics Technology of Russian Academy of Science. In 1998 the company was renamed ABBYY.

ABBYY is an international company developing technologies in the fields of optical character recognition, intelligent character recognition, linguistics, and artificial intelligence.


In 2016 Yang founded Santa Clara, CA based Yva.ai[2] - a real-time predictive analytics platform which provides insights that improve retention rate and business performance.

Other projects[edit]

  • Development of Cybiko – pocket communication computer for youngsters
  • Participation in ATAPY Software company[3] 2001
  • Foundation and participation in iiko, a developer of hospitality services management software,[4] 2005
  • Participation in creative projects, such as FAQ-Café studio,[5] 2004), restaurant, club, and gallery ArteFAQ[citation needed], 2007;[5] art-club “Squat” 2009;[5] club “The Sisters Grimm”[6]
  • Participation in educational fund Ayb,[7] Supervisory Council of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, educational center Tumo (2006), Board of Trustees of Re-apaga Charity Foundation (re-apaga.am),[citation needed]
  • Advisory for Impulse Armenia - the Caucasus’ first e-waste, aluminium, and plastic dismantling and recycling facility.[citation needed]


  1. "楊誠 David Yang". 华侨华人风云录. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  2. https://yva.ai/en/
  3. http://www.atapy.com
  4. "Автоматизация ресторана и кафе: программы для кафе, баров, ресторанов - iiko.ru". iiko.ru.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Unlock Cafe - кафе/ресторан в Москве у метро Китай Город". Unlock Cafe.
  6. http://www.sgrimm.ru, 2009
  7. http://www.ayb.am, 2005

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