Earlier today, the total amount of dollars borrowed through p2p lenders in this country crossed over $500 million. While on the one hand this is just a round number that doesn’t really mean anything, on the other hand it acknowledges the rapid growth of this industry.
Lending Club: $268,516,425
Prosper began operations in 2006 and Lending Club in 2007, so they both have a few years of history now under their belts. What is most interesting to me is the growth in the last 12 months. Of this half a billion dollars, $192 million of it has come in the last 12 months. So while it took around five years to reach the first half billion, the second half billion will likely happen within 18 months, maybe even sooner.
So congratulations to Lending Club and Prosper. Now let’s get back to work.