Firebase gets $5.6M to launch its paid product and fire up its base

Firebase, the San Francisco startup with a real-time development platform, will use $5.6 million in fresh funding to launch the commercial (paid) version of its tool, to hire staff and to build the community around its service. The Series A funding comes from Flybridge and Union Square Ventures.

The company’s claim to fame is it helps developers build real-time apps without having to worry about server infrastructure. It’s a good tool for developers taht want to add a real-time chat component to an application or who want to build full real-time apps including multiplayer games.

In April, Firebase added “Google Docs-like” collaboration to its tool so developers on a project can make sure they’re all on the same page. Firebase is a real-time analog toParseStackmobKii and Kinvey back ends for developing mobile applications.

Firebase was co-founded by James Tamplin, one of GigaOM’s 10 cloud trailblazers. Flybridge’s Chip Hazard and Union Square’s Albert Wenger will join Firebase’s board.

The new money comes in addition to $1.4 millioin in seed capital raised a year ago from Flybridge and other investors.)Firebase team