Bengaluru-based #Artificial Intelligence (AI) firm, Halli #Labs is being acquired by Google on #June 12, 2017. Google is a world wide popular American Multinational technology company that specializes in internet-related services and products, founded on 4 September 1998 and its present Chief Executive Director is Mr. Sunder Pichai. This is Google's first acquisition in India. Google is not only acquiring Halli Labs company but also hiring its employees. The amount of hiring the company is still undisclosed. The founder of Halli Labs is Mr. Pankaj Gupta. The aim of this acquisition is to expand artificial intelligence capabilities and to add new users to the internet.

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About Mr. Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta had started working for Twitter [VIDEO] in 2011 as Senior Manager, Personalization and Recommendation and he quit his job at 2013. He has worked at Stayzilla as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) since June 2016 and left in March 2017. Currently, he is working as Director Of Engineering at Google NBU (Next Billion Users), San Francisco, California, USA.He is a combo product, data and engineering guy. He has published 30+ papers and 20+ patents.

Halli Labs is a 4-month-old start up out of Bengaluru. According to Halli Labs, it was founded with the goal of applying modern AI and ML techniques to old problems and domains, in order to help technology enable people to do whatever it is that they want to do, easier and better. Halli Labs said, "What better place than Google to help us achieve this goal".

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Companies acquired by Google in 2017:

  • January 5, 2017 - Limes Audio (SWE)
  • January 19, 2017- Fabric (USA)
  • March 8, 2017- Kaggle (USA)
  • March 9, 2017- AppBridge (USA)
  • May 10, 2017-Owlchemy Labs (USA)
  • June 12, 2017-Halli Labs (India)

Caesar Sengupta - Vice President (Next Billion User), Product Manager at Google has welcome the team of Halli Labs to Google. Defining the strategy he said, “Our goal has not just been to help more Indians get online — but also to help Indians create the online experience they want; one that serves their needs and enables them to have an impact on the entire world. So we have been thinking about how to build products and services for this wave of new users — products that work for any level of connectivity, in local Indian languages, and across the devices that are most frequently used in India.”

Defining the strategy, Mr. Caesar told that their goal has not just been to help more Indians but also to help them in creating the online experience which they want.

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One that serves their needs and enables them to have an impact on the entire world. So his team has been thinking about how to build products and services for this wave of new users-products that work for any level of connectivity, in local Indian languages, and across the devices that are most frequently used in india.