About Us

Yva.AI is a Silicon Valley, CA-based company that helps organizations retain the best talent, build engaged teams and achieve more. Our team consists of PhDs from around the world and professionals with more than 20 years of experience working in AI, NLP, semantic/search engine and HR related technologies. Together, we created Yva - the AI-driven People Analytics platform.

Our capabilities set us apart: Yva is a unique combination of behavioral analytics (passive analytics) and timely, personalized surveys (active analytics). Among our most requested tools are resignation prediction for key employees, organizational network analysis, dynamic engagement scans and performance metrics.

Yva enables leadership teams to make evidence-based decisions while engaging individual employees with feedback. 

Board of Directors

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David Yang, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board and CEO 

Started 9 companies, including ABBYY, world leader in OCR, NLP, AI, 1,300 employees, 16 offices, 13 countries, 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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George G. Shapovalov, CFA

CFO and Secretary 

17 years of experience in banking and finance with a focus on financing growth. Brings strategic financial approach combined with operational excellence and strict risk management. CFA Charterholder, MBA degree, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics.

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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 9 companies, including ABBYY, world leader in OCR, NLP, AI, with 1300 employees, 16 offices in 13 countries, "Technology Pioneer" by the World Economic Forum, author of multiple patents, publications and a book.

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George G. Shapovalov, CFA

CFO and Secretary

17 years of experience in banking and finance with a focus on financing growth. Brings strategic financial approach combined with operational excellence and strict risk management. CFA Charterholder, MBA degree, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics.

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Brent Celman

Head of Business Affairs, North America

With more than 20 years of high tech sales and sales management, Brent leads the expansion of the North American sales organization and establishes best practices to drive revenue growth. Prior to joining Yva, Brent held senior positions at leading technology companies including Authoria, Kronos and Replicon.

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Marta Leman

Head of Business Affairs, CIS

Previously worked on leading positions at AlfaStrakhovanie, Svyazoy group of companies, Bank of Moscow, Wells Fargo, BearHug Foundation. Marta has 10+ years of building distribution channels, building successful teams, and launching new products both in Russia and in Silicon Valley.

Yva Team

The Yva team consists of 35 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 9 companies, including ABBYY, world leader in OCR, NLP, AI, 1300 employees, 16 offices, 13 countries, "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