One of my New Years’s goals was to put on the world’s first conference dedicated to p2p lending this year. So it was serendipitous that I received an email from Dara Albright of NowStreet Media a couple of weeks ago. Dara has put on dozens of conferences including a crowdfunding conference last year. We are going to be working together over the next few months to bring you the first p2p lending conference.
This conference will be targeted at investors. This includes regular readers of this blog who are private investors as well as institutions looking to invest large sums in this space. I have spoken with the top management at Lending Club and Prosper and they have given their verbal support to the idea. We will also be inviting other innovative companies in the nascent peer to business lending space, student loans and other kinds of lending similar to p2p.
But now we need help naming this conference. We have decided we don’t really want to use the “peer to peer” name because that term no longer reflects the reality at Lending Club and Prosper and we are looking to broaden our reach somewhat. This conference will be all about lending so we want the name to reflect that. We have come up with three ideas:
Lendit Conference – Catchy name that gets to the point. This new kind of lending really is “it”.
LendSym – Short for the peer to peer and alternative lending symposium. This name is short, easy to remember and uses symposium instead of conference (and let’s fact it Lendcon is not a good name).
WeLend Conference – Encompassing all of lending as the “we” is a group that includes small and large investors alike.
Please vote for your favorite name below. And feel free to leave a comment to let us know why you voted for it. Or if you think you have a better name please share it below. Thanks for your help.
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.