I am just getting back after taking a vacation following LendIt USA 2016. While the lead up to LendIt USA, which is our largest conference is a busy time of the year, the conference always goes by quickly. I was able to catch just a few sessions throughout the event and plan to watch all of the recorded sessions in the coming weeks. I wanted to share my favorite panel that I was able to see live which was titled Platform Founders’ Stories.
We often hear about the successes of various platforms, but there is often a lot more to the story for entrepreneurs that have started platforms in the marketplace lending industry. In this panel several entrepreneurs shared how they got to where they are today. LendIt Co-Founder Jason Jones moderated the panel which consisted of David Klein (CommonBond), David Girouard (UpStart), Michael Solomon (CircleBack Lending) and David Gilbert (National Funding).
I enjoyed hearing the diverse background of each founder and how they came to get involved in the industry. It’s important to realize that success didn’t happen overnight for these companies and they faced many challenges in their journey of entrepreneurship. Hearing the details behind each of these companies is fascinating and newcomers can certainly learn a lot from these industry veterans.
Below you will find the full video of this panel which will give you the full picture, but below are the main points about each entrepreneur’s background. [Read more…]