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David Yang
David Yang
Founder and Chairman of ABBYY
Born (1968-06-03) June 3, 1968 (age 55)
Citizenship Soviet Union, Russian Federation
Occupation Chairman of ABBYY, CEO of

David Yang (David Yan) (Armenian: Դավիթ Յան, Russian: Дави́д Ян, Chinese: 楊誠), born in 1968 in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union, is an Armenian-born Silicon Valley / Russian business angel, serial entrepreneur, founder and Chairman of the board of ABBYY.

Early life

David Yang was born in 1968 in Yerevan, Armenia, to a Chinese father from Shanghai and an Armenian mother, who were both physicists. He was in Armenia for the first 17 years of his life before registering as a student at 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 student of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology for four years, Yang founded Bit Software, which is his first company. His partner was Alexander Moskalev, who was a member of the Institute of Microelectronics Technology of Russian Academy of Science. The company was renamed to ABBYY in 1998.

ABBYY is an international company that develops technologies in optical character recognition, intelligent character recognition, linguistics and artificial intelligence.

Yang founded, a real-time predictive analytics platform that helps organizations to keep their employees and make them more productive, which is based in Santa Clara, California, in 2016.

Other projects

  • Developing the Cybiko, which is a handheld computer that was aimed at teenagers.
  • Participating in ATAPY Software company in 2001.
  • Founding and participating in iiko, a developer of hospitality services management software in 2005.
  • Participating in creative projects, such as FAQ-Café studio, in 2004, restaurant, club, and gallery ArteFAQ in 2007, art-club “Squat” in 2009 and club “The Sisters Grimm”.
  • Participating in educational fund Ayb, Supervisory Council of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, educational center Tumo in 2006 and the Board of Trustees of Re-apaga Charity Foundation (
  • Advisory for Impulse Armenia, which is the Caucasus’ first e-waste, aluminium, and plastic dismantling and recycling facility.
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