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LendIt Europe on November 17 is Now Open for Registration

August 7, 2014

The first LendIt Europe conference is happening in London on November 17th, 2014. After putting on two successful conferences in this country over the past two years and co-hosting a conference in Shanghai we are now going to the birthplace of this industry. We opened LendIt Europe 2014 for registration last night. As many of [...]

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LAP21: Tracy Alloway of the Financial Times on Covering the P2P Lending Industry

August 5, 2014

We have a different type of guest in this episode of the Lend Academy Podcast. Tracy Alloway is a journalist based in New York who covers the banking industry for the Financial Times, the leading UK financial newspaper. She has also taken a keen interest in the peer to peer lending industry in this country [...]

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Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – August 2, 2014

August 2, 2014

During the week I share the latest p2p 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. UK P2PFA: Peer to Peer Lending Goes to Over £1 Billion in 2014 from Crowdfund Insider – The the UK p2p lending [...]

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Prosper Originates $154 Million in New Loans in July

August 1, 2014

Prosper continued their strong year in July with $154 million in new loans issued, up from $146 million in June and just $30 million in July last year. The growth this month slowed to 5.6% month over month which I think is a good thing. It is difficult to grow 20-40% month over month for [...]

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New P2P Startup Funding Veteran Owned Small Businesses

July 30, 2014

According to the US Small Business Administration veterans made up 9.1% of all small business owners in 2012. This represents 1.7 million small businesses, many of which have funding needs. This is the population that Mark L. Rockefeller and his team will be targeting with their new startup called StreetShares. Rockefeller is a veteran himself, [...]

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Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – July 26, 2014

July 26, 2014

During the week I share the latest p2p 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. Exclusive: Ron Suber on Creating a P2P Investor Base from Scratch from LendingMemo – Great interview with Ron Suber, President of Prosper, [...]

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What I Learned About P2P Lending By Hosting LendIt Shanghai

July 25, 2014

[Editor's note: This is a report from my Lend Academy partner and fellow LendIt co-founder, Jason Jones, who has been spearheading the expansion of LendIt into China. We co-hosted a successful p2p lending conference in Shanghai last weekend. I was intending to attend this event but decided against it at the last minute - instead [...]

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UC Berkeley and Lend Academy Partner on Groundbreaking Research Study

July 22, 2014

When I was in London in March I spoke on a panel at the AltFi conference with Richard Swart, a professor at UC Berkeley. He has become one of the leading academics focused on crowdfunding. We have stayed in regular contact since then as Professor Swart has decided to expand his research to include p2p [...]

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LAP20: Renaud Laplanche, CEO and Founder of Lending Club

July 21, 2014

We have a very special guest for the 20th edition of the Lend Academy Podcast: Renaud Laplanche, the CEO and founder of Lending Club. I first met Renaud in the spring of 2011 just after Lending Club moved from Redwood City to downtown San Francisco. In those days Lending Club had about 50 people and [...]

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Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – July 19, 2014

July 19, 2014

During the week I share the latest p2p 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. The biggest news this week was the Funding Circle announcement of their $65 million funding round. This was covered by most major [...]

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