Google Acquires India-Based Halli Labs

Halli Labs, where Halli (pronounced Hull – Lee) means ‘village’ in Kannada, the language of the southern state of Karnataka in India, is the latest AI startup acquired by Google. Based in Bangalore, the four-month-old startup’s focus is building deep learning and machine learning systems to address what it describes as ‘old problems’ and domains. Halli Labs has been working on natural language processing which can help Google efficiently process real-world language.

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Google confirmed the acquisition with a statement  to TechCrunch:

“We are excited that the Halli Labs team is joining Google,” said spokesperson Taj Meadows. “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.”

Market intelligence research firm IDC reports that the AI market currently stands at $8 billion. The research forecasts the rise of the AI market to $47 billion in 2020.

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Gunjan Bagla
California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.

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