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Top 6 Peer to Peer Lending Sites

Published by Salvador Briggman. Find him on Twitter.

1. Lending Club

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Lending Club was founded in 2007 and is the largest peer to peer (p2p) lending platform in the US. “Fueled by the value we deliver, Lending Club has consistently grown at more than 100% per year each of the last few years. Since inception, we have facilitated more than $5 billion in loans, while paying more than $300 million in interest to investors. ” Venture Funding: $392.2M (source)

2. Prosper

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Prosper is another US-Based peer-to-peer (p2p) lending platform in the US that was founded in 2006. Prosper is America’s first peer-to-peer lending marketplace, with more than 2 million members and over $1,000,000,000 in funded loans.” Venture Funding: $189.9M (source)

3. Funding Circle

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Funding Circle was first launched in the UK, but recently expanded into the U.S. and also recently raised an extra $65 million. “We’re now serving the millions of American small businesses who the banks have left behind. Since we were founded in 2010, we have lent $500 million globally to small business owners to help them grow their businesses.”Venture Funding: $123M (source)

4. Upstart

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I’m mentioning Upstart because they recently pivoted to being a peer-to-peer lending platform. Founded in 2012, they were originally in the business of allowing achievers to borrow money based on their estimated future income. “Upstart is a platform that allows you to obtain unsecured funding through fixed rate loans. Upstart believes that you are more than your credit score. Our statistical model considers the school you attended, your area of study, academic performance, and employment history to offer you the loan you’ve earned.” Funding: $7.7M (source)

5. Kiva

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Kiva was founded in 2005 and is a non-profit organization that helps encourage the flow of capital from well-off nations to low-income entrepreneurs and students in developing nations via peer-to-peer lending. The organization has attracted 1,209,782 Kiva Lenders and $591,226,225 in loans with a 98.87% repayment rate.

6. Zopa

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Zopa is the oldest and largest UK peer-to-peer lending platform that was founded in 2005. “We have lent £581 million and helped both borrowers and lenders get great rates. We’ve repeatedly been voted the most trusted and best loan provider by our customers.” Funding: $56.6M (source)

Conclusion

Who did I leave out? Let me know in a comment below or if you think they should be in a different order. I’d also be interested to hear if you have used any of these websites as a borrow or lender.

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  • Brittany Zick

    This gives me a few ideas on where to go if I ever open up a small business for my art. Thanks!

    • CrowdCrux

      Definitely! It’s a growing alternative to traditional bank loans.

  • It’s great to see more peer to peer groups coming up. Here in Milwaukee, WI (USA) we have a group called Fund Milwaukee that is made up of local investors who help fund local start up businesses. http://fundmilwaukee.com/

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    • CrowdCrux

      Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  • As an investor, I use lendingclub and prosper. Lendingclub is definitely doing a better job in terms of marketing although Prosper had a head start. At any given time there are several hundred loans to choose from on LendingClub while prosper will have less than 100. Only complaint I have about lendingclub right now is that the Annual interest rate I’m receiving does not seem to be what I would expect it to be.

    I did a side by side comparison on my website: http://poyserdk.com/lending-club-vs-prosper

    I’m going to consider investing with some other crowdfunding sites ti have my funds diversified. LendingClub will be going public soon so I’m curious to see how this will affect the way they do business. They are also going to look at doing mortgages and vehicle loans.

    Dale

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yea, I’m also curious to see how going public will change their business. Will check out your link.

      • I used the content for an ebook so i had to temporarily deactivate the link, sorry. Great write up!

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  • Johnny Tong

    A new platform is now in business, 321Lend, Inc. http://www.321Lend.com

    • CrowdCrux

      Interesting. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Thi

    As LendingClub prepares to take the company public, we at EquityZen have been thinking about the company’s remarkable growth — and how it’s become the largest P2P lending platform in the world. We created a helpful infographic that tracks LendingClub’s growth and decomposes the capitalization table: https://equityzen.com/blog/lending-club-path-to-ipo/

    Please let us know if you have any thoughts.

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for the link. It’s crazy how exponential their growth has become.

  • Melissa Grate

    I can’t seem to find a peer to peer lender that will approve me with my credit score being 620…any suggestions?

    • Melissa, most of the halfway decent sites require a minimum of about 660. Best bet is to raise your credit score first then revisit peer to peer lending. Even at the minimum credit score you are looking at substantially high interest rates 20% or more

      • P2P lending is still too heavily dependent on credit score, and rebuilding personal credit takes months / usually years. Sad that these P2P platforms claiming to serve small businesses actually do exactly what their bankster friends do – base the decision on the personal credit of the owner. To a business time is money, and if your credit sucks, dont waste your time. If your credit is decent enough to be accepted with a Prosper, just get a credit card.

    • Dr. No

      The strange thing for me is I thought NOT having a credit card would drive my credit score up. It was the opposite. Opening a few credit card accounts and using them for my daily food, gas, etc (as opposed to a debit card), then paying off the balance every month, drove my credit score up. Creditkarma had some great tips for me. Good luck to you, Melissa.

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  • I’ve just started dabbling in Peer to peer lending sites. I’ve invested some cash into Lending Club.

    http://www.thoughtworthy.info/BlogPost/191/The-Start-of-a-1500-Lending-Club-Experiment

    • CrowdCrux

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    I don’t see a link to become an investor…..

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