Wix, a developer of a slick online application for creating Flash-based websites, has raised $3.5 million in second-round funding. Luxembourg-based Mangrove Venture Capital led the round, and was joined by Bessemer Venture Partners. Those are the same investors that funded the company with $5 million in a Series A round (together with some angel investors) at the end of last year.
Wix allows anyone to develop Flash-based web sites and content-without being a programmer or designer (example). They’ve just raised a premium version that will cost $9.90 per month and will offer several professional features including hosting, connecting to your own domain, as well as keeping the site free from advertising and promotional links.
Since the launch of the open beta in the end of June 2008, Wix claims to have grown rapidly with hundreds of thousands of monthly unique users, and thousands joining every day primarily through word-of-mouth. Some stats that were provided:
- Over 1,500 new web sites are created daily
- Over 600 new widgets are created daily
- Thousands of new subscribers join Wix daily
(Hat tip to peHUB)