Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Google acquires Bengaluru-based AI startup Halli Labs

Google acquires Bengaluru-based AI startup Halli Labs

Halli Labs confirmed the acquisition in a blog post, saying that it was "thrilled" to be joining the teams at Google. Halli Labs Team wrote in the blogpost.

The four-month-old startup has been working on speed recognition and natural language processing among others. He has previously worked with Twitter as a senior data scientist in San Francisco for five years and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and Stanford University. Halli Labs announced both on its website and blog site Medium that its team was joining Google but didn't divulge further details.

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Halli Labs publicized about the acquisition on Wednesday and CEO Pankaj Gupta said that they were quite excited to join Google's Next Billion Users team and assist them in the task of getting through technology and information to more people across the globe. "We couldn't be more excited!" it added. Although there is more clarity needed on the exact nature of work of Halli Labs. According to founder Pankaj Gupta's LinkedIn account, the firm started in April this year, the very next month after he left the now-defunct local Airbnb rival Stayzilla. Google has been one of the pioneers in this field, with broad projects in house increased by acquisitions and different endeavors. "Looking forward to building some cool stuff together", said Caesar Sengupta, vice-president, product management, Google. "They'll be joining our team that is focused on building products that are designed for the next billion users coming online, particularly in India", a spokesperson from Google was quoted as saying.

"Well, what better place than Google to help us achieve this goal". The word Halli means village in Kannada.

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