Why Google acquiring Indian startup Halli Labs is a masterstroke?

Google, world’s biggest tech giant, is following its artificial intelligence dreams with aggression. In a step forward, the company has acquired India’s Bengaluru based startup Halli Labs. Google’s Vice President, Product Managment, Caesar Sengupta on Wednesday tweeted, “Welcome @Pankaj and the team at @halli_labs to Google. Looking forward to building some cool stuff together.” Halli Labs, was founded by Pankaj Gupta, an it builds deep learning and machine learning syste. In a blogpost, the company said, “We are thrilled to share the news that the Halli Labs team is joining Google.” Halli Labs is a startup, which was founded with the aim to apply modern AI and ML algorithms to domains which helps technology to do things in an easier and better way.

The move by Google to acquire Halli Labs might have something to do with the background of its founder Pankaj Gupta, an IIT graduate. Gupta, a doctorate in philosophy (PhD) from Stanford University, is a data scientist with an interesting history that includes running recommendation (‘Whom to Follow’ feature) and personalisation at Twitter, and a role as CTO at now-defunct Indian Airbnb rival Stayzilla, among other entrepreneurial ventures. Halli Labs team, in a blog post, wrote, “Well, what better place than Google to help us achieve this goal. We will be joining Google’s ‘Next Billion Users’ team to help get more technology and information into more people’s hands around the world. We couldn’t be more excited!” Pankaj Gupta is a Silicon Valley star, and maybe that is why his startup got noticed. When he had announced his departure to India to open his startup, Gupta described working in San Francisco as being in Florence during Renaissance. This itself tells you how Halli Labs has dreamt the future and how it can help Google in it.

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