LendIt 2014

Hilton San Francisco, ,

May 4-6, 2014

LendIt 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to Lendit 2014 in San Francisco!

The LendIt Conference is the leading conference in the global online lending industry, encompassing both consumer and small business lending. LendIt is about introducing people to the latest and greatest online lending platforms, the big data that makes them tick and how investors can benefit.

Our inaugural conference, LendIt 2013, was held in New York City on June 20, 2013, and was completely sold out. In fact, the conference was oversold and many people were turned away.

This year, we nearly tripled our attendance and had about 100 presenting companies at the event. LendIt 2014 in San Francisco also expanded as a two-day conference.

The online lending industry has been growing immensely, and the industry’s annual growth rate is near 200%. Participating in the industry’s most recognized conference continues to garner more interest every day.

The 2nd Annual LendIt Conference was held in San Francisco on May 4-6 2014.

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7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast & Registration
Sponsored by The Kingdom Trust Company

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Opening Remarks: Dara Albright, Crowdnetic

8:40 AM – 9:10 AM
Keynote: Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM
Presentation: Market Analysis – Global Overview
Peter Renton, Lend Academy

9:40 AM – 10:25 AM
Panel: Leading Crowdfinance Platforms (Ari Levy, Bloomberg)
Scott Sanborn, Lending Club; Ron Suber, Prosper; Ash Fontana, AngelList; Rory Eakin, CircleUp

10:25 AM – 10:45 AM
Sponsored by Pave

10:45 AM – 11:25 AM
Panel: Small Business Term Lending (Jacob Haar, CIM)
Sam Hodges, Funding Circle; Tom Green, Lending Club; Noah Breslow, OnDeck Capital; Gary Chodes, Raiseworks; Ethan Senturia, Dealstruck

11:30 AM – 12:10 PM
Panel: Short Term Business Lending (Brendan Ross, Direct Lending Investments)
James Mendelsohn, CAN Capital, Inc.; Brendan Carrol, Victory Park; Stephen Sheinbaum, Merchant Cash & Capital; Robert Frohwein, Kabbage

12:15 PM – 12:35 PM
Special Presentation: Funding Circle USA
Sam Hodges, Managing Director of Funding Circle

12:35 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch & Exhibitor Interaction
Sponsored by Funding Circle

1:30 PM – 2:10 PM
Panel: Student Loans (Vince Passione, LendKey)
Mike Cagney, SoFi; David Klein, Commonbond; Cameron Stevens, Prodigy Finance; Brendon McQueen, Tuition.io

2:15 PM – 2:55 PM
Panel: Impact and Innovation (Stephanie Rupp, Tonic)
Oren Bass, Pave; Dave Girouard, Upstart; Chris Walcott, Semble; Premal Sha, Kiva

3:00 PM – 3:40 PM
Panel: Real Estate Crowdfunding (Lewis Feldman, Goodwin Proctor)
William Skelley, iFunding; Jilliene Helman, Realty Mogul; Nav Athwal, Realty Shares; Christian Faes, LendInvest; Tom Lockhard, Fundrise

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM
Sponsored by Biz2Credit

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Panel: Online Lending Institutional Investors (Jon Palan, Lending Home)
Nicole Rothschild, Petra Partners; Ashees Jain, Blue Elephant; Don Davis, Prime Meridian; Eric Thurber, Three Bridges; Scott Ryles, Eschelon

4:50 PM – 5:05 PM
Presentation: Mike Cagney, CEO of SoFi

5:10 PM – 5:30 PM
Fireside Chat
Sean Emery, Rainfin; Eugene Booysen, Barclays SA

5:35 PM – 6:00 PM
Special Presentation: Ron Suber, President of Prosper

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Evening Networking & Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by Prosper

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast & Registration

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Opening Remarks: Bo Brustkern, Lending Academy

8:40 AM – 9:10 AM
Morning Keynote: Prof. Michael Barr, U of Michigan

9:15 AM – 9:55 AM
Panel: European Online Lending (Cormac Leech, Liberum Capital)
Stuart Law, Assetz Capital; Peter Behrens, RateSetter; Raffael Johnen, auxMoney; Lisa Griffiths, Funding Circle; Jonathan Kramer, Zopa

10:00 AM – 10:40 AM
Panel: Chinese P2P Lending (Drew Mason, Jade Capital)
Yihan Feng, CreditEase; Soul Htite, DianRong; Dr. Zane Wang, China Rapid Finance; Hubert Tai, Lufax

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM
Sponsored by Borrowers First

11:00 AM – 11:40 AM
Panel: Online Lending Technology (Jason Jones, Lend Academy)
Matt Burton, Orchard; Michael Phillips, NSR; Simon Hermiz, NoteX360; Steve Wahlman, FolioFN; Luan Cox, Crowdnetic/Lendvious

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Presentation: Charles Moldow, General Partner at Foundation Capital

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Panel: Venture Capital (Bo Brustkern, Lend Academy)
Frank Rotman, QED; Charles Moldow, Foundation Capital; Nick Shalek, Ribbit Capital; Alexander Prokhorov, Skagit Investments

12:30 PM – 12:35 PM
LendIt Innovator of the Year Award

12:35 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch & Exhibitor Interaction

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Panel: Big Data in Credit Decisioning (Jared Hecht, Fundera)
Jeff Stewart, Lenddo; Noah Breslow, OnDeck; Paul Gu, Upstart; Kathryn Petralia, Kabbage

2:20 PM – 2:35 PM
Special Presentation: Sophie Raseman, US Treasury

2:40 PM – 3:25 PM
Panel: Trends in Credit Underwriting (Angela Ceresnie, Orchard)
Jeffrey Knott, Equifax; Mark Ryan, FICO; Charlie Wise, TransUnion; Joe Polverari, Yodlee

3:25 PM – 3:45 PM

3:45 PM – 4:25 PM
Panel: Online Lending Securitization (Sam Hu, Chapman & Cutler)
Larry Chiavaro, First Associates; John Barlow, Eaglewood; Eric Rapp, DBRS; Dave Piotrowski, Waterford Capital; Zhengyuan Lu, OnDeck

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Panel: Emerging Prime
Joe Toms, Freedom Financial; Sasha Orloff, LendUp; Mike Armstrong, ZestFinance; James Gutierrez, Insikt

5:05 PM – 5:10 PM
Closing Remarks: Dara Albright, Crowdnetic

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Headline Sponsor

Lending Club utilizes technology and innovation to reduce the cost of traditional banking and offer borrowers better rates and investors better returns. The Company has been prominently recognized as a leader for its growth and innovation, including being named one o Forbes’ America’s Most Promising Companies in 2012 and 2013, a 2012 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and one of The World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Finance by Fast Company.


Platinum Sponsor

Prosper is a leading peer-to-peer lending marketplace that connects people who want to invest money with people who want to borrow money. On Prosper.com, borrowers list loan requests between $2,000 and $35,000, and individual lenders invest as little as $25 in each loan listing they select. Over the past six years, more than $900,000,000 in personal loans have originated through the Prosper platform. The unsecured personal loans are used by Prosper borrowers for a variety of purposes including paying down high interest rate debt and helping with small business funding.


Gold Sponsor

Funding Circle is an online marketplace to help businesses find low cost loans quickly and investors get better returns. There are no middlemen, no banks, and no lengthy delays. By directly connecting people who want to invest money with vetted, established businesses who want to borrow money, we eliminate the cost and complexity of the banking world. It’s simple, we’re better for business, better for investors, better all around.


Raiseworks operates an online direct lending platform that connects small businesses with institutional lenders looking to lend directly to private businesses. We improve small business access to capital by leveraging technology to lower the cost of customer acquisition and loan application processing resulting in a dramatic acceleration of the application-to-funding cycle. For institutional lenders, Raiseworks opens the door to opportunities to invest directly in credit-worthy private businesses while earning stable, attractive returns.


Silver Sponsors

The managing partners of New York-based Blue Elephant Capital Management are among the leading authorities on the evolving platform lending industry in the U.S. Founded in April 2013 by fixed income trading specialists, the firm is investment manager to levered alternative strategies, which includes short-term, prime consumer loans issued by online lending platforms.
Millennium Trust Company is a leading financial services company offering niche alternative custody solutions to institutions, advisors and individuals. We serve as a complement to traditional services offered by other custodians. Our innovative solutions include rollover solutions, alternative asset custody, private fund custody and advisor support services.
Launched in 2007, OnDeck uses data aggregation and electronic payment technology to evaluate the financial health of small and medium sized businesses and efficiently deliver capital to a market underserved by banks. Since launch in 2007, OnDeck has deployed over $900m in capital, and is growing at greater than 100% annually. The company is backed by leading VC firms, including Google Ventures and Institutional Venture Partners.


The Orchard platform enables institutional investors to scale their investment in Online Direct Lending by providing premier analytics, trade execution, and real time reporting. Online Direct Lending has grown exponentially over the past several years and is now a multi-billion-dollar industry. Orchard is focused on building the systems and infrastructure that will allow the space to scale into a major financial market. The company also runs the monthly Online Direct Lending Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/Peer-to-Peer-Lending-P2P/) and publishes a blog on its website exploring analytical and technical topics related to lending (http://www.orchardplatform.com/).


SoFi is a leading peer-to-peer lender, with over $450M in loans issued to more than 5,000 members. Our affinity-based marketplace connects highly qualified alumni with investor capital. Members benefit from significant savings, a simple online application process, and services like career coaching and entrepreneurship support. We’ve begun by tackling the $1T student debt crisis and are growing with our members needs into additional products such as mortgages and personal loans. For more information, visit SoFi.com.


Bronze Sponsors

Kabbage, Inc. is the leading provider of working capital for small businesses.
Founded in 2006, Opus is an award-winning, privately owned and operated full service domestic and offshore global fund administrator. With offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Bermuda Opus provides fund administration services to over 150 global clients.
First Associates is the leading third-party service provider in the peer-to-peer industry. Our high-touch levels of service help major peer-to-peer platforms improve portfolio performance and build stronger customer relationships. Our modular, turnkey approach to service allows peer-to-peer companies to focus on their core activities while increasing the scalability of their organizations.


Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP is a world leader in financial sector law, business transactions and high stakes litigation. For more than 20 years, the firm has consistently been at the forefront of emerging legal issues and investment activities. The sophistication, intelligence and intensity that have made RK&O a global leader in complex financial transactions and compliance issues have also driven the firm’s success in representing institutional clients and individuals confronting government investigations, securities law violations and complex business disputes.


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Strategic Funding Source finances the future of small business with technology and insight. We provide financing to a wide range of businesses including retailers, restaurants, hotels, medical professionals, manufacturers, wholesalers and automotive dealers and suppliers. Using proprietary technology, we work directly with business owners to obtain quick approval for tailored financing to meet their goals. Our business finance solutions include Cash Advance, Revenue Based Financing (ACH), Term Loans and Asset Based Lending, Receivables Factoring , Motor Vehicle Dealer Finance, Medical Practice Financing and Patient Credit Programs.
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RainFin.com is the leading peer-2-peer lending platform in Africa having launched in June 2012. RainFin launched with a focus on Personal unsecured lending products but since 2013 RainFin has expanded it’s offering with pilots across business loans. With Barclays Africa acquiring a 49% stake in RainFIn in Jan 2014 the company has started the rollout of its new product sets to include Personal and Business unsecured and secured lending across its peer-2-peer platform.
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BDO provides assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies throughout the United States. We offer a sophisticated array of services and the global capabilities of the world’s fifth largest accounting and consulting network, combined with the personal attention of experienced professionals. Our BDO Bay Area practice helps clients handle their fast changing business needs. With a global footprint that spans 144 countries, BDO is poised to address your immediate service needs and is ready to leverage our capabilities to support your organization for the long term – where you need us, when you need us. Our Bay Area leaders are on the ground ready to serve you.

Lanyard Sponsor

CapitalSource (NYSE:CSE) is a leading commercial lender providing $5-$75 million dollar senior loans to consumer and commercial finance companies including P2P lenders, merchant cash advance companies, small business finance providers, and entities operating in a wide variety of other asset classes. Through our wholly owned subsidiary, CapitalSource Bank, we make commercial loans to small and middle-market businesses nationwide and offer depository products and services in 21 retail branches in southern and central California. Please visit our website (www.capitalsource.com) for more information.


Name Badge Sponsor

Cross River Bank (“CRB”) was founded in 2008 at the crossroad of technology and banking. CRB has developed key strategic partnerships with financial technology industry leaders over the past three years. As such CRB is well positioned to be at epicenter of the disintermediation phenomenon. CRB has built a fully compliant and integrated technology solution to cater to the online lending (including P2P) and payment processing arenas. CRB aims to align itself with the leaders of tomorrow and become the transaction bank of record for new entrants. CRB brings a deep industry knowledge, technology-based ease of process and a compliant, safe and sound platform to this rapidly emerging market, enabling new entrants and existing actors to focus strictly on their growth.


Webcast Sponsor

In today’s climate of increased regulation and credit scrutiny, it has become much more difficult for lenders to launch cost effective lending programs. Significant investment in lending infrastructure and resources adds to the challenge of entering markets and experimenting with new asset classes. LendKey is a cloud-based technology company that provides the essential infrastructure for any party to quickly, securely, efficiently, and profitably lend to anyone else. Its platforms allow anyone to affordably set up a full-scale, fully compliant lending operation within weeks, as well as tap into a community of like-minded lenders.


Pen Sponsor

CircleBack Lending is an Internet-based consumer lending platform with a two-part mission. First, we aim to provide prime and super-prime consumers in the United States a fast and efficient way to borrow money at attractive interest rates. Second, we offer institutional and high-net-worth individual investors a robust, transparent platform to invest in these consumer loans.


Smartphone App Sponsor

Afluenta is the leading and most participating peer-to-peer lending community across Latin America where members lend and borrow money for better yields cutting out expensive traditional middleman. Afluenta has the most advanced lending platform across the LatAm region providing the best investing tools available for retail and institutional lenders along with easy to apply loans for borrowers.


Breakfast Sponsor

The Kingdom Trust Company is the leader, visionary and pioneer self-directed IRA custodian for crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, and private equity and debt marketplace. Kingdom Trust is the only true institutional provider that works with the most crowdfunding platforms and portals as a result of leading-edge, seamless and efficient on-line account processing, and the most competitive institutional pricing. From simple self-directed IRA custody of alternative assets for the individual investor to sophisticated solutions for institutional clients, Kingdom Trust serves a wide array of clients seeking portfolio diversification.


Exhibitor Information

Better Finance, Inc. (formerly BillFloat) www.betterfinance.me, is a financial technology company providing innovative leasing and credit solutions to consumers and small businesses online, in-store and via mobile. The company’s platform currently delivers two industry-leading financial products, SmartBiz (www.smartbizloans.com) and SmartPay (www.smartpaylease.com). SmartBiz offers small businesses low-interest, long repayment term, SBA-guaranteed working capital loans between $5,000 and $150,000 via a 20 minute secure online application process with funding availability 5 to 7 business days after completion. SmartPay is a lease-to-own payment plan that allows consumers to access smartphones, accessories and other high-value items while spreading the payments over an extended term to make them more affordable. Better Finance is based in San Francisco. The company was founded in 2009 by a team of experienced financial services entrepreneurs with backing from leading venture capital firms including Investor Growth Capital, Venrock, First Round Capital, Baseline Ventures, and SoftTech VC.


Since 1998, CAN Capital, Inc. has been helping small and medium-sized businesses get ahead. Our cutting-edge technology, quick application and approval processes, customer-focused delivery, and great service have kept us at the forefront of the industry.


Cloud Lending Inc (CLI) empowers financial institutions to grow, innovate, and stay ahead of regulatory and market changes in the industry. It does it through the use of cutting-edge S.M.A.C (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) technologies. CLI solutions are flexible and can be easily extended to support any loan type. CLI is trusted by more than 400 lending business users in 9 countries across the world, who use its solutions to be borrower-focused and process more loans in less time. CLI solutions are the most agile solutions in the market today helping lending organizations to reduce time to market for launching new loan products or expanding with new branches or responding to regulatory changes. Lending insitutions leverage CLI solutions to provide access to alternate finance to millions of people across the world.


CommonBond is a low-cost, high-impact student-lending platform dedicated to creating a better student loan experience through savings, service, and social good. Since its founding in 2011, CommonBond has raised over $100M to fund and refinance student loans. CommonBond is the first company to bring the “1-for-1” model of social good to education and finance: For every degree fully funded on the company’s platform, CommonBond funds the education of a student in need abroad for a full year.
We combine the best of crowdlending with the best of traditional finance to provide efficient service and innovative funding solutions that are fair, transparent, and affordable.
Direct Lending Investments
Direct Lending Investments is a private investment firm. We are the General Partner of the Direct Lending Income Fund, LP. Loaning money to established small businesses with trustworthy owners and a legitimate need for capital has historically provided very attractive returns. We make this compelling, income-producing asset class available to investors.


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Insikt is an innovative, rapidly growing, venture backed start-up comprised of mission driven people who are inspired to build a lasting, purposeful company. The team is small, tight-knit and highly experienced. We are a mixed bag of engineers from top tier online lending and payments companies, former hedge fund investors from leading credit funds, and risk and data junkies from top consumer lenders. Engineering and product drive our culture along with a belief in transparency and innovation at all levels. We aim to change the status quo in financial services forever.


Direct Lending Investments
Lend Academy Investments makes it easy for people to invest in creditworthy people and businesses around the world. We invest directly in consumer and small business loans originated through p2p platforms like Lending Club, Prosper, and Funding Circle. We employ complex credit models that aim to optimize risk/reward and we use sophisticated order management software to purchase and manage loan portfolios for our clients.


LendInvest is a peer-to-peer lending platform for residential and commercial mortgages. All loans on the LendInvest platform are secured by a registered legal charge against property in the UK.
Crowdnetic is a leading provider of technology and market data solutions to the global crowdfinance marketplace. We operate the industry’s premier centralized hub for real-time market data aggregated from leading P2P, P2B and equity crowdfunding platforms across the globe. Crowdnetic owns and operates NowStreetWire.com and CrowdWatch.co.
Since 2005, MCC has been a Business Finance and Cash Advance Industry leader by providing unrivaled products and service.


Nortridge Software Company has been a leading developer of loan and financial software since 1981. In the early 1990s, we saw a growing demand for a comprehensive and flexible loan accounting and servicing system that would meet the competitive needs of the lending industry. Our response was the development of The Nortridge Loan System, a flexible and cost-effective tool for lenders to successfully manage their loan portfolios.


NoteX360 is a premier provider of execution and reporting services for the Alternative Lending Market. We offer execution services with strategy model integration and portfolio management automation for institutional and accredited individual investors. Through our low-latency Order Management System (OMS), clients can execute orders across multiple lending platforms from a single point of access. Our goal is to create the largest Global Alternative Lending Network for investors by aggregating lending products around the world.
Patch of Land is crowdfunding asset-backed residential and commercial real estate debt through a unique model of capital formation, a proprietary platform and best-in-class investor/developer relations. Patch of Land partners with developers who are rebuilding communities across America, while offering investors new asset classes and high quality opportunities for portfolio diversification. Patch of Land sources, underwrites, curates and co-invests in these high yield, securitized debt deals. Investors access detailed property and due diligence information, choose investments, and sign documents quickly and completely online. Developers benefit from access to new pools of capital, easy reporting and a pre-funding facility that ensures their projects begin without delay. Through its proprietary technology and processes, Patch of Land creates efficiencies in the real estate debt market, and provides access to these investment opportunities through a peer-to-peer crowdlending marketplace.


PeerTrader is a comprehensive research, analysis, and API-based execution platform for peer-to-peer lenders. Our product includes tools for developing, backtesting, and implementing investment strategies, in addition to risk management, portfolio analysis, and a full range of reporting, alerting, and monitoring capabilities. PeerTrader provides a low-latency API-based connection into peer-to-peer marketplaces to ensure that investors of all sizes are able to deploy capital quickly and efficiently. We can build custom features upon request and provide full integration services to help introduce peer-to-peer lending into your existing trading ecosystem. PeerTrader is a member of 1871, an incubator for Chicago-based tech startups.


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Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world.
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Prime Meridian Capital Management is an investment management firm specializing in online Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending strategies. Loans include consumer debt consolidation, small business financing, home improvement, auto financing, and more. We select loans using a risk based pricing approach that focuses on yield, duration, and credit quality with the objective of achieving consistent positive returns with low volatility and low correlation to other asset classes. Our flagship Prime Meridian Income Fund provides investors low cost access to short-duration, high yield loan portfolios by taking advantage of the efficiencies in the burgeoning Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending space.


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Realty Mogul allows investors to become equity holders in real estate opportunities that were historically difficult to access. Through the use of the Realty Mogul web platform, investors can browse and screen real estate investments, view details of an investment and sign legal documents online.
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Red Rock Assets is the world’s first social lending platform for the mining industry. Our mission is to enable lenders to crowdfund the type of mining projects historically financed by banks and institutions. Through our platform, lenders may direct their funds to mining projects that offer 7.5% annual interest plus an additional forecast minimum 7.5% return on their loans through a pro-rata profit share from the projects they fund.
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In the era of the Internet, the core of the operation of economic systems has changed from brick-and-mortar resources to intellectual property. Just in this new era of digital economy, SHACOM.COM was founded to develop and commercialize patented products in the fields of financial e-commerce and investment insurances. That is, the company’s mission is to provide innovative solutions in the financial e-commerce field.
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Upstart lets people raise money in exchange for a small share of their income over 5 or 10 years. Backers invest directly in the person, not their idea or business.

Networking Break

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Pave is a crowdfunding and direct-investing platform for networking experienced, successful professionals with groups of rising, talented individuals; and for facilitating and servicing a financial exchange between them.
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Founded in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged more than $1.2 billion in small business funding throughout the U.S. and is widely recognized as the #1 online credit resource for startup loans, lines of credit, equipment loans, working capital and other funding options. Using the latest technology, Biz2Credit matches borrowers to financial institutions based on each company’s unique profile — completed in less than four minutes — in a safe, efficient, price-transparent environment. Biz2Credit’s network consists of 1.6 million users, 1,200+ lenders, credit rating agencies such as D&B and Equifax, and small business service providers including CPAs and lawyers. Visit www.biz2credit.com, follow on Twitter @Biz2Credit, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/biz2credit.


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BorrowersFirst is a next-gen P2P lending platform with a unique focus on serving borrowers. We provide fast, easy access to personal loans, transparent terms, friendly service, and engaging financial advice wrapped in a compelling brand that matches borrowers with institutional lenders to promote Connected Credit. BorrowersFirst is uniquely positioned to provide loans to a wide spectrum of borrowers while meeting the varying investment profiles of our institutional lending partners by mixing whole loan sales with on balance sheet funding.


To inquire about exhibiting at LendIt 2014, please email exhibitors@lendit.co


The LendIt 2014 Mobile Networking App:

In order to help you connect directly with other attendees, we have created the LendIt2014 app, which is available for download in the Apple and Android device store or by using the web-based version.  This opt-in application will allow you to connect to other attendees who are interested in networking and will also help you keep track of LendIt’s schedule of events.

To read the Media and Company Sharing Policy, please click here.

To see the roster of companies that will be in attendance, please click here.


LendIt2014 will be held at the Hilton San Francisco.

The hotel is located at:
333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco,  California  94102

To book a room, please click here.  You may also contact the Hilton directly at (415) 771-1400.


Press Releases & Media

Press Releases
LendIt 2014 Announces Record Attendance and Live Broadcast of its 2nd Annual Conference, April 30, 2014

Exhibit Space Sold Out for LendIt 2014, April 22, 2014

LendIt Unveils Preliminary Agenda for Flagship Event – LendIt 2014 will feature the biggest names and the most comprehensive program in P2P and online lending Including SoFi, OnDeck and Kabbage, April 17, 2014

LendIt Announces Prosper & Funding Circle As Leading Sponsors for Flagship Event – More Than 40 Companies Sign On for a Presence at LendIt 2014 in San Francisco, April 14, 2014

LendIt Announces Program for Flagship Event May 4-6 in San Francisco – Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche and Former Assistant Secretary at U.S. Department of the Treasury Michael Barr to deliver Keynote Addresses, April 9, 2014

LendIt Announces 2nd Annual Conference ‘LendIt 2014’ May 4-6 to Be Held in San Francisco – LendIt 2014 registration is now officially open and is currently offering early-bird ticket prices until January 15th, January 8, 2014

Media and Company Attendee Sharing
Although LendIt does not distribute the names of its attendees and restricts the names of the media representatives who will be in attendance at our conferences (to view LendIt’s Media and Company Attendee Sharing Policy, please click here), we created a Mobile Networking App to help you connect directly with other attendees. The LendIt2014 app, is available for download by searching in the Apple and Android device store or by using the web-based version. This opt-in application will allow you to connect to other attendees who are interested in networking and will also help you keep track of LendIt’s schedule of events. A list of participating companies is available for download here.

Please email Lauren Melone with any press related questions. If you are a journalist who would like to attend and cover LendIt 2014, please send your full contact details (name / title / company / mobile phone / email) to Lauren Melone.


The Inaugural LendIt Conference was held in New York City on June 20, 2013. It established the LendIt Conference as the must-attend event for anyone looking to learn how Peer-to-Peer and online lending (collectively, “online lending”) are revolutionizing the credit markets and transforming the global banking industry.

The LendIt conference was co-founded by Lend Academy, NowStreet Wire and Disruption Credit.


Your Hosts

The LendIt conference is presented to you by Lend Academy and NowStreet Media.

Lend Academy: Lend Academy is a media and financial services firm that owns Lend Academy Media, Lend Academy Investments, and is a co-owner of the LendIt Conference. Lend Academy Media operates Lendacademy.com, which is the largest and most trusted investor education site in the p2p lending industry. Lend Academy Investments is a registered investment advisor that offers investment solutions over online lending marketplaces to individual investors. The LendIt Conference is the largest conference dedicated to P2P and online lending. Lend Academy is owned and operated by Bo Brustkern, Jason Jones, and Peter Renton.

NowStreet: NowStreet, symbolizing a new Wall Street with a more democratic flow of capital, was founded by Dara Albright in 2010. Since that time, NowStreet has emerged as the preeminent resource for education and insight into the burgeoning industry of global crowdfinance. NowStreet is most known for its cutting-edge commentary and acclaimed financial events that introduce crowdfinancing mechanisms and neoteric asset classes such as crowdfunding, peer-to-peer and peer-to-business lending, PIPRs (506c offerings), crowdfinanced IPOs and Intrastate (local) crowdfinancing to Wall Street. Some of the most prominent figures in the financial industry as well as the legislature have participated in NowStreet events. Our platform has helped issuers, investors as well as financial service providers across the globe capitalize during this unprecedented period of financial industry disruption and regulatory reform.

In July of 2013, NowStreet was acquired by Crowdnetic, the premier centralized hub for real-time market data aggregated from P2P, crowdfunding and angel platforms around the world. Today, NowStreet Wire connects crowdfinancial products with investors while delivering information, news and cutting-edge market commentary across multiple media outlets including newsletters, webinars, broadcasts and conferences.

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Dara Albright
Founder of NowStreet Wire, A Crowdnetic Company
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Mike Armstrong
CMO, ZestFinance
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Rohit Arora
Co-Founder & CEO, Biz2Credit
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Nav Athwal
Co-Founder & CEO, RealtyShares
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Jon Barlow
Founder & CEO, Eaglewood Capital Management
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Michael S. Barr
Professor of Law, University of Michigan
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Oren Bass
Co-founder / Chief Operating Officer, Pave
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Peter Behrens
COO, RateSetter
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Kobus Eugene Booysen
Co-Chief Risk Officer and Managing Principal, Barclays Africa Group
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Noah Breslow
CEO, OnDeck
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Chris Brown
Co-Head of Retail Sales and Investor Relations, SoFi
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Bo Brustkern
Co-Founder & Partner, Lend Academy
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Scott Budlong
Partner, Richards Kibbe & Orbe, LLP
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Matt Burton
Co-Founder & CEO, Orchard
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Mike Cagney
Co-Founder & CEO, Chairman, SoFi
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Brendan Carroll
Partner, Victory Park Capital
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Andrew Cathie
Chief Data Scientist, HarMoney
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Angela Ceresnie
Co-founder & CFO, Orchard
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Larry Chiavaro
Executive Vice President, First Associates Loan Servicing, LLC
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Gary Chodes
CEO & Chairman, Raiseworks
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Alejandro Cosentino
Founder and CEO, Afluenta
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Luan Cox
Founder & CEO, Crowdnetic/Lendvious
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Robert Crim
Engineering Director, Funding Circle
LendIt 2014
Don Davis
Managing Partner, Prime Meridian Capital Management
LendIt 2014
Michael Deck
Founder and CEO, PeerTrader
LendIt 2014
Rory Eakin
Founder& COO, CircleUp
LendIt 2014
Sean Emery
CEO & Co-founder, RainFin
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Christian Faes
Co-Founder, LendInvest
LendIt 2014
Yihan Fang
Managing Director, CreditEase
LendIt 2014
Lewis G. Feldman
Partner & Los Angeles Chair, Goodwin Procter LLP
LendIt 2014
Ash Fontana
Fundraising Products, AngelList
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Matthew Freedman
Co-Founder, President, and CEO, Red Rock Assets
LendIt 2014
Brian Fritton
Co-Founder & CTO/Head of Product, Patch of Land, Inc.
LendIt 2014
Robert Frohwein
Co-Founder & CEO, Kabbage
LendIt 2014
Rocco Galgano
Partner, Nickel Steamroller
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Ryan Gilbert
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Better Finance, Inc.
LendIt 2014
Dave Girouard
Founder and CEO, UpStart
LendIt 2014
Mark Gleason
Director, Business Development, Nortridge Software, LLC
LendIt 2014
Tom Green
VP, New Business Initiatives and Strategy, Lending Club
LendIt 2014
Lisa Griffiths
Vice President of Strategy, Funding Circle
LendIt 2014
Paul Gu
Co-Founder, UpStart
LendIt 2014
Anil Gupta
Founder, PeerCube
LendIt 2014
James Gutierrez
CEO, Insikt
LendIt 2014
Jacob Haar
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Community Investment Management
LendIt 2014
Jared Hecht
Co-Founder & CEO, Fundera
LendIt 2014
Jilliene Helman
Founder and CEO, RealtyMogul.com
LendIt 2014
Simon Hermiz
Founder & CEO, NoteX360
LendIt 2014
Sam Hodges
Founder & Managing Director, Funding Circle USA
LendIt 2014
Soul Htite
Co-Founder & CEO, Dianrong.com
LendIt 2014
Sam Hu
Attorney, Chapman & Cutler, LLP
LendIt 2014
Ashees Jain
Managing Partner, Blue Elephant Capital Management
LendIt 2014
George Jiang
International Business Development Manager, Shacom
LendIt 2014
Raffael Johnen
Co-found & CEO, Auxmoney
LendIt 2014
James A. Jones
Vice President of Business Development, Kingdom Trust Company
LendIt 2014
Jason Jones
Co-Founder & Partner, Lend Academy
LendIt 2014
David Klein
Founder & CEO, CommonBond
LendIt 2014
Greg Knapp
Business Development, Opus Fund Services
LendIt 2014
Jeff Knott
AVP, Product Management, Equifax Verification Services
LendIt 2014
Brian Korn
Attorney, Pepper Hamilton LLP
LendIt 2014
Jonathan Kramer
Sales Director, Zopa
LendIt 2014
Christina Kramlich
Co-Head of Retail Sales and Investor Relations, SoFi
LendIt 2014
Renaud Laplanche
Founder & CEO, Lending Club
LendIt 2014
Stuart Law
Founder & CEO, Assetz Capital
LendIt 2014
Cormac Leech
Equity Research Liberum
LendIt 2014
Ari Levy
Technology Editor, Bloomberg News
LendIt 2014
Ken Lin
Founder & CEO, Credit Karma
LendIt 2014
Tom Lockard
Vice President of Real Estate & Institutional Sales, Fundrise
LendIt 2014
Zhengyuan Lu
Vice President of Capital Markets, OnDeck
LendIt 2014
Nathan Marcos
Founder, BlueVestment
LendIt 2014
Emmanuel Marot
Co-Founder & President, LendingRobot
LendIt 2014
Bryce Mason
Founder, P2P- Picks
LendIt 2014
Drew Mason
Founding Managing Partner, Jade Capital
LendIt 2014
Brendon McQueen
Founder & CEO, Tuition.io
LendIt 2014
James Mendelsohn
Chief Marketing Officer, CAN Capital
LendIt 2014
Charles Moldow
General Partner, Foundation Capital
LendIt 2014
Sasha Orloff
Co-Founder & CEO, LendUp
LendIt 2014
Jonathan Palan
Institutional Capital Markets, LendingHome
LendIt 2014
Vince Passione
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, LendKey
LendIt 2014
Kathryn Petralia
Chief Operations Officer, Kabbage, Inc.
LendIt 2014
Michael Phillips
Founder, Nickel Steamroller
LendIt 2014
David Piotrowski
Managing Director and Founder, Waterford Capital’s Structured Finance Group
LendIt 2014
Joe Polverari
Chief Strategy & Development Officer and Managing Director, Yodlee Interactive
LendIt 2014
Alexander Prokhorov
Partner, Skagit Investments
LendIt 2014
Vasant Ramachandran
CTO & COO, Daric
LendIt 2014
Eric Rapp
Senior Vice President, DBRS, Inc.
LendIt 2014
Sophie Raseman
Director of Smart Disclosure, U.S. Treasury
LendIt 2014
Peter Renton
Co-Founder & Partner, Lend Academy
LendIt 2014
Brendan Ross
President, Direct Lending Investments LLC
LendIt 2014
Nicole Rothschild
CEO & CFO, Petra Partners, LLC
LendIt 2014
Frank Rotman
Founding Partner, QED Investors
LendIt 2014
Stephanie Rupp
CEO, Toniic
LendIt 2014
Mark Ryan
Leader -Emerging Markets, Fair Isaac Inc. (FICO)
LendIt 2014
Scott Ryles
Managing Partner, Echelon Capital Management
LendIt 2014
Scott Sanborn
Chief Marketing and Operating Officer, Lending Club
LendIt 2014
Ethan Senturia
Co- Founder and CEO, Dealstruck
LendIt 2014
Premal Shah
President, Kiva.org
LendIt 2014
Nick Shalek
Partner, Ribbit Capital
LendIt 2014
Rohit Sharma
Director of Product Management, Funding Circle
LendIt 2014
Stephen J. Sheinbaum
President & Chief Executive Officer, Merchant Cash and Capital
LendIt 2014
Evan Singer
General Manager, SmartBiz
LendIt 2014
William Skelley
Founder & Chairman, iFunding
LendIt 2014
David Snitkof
Co-Founder, Orchard
LendIt 2014
Michael Soza
Assurance Partner, BDO
LendIt 2014
Cameron Stevens
Founder and CEO, Prodigy Finance
LendIt 2014
Jeff Stewart
Founder & CEO, Lenddo
LendIt 2014
Ron Suber
President, Prosper Marketplace
LendIt 2014
Hubert Tai
COO/CTO, Lufax
LendIt 2014
Eric Thurber
Founder & Managing Director, Three Bridge Wealth Advisors
LendIt 2014
Joseph L. Toms
President & Chief Investment Officer, Freedom Financial Asset Management
LendIt 2014
TommyJoe Valenzuela
Senior Vice President, Alternative Solutions Group, Millennium Trust
LendIt 2014
Chris Walcott
Co-Founder & President, Semble
LendIt 2014
Steven M.H. Wallman
Founder & CEO, FOLIOfn, Inc.
LendIt 2014
Zane Wang, PhD
Founder and CEO, China Rapid Finance
LendIt 2014
Charlie Wise
Vice President of Business Development, TransUnion
LendIt 2014
Neil Wolfson
Chairman, BorrowersFirst
LendIt 2014
Meg O’Connor Zwick
Senior Vice President, Alternative Investments & Futures Client Service, Millennium Trust