Apple acquires Tuplejump - Hyderabad based start-up

Apple acquires Tuplejump - Hyderabad based start-up

Posted by P. Charitha on September 23rd 2016

Apple has acquired Tuplejump - a Hyderabad-based machine learning start-up that helps companies store, process and visualise big data with its unique software.

Founded in 2013, Tuplejump's two co-founders Rohit Rai and Satyaprakash Buddhavarapu have already joined Apple while the third cofounder, Deepak Alur, joined Anaplan - a Cloud-based business modelling and planning platform for sales, operations and finance.

The Tuplejump team was well acquainted with open source big data tools such as the Apache Spark processing engine, the Apache Cassandra NoSQL database, and the Apache Kafka distributed high-throughput publish-subscribe messaging system.

Tuplejump also built an open source search indexing system called Stargate that works with data stored in Cassandra and relies on the fundamentals of the Apache Lucene full-text search software. Apple was particularly interested in "FiloDB" -- an open source project that Tuplejump was building to efficiently apply machine learning concepts and analytics to complex data.

Tuplejump has about a dozen employees, many of whom were already based on the West coast of the U.S.Founder Rohit Rai’s LinkedIn profile says he started working for Apple in May and is now also based in Seattle. Tuplejump's website has been shut down following the acquisition, the details of which are yet to be disclosed.

The Tuplejump deal is Apple’s third acquisition in the industry this year, after the iPhone maker bought Seattle-based Turi Inc. for $200 million and purchased Emotient, a company that uses AI to recognize and act upon facial expressions, for an undisclosed amount.

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