RealtyShares Obtains $20 Million Series B

SAN FRANCISCO — RealtyShares, the online marketplace for real estate investing, connecting accredited investors to real estate investment opportunities nationwide, has obtained a $20 million Series B financing round.  The new financing was led by Union Square Ventures, a leading venture capital firm in the financial technology space, with participation from existing investors Menlo Ventures and General Catalyst Partners.

“I am incredibly excited to have one of the foremost VC firms leading this latest financing round,” said Nav Athwal, CEO of RealtyShares.  “Very few can match the Fintech acumen of Union Square Ventures, which has led financings for Lending Club, Kickstarter, Funding Circle and CircleUp, as well as other name brands such as Twitter, Zynga, Etsy, Tumblr and Meetup.  This financing ensures that RealtyShares will remain a committed and well-capitalized partner to our investors and our sponsor and borrower constituencies.”

Masterclass Raises $15 Million Series B

SAN FRANCISCO — MasterClass, which offers online classes taught by Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Serena Williams, James Patterson and Usher, has raised a $15 million Series B funding round. This latest round is led by New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) (Partner: Rick Yang) and reveals a previously undisclosed $4.5 million Series A led by Javelin Venture Partners (Partner: Alex Gurevich) and two seed rounds totaling $1.9 million both led by Harrison Metal (Founder: Michael Dearing).