LendIt USA was the first and is the largest conference in the online lending space. Next year marks the fifth edition of this event and we are very excited to be hosting it at the Javits Center in New York on March 6-7. Last night we opened our 2017 event for registration.
As many of you know I am one of the co-founders of LendIt and I spend most of my time these days working on this business. We have three events a year: in the USA, Europe and China with the US event being by far the largest. At LendIt USA 2016 in San Francisco in April we had more than 3,600 attendees and next year we are expecting 5,000 people. Below is a video with some highlights from our San Francisco event.
As always with LendIt you will hear from the CEOs of every major company in our industry. We already have confirmed the following leaders to give keynote presentations at LendIt USA 2017: Scott Sanborn of Lending Club, Ron Suber of Prosper, Noah Breslow of OnDeck, Al Goldstein of Avant, Rob Frohwein of Kabbage, Matt Burton of Orchard, Sam Hodges of Funding Circle, just to name a few.
There will be eight tracks of content covering capital markets, consumer lending, real estate, small business lending, banking, international, financial inclusion as well as staff training for sales and marketing, underwriting, technology and regulation. In short it will be the most comprehensive lending conference ever put together.
New for 2017: The LendIt Industry Awards
The part I am most excited about for next year is the addition of an industry awards dinner. Our industry has never come together to celebrate those people who have achieved success and we think the time has come.
The LendIt Industry Awards is an event for the industry. It will be held in the evening of day two of LendIt and we expect it to be a perfect finale. We will be choosing a group of 20-30 judges who will be in charge of selecting finalists and winners for each category. Tickets are available now for the Awards dinner and nominations will be open shortly. You should check out the Awards page for more details.
Lend Academy Readers Receive a 15% Discount
If you want to attend LendIt USA, as a Lend Academy reader you receive a special discount. Use the code LENDACADEMYVIP when you register for a 15% discount (you enter the code on the final checkout screen). You will get the best deal if you act quickly. While the discount code is always good for 15% off, our special launch pricing only lasts until October 28.
While the industry has been through some turmoil in 2016, like many people in the industry I am expecting a much better 2017 with a renewed focus on what is most important. Once again, LendIt will bring everyone together for two days of learning, networking and dealmaking. I hope to see you there.
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.