Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • NestReady to Enhance the Homebuying Experience at West Community Credit Union.

Around the web

  • Tearsheet interviews Flybits CEO Hossein Rahnama on the challenge of digital transformation.
  • Facebook partners with HackerOne to launch bug bounty for its Libra Project.
  • Crowdfund Insider quotes Unison CEO Thomas Sponholtz and Lending Club CEO Scott Sanborn on the trend of fintechs considering a move from the San Francisco area.
  • Hanscom Federal Credit Union selects Digital Onboarding to facilitate account activation.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • U.K. Neobank Gravity Chooses Core Banking Tech from Finastra.
  • WattzOn’s SNAP Delivers AI-Enabled Data Extraction for Cleantech Sales Teams.

Around the web

  • Dwolla to power Bento Pay, email-based payments for Bento for Business’ clients.
  • Lendio ranks 28 of 50 on a list of Utah’s fastest growing companies.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

LendingClub Unveils Select Plus for Sophisticated Investors

Months after LendingClub announced that it was closing its small business lending division, the online P2P credit marketplace is back in the fintech headlines with the launch of the Select Plus Platform. The solution enables sophisticated investors to participate in the financing of borrowers “who fall outside current criteria” of bank lenders.

Select Plus provides these borrowers with the opportunity to get the access to credit they need, while giving investors the ability to pursue potentially attractive risk adjusted returns. The solution will also boost LendingClub’s customer base, and help the company facilitate the more than 14 million applications for loans it received in 2018 alone.

Growing from inception to execution in less than a year, Select Plus is a testament to LendingClub’s product-building ability, according to company Chief Capital Officer Valerie Kay. In addition to getting to market quickly, Select Plus shows how the company is uncovering new ways to leverage its platform.

“This is a huge step forward in our evolution as we continue to unlock the power of the marketplace model to generate access and ultimately savings for borrowers by finding and matching the right capital sources with the right borrowers,” Kay said.

Select Plus already has its first investor. Theorem Partners, a firm that leverages data science and machine learning to invest in marketplace loans, will integrate its Theorem Score credit investment model with LendingClub’s new solution.

One of Finovate’s oldest alums, LendingClub demonstrated its “online lending community” at the very first Finovate conference in 2007. In the years since, the company has grown into the largest P2P lending marketplace in the world with more than three million customers and more than $50 billion in loans facilitated on its platform. In June, the company celebrated its three millionth member by paying off the borrower’s 6% APR, $40,000 debt consolidation loan in full.

Last month, LendingClub introduced Levered Certificates, a new financial product that combines an equity certificate based on a pool of unsecured personal loans with a fixed rate note to provide consistent financing over the term of the certificate. The company began the year partnering with U.K. data vendor Brismo to provide standardized performance metrics for lending.

Publicly-traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker LC, Lending Club has a market capitalization of $1 billion. The company was founded in 2006, and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Scott Sanborn is President and CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Switzerland’s CREALOGIX Gets SaaSy.
  • King Klarna: New Investment Boosts Valuation to $5.5 Billion.
  • LendingClub Unveils Select Plus for Sophisticated Investors.

Around the web

  • Israel’s third largest bank Mizrahi-Tefahot to deploy core banking technology from Temenos.
  • Experian reports surging interest in Open Banking, with the number of API requests made in the U.K. growing by more than 2x since February.
  • Russia’s Tinkoff Bank to sell the speech recognition technology behind its Oleg chatbot to corporate customers.
  • LeapXpert earns spot in 2019 FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific.
  • Mortgage Cadence enhances data verification, fraud prevention and compliance with integration of DataVerify to its Enterprise Lending Center.
  • AT&T launches new bug bounty program in partnership with HackerOne.
  • Jumio takes gold in the Security Software category of the 2019 IT World Awards.
  • Lendio tops $1.5 billion in small business loans financed.
  • Ondot introduces Transaction Intelligence to make it easier for consumers to recognize purchases.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Workday Buys Blockchain-Based Identity Management Innovator Trusted Key.
  • nCino Acquires Analytics and Insights Specialist Visible Equity.

Around the web

  • Token.io announces partnership with U.K. property marketplaces StuRents and Mashroom.
  • Identity verification specialist Onfido partners with international payments provider Currencies Direct.
  • NewFi Wholesale implements LoanScoreCard’s automated underwriting system Portfolio Underwriter.
  • Apply Financial, Currencycloud collaborate to simplify cross-border payments.
  • Lending Club offers Levered Certificates backed by over $100 million in loans on its marketplace.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • ABBYY Unveils New SDK for Mobile Web Capture.

Around the web

  • Identitii’s tokenization technology powers HSBC’s Digital Accounts Receivable Tool (HSBC DART).
  • Fiserv’s FlexWage now allows earners to receive their salary on their own schedule.
  •  LendingClub extends balance transfer to more borrowers.
  • Berkshire Bank partners with Finastra to launch real-time payments.
  • Belgian online lender Buy Way deploys e-signature solution from OneSpan.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Lending Club Shutters SMB Lending Arm, Redirects Customers to Other Lenders

U.S. peer-to-peer lending pioneer Lending Club closed the doors on its in-house small business lending operation. The good news is that it opened a window for small business clients through a round of partnerships.

Opportunity Fund, a non-profit small business lender; Funding Circle, one of the largest alternative small business lending platforms in the U.S.; and Lending Club have teamed up to offer Lending Club’s small business clients access to credit. Businesses can now borrow up to $300,000 for rates as low as 5%.

“With partners like Opportunity Fund and Funding Circle, we’re creating an ecosystem where LendingClub’s members can take advantage of additional services from trusted providers that can help them generate more savings,” said Scott Sanborn, CEO of LendingClub. “This enables us to both deliver greater value to our applicants and capture a new revenue stream for LendingClub, while further simplifying our business and setting the stage for more partnerships and innovations for Club Members.”

Opportunity Fund will leverage LendingClub’s online application technology to provide prequalified offers to underserved small businesses, while Funding Circle will apply its credit assessment process to fund loans for established small businesses. Overall, the three will be able to serve a broader range of applicants, including those that may have previously been rejected because of limited credit, including businesses owned by minorities, women, and immigrant entrepreneurs.

Lending Club entered the small business lending market in 2014, before the company’s original CEO, Renaud Laplanche, resigned in 2016 amid accusations of loan-documentation errors.

Founded in 2006, Lending Club demoed at FinovateSpring 2009 and at the inaugural Finovate in 2007. The company went public in 2015 and today has a market capitalization of $1.46 billion.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • SoFi Goes InsurTech with Lemonade and Root.
  • Lending Club Shutters SMB Lending Arm, Redirects Customers to Other Lenders.

Around the web

  • elEconomista interviews Finect’s Antonio Botas (in Spanish).
  • YellowDog partners with DVE Advanced Systems.
  • Ixaris adds new Chief Legal and Compliance Officer Georg von Breven and Commercial Director Sean Ashton.
  • FICO unveils the latest version of its Decision Management Platform, FICO DMP.
  • Visa launches a suite of beta APIs and tools to help developers design and test payment solutions.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumi News

On Finovate.com

  • ID.me Teams Up with VA to Bring Identity Proofing Options to Vets.
  • OmniSci Reports Wide-Ranging Growth in Wake of Rebrand.

Around the web

  • Sberbank customers can now make instant transfers between Sberbank cards and WebMoney wallets courtesy of new partnership.
  • Mobile gifting platform Swych announces it will accept payment in cryptocurrency.
  • Ellie Mae introduces the early adopters of its Integrated Partner Program.
  • Lending Club and U.K. data vendor Brismo team up to provide standardized performance metrics for lending.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Lending Club and Wealthfront Score Intuit Consumer Data

What do you get when you combine Intuit, Lending Club, and Wealthfront? We’re about to find out, thanks to Intuit’s announcement today that it is making user data available to third party providers.

California-based Intuit partnered with P2P lending company Lending Club and roboadvisor Wealthfront this week. These partnerships are fueled by Intuit-owned Turbox, leveraging the more than 80,000 data fields on the TurboTax return, including income, employment, housing, etc. With one click, TurboTax users can save time during LendingClub’s loan application process by importing their data. Similarly, shared TurboTax and Wealthfront clients can open an account much faster and receive more personalized financial advice based on their tax return data.

Lending Club noted the capability will do more than just speed up the application process. Cole Gillespie, Vice President and Head of Business Development at LendingClub, said that the TurboTax data will “unlock the access to credit for customers that ordinarily we might not be able to serve… this partnership is a step in leveraging alternative data sources to help us increase the speed and access to credit.”

Andy Rachleff, CEO of Wealthfront said that partnering with a company like Intuit is “a dream come true.” He explained, “They don’t just pay lip service to caring about the client. They constantly challenge themselves to provide more value. Integrating with TurboTax data that customers agree to provide will allow Wealthfront to continue to raise the bar on what it means to deliver accessible, convenient, and deeply personalized financial planning. We can’t wait to do more together.”

Intuit is also leveraging the data to pre-fill applications within PFM platform, Mint; financial recommendations site, Turbo; and existing external Intuit partners. By combining household data to give lenders a view of shared household income, credit score, and debt, Intuit offers a fuller picture of total borrowing and savings power. The company estimates pre-qualification leveraging TurboTax data generates a conversion rate of up to 9x in offer performance.

“With more than 25 million users and rich insights into their financial profile, Mint and Turbo are uniquely positioned to deliver value to both consumers and strategic partners,” said Varun Krishna, VP of product management for Intuit’s Consumer Division. “Using machine learning, we are able to provide consumers a comprehensive view of their finances and highlight relevant opportunities to save time and money and generate unique value to our partners.”

Best known for its Quickbooks accounting software, Intuit most recently demoed at FinovateFall 2009. The company has 20 locations across 9 countries and employs 9,000 people. Founded in 1983, Intuit went public 10 years later and today has a market capitalization of $54.6 billion.

Founded in 2006, Lending Club demoed at FinovateSpring 2009 and at the inaugural Finovate in 2007. Earlier this summer, the company appointed Ronnie Momen as Chief Lending Officer. Lending Club went public in 2015 and today the company’s market capitalization sits at $1.54 billion.

Wealthfront debuted as KaChing at FinovateSpring 2009. The company began 2018 by landing $75 million in funding, bringing its total raised to $205 million. A few weeks later, the company launched a home ownership planning tool.