Google ‘Rank Algorithm’ Guru Amit Singhal to join GOQii, a fitness startup

Amit Singhal to join GOQii
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Amit Singhal, ex-Googlite, known as the master of ‘Google ranking algorithm’ will now be joining the board of Directors at Fitness Satrtup ‘GOQii’. Amit left Google after his retirement in the month of February, after a graceful period of 15 years of his service.

Amit, 2014 has also invested in Vishal Gondal-founded firm too, as an angel investor. Amit in the Board shall wok on to bring his expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning to GOQii, making their service more predictive and preventive.

In his interview with Economic Times, Singhal said, “The idea that is most intriguing about GOQii is having a human being working with artificial intelligence to motivate the user”.

Amit was born in Jhansi, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer science from IIT Roorkee in 1989. He continued his computer science education in the United States, and received an M.S. degree from University of Minnesota Duluth in 1991.

Singhal continued his studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and received a Ph.D. degree in 1996. At Cornell, Singhal studied with Gerard Salton, a pioneer in the field of information retrieval, the academic discipline which forms the foundation of modern search. John Battelle, in his book “The Search” calls Gerard Salton “the father of digital search.” He got interested in the problem of search in 1990 at the University of Minnesota Duluth. After getting a Ph.D. in 1996, Singhal joined AT&T Labs (previously a part of Bell Labs), where he continued his research in information retrieval, speech retrieval and other related fields.

GOQii offers a wearable fitness band which collects users’ activity and sleep data. A personal coach assigned to the user reviews this data and connects with the user via mobile app to guide them towards their health and fitness goals. The band itself is free, and users pay a subscription fee for personalized coaching. The device, which has an OLED display and ‘humm’ vibration module, tracks steps, distance, time, calories, active time, and sleep.

In the previous days we have been continuously hearing of the people moving on from Corporates to join the budding and upcoming Startups. Such collaborations enable an all in all benefit to both. Startups gain from their experience and expertise, and the peers get involved in new challenges in their leadership role in up-bringing and nurturing them.






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