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Cookpad buys Bengaluru-based startup Cucumbertown

Cucumbertown will operate as an independent subsidiary under Cookpad

K Rajani Kanth  |  Hyderabad 

Cookpad, a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed recipe network, has acquired Bengaluru-based online recipe-blogging startup for an undisclosed sum, making its entry into the Indian market.

"It is a fairly large deal," said Cherian Thomas, co-founder of He, however, declined to share the size of the transaction.

Established in 1997, currently has over two million recipes created by a user base of 25 million.

The $100-million company is expected to work with on a global culinary map. Cucumbertown, which has eight employees in Bengaluru and one in the US, will remain as an independent subsidiary under

was founded in October 2012 by Cherian Thomas, a former Zynga employee, his friend Arun Prabhakar from Bengaluru, Chris Luscher, a partner at Zurich-based designing firm Information Architects, and Dan Hauk, a Tumblr theme designer and co-founder of BrewTracker from Reading, Pennsylvania.

had in 2012 raised $300,000 from angel investors like AngelList's Naval Ravikant and FarmVille co-creator Sizhao Yang, followed by an undisclosed amount in a Series-A round onding from Helion Venture Partners and Ludlow Ventures.

First Published: Thu, June 18 2015. 12:08 IST