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Lending Club Partners With Tesla And Introduces Auto Loans

April 1, 2014

[Update: The article below is not true. There is no Lending Club partnership with Tesla. So, if you have just stumbled upon this story you should know that it was published on April 1st as an April Fools joke.] In a joint press release today, Lending Club and Tesla have announced a brand new loan [...]

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Lending Club and Prosper Both Have Record Months in March

March 31, 2014

March was a great month for Lending Club and Prosper any way you slice it. Together the two leading p2p lenders issued a combined total of $349 million in new loans, up 12% from February. Another interesting milestone crossed this month is that both companies have issued more than a combined $5 billion in loans [...]

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Discounted Pricing For LendIt 2014 Ends Tomorrow

March 30, 2014

The LendIt Conference is just five weeks away. And I want to let everyone know that the discounted pricing will end tomorrow night. The price will be going up from $795 to $1,195 on Monday night at midnight Pacific Time. So, if you are sitting on the fence about whether or not to attend LendIt [...]

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Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – March 29, 2014

March 29, 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. Realty Mogul Raises $9M as Real Estate Crowdsourcing Turns Into Hot Property from The Wall Street Journal – The big news of [...]

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LAP09: Interviews with the Top Three UK P2P Lenders

March 28, 2014

On my recent trip to London I sat down with the founders of the three leading UK p2p lenders: Peter Behrens of Ratesetter, Samir Desai of Funding Circle and Giles Andrews of Zopa. This extended edition of the Lend Academy Podcast features my conversation with all three leaders. There is a lot we can learn [...]

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Realty Mogul Completes First Year, Raises $9 Million

March 27, 2014

It has been a big month for Jilliene Helman and her Realty Mogul team. The real estate crowdfunding platform, profiled here last year, has just finished it’s first year in business closing $15 million in deals on properties worth over $100 million. But the really big news is being released today. Realty Mogul has just announced that [...]

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Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – March 22, 2014

March 22, 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. There were two big news stories this week – one here and one in the UK. Here, I am talking about the [...]

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LAP08: Interview with Liberum Capital About the State of P2P Lending

March 21, 2014

While in London last week I sat down at the offices of Liberum Capital, a UK investment bank, to talk with Cormac Leech and his team. Liberum is somewhat unique in that they have a team devoted to researching the p2p lending market – they have probably more knowledge about this sector than any other investment [...]

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Lending Club Expands into Small Business Loans

March 19, 2014

It was nearly a year ago when an astute Lend Academy reader first noticed Lending Club’s plan to start a small business lending operation. Then, in October, Lending Club announced the hiring of Sid Jajodia, the former head of small business lending at Capital One Bank. Today, after what has clearly been a deliberately planned [...]

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A Trip to London for the AltFi Conference

March 17, 2014

I was in London last week to attend and speak at the AltFi (short for alternative finance) conference. The focus of this conference was on peer to peer lending, invoice financing as well as crowdfunding although p2p lending certainly took up the bulk of the program. The event was put on by David Stephenson, a [...]

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