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Tom DeLong (@ThomasDeLong) April 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

Thanks, Peter. Looks great. Seems as though they are moving through the priorities that Aaron Vermut mentioned in their most recent blog post.

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Mrs. 1500 April 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

As a former graphic designer, I never recommended to my clients that they change their logo so soon after opening their company. That said, I didn’t really care for the stylized O. It reminded me of a ball that a circus elephant might stand on.

I don’t understand the stylized P at the end of it now. I think it would look better at the front, where the P belongs in the word. It almost looks like a zipper pull. I don’t get it, and I think a company would want everyone to get their new logo.

The site looks fine, I am curious to see if they will promote Prosper Premier more at a later date or if it is going away altogether.

Thanks for showing them side by side. Except for the logo, I wouldn’t have known what was different.

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Rich April 3, 2013 at 8:00 am

Changes appear cosmetic, no objections here. I wish the site was faster, I find load times very slow for accessing account data.

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Bryce M. April 3, 2013 at 8:36 am

Prosper dot mailbox.

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Dan B April 3, 2013 at 8:48 am

The previous stylized O was used in place of a regular O…………….just like some companies or people use $ in place of S. A little silly, I agree, but I get it.

But what you’re referring to as the new stylized P (if that is in fact what it is) is being used in addition to the regular Ps……………..making it sound like ProsperP or Prosper.P
I don’t get why you’d want to do that, but what do I know.

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Peter Renton April 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

Thanks for the comments everyone. Yes, it would be nice to know the thought process behind the new logo and whether it is even supposed to be a stylized “P” or indeed a mailbox :-) .

It looks to me like the implication is Prosper to the power of P but I am only guessing here.

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SarahV April 3, 2013 at 9:02 am

The new logo could double as a bottle opener. Very practical.

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Simon Cunningham April 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Haha, that is awesome.

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Roy S. April 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

I think the stylized “P” is meant to be a combination of “P” and “!” with the circle R below it.

I’m not one for aesthetics, so this change is meaningless to me. I much prefer real changes rather than something cosmetic like this, but I have no expertise (or interest) in marketing. It adds nothing to me personally, but I can’t speak for anyone else.

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Bilgefisher April 3, 2013 at 11:10 am

I’ll let you know how I feel about the changes when I can invest in more than two loans per month. Till than, its little more than polishing the bumper of a 1985 Justy.

Jason

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John April 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

Since yesterday’s update my “Seasoned Returns” figure dropped by 50% (without any new defaults in my portfolio), now resembling the figure I was always relying on from Prosper-stats.com. Did they also adjust the way they calculate returns? Did anyone else experience similar changes in their return figures?

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Roy S. April 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I noticed my returns dropped by less than a quarter point for my Seasoned Returns. You may want to check your Late Notes as well. If those spiked, then you aren’t getting any payments, and thus your returns go down. But a 50% decrease is rather dramatic.

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Peter Renton April 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

John, My seasoned returns number at Prosper dropped by 0.08% so I think yours is an isolated case. I would hazard a guess that your account is only a year or so old and that many of your newly seasoned notes went late in the last month. The Prosper-Stats.com number would have been taking these into account already and it looks like they have just hit your official Prosper numbers.

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Graceful April 4, 2013 at 8:09 am

The letting and kerning on the text was not done properly. This will affect comprehension, even though it is legible. The graphic artists were the leads on this project IMHO.
I also don’t get the new logo and wondered why they put a bottle opener at the end of their name.
Otherwise it is fine. I suspect this new face is actually cosmetic cover for database changes underneath. It looks like they were trying to have things land in the same places (ergo no attention to kerning and letting) to minimize the disruption for established customers.

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Robert April 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

First of all, it’s not letting. It’s leading. Originated from actual peices of lead use for spacing and the term refers to the distance between the baselines of successive lines of type. Which in this case, there are none.

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Ian April 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

I suppose I was a little partial to the old style but as long as it works and I’m making money its all good with me. The only thing that freaks me out is when I’m not expecting the change and then a newly designed site pops up. Then I get kind of conspiracy theorist for a minute thinking someones gonna rip me off. HA!

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Neal S. April 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

@Graceful. It looks like the logo was created from a low resolution scan. You can see this by looking closely at the bottom of the S and O.

@Mrs. 1500. LOL, I never realized the O with the star was a circus elephant ball, but that’s exactly what it is!

@Peter. The new page has arrows depicting the flow from lenders to borrowers and back. Looks a bit like your conference logo.

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Fred April 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

No performance improvement.

Getting to the “My Account – Investing” page (https://www.prosper.com/secure/account/lender/lender_overview.aspx) is still very slow — 15 seconds.

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Peter Renton April 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Wow, 15 seconds is a long time. For me it is 4-5 seconds which is still slow but not terrible. I don’t think this update addressed performance at all. I know they are working to make things faster as they grow so hopefully in a future update we will see speed addressed.

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Fred April 5, 2013 at 7:20 am

I don’t think I’ve had 4-5 seconds in the past.

That link is my saved URL to Prosper. If I go to that link in the morning, which requires me to put username + password first, it usually takes me 30 seconds until the page is fully rendered.

I used my “highly sophisticated” Android timer, starting the timer after clicking the button after putting my password, stopping when the page is completely displayed. It was actually 34 seconds this morning.

Perhaps it’s time for me to upgrade my computer. :)

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Dave April 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

Meanless change. I just wish bugs were worked out ahead of time. Cheers

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