About Us

Yva.ai Inc., Santa Clara, CA, is a leading collaboration analytics company, the developer of an AI-driven real-time employee experience and performance platform that helps organizations by improving employee wellbeing and satisfaction, predicting resignations of key employees, identifying informal leaders, HiPos, building employee listening culture and driving work performance.

In contrast to traditional survey systems, Yva.ai’s continuous listening approach is based on so-called “smart surveys” combining Active and Passive Listening. Yva.ai platform automatically conducts weekly AI-driven 2-min peer-to-peer micro-surveys with optional collaboration analytics across corporate tools - Office 365, Teams, Slack, Jira, etc. (anonymously and with employee consent).

Board of Directors

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David Yang, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Yva.ai 

Started 12 companies, including ABBYY, world leader in Content Intelligence, Process Intelligence, OCR, NLP, AI, 1,300 employees, 14 offices, 13 countries.

Dr. Yang was named "Technology Pioneer" by the World Economic Forum, author of multiple patents, publications and a book.

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Ulf Persson
CEO of ABBYY Group 

Ulf Persson has been a member of the ABBYY Group Board since 2002. In March 2015, Ulf became the Chairman of the Board. In 2017, he was appointed as the CEO of ABBYY Group.

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Andrew Gershfeld
Partner at Flint Capital

Flint Capital, a Boston based investment company supporting entrepreneurs in the US and Europe. Andrew brings deep consumer startups expertise and serves on the boards of several other companies. Before becoming an investor, he as an entrepreneur had successfully built and sold one of the Groupon clones for Eastern Europe. Andrew holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Mathematics, and Innovation Management Professional degree.

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David Waroquier
Partner at Mangrove Capital

David has been an investment professional in the technology sector since 2006 and has a long operational experience at the early stage of startup companies and as a board member putting them on track for growth acceleration. He is focusing on startups that involve essential shift or disruption in technology, business model or consumer behavior, and brings expertise in sales and marketing operational excellence, setting up agile sales organizations and scaling up SaaS businesses.

 

Advisory Board

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Bill Reichert 
Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures

Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, mentor, author, speaker, board member advisor, educator, partner, spouse, parent, and general enthusiast. Not always in that order.

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Rick Orloff
CISSP, Vice President and CSO at Code42

Rick has developed and led critical security programs at one of the largest Fortune 5 companies in the world, Apple Inc., and was the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at eBay. He is one of the top recognized global experts in security with over 20 years of experience.

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Nicholas Davidov
Gagarin Capital Partners, Advisor Masquerade Technologies

Business development and corporate strategy executive. Private Equity investments manager with a vast experience of sourcing, structuring and adding value to deals. Strategy visionary with effective hands-off management approach in portfolio companies, enabling rapid capitalisation growth.

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Yan Rozovsky
Business Unit Executive - Collaboration & Watson Talent Management at IBM

25+ years scaling SaaS startups and Fortune 500 companies (IBM, Oracle, SAP, GE) with the focus on Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Operations. Yan has been an integral part of 4 successful exits (1 IPO, 3 acquisitions). He is actively involved in startup community; advising, coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs.

Management

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David Yang, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board and CEO

Started 12 companies, including ABBYY, world leader in Content Intelligence, Process Intelligence, OCR, NLP, AI, 1,300 employees, 14 offices, 13 countries.

Dr. Yang was named "Technology Pioneer" by the World Economic Forum, author of multiple patents, publications and a book.

Victor Kuznetsov
Head of R&D

Has a degree in radioelectronics from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University. Victor is a Head of R&D at Yva.ai, an expert in Web and cloud technologies. He is an entrepreneur with more than 12 years of product development experience.

Nadia Rynskaya
Head of Revenues

16 years of Strategy & Execution experience in B2B Sales & General Management with a focus on new markets development for insurance & IT. Have worked in the USA, Switzerland, UK, Sweden, China and Russia in both Fortune 200 companies and digital startups revenues from $0M to $500M. 6 times successfully started sales departments from scratch. Prior experience at top sales management roles at Zurich Insurance Company, Allianz Insurance, Mail.Ru Group, AppFollow.io, Roistat. Nadia has B.A. in Mathematics from Michigan State University and MBA in Risk Management from St. John's

Victoria Abdurashitova
Head of Finance

Victoria has 15+ years of experience in accounting policies and financial procedures, budgeting, forecasting, compliance, and investment analysis for both tech startups and large MNCs. Worked in 12 different jurisdictions and lead Finance function transformation through double digits company growth period.

Yva Team

The Yva team consists of 65 members. Our engineers specialize in behavioral analytics, natural language processing, machine learning, deep learning, computational linguistics, applied mathematics, AI engineering, complex tasks in images and text analysis, speech recognition, HR analytics, neural networks, clusterization, semantic search, cloud, web and mobile solutions.

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Founders 

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David Yang, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board and CEO 

Started 12 companies, including ABBYY, world leader in Content Intelligence, Process Intelligence, OCR, NLP, AI, 1,300 employees, 14 offices, 13 countries.

Dr. Yang was named "Technology Pioneer" by the World Economic Forum, author of multiple patents, publications and a book.

 

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Gary A. Fowler
Co-founder

Co-Founder of 7 startups including GVA LaunchGurus (Top accelerator), IPO (CKSW), Co-Chairman of the Year AmCham Innovation Committee, TEDX speaker