A 19-year veteran in the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) industry, Dean Tang in 1999 founded ABBYY USA, a fully-owned subsidiary of ABBYY Software House, Inc. As a leading developer in the field of document recognition and natural language processing, ABBYY USA is responsible for marketing, sales and technical support for ABBYY’s award-winning products in North America (www.abbyy.com). ABBYY USA has grown from 2 employees in 1999 to over 40 employees today. Companies that license products from ABBYY USA include EMC/Captiva, EPSON, Fujitsu, FujiXerox, Kofax, Microsoft, Panasonic, and Toshiba. Each year, more than 20 million units of capture harware were shipped with ABBYY’s document capture technologies.
In 1989 Dean, with K. Bobby Chao and Robin Lo co-founded OCRON Inc, a pioneer OCR and BCR (business card reader) company. Dean was the key developer of Recore OCR SDK, and Perceive Personal OCR software. Dean also developed the first OCR technology, MORE – Multiple Optical Recognition Engine, which is based on the concept of OCR voting. MORE was voted Imaging Magazine’s 1994 product of the year. In 1996, OCRON was acquired by UMAX, one of the largest high tech conglomerates in Taiwan. After the acquisition, the company was renamed NewSoft and Dean was in charge of the company’s North America operations. NewSoft went public in Taiwan in 1998 (www.newsoftinc.com).
Between 1983 to1988, Dean joined three early stage start-up software companies: Daisy Systems, Atherton Technologies and Athena Software; all were affiliated with the CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) and CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering) industries. Dean was the principal developer of the first commercially available Object Oriented Repository for the Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) market. Daisy Systems went public in 1983.