I've accepted an offer from Google and will be joining their Tesseract team next week.
I first got interested in OCR when I faced a project at my previous job involving OCR of outdoor scenes and found it to be a very complex task, yet highly rewarding because it's easy to make incremental progress and see your learners working.
Current state-of-the-art OCR tools are not at human level of reading, partially because humans are able to take context into account. For instance, sentence below is unreadable if you don't assume English language.
Also, I'm excited to work on an open-source project. I'd like to live in a world where the best technologies are open-source and free to everyone.