Japanese recipe sharing site Cookpad acquires private lesson marketplace Cyta.jp for $10 million



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Tokyo-based Coach United, the startup behind private lesson marketplace Cyta.jp, announced today that it has been acquired by Japanese recipe sharing site Cookpad.

Update: Several news sources say the acquisition price is 1 billion yen ($10 million).

Since its launch back in June of 2011, it has grown to provide users with about 140 different private lessons (in fields such as language learning, music study, or qualification acquisition), available at 3,000 locations around the country. Unlike other marketplace services which typically connect potential students to teachers, the startup assures the quality of the lessons they introduce on the website by checking into will teach them or where it will take place.

In our past interview with the startup’s CEO Nobuhiro Ariyasu, the company expected to have 20,000 users received private lessons (as of August).

Prior to the acquisition, the two companies have worked with each other on some test marketing initiatives back in late 2012.