Posts Tagged ‘ Prosper Marketplace ’

On the Efficacy of Alt Lending Platforms

By Pascal Bouvier, CFA General Partner at Route 66 Ventures, I will start with a few definitions to set the stage. By Digital Alternate Lending Platforms (Digital Alt Lenders) I mean a new generation of non-bank lenders that originate, underwrite and provide credit across a variety of asset classes via a digital platform, with the use of varied data sources, some traditional, some non-traditional, advanced data analytics, big data technology and machine learning. Digital Alt Lending is the act of lending by Digital Alt Lenders. By Marketplaces I mean a subset of the Alt Lenders universe, where the marketplace originates, underwrites, arranges for providing lending by connecting borrowers and lenders.  A marketplace will…

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P2P Lending and Big Data : Banking on the Non-Banks

By Saurabh Sharma, Indus Insights, CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, Banking on the Non-Banks Online and Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, the practice of money lending that circumvents traditional banks, is enjoying explosive growth and popularity with no signs of abatement in the early part of the year. Companies established in the marketplace are facilitating billions of dollars of loans. One of the first industry entrants and the largest player in the market, Lending Club, raised $900 million in last year’s largest technology public offering and is now engaged in a joint venture with Google. With this IPO, Lending Club now has a market capitalization of $7.4B, which is…

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Peer 2 Peer Loans and Lending Club Stock?

by Joseph Hogue CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor,   Investors can now invest indirectly in peer loans through stock in the world’s largest marketplace lender. What are the risks to investing in Lending Club stock and should you buy in? Lending Club (NYSE: LC) issued stock on the New York Stock Exchange last Thursday and raised $865 million on its offer of 57.7 million shares. The stock surged 56% in the first day of trading and closed Friday at $24.69 per share. At that price, the company is valued at $9.7 billion and an enterprise value 60 times expected sales of $165 million this year. Even on the potential for…

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The Future of Peer 2 Peer Loans ? The Interview with Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace

By Joseph Hogue CrowdFunding Beat contributor, Today’s post is the second-part of an interview about the future of peer loans with Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace. Ron joined Prosper in 2013 to develop and execute on the company’s business development strategy. He previously served as a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities and as a senior partner at Merlin Securities. Please click through here for the first half of the interview. I have included my own comments in italics so as not to be confused with Ron’s. Now, shifting gears to the investor side. What three things should investors know about peer loans? It’s been written by almost every…

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NPRAfter Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise ...NPRThe popular crowdfunding service Patreon has backed off plans to change its payment structure, after widespread, vocal and passionate opposition from creators and their fans. Last week, the site announced it woul [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding Do's And Dont's From iFundWomen's Karen CahnForbesDuring our conversation, she was transparent in sharing that her first software company, VProud, failed because she “did everything backwards” and spent too much time trying to perfect the product. “Pe [...]

TechCrunchHow hate speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online ...TechCrunchIf you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you're probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech. Fortunately there's Ha [...]

Aberdeen Evening ExpressFierce Beer smash crowdfunding target in bid to open first bar in AberdeenAberdeen Evening ExpressAn Aberdeen brewery has hailed the “incredible” response to a crowdfunding campaign after it smashed the original £60,000 target in just 24 hours. The Evening Expr [...]

EntrepreneurWhy Some Small Business Owners Are Turning to Crowdfunding to Save Their CompanyEntrepreneurMany owners of beloved local businesses, especially in pricier cities, have been forced to swallow their pride and appeal to their customers in times of crisis -- a process streamli [...]

Japan TodayZoo starts crowdfunding campaign to protect endangered birdJapan TodayA Toyama zoo has launched a crowdfunding campaign to collect funds to protect an endangered Japanese bird designated as one the nation's special natural treasures. To supplement funding from the stat [...]

Crowdfunding For French CastlesNPRYou too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: What if I told you that for about $60, you cou [...]

Born2InvestHere are the latest updates on the crowdfunding industryBorn2InvestWhen pressed for the reason behind the move, the company pointed to their charter which states that Kickstarter is committed to the arts and creative projects. Another provision in the charter shows that the [...]

TechCrunchFormer Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.comTechCrunchWhile Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month [...]

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