In a round led by Left Lane Capital and featuring participation from Jump Capital and Clocktower Technology – as well as other investors – M1 Finance has scored $45 million in funding. The Series C round takes the finance super app company’s total to more than $95 million, adding to the $33 million M1 Finance raised in June.
CEO and self-described “personal finance nerd” Brian Barnes highlighted ways the new investment would help power the company forward. In an extended blog post, Barnes listed investment in the client experience, more products and features, and more talent as initiatives customers can look forward to over the balance of the year and into 2021. “We’re not just stepping on the gas,” he wrote, “we’re now on a rocket ship.”
M1 Finance’s Finance Super App combines investing, borrowing, and spending functionality in one automated platform. Clients can use the platform to build their investment portfolios for free, take advantage of fractional share investing and schedule automatic, one-click rebalancing. A flexible portfolio line of credit is available to users once their portfolio value reaches $10,000; and the platform’s M1 Spend feature enables users to schedule and pay back loans, as well as set up direct deposits, automatic investments, and transfers.
Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, M1 made its Finovate debut at our New York conference in 2016. In September, the company partnered with Rackspace Technology in order to bring expanded Amazon Web Services functionality to its platform. That same month, M1 reported that it had reached $2 billion in assets under management, and added more than 229,000 new accounts since February. More recently, the company launched Smart Transfers, a new feature for its Plus members that provides greater control and flexibility in setting automatic transfers and investments.
“We’re here to empower a new world of personal financial well-being through a simpler, smarter, stronger platform,” Barnes wrote this week. “With more funds and the opportunity to continue working with people we know and trust, we can expand what we do for you and your money.”