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Van Eck Overland Launching a Closed-End Fund Investing in Online Loans

Last week a new player emerged on the marketplace lending scene. A Form N-2 registration was filed with the SEC by Van Eck Overland Online Finance Trust to form a new, publicly traded closed-end fund. UBS, the world’s largest wealth management firm, was named as lead manager. I have known Alex Dunev from UBS for quite […]

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Partnering with FICO on a Credit Boot Camp Webinar Series

We did something new this year at LendIt USA 2015. We hosted a series of pre-conference workshops that went into more depth on a certain topic. The most popular of these workshops was the Credit Boot Camp run by FICO. The bad news is that these workshops were not recorded. The good news is that […]

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U.S. Treasury Seeking Information on Marketplace Lending

In a big step forward for marketplace lending, the United States Treasury has announced that they will be seeking public comment from our industry in an official Request for Information (PDF link). The 12-page document provides some background information and then asks for information based on 14 questions. Below is my summary of these questions: […]

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Kathryn Petralia COO of Kabbage

Podcast 42: Kathryn Petralia of Kabbage

There are many innovative companies in this space but I think Kabbage stands out above the pack. They are doing things in lending that have never been tried before, or even thought about, and they are doing it successfully. They are truly a 21st century lender that could not have existed even 10 years ago. Kathryn […]

Karen Mills

Podcast 41: Karen Mills Former Head of the SBA

Karen Mills is someone who has a unique perspective on small business. She was a venture capitalist for 25 years before moving to Washington in late 2008 when she was appointed by President Obama to head the Small Business Administration, right in the thick of the financial crisis. For five years, until late 2013, she spent […]

Doug Lebda CEO of LendingTree

Podcast 40: Doug Lebda of LendingTree

LendingTree is a company that is familiar to most of us. But it has only been recently that they have become an important part of the marketplace lending ecosystem. With a huge and growing appetite for borrowers LendingTree is one of the few companies that can provide just what the platforms want: borrowers at scale. […]

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