Mitchel Harad has been the Vice President of Marketing at Lending Club since 2011. But my history with Mitchel goes beyond that. In fact, he is the first person I ever met in this industry.
Long time readers will remember the pre-cursor to Lend Academy called SocialLending.net. I did not actually start this website, it was started by Mitchel Harad back in 2008. In 2010 when I decided I wanted to get into this business I bought SocialLending.net from Mitchel. Back then the website had about 25 articles and some affiliate income coming in from Lending Club and Prosper.
I rebranded to Lend Academy in 2012 and the rest is history. But the fact is, if it wasn’t for Mitchel I may never have got my start in this business. He went on to get a job at Lending Club in 2011 and was instrumental in building out their borrower acquisition strategy over the past few years. So, I have kept in touch with him pretty regularly.
Like many Americans, Mitchel loves Australia and we often talked about it when we chatted. But Mitchel was different in that he had already been to Australia and really wanted to go back there to live some day. So, at LendIt last year in San Francisco I introduced him to some of the Australian platforms including the market leader SocietyOne.
I had no idea anything came of this until I was visiting Lending Club a couple of months ago when I ran into Mitchel and he told me the news. He was leaving Lending Club and going to work at SocietyOne in Australia.
I caught up with Mitchel and Matt Symons, the CEO of SocietyOne, on the phone from Sydney yesterday to get the scoop. Mitchel had just been appointed the new Chief Marketing Officer for SocietyOne and he had been in Sydney for only two weeks.