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David Yang

David Yang is among the world’s leading high-tech and artificial intelligence (AI) entrepreneurs. He is founder and major owner of ABBYY, the world leader in optical character recognition (OCR), natural language processing (NLP), and AI with 1,300 employees in 16 offices across 13 countries, including 100 employees in Silicon Valley. ABBYY sells products in more than 200 countries and more than 40 million users rely on the ABBYY FineReader, ABBYY Compreno, and ABBYY Lingvo solutions. Last year David exclusively focused on building Findo.com, an intelligent AI-based search assistant and bot across emails, contacts, and files. Findo is a personal cross platform search service for Dropbox, Evernote, Gmail, Box, Slack, Outlook, iOS, Mac, Windows, Android, etc. It finds personal information which is not accessible by Google search. Findo understands human-like language and in contrast to Spotlight can find documents by description even if the user has forgotten the keywords. David also founded many other companies, including: Plazius, a mobile payment and loyalty system, and iiko, company that develops integrated software solutions and innovative management systems for the restaurant and hospitality industry. In 1998-1999 David created Cybiko, a hand-held wireless communication computer for American teenagers, “predecessor of WhatsApp, Tinder and Foursquare” (https://youtu.be/rhHn9ptfHgE). In 2000, a quarter million Cybiko computers were sold in the United States during the 4 months after its launch. David holds Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). He is author of numerous patents and scientific publications. The World Economic Forum in Davos named him as one of 100 World Technology Pioneers in 2002. His other areas of interest include: modern art, architecture, and social communication technologies. He is involved in a number of creative art-based ventures, including: DeFAQto bar (2010), ArteFAQ club-gallery (2007), and FAQ-Café studio (2004). In 2013, David published his book “Now I Eat What I Want!”. He participates in charity and educational projects, including the educational fund Ayb (http://www.ayb.am) and the Ayb School (http://aybschool.am). David lives in Portola Valley, CA. He is married and has three children.