P2P Lending in the News a Lot Recently

January was a great month for p2p lending as far as publicity goes. There were several TV segments, news articles and posts on major blogs. In case you missed some of these, here is a breakdown of recent news.

Peer to Peer Lending on TV


I have been watching CNBC for almost 20 years and it was great to see Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, interviewed on their morning show. Renaud did a great job despite the fact the interviewers knew so very little about Lending Club or p2p lending.

BNN (Business News Network) in Canada

Interview with Michael Garrity, CEO of CommunityLend in Canada.

Fox News

Interview with a Lending Club borrower and an investor who were on either side of the loan transaction.

Peer to Peer Lending on Major News Sites

CNNHitting up the family bank

ABC NewsNew Ways to Get a Loan Without Going to the Bank

TheStreet.com – Peer Lending Grows as Business Owner Option

This same article was picked up by Entrepreneur.com, and Fox Small Business Center ran a similar article.

BenzingaLending Club: Killing Two Birds With One Stone

9News.comYour Money Sunday: Shred your credit card contest

DailyFinance – It Takes a Community to Repay a Loan: The Lessons of Prosper.com

Daily KosSo you really want to hurt the financial industry?

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Jan. 28, 2011 6:55 pm

The interviewers’ relative cluelessness as to what Lending Club is or actually does in my opinion speaks volumes about what is necessary if Lending Club is to end up reaching a break-even origination volume.

I feel that fairly soon they need to step up their “name recognition” game a fairly high degree, and shift the capital they were once pouring into bonus payouts into more traditional marketing (billboards, subway / bus ads, television commercials, etc.). For example, simply a well-placed ad in a Manhattan subway line could possibly yield hundreds if not thousands of investors and borrowers for close to the same they were spending on bonus incentive offers, while at the same time massively increase name recognition. National advertising is probably not within their budget capacities at this time, but only once Lending Club becomes a “household name,” so to speak, can it begin to truly compete with banks on a meaningful level (and of course get to the 20 million monthly origination volume, or 25 million, or wherever the break-even level is).

Dan B
Dan B
Jan. 28, 2011 8:34 pm

20, 25 million a month? I’d say it’s closer to a BILLION a year in loan originations before one can start talking about being a competitor on a meaningful level. Even that figure would work out to just $3 million a month in origination fees.
And at that point I guarantee you that every XYZ bank will find a way to throw their hat in the p2p ring & take a chunk of the market.

Jan. 28, 2011 9:35 pm


The $20-25 million/month figure I’m talking about the “break-even” figure I’ve heard tossed around before, whereby origination fees plus loan service fees finally equal operations cost and they can begin to talk about profitability. As things stand now they are operating at a fairly large net loss, and there is no guarantee that they ever will make a profit.

I agree that when (if) the p2p market explodes everyone will want a piece of the action, but if Lending Club can secure a reputation now as “the” p2p lending outfit, it will be a great aid to their maintaining a competitive moat in the future.

Dan B
Dan B
Jan. 29, 2011 12:18 pm

Attention to detail Peter. I said a billion a year.