Google acquires India’s artificial intelligence startup Halli Labs

Halli Labs, a 4-month-old AI and ML startup, was looking to build solutions for the Indian masses “We are excited that the Halli Labs team is joining 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,” said a Google spokesperson in an email statement. It did not disclose the value of the deal. Halli (village in Kannada) Labs has been in stealth mode ever since it made its first announcement on Medium on May 22 this year. Founder Pankaj Gupta’s LinkedIn account suggests that the firm was started in April this year, the very next month after he left the now-defunct local Airbnb rival Stayzilla. Gupta has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. “Welcome @Pankaj and the team at @halli_labs to Google. Looking forward to building some cool stuff together,” Caesar Sengupta, vice-president, Product Management at Google.  Halli Labs in its post says it 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 the patchy internet. India has emerged as among the…

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