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Text Analysis International's management team combines many years of top management, entrepreneurial and technology experience with advanced software systems.

Avi Meyers - Chief Executive Officer, President, and Co-Founder

Avi brings tremendous drive, energy, and a win-win philosophy to TAI.  He is a seasoned entrepreneur and has headed several successful business ventures.  He co-founded TAI and has served in several key posts within the company.  Avi obtained a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.

Colin Johnson - (Acting) VP of Business Development

Most recently, Colin was the CEO of Eyetools, Inc. the leading provider of content and design analytics of digital media such as websites and email. Under Colin's stewardship, Eyetools commercialized eyetracking-based user testing traditionally the strict domain of university laboratories and built a business on this important emerging technology field that is practical, efficient, scalable, and that is changing the way that businesses large and small do business online. 

During his years at Eyetools, Colin oversaw all non-technical aspects of the business including sales, strategy and business plan development, pricing, and product marketing. He drew from his diverse professional experience in engineering, marketing, finance and technology innovation to navigate the challenges of launching a high-tech startup.

While Colin was at Eyetools, the company grew its customer list to over 50 companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay, Google, MarketWatch, E*TRADE, The Economist, Ogilvy One, IBM, MarketingSherpa, and Acxiom.

Prior to Eyetools, he worked in the following companies: Arthur D. Little, General Motors Corporation/Delphi Thermal Systems, Hewlett Packard, the Softnomics Center (a Tokyo-based think tank sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Finance), Westdeutsche Landesbank, at its Madrid branch, and The Juran Institute.

Colin brings to TAI a strong capability for moving the company forward within the text analytics market.

Amnon Meyers - Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Amnon has more than two decades of cutting-edge experience in the area of natural language processing, leading the creation of innovative systems and approaches in aerospace and in the university.

Amnon has a BS in Biology from MIT and MS degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. At UC Irvine (1982-87), Amnon conceived a knowledge representation framework, which he used in creating VOX (Vocabulary Extension System) under contract to the Navy and DARPA.  VOX inspired the launch of the well-known Message Understanding Conference (MUC) held periodically by DARPA .  At McDonnell Douglas (1988-93), he and David de Hilster (also at TAI) developed TexUS (Text Understanding System). At TRW (1993-98), he and David built a new DEFT (Data Extraction From Text) system for the InfoWeb document management system.  These  systems were key to several contract wins for their respective companies.  Amnon's career is marked by successive advances in a pragmatic line of natural language processing research, emphasizing tool kits for NLP.  He brings his accumulated experiences to bear in leading Text Analysis International's advanced technology development.

David de Hilster - Director

David is co-architect of TAI's VisualText technology.  Before joining the company, David worked as a senior engineer/scientist for I-Search, TRW, McDonnell Douglas, and Battelle Memorial Institute where he developed practical NLP tool kits and systems.  David holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Linguistics from Ohio State University.


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