Meet David Yang, PhD -
David Yang, PhD

David Yang, PhD

Co-Founder and CEO


David Yang is a Co-Founder at, Founder and Chairman at ABBYY, Member of Band of Angels, and a Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur who specializes in AI. He founded 12 companies.

Dr. Yang is a globally recognized thought leader, speaker and advisor in the areas of AI, Artificial Neural Networks, People Analytics, Smart 360, Organisation Network Analytics (ONA), HR metrics, talent measurement, workforce analytics, performance management, and Organizational Change.

He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of ABBYY - world-leading developer of AI, Content Intelligence, Text Analytics with 1300+ employees in 14 offices in 11 countries. More than 50 million users and thousands of enterprise customers in 200 countries rely on ABBYY’s solutions including PwC, McDonald's, Xerox, Toyota, Yum!Restaurants, Deloitte, PepsiCo, Volkswagen, UCSF. World-leading RPA vendors, including UiPath, BluePrism, Robiquity among others rely on ABBYY’s AI technologies.

Currently, Dr. Yang is dedicated to, the company that develops an Ethical People Analytics, Continuous Engagement and Performance Management Platform which helps organizations save millions of dollars by detecting burnout and predicting resignations of key employees. Yva makes 360 scalable, accurate and real-time. Each employee receives personal dashboards and recommendations. The Smart ONA helps executives find informal leaders to lead cross-functional collaboration, agile transformation, and a customer-focused experience.

Dr. Yang created Cybiko, world-first hand-held wireless communication computer for teenagers; co-founded iiko, new-generation AI-powered restaurant and hospitality industry solution; co-founded Plazius, customer loyalty, and mobile payment platform; founded a number of creative art-based ventures, including FAQ-Café studio, DeFAQto; co-founded Ayb Educational Foundation and Ayb School.

Dr. Yang is also a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events and the author of numerous patents and scientific publications.

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