Google Acquires Indian AI Startup Halli Labs
Tech giant Google has today acquired, Halli Labs, an Indian based AI startup. It is working on solutions based on artificial intelligence and machine learning based out of Bengaluru. The deal details have not been disclosed yet.
It has been founded just four-months back by former Stayzilla employees Pankaj Gupta and Pradhuman Jhala.
This is the first Indian startup acquisition made by Google ever.
Halli Labs says it will be joining Google’s Next Billion Users team, the Mountain View-based company’s initiative that is working to bring the next billion users online from emerging markets like India. Over the past one year, Google has announced several services to better serve the untapped Indian market. Some of these include improved translation services and better voice recognition support for local languages.
Halli Labs has a small team which include its core team members — Pankaj Gupta and Pradhuman Jhala — who were previously at marketplace Stayzilla. Gupta, who founded Halli Labs and assumes CEO position, was the chief product officer and chief technology officer at Stayzilla, while Jhala was the chief architect.
Some of the things Halli Labs has been working on includes “speed recognition” and natural language processing. The word Halli means village in Kannada.
According to a bio-note, also on Medium, Halli Labs is engaged in developing solutions to traditional problems using AI, MI, deep learning and natural language processing technologies.
“Halli Labs is applying modern ML techniques to old problems and domains to help technology march on in its timeless purpose— that of giving superhuman powers to all of us humans in letting us do whatever we want to do, better,” the post read.
In January 2014, Facebook acquired Bengaluru-based 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., a startup that tracks and optimizes the performance of Android-based mobile apps. The next year Twitter acquired another Bengaluru-based startup