Google acquires Blore-based start-up Halli Labs

Google acquires Blore-based start-up Halli Labs

Posted by M.Venkatesh on July 13th 2017

Global internet giant-Google has made its first acquisition in India by acqui-hiring Halli Labs, a four-month-old artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) start-up. It did not disclose the value of the deal though.

The Halli Labs team will be joining the Google team and will be focused on building products that are designed for the next billion users coming online, particularly in India. 
Founder Pankaj Gupta is a computer science graduate from the IIT, Delhi and a PhD from Stanford University, where his thesis on “Algorithms for Routing Lookups and Packet Classification” was declared the best dissertation in his department. His LinkedIn account says the firm started in April this year and that Halli Labs was born with the vision of "applying modern ML techniques to old problems and domains", an indication that it wanted to help rural India get access to information on patchy internet.
India has emerged as one of the biggest markets for internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple for talent as well as business. The increasing number of start-ups, built by former employees of these and other multinational firms, has helped focus on building products that solve problems of consumers, both in India and abroad. 
Indian Start-ups acquired by tech giants
In 2014, Facebook acquired Bengaluru-based Little Eye Labs, a start-up that tracks and optimises the performance of Android-based mobile apps. 
In 2015, Twitter acquired a Bengaluru-based start-up ZipDial, which built a business through India's habit of missed calls to connect with others. 
In 2016, Apple acquired Hyderabad-based AI start-up Tuplejump.Source: Business Standard


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