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Update on the LendIt Conference

by Peter Renton on June 4, 2013

First p2p and online lending conference

On June 20th in New York City the first ever p2p and online lending conference will be held. Called LendIt, as most of you know I am one of the organizers of this groundbreaking event. The other organizer is Dara Albright, a veterean conference producer and founder of Nowstreet Media.

We are very pleased to have the support of several sponsors who have taken the plunge with us in our first event. We would like to thank Diamond Sponsors Lending Club and Prosper as well as Gold Sponsors SoFi, Millennium Trust and Convene.

Last Chance to Buy Tickets

Ok, so this is not the very last chance but we do expect to sell out before the event. Ticket sales are coming in at 4-5 a day right now and that number is increasing as we get closer to the event. We have another 70 tickets available and from what I have heard many conference going New Yorkers leave it to the last week before signing up. So, if you have been thinking about attending then please register sooner rather than later.

The Agenda is Shaping Up Nicely

We will kick things off at LendIt with a morning keynote from Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, bright and early for everyone, particularly those not from the east coast. Renaud’s presentation will begin at 8:40am Eastern. Soon after that I will be moderating a session on consumer p2p lending featuring Scott Sanborn of Lending Club, Ron Suber of Prosper, Matt Symons of SocietyOne (from Australia) and Peter Behrens of Ratesetter (from the UK). We will be talking about the rapid growth that the industry is experiencing, where the borrowers are coming from, what innovations are coming and much more.

We are also going to have a focus on small business lending at LendIt. There has been such interest in the small business space that we decided to include two separate panels on business lending. We will also have a student loan panel, a venture capital panel and one that I am looking forward to a panel on big data and the innovations that are happening with underwriting. You can see the complete agenda on our website.

You Can “Attend” LendIt for Free by Watching Online

For those of you who cannot be in New York in person we are planning on doing a live webcast of the event from our location at the Convene Conference Center in mid-town Manhattan. This will be completely free and we hope to have this available for the entire event. I will share more details about the live webcast on the blog a day or two before the conference.

Never having put on a conference before I have been surprised by how much work is involved. There are literally hundreds of details and people to coordinate but I am happy with how it is coming together now. I look forward to seeing you either in person or online at LendIt on June 20th.

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Conor June 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Peter, I just wanted to extend a big thank you in advance for the work you’ve done putting this all together.

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Peter Renton June 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm

You’re welcome Conor. I look forward to meeting you in New York.

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writing2reality June 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Sounds like the conference is really coming together Peter. Big thank you in advance for setting up and allowing free webcast for those of us who can’t make it in person.

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Peter Renton June 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

You’re welcome. I have my fingers crossed it will all come together on the day. I am relying on others to make this happen but I am confident we will have it available. They tested the broadband at the facility today and it has 74 Mb/s upload speed which bodes well for a good connection.

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Simon Cunningham June 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I’ll be there :)

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Peter Renton June 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Look forward to seeing you there Simon. And thanks for your help.

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Glenn June 7, 2013 at 1:29 am

Looking forward to watching the conference!

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Rob S June 7, 2013 at 6:15 pm

$700 or free to watch online. You made my choice easy!

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Peter Renton June 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm

We realize not everyone has the money or time to make it to New York so we want to make it available to everyone in some fashion. Of course, it won’t be as good as being there :-) .

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Abey Malouf June 18, 2013 at 12:49 am

We’re looking forward to following the webcast. Thank you for organising such a fantastic event for the industry – as Matt Symons would say, it’s a good thing that you’ve systematically and thoroughly underestimated the degree of difficulty in putting together such an event, otherwise you would never have done it in the first place.

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