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Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Patch of Land Raises $23.6 Million

April 8, 2015

Today, Patch of Land announced a large Series A financing round led by SF Capital Group with Prosper President, Ron Suber, also investing. Neil Wolfson, of SF Capital Group will be joining the Board of Directors of Patch of Land. Neil and his firm have also invested in other top marketplace lenders, including OnDeck and BorrowersFirst. […]

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Lend Academy Investments Merges with Nickel Steamroller to Create NSR Invest

April 7, 2015

I first chatted with Michael Phillips, the founder of NickelSteamroller.com back in 2011. He talked about wanting to create a resource site for investors that would allow anyone to easily analyze the loan history of Lending Club. NickelSteamroller.com was born and I became one of its biggest fans. Michael joined up with Rocco Galgano, the […]

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Victory Park Capital to Invest $500M in Loans on Upstart

April 6, 2015

Upstart, the millennial focused p2p lender today announced a huge deal with Victory Park Capital.  This commitment raises Victory Park’s investment from $100M to $500M in Upstart loans.  This isn’t Victory Park Capital’s first big deal in 2015 as they announced a $420M investment in Funding Circle this past February. We reached out to Paul […]

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Marketplace Lending News Roundup – April 4, 2015

April 4, 2015

During the week I share the latest marketplace lending news on Twitter as it happens. Then every Saturday I take the most interesting news items and blog posts from the past week and share them here. RateSetter gets £20m investment from Finextra – In the UK RateSetter receives £20m equity investment from some big finance names. Prosper Hits […]

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Podcast 34: Michael Solomon of CircleBack Lending

April 2, 2015

I first chatted with Michael Solomon back in 2011 when he was winding down his previous p2p lending business called Loanio. He was out of the industry for a couple of years but he never gave up on his desire to run a successful business in this industry and his second business, Circleback Lending, is […]

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Lending Club Testing Loan Drones for Faster Cash Disbursement

April 1, 2015

I had heard the rumor a few weeks back but did not immediately believe it until a reader sent me these pictures showing a Lending Club drone prototype during a test flight in the Presidio in San Francisco. If confirmed, the program could have a major impact on this industry, following in the footsteps of […]

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Being Better is not Enough: The Way Forward for Marketplace Lending

March 30, 2015

[Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jonathan McMillan, who has published the book The End of Banking: Money, Credit and the Digital Revolution. The book explains why a financial system without banking is both possible and desirable in the digital age. The article is part of a two-part series. The first article explained why […]

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Marketplace Lending News Roundup – March 28, 2015

March 28, 2015

During the week I share the latest marketplace lending news on Twitter as it happens. Then every Saturday I take the most interesting news items and blog posts from the past week and share them here. Besting Hobson at LendIt USA from LinkedIn – James Alexander gives his thoughts on platform diversification and the upcoming LendIt USA conference. No […]

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Lufax: the World’s Fastest Growing P2P Firm.  A Case Study on How a Major Financial Institution Can Build a Fully Integrated P2P Firm

March 27, 2015

A couple of weeks from now Greg Gibb, the Chairman of Lufax, will be taking the main stage at LendIt to introduce his firm to the online lending world and show everyone what it looks like when a major financial institution decides to organically build a P2P firm. In less than three years, Lufax is […]

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Podcast 33: Brock Blake of Lendio on Small Business Lending

March 24, 2015

There are many different loan choices out there today for small business owners. There are short term loans, merchant cash advances, asset-backed loans, equipment finance loans, SBA loans and many others. To help entrepreneurs sort through this myriad of loan choices and make the right financing decision is Lendio’s mission. Brock Blake is the CEO […]

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