Now we know why the men (and women!) around Robinhood are so merry. The mobile trading and investing platform announced this morning that it has secured $320 million in additional funding. Combined with the $280 million the company raised earlier this year as part of its Series F round, Robinhood now has raised more than $1.5 billion in capital and sports a valuation of $8.6 billion.
This latest infusion comes courtesy of both new and existing Robinhood investors, including TSG Consumer Partners and IVP. The Series F was led by Sequoia Capital, and featured participation from NEA, Ribbit Capital, and Unusual Ventures, as well.
Founded in 2013 by co-CEOs Vladimir Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, and officially launched two years later in the spring of 2015, Robinhood has grown into one of the more influential – and increasingly well-funded – online investment platforms aimed at millennials. The company leveraged commission-free trading in both stocks and ETFs to present an immediate challenge to incumbent brokerage firms – a challenge that is credited for eliminating trading fees at rivals like Charles Schwab, E-Trade, and TD Ameritrade by the fall of 2019.
Menlo Park, California-based Robinhood has expanded its offerings in recent years to include commission-free trading in cryptocurrencies, and a “cash management” feature that offers FDIC insurance and an annual interest rate of 1.8%. The company noted earlier this year that it has added more than three million new accounts in 2020 alone, and that 50% of its new users this year are first-time investors.
“As more people choose Robinhood, we remain focused on continuously improving the experience we provide,” the company’s blog read when the initial investment in the Series F was announced in May. “With this funding, we’ll continue to invest in scaling our platform, building new products, and accelerating build-out of our operations. This means hiring more top talent across all of our offices, including our newest office in Denver.”