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Business News/ Companies / Start-ups/  Myntra acquires content aggregation start-up Cubeit

Myntra acquires content aggregation start-up Cubeit

Myntra's acquisition of Cubeit is primarily to gain access to the latter's employees, a practice known as acqui-hiring

For the year ended 31 March 2015, Myntra’s revenue grew 77% to `758 crore from `427.26 crore the previous year. Photo: BloombergPremium
For the year ended 31 March 2015, Myntra’s revenue grew 77% to `758 crore from `427.26 crore the previous year. Photo: Bloomberg

Bengaluru: Online fashion store Myntra Designs Pvt. Ltd has acquired Bangalore-based Cubeit, a start-up that facilitates content aggregation on mobile devices, to gain access to its employees, the company said in a statement on Monday.

The purchase is an example of so-called acqui-hiring, in which the buyer may or may not have any interest in the target company’s products and services, and is interested mainly in tapping the latter’s workforce. Financial details of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.

Myntra, which was acquired by Flipkart Ltd for about $330 million in March 2014, has bought two technology start-ups previously. In May last year, Myntra acquired Native5, a Bangalore-based app development company. In April 2013, the company acquired Fitiquette, a San Francisco-based start-up that provided virtual fitting room solutions.

Cubeit, which was founded by Sarthak Jain, Nithinkumar Gadiparthi and Prathamesh Juvatkar in 2014, allows users to aggregate, organise and share content. The company has raised about $3 million from Accel Partners and Helion Venture Partners.

“Technology is at the core of our operations and we are looking at leveraging it to further enhance customer experience through social and community interactions on our platforms. We have always been on the lookout for quality talent and the Cubeit team brings with it the expertise and experience to help strengthen our offerings," Shamik Sharma, chief product and technology officer at Myntra, said in a statement.

Cubeit executives will join Myntra’s technology team. Myntra is targeting gross merchandise value (GMV) of $1 billion in the next fiscal year. GMV does not include discounts and returns.

For the year ended 31 March 2015, Myntra’s revenue grew 77% to 758 crore from 427.26 crore the previous year. Losses, however, almost tripled to 1,126.60 crore in fiscal 2015 from 386.10 crore the previous year, according to documents filed with the Registrar of Companies.

GMV in the year ended 31 March 2015 stood at 2,569 crore.

Online retailers such as Flipkart, Snapdeal (Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd) and Inc.’s Indian unit have been increasingly focusing on the high-margin fashion category. According to industry experts, gross margins in fashion could be anywhere between 25% and 50%, as against 3-10% in electronics.

Myntra had a few hiccups last year after it announced that it will become an app-only platform starting May. The move was criticized by analysts and consumers alike, who described it as anti-consumer and restrictive. The firm witnessed a temporary slump in sales in the following months.

The company, however, rolled back its decision to go app-only and relaunched its mobile website in February. The company relaunched its desktop website on 1 June.

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Published: 11 Jul 2016, 07:47 PM IST
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