Marketplace Lending News Roundup – January 3, 2015

During the week I share the latest marketplace lending news on Twitter as it happens. Then every Saturday I take the most interesting news items and blog posts from the past week and share them here.

Office Space: Bankers, techies work side-by-side at Lending Club from SFGate – Ever wonder what it is like to work at Lending Club? This articles takes you behind the scenes with foosball, mini golf, a spa and more.

Orchard’s Top Data Visualizations of 2014 from Orchard – The best charts that Orchard produced in the past year.

Biz2Credit Gets $250 Million Commitment from Techcrunch – Direct Lending Investments, run by Brendan Ross, is making a huge commitment to Biz2Credit, a small business lending platform.

Friends with Benefits from Comstock’s –  This financial advisor thinks P2P lending is “the free market at its best”.

Online Lending’s ‘Massive Growth Trajectory’ from GlobeSt.com – An interview with Realty Mogul CEO, Jilliene Helman, about the potential of marketplace lending for real estate.

Peer Lending 2015: Competition, IPOs and More Growth from Peer Loans Online – A look at the year ahead from this new blogger.

Cloud Lending CEO Snehal Fulzele: Technology Enabler for Disruptive Minds in Financial Markets from Crowdfund Insider – An interview with the leading software provider in the marketplace lending industry.

The Great Divide in P2P Lending: Institutional Demand and the Little Guy from Write Your Own Reality – Excellent article about the impact on small retail investors of the institutional investor dominance.

Zopa to launch product for retirement savers from The Financial Times – With the UK laws for pensions changing this year the marketplace lenders are gearing up to help retirees.

Prosper CEO’s oil patch foray goes bust from San Francisco Business Times – A candid interview with Aaron Vermut about investing.

Peer & Social Lending 2014 Wrap Up from Peer & Social Lending – Some highlights from 2014.

Peer-to-peer lending: the next gold rush? from Investors Chronicle – A UK perspective on the peer to peer lending industry.

From the Lend Academy Forum

The Lend Academy forum is where investors go to discuss p2p lending. Below are some topics that were being discussed this week.

LC – end of Quarter effect – Fascinating analysis on the “seasonal” trends in loan availability at Lending Club from a long time investor.

Taking loans to invest in loans – is this possible? – A new investor asks about the logic behind borrowing money to invest in P2P loans.

ATM Business Loan – A borrower obtaining a loan for his small business provides some background details and gets investor feedback.

  • Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of LendIt Fintech, the world’s first and largest digital media and events company focused on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series. Peter has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Fortune, NPR, Fox Business News, the Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.

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