When I first started writing about this industry in 2010 I did it because I loved the concept and believed in its potential. Back then I was pretty much alone in that thinking.
But earlier today many thousands of investors around this country decided that they also believed in this industry’s potential as they bought equity in Lending Club in the first IPO this industry has ever seen. It was an historic and groundbreaking day.
When Lending Club sent me an email early last week inviting me to their IPO celebration today on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange I didn’t hesitate. I wanted to be there and was honored that they included me.
So, this morning I arrived at the NYSE at 8am. There were dozens of people milling about outside admiring the huge Lending Club banner including a who’s who of the P2P lending industry. All the invited guests, numbering probably 100 or so, then headed inside where we were all presented with a bright red Lending Club jacket. [Read more…]