Apple recently acquired a Hyderabad based company called Tuplejump which specialises in machine learning and processing and analysing big sets of data quickly. Apple bought the company to strengthen its artificial intelligence. However, the price paid for the deal wasn’t disclosed.
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” – Colin Johnson, Apple spokesperson
Tuplejump was founded in 2013 by Rohit Rai, Satyaprakash Buddhavarapu and Deepak Alur and while the Rai and Buddhavarapu have joined Apple, Alur works as the engineering head at Premji-backed Anaplan.
Tuplejump helps other companies to store, process and visualise big data. The Tuplejump team was well versed with open source big data tools such as the Apache Spark processing engine, the Apache Cassandra NoSQL database, and the Apache Kafka distributed high-throughput publish-subscribe messaging system. The bootstrapped company reaped a profit of about INR 80,000 in 2014-15 on revenue of about INR 70 lakh, as per the company’s annual report. Experts predict more acquisitions of machine-learning and AI start-ups based in India.
The latest project they were working on a project was called “FiloDB” – an opensource project that Tuplejump was building to efficiently apply machine learning concepts and analytics to complex data; which Apple was particularly interested in.
This is the third artificial intelligence company Apple has acquired in the year. Last month Apple bought acquired Seattle-based company, Turi, which offered “machine learning platform for developers and data scientists.”
Previously in 2016, Apple had acquired Emotient, a San Diego-based company, which uses artificial intelligence to detect emotion from facial expressions.