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ZestFinance Announces $150 Million Financing Round With Fortress Investment Group

It seems that every week we hear of new financing rounds or new entrants in the online lending industry. This week was no exception when we heard about ZestFinance’s $150 million debt financing round from Fortress Investment Group. Their overall funding now totals $250 million. I had the chance to talk with Douglas Merrill, ZestFinance’s founder […]

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Response to the Treasury’s Request for Information on Marketplace Lending

In mid-July, we reported that the United States Treasury is seeking public comment from the marketplace lending industry. As part of their request for information, there were 14 questions that were asked. Over the past few weeks here at Lend Academy and LendIt we have been compiling our responses and we filed them with the US Treasury yesterday […]

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SoFi Raises One Billion Dollars

SoFi Raises $1 Billion and Continues to Shake up the Industry

  The SoFi story continues as today they announced a staggering $1 billion financing round led by SoftBank. This equity round is the largest funding round ever by a fintech company – larger even than what Lending Club raised in their IPO late last year. SoFi currently offers mortgages, student loan refinancing and unsecured personal loans. […]

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Jed Simon CEO of FastPay

Podcast 47: Jed Simon of FastPay

Jed Simon is the CEO and Founder of FastPay, a company that has built quite a reputation in the invoice finance sector of marketplace lending. Jed has quietly built a leading company that will cross a billion dollars of total loans originated before the end of the year. I wanted to get Jed on the Lend Academy […]

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Podcast 46: Jacob Haar on Impact Investing

 We have not discussed impact investing at all on the podcast until now. Our guest in episode 46 is Jacob Haar, the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Community Investment Management (CIM), who has been on mission to bring awareness of impact investing to the marketplace lending industry. His company is focused on providing responsible and transparent financing to […]

Krista Morgan, P2Binvestor

Podcast 45: Krista Morgan of P2Binvestor

We haven’t discussed receivables financing much here on Lend Academy. But that is about to change as the space is starting to see a lot of action. Krista Morgan is the CEO and Co-founder of P2Binvestor (P2Bi for short), a marketplace lender that is focused on receivables financing. P2Bi launched around 15 months ago but as […]

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