Real estate crowdfunding platform Fundrise has added more funds to its Series A round of funding, which now totals $38 million. The new investors include Debbie Ratner Salzberg of Forest City, Terrence Rohan of Index Ventures, Onyx Equities co-founder Jon Schultz, Michael Gerwiz of Potomac Investment Properties, Artemis Real Estate Partners CEO Debbie Harmon, and Haniel Lynn of Corporate Executive Board. “These investments from top players in the real estate and financial industries provide further confirmation of real estate crowdfunding as a viable and effective investment tool,” stated Ben Miller, co-founder of Fundrise.
Qubit, an e-commerce technology startup, has secured a Series B investment round worth $26 million and led by Accel Partners. Balderton Capital and Salesforce Ventures were also involved in the funding. Qubit offers an integrated personalization platform for e-commerce businesses. The company will use the latest funds to expand its presence in the U.S. “We’re delighted to welcome Accel into the Qubit family and Bruce Golden onto our board of directors. To date we have carved ourselves a position in the market by offering clients the market’s best, most flexible and integrated range of personalization applications; ones that drive real uplifts that CFOs can see in the bottom line,” said Graham Cooke, Qubit’s CEO and co-founder.
Consumer robotics company Anki has raised a Series C round worth $55 million, led by J.P. Morgan. Previous investors Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures and Two Sigma also participated according to Re/code. The company’s first product is an intelligent toy race car that is controlled using an iPhone app. Anki has raised $105 million since it was founded in 2010 and will use the funds to develop additional products.
Skillz, an eSports platform where users can play mobile games against each other for cash, has raised $6 million in a financing round led by Atlas Venture. The company will use the funds to attract new players to the site. “eSports are quickly becoming big business,” said Jeff Fagnan, Partner at Atlas Venture. “What’s most exciting about Skillz is that they are completely transforming the industry by making competitions available on mobile, tapping into an enormous, previously untouched market.”