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Guglielmo de Stefano


Global Reporter/SME Reporter

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guglielmo@altfi.com

Guglielmo is the Global/SME Reporter for AltFi News. He writes about crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and online invoice finance.

He holds a 1st class degree in BA Economics and Management at LUISS Business School (Rome) and a degree in MSc Finance at Warwick Business School (UK) awarded with Merit. 

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Articles by Guglielmo de Stefano

Lendio and GoDaddy Marketplace Forge Partnership

26th May 2016

The agreement will widen Lendio’s reach to SMEs across the US.   The small business loans marketplace Lendio has forged a strategic partnership with GoDaddy marketplace, an online company ...

Saxo Bank Lands White Label Agreement with Lufax

24th May 2016

China’s largest peer-to-peer lending platform Lufax has today announced a new white label partnership with Saxo Bank – a global firm that offers online trading services to retail investors.   The ...

FundedByMe Launches Own Crowdfunding Campaign

19th May 2016

Swedish equity crowdfunding platform FundedByMe has launched a crowdfunding campaign on its own platform, after getting approval from the Swedish Companies Registry Office. The company is seeking €1 ...

Invesdor Launches New Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

17th May 2016

Finnish equity crowdfunding platform Invesdor has today launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on its own website. The company aims to raise between €750,000 to €1,500,000. The amount of equity ...

Yirendai Reports Q1 2016 Financial Results

13th May 2016

Chinese P2P platform Yirendai registers a revenue growth of 187 per cent year-on-year, but with a heavy reliance on D-class loans.   Beijing-based consumer lending platform Yirendai – ...

AvantCredit Raises £130m in Debt Funding

12th May 2016

This fundraise brings the platform’s total UK debt funding since inception to over £300m.   UK consumer lending platform AvantCredit, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Avant, has today ...

JM Financial Products Acquires 9.84% Stake in Faircent

10th May 2016

JM Financial Products Ltd – a subsidiary of JM Financial Ltd, an Indian financial services firm – has agreed to acquire a 9.84% equity stake in peer-to-peer lending platform Faircent for an ...

Marlette Funding Appoints New President

9th May 2016

Former Prosper Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer Josh Tonderys joins consumer lending platform Marlette.   Unsecured consumer lending platform Marlette Funding today announced ...

Assetz Launches 30-day Access Account

9th May 2016

Investors can fully withdraw all funds with 30 days of notice without paying fees.   Secured SME lending platform Assetz Capital has today announced the launch of its fourth specialist investment ...

US Treasury to Release Report on Marketplace Lending

5th May 2016

Following on from the changes to the Title III of the Jobs Act at the end of last year, the US Treasury has scheduled the release of a white paper for next week – one that aims to outline recommendations ...

CAN Capital Partners with Entrepreneur Media Inc.

3rd May 2016

Alternative small business finance platform CAN Capital today has announced a new partnership with Entrepreneur Media, an US media company – publisher of Entrepreneur magazine and Entrepreneur.com. ...

KoreConX and iDisclose For Strategic Partnership

3rd May 2016

KoreConX and iDisclose have today forged a strategic partnership to make disclosures easier both for companies seeking new funds and for their stakeholders. The two companies have been working together ...

First Stock Market Firm to Turn to P2P

29th April 2016

Assetz Capital will provide Tavistock Investments PLC with a £2m facility.   Secured SME lending platform Assetz Capital has recently forged a partnership with Tavistock Investments PLC, ...

Crowdo Gets New Licence in Singapore

29th April 2016

The new authorization allows the equity crowdfunding platform to offer also peer-to-business lending solutions.   Singapore-based crowdfunding platform Crowdo today received its provisional ...

ThinCats Lists Largest Ever Non-Property P2P Loan

28th April 2016

Online marketplace lending platform for secured business loans ThinCats is laying claim to having listed Europe’s largest ever non-property peer-to-peer loan on its website. The £3.5m loan ...

CoAssets Completes First Crowdfunding Project for Australian SME

27th April 2016

Southeast Asia's first publicly-listed crowdfunding platform CoAssets has announced the successful closing of its first Australian small-to-medium enterprise crowdfunding project, according to the ...

Lending Club to Sell Bonds Backed by Unsecured Loans

27th April 2016

Lending Club is reportedly working with Goldman Sachs and Jefferies Group to securitise its loans.   The US market’s largest marketplace lender Lending Club is reportedly planning to ...

Commerzbank to Enter German P2P Lending Space?

26th April 2016

German bank Commerzbank is close to launching its own marketplace lending platform by the name of “Main Funders”. The platform is due to arrive within the first half of 2016, according to P2P-banking.com. ...

CommonBond Completes $150m Securitization of Student Loans

26th April 2016

This is the second securitization of student loans for the New York-based platform.   The student-focused marketplace lending platform CommonBond has announced the completion of a $150m securitization ...

Lendix Closes €13.5m Series B

26th April 2016

French marketplace lender also announces the appointment of Hélène Falchier – head of Private Equity Investments at CNP Assurances – as a new member of its board.   Small ...

Reserve Bank of India to Publish Paper on P2P Lending

25th April 2016

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is reportedly close to publishing a concept paper on peer-to-peer lending and will hold consultations with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) – India’s ...

BorsadelCredito.it Provides 6 Month Update

22nd April 2016

Milan-based peer-to-peer platform BorsadelCredito.it has originated more than €1.3m in loans in its first six months.   Italian small business lender BorsadelCredito.it has reached the ...

Update on Australian Crowdfunding Regulation

22nd April 2016

At the end of last year, AltFi published a report about the state of the crowdfunding regulatory framework in Australia, describing the current laws and likely future developments. In 2012, the Australian ...

Trillion Turns Customers Into Investors

22nd April 2016

Trillion Fund LTD allows businesses to create deeper customer engagement by turning customers into lenders and stakeholders.   Trillion Fund Ltd – an FCA-regulated crowdfunding platform ...

The Alternative Finance Market in Finland

21st April 2016

According to a recent report by Cambridge University and EY, Finland ranked 8th in terms of volume of alternative finance transactions in 2014 (on a table of 16 European countries), registering a total ...

Indonesian Online Lender Modalku Raises $1.2m

20th April 2016

Indonesian peer-to-peer platform Modalku ("My Capital" in Bahasa) has today announced the closure of a  $1.2 million funding round, led by venture capital firm Alpha JWC Ventures and by ...

Alipay to Stop Services for PPDai

19th April 2016

Chinese online financing platform PPDai is reportedly the last peer-to-peer partner of Alipay – an online payment platform in China. Before 2013, Alipay was servicing a wide array of online alternative ...

DBS Teams up with Two Local P2P Lenders

19th April 2016

Singapore’s largest bank DBS has today announced partnerships with two local peer-to-peer lending platforms, Funding Societies and MoolahSense. The aim of the agreement is to expand the reach of ...

Waddle Integrates with Xero

18th April 2016

Surry Hills-based small business cash flow lender Waddle today announced a strategic partnership with Xero, a firm that provides small businesses with cloud-based accounting services. The agreement allows ...

Finland to Update Crowdfunding Rules

18th April 2016

The Finnish Government has disclosed the submission of a proposal to introduce the Crowdfunding Act – a new law that aims to improve crowdfunding regulations in Finland. In a note released by ...

Direct Lending Investments Wins Award

15th April 2016

American private investment firm Direct Lending Investments LLC has today announced that its Direct Lending Income Fund has been named “Best Credit Fund – Long Term Performance” at the ...

Frost & Sullivan Releases Study on Australian Fintech Sector

15th April 2016

Fintech market growth to add AU$1bn in value to Australian economy by 2020.   Global research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has published new research on the state of the Australian ...

LendKey Hits $1bn Milestone

14th April 2016

Student loan refinancing and consumer lending platform LendKey has announced the successful underwriting, origination, and deployment of more than $1 billion to borrowers since inception. The company has ...

Neyber Appoints New Head of Credit Risk

14th April 2016

Former Zopa Credit Risk Director Paul Martin joins Neyber as Head of Credit Risk.   London-based online lending platform Neyber has announced the appointment of Paul Martin – former Credit ...

Accenture Publishes Report on the State of Global Fintech Investments

14th April 2016

New research reveals that global investments in financial technology ventures reached $5.3bn in Q1 2016.   Global professional services company Accenture has released a report on the current ...

Sharestates Hits a New Milestone

13th April 2016

Partnerships with Colony American Finance and Prime Meridian Capital Management boost Sharestates’ growth.   US real estate investment marketplace Sharestates announced that it has surpassed ...

Institutional Investors Increase Presence in Marketplace Lending Space

12th April 2016

The second annual survey by Richards Kibbe & Orbe and Wharton FinTech reveals that half of all institutional investors surveyed hold investments in marketplace lending.   Global law firm ...

Fellow Finance Launches in Poland

12th April 2016

Fellow Finance now boasts registered users in 28 different countries.   Finnish peer-to-peer lending platform Fellow Finance has expanded into Poland. From now on, Polish borrowers can apply ...

Squirrel Group Closes Crowdfunding Round

11th April 2016

New Zealand-based online lender Squirrel has closed an NZD $3.4m equity crowdfunding offer on Snowball Effect.   Squirrel Group – an Auckland-based mortgage broker and peer-to-peer lender ...

New Invoice Finance Platform Launches in Australia

11th April 2016

Skippr, an Australian Invoice Finance platform has launched aiming to help small businesses to take control of their cash flow.   Skippr hopes that Australian entrepreneurs using its platform ...

P2Binvestor Announces Investment Relationship with MW Eaglewood Americas LLC

11th April 2016

Marketplace lender for asset-based working capital P2Binvestor has today announced a new institutional investment relationship with MW Eaglewood Americas LLC, the US subsidiary of MW Eaglewood, a global ...

CAN Capital Hits $6 Billion Milestone

8th April 2016

Alternative small business finance platform CAN Capital today announced that it has reached the milestone of providing small businesses with access to more than $6 billion of working capital.   Founded ...

DirectMoney Registers a New Record Month

8th April 2016

Australia’s only listed marketplace lender DirectMoney announced today the passing of a new milestone, having issued $1.92m of loans in March 2016, up from its previous record settled in January ...

US Marketplace Lenders Establish Marketplace Lending Association

7th April 2016

Funding Circle, Lending Club, Prosper have partnered to promote responsible business practices and sound public policy, aimed at benefitting both borrowers and investors.   In a move that is ...

IRA Services Launches Peer Investing Focused Product

7th April 2016

IRA Services Trust Company – a provider of custodial trust solutions for non-exchange traded assets in the US – will unveil its new product at LendIt 2016, taking place next week in San Francisco. ...

IFISA Goes Live

6th April 2016

After much anticipation the new Innovative Finance ISA goes live today and will, for the first time, allow peer-to-peer lending investments to be held within the ISA wrapper. But will IFISA investors be ...

UK-based hydrogen fuel cell car company launches equity crowdfunding campaign

6th April 2016

Riversimple announces the launch of an equity crowdfunding campaign to match a €2m EU grant using ShareIn’s technology.   Riversimple – a pioneering hydrogen fuel cell car company ...

Schroders Enters Small Business Lending Space

5th April 2016

Global asset management firm forges a strategic partnership with Dutch direct lending firm NEOS Business Finance.   Schroders today announced the acquisition of a 25% stake in NEOS Business ...

PledgeMe Appoints New Board Member

5th April 2016

Cultivate Mentoring Lab’s founder Jessica Venning-Bryan joins New Zealand-based equity crowdfunding platform PledgeMe.   Wellington-based crowdfunding platform PledgeMe today announced ...

Santander UK teams up with US online lender

4th April 2016

The bank joins forces with lending platform Kabbage.   Santander UK – a subsidiary of BancoSantander, one of the world’s largest banking institutions – today announced a strategic ...

CrowdfundingHub Publishes Report on the State of European Crowdfunding

4th April 2016

CrowdfundingHub – the European Expertise Centre on Alternative Finance and Community Finance – today published a report about the state of the crowdfunding industry in 27 different European ...

Avant Appoints New Board Member

4th April 2016

Former FDIC Head Sheila Bair joins Avant’s board.   US Consumer lending platform Avant has announced the appointment of Sheila Bair, current President of Washington College and former ...

Average Crowdfunded Business Gives up just 12.4% of Equity

1st April 2016

UK equity crowdfunding platform Growthdeck publishes research on crowdfunded businesses.   Recently launched equity crowdfunding platform Growthdeck today announced the results of a survey ...

Australian Fund to Buy US P2P loans

1st April 2016

Global Credit Investments becomes the first Australian fund to buy loans from Lending Club and Prosper.   Set up by former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Sher and former Bain & Co consultant ...

Lending Club Partners with Millennium Trust Company

1st April 2016

The US market’s largest marketplace lender Lending Club Corp today announced a strategic partnership with Millennium Trust Company, a firm that provides custody solutions for IRA rollovers, alternative ...

The Invoice Market Rebrands

31st March 2016

Australian invoice financing platform The Invoice Market launches a new website.   In a recent article, AltFi put the spotlight on 5 invoice financing platforms in Australia – Waddle, ...

Patch of Land Reaches Three Milestones in Q1 2016

30th March 2016

The US based real estate marketplace lending platform has surpassed $100m in cumulative origination loans, returned over $25m to investors to date and launched a new, longer dated, lending product all ...

Three Key Industry Leaders Partner to Form Venture Capital Partnership

30th March 2016

Ranger AM, Liberum and Velocity Venture Group launch LendTech Capital Partners, a new investment advisor focused on the marketplace lending space.   The three businesses have come together ...

Australian Regulator Weighs in on Marketplace Lending

23rd March 2016

ASIC Releases Guidance for local market.    The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) today announced the release of an information sheet, containing guidance and best ...

TWINO Investors can now Invest in GBP

23rd March 2016

TWINO CEO Jevgenijs Kazanins announced the update at the AltFi Europe Summit 2016.    Consumer lender TWINO has announced the launch of a new functionality that allows investors to choose ...

Innovate Finance and OnDeck Launches Transatlantic Policy Working Group

21st March 2016

Ondeck and Innovate Finance are to share and exchange information on regulatory and policy issues relating to the emerging fintech scene.   Online lender for small businesses OnDeck announced ...

UK Investors And Entrepreneurs Evenly Split On Brexit

21st March 2016

An online poll of UK investors and entrepreneurs on Seedrs finds an even split between “in” and “out” voters on Brexit.   Seedrs has quizzed its community of investors ...

Abundance Partners With Top Cleantech Firm

18th March 2016

Abundance joins forces with Anesco to offer small investors a new high yield renewable investment opportunity.    Direct investment platform Abundance has announced the launch of a new ...

Cambridge Releases Research On AltFi Market in Asia-Pacific

18th March 2016

The study highlights that China is the world’s largest alternative finance market by transaction volume, registering $101.7bn in 2015.   Cambridge has recently released a research on ...

OnDeck Appoints New Head Of Accountant Advisor Program

17th March 2016

Frank Orofino is to lead OnDeck’s Accountant Advisor Program, which was launched in the fourth quarter of last year.   Online lender for small businesses OnDeck has announced the appointment ...

Mintos Investors Can Now Invest In Czech Mortgages

15th March 2016

ACEMA Credit Czech (ACEMA) to expand investment opportunities for Mintos’ investors.   Riga-based peer-to-peer lending platform Mintos has announced a strategic partnership with the Czech ...

Prosper Marketplace and HomeAdvisor Forge Strategic Partnership

15th March 2016

The second largest marketplace lender in the US provides HomeAdvisor’s users with financing options.   US marketplace lender Prosper has signed a strategic partnership with ...

Creamfinance Closes €1m Investment Round

14th March 2016

VC Fund Flint Capital invests €1m in Creamfinance, making it the largest institutional investor.   Warsaw-based consumer financial services provider Creamfinance has closed a €1m investment ...

The Alternative Finance Market in Denmark

14th March 2016

According to a recent report by Cambridge University and EY, Denmark ranked 14th – in terms of volume of alternative finance transactions in 2014 (on a table of 16 European countries), registering ...

Funding Circle Boosts Board With Former Central Banker

10th March 2016

Former Executive Board Member of the European Central Bank Jörg Asmussen joins Funding Circle’s board.   London-based online marketplace for small business loans Funding Circle has ...

Kiwi P2P Platform to Raise $5m Equity Crowdfunding

9th March 2016

Squirrel Group launches a $5m private equity crowdfunding offer on Snowball Effect.   Auckland-based mortgage broker and peer-to-peer lender Squirrel Group has announced the launch of a new ...

UK Online Lending Platform Selected For UKTI Trade Mission

8th March 2016

Neyber joins the latest UKTI fintech trade delegation to Silicon Valley.   London-based online lending platform Neyber today begins its visit to Silicon Valley as part of the UKTI Fintech trade ...

New Invoice Financing Platform Launches In The UK

8th March 2016

A new invoice finance solution by the name of Invoice Cycle is bringing subscription-based financing options to UK SMEs.   London-based invoice financing company Invoice Cycle has recently ...

US Student Lender To Explore Launching Mortgage REIT?

7th March 2016

Social Finance Inc. reportedly plans to launch a real estate investment trust.   San Francisco based marketplace lender SoFi may be looking to start up a real estate investment trust (REIT) ...

US Online Lender Partners With New York State Restaurant Association

4th March 2016

The agreement provides restaurant owners with fast access to a wide array of financing products.   New York-based online aggregator Bizfi has announced the closure of a partnership with the ...

Israeli Equity Crowdfunding Platform iAngels Raises $14 Million Series B

4th March 2016

Only two days ago, OurCrowd - an Israeli equity crowdfunding platform - raised $10m.   Today Tel Aviv based, co-investment equity crowdfunding platform iAngels has announced the closure of ...

US Marketplace Lender Lands In Canada

3rd March 2016

InvestNextDoor opens a new platform in Canada, capitalizing on new national regulations.   Small business crowd-lending marketplace InvestNextDoor has announced its expansion to Canada. The ...

Australian Small Business Lender Inks Deal With Acquire

3rd March 2016

Kikka Capital forges a strategic partnership with Acquire, Qantas’ SME rewards program.   Australian small business lender Kikka Capital today announced the signing of an agreement with ...

How Would Australian Businesses Spend Fresh Funds?

2nd March 2016

New research from MYOB and OnDeck reveals how Australian small business owners would spend funding.   SME lending platform OnDeck Australia and MYOB - a leading accounting software provider ...

German P2P Marketplace Completes Series D Investment Round

1st March 2016

Auxmoney closes a “double-digit million” Series D investment round led by Seven Ventures.   The German marketplace lender Auxmoney has announced the closure of a Series D investment ...

US Bank Completes Fifth Securitization of Refinanced Student Loans

29th February 2016

Darien Rowayton Bank closes $188 million securitization of refinanced student loans.   Connecticut-based Darien Rowayton Bank (DRB) - a national US bank and marketplace lender – has announced ...

Deutsche Bank's former co-CEO Joins SoFi

29th February 2016

Anshu Jain joins US marketplace lending platform SoFi as an adviser.   San Francisco based marketplace lender SoFi today announced the addition of Anshu Jain - Deutsche Bank's former co-Chief ...

US Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Inks $60 Million Agreement

26th February 2016

East Coast private equity firm agrees to invest $60m through Sharestates.   US real estate crowdfunding platform Sharestates has announced the closure of a deal with an as yet unnamed East ...

Indian P2P Marketplace Raises Seed Funding

25th February 2016

LoanZen raises an undisclosed amount in seed funding and plans expansion across India.   Bangalore-based peer-to-peer lending marketplace LoanZen announced today the closure of a seed investment ...

Abundance Launches First “Council Solar Bond”

24th February 2016

Investors to coinvest alongside local council on construction of Swindon solar farm.   Peer-to-peer investment platform Abundance today announced the launch of a new bond offering by the name ...

Recruitment In The P2P Lending Era

24th February 2016

David Jackson - board member of the recruitment company S2M - shares his insights about recruitment in the P2P lending space.   For established finance services companies, prospective financial ...

Latvian P2P Lender Raises €2m In Seed Funding

23rd February 2016

Peer-to-peer platform Mintos closes a €2m investment round led by VC Skillion Ventures.   Riga-based peer-to-peer lending platform Mintos announced today the closure of €2m in seed ...

OnDeck Reports Q4 2015 and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

23rd February 2016

Originations grew to $557 million during the fourth quarter of 2015, up 51% from the comparable prior year period.   Online lender for small businesses OnDeck today announced its Q4 2015 and ...

US Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform inks $250 Million Agreement

19th February 2016

East Coast credit fund signs an agreement to invest $250m through Patch of Land.   Real estate crowdfunding platform Patch of Land has announced the closure of a $250m agreement with an East ...

OZ P2P Lender Pens AU$5m Deal

19th February 2016

Macquarie Bank buys AU$5 million portfolio of loans originated by DirectMoney.   Australia’s only listed marketplace lender DirectMoney announced today an agreement with Macquarie Bank ...

Spanish Platform Forges Strategic Partnership With Finstar Financial Group

19th February 2016

Finstar Financial Group snaps up 51 % stake in Viventor.   Peer-to-peer investing platform Viventor has announced a strategic partnership with Finstar Financial Group, an international private ...

Spotlight On The Top 5 Australian Invoice Financing Platforms

18th February 2016

In a recent article, AltFi investigated what’s happening in the Alternative Finance Market in Australia. What emerged is that the AltFi revolution seems to have started approximately when Matt Symons ...

Innovative Employee Lending Platform Poised For Growth

17th February 2016

Neyber – an online lending solution for employee loans – reports great results.   London-based online lending platform Neyber announced today the increase of its loan book by 40% ...

RateSetter Goes “Easy Access”

17th February 2016

RateSetter becomes first major marketplace lender to remove all exit fees.   Leading UK marketplace lender RateSetter has announced the removal of all the early exit fees from its monthly investment ...

OnDeck Australia To Be Headline Sponsor At AltFi Australasia Summit 2016

17th February 2016

American SME lending platform OnDeck is to be the main sponsor of the inaugural AltFi Australasian Summit 2016 in Sydney on February 29th. The event will provide an overview of key developments the international ...

Kiwi P2P Marketplace Closes $8.5m Series B Financing Round

16th February 2016

Harmoney Corp Limited Sells $8.5m of Series B Shares to UK-based P2PGI.   Australasia’s largest peer-to-peer lending marketplace, Harmoney Corp Limited, announced today the closure of ...

China Authorities Launch Website to Drive Out Dodgy Platforms

15th February 2016

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS) is reported to be about to launch a website that allows investors to report to the authorities the name of dodgy peer-to-peer platforms, according to China ...

P2P Lender Wellesley & Co. Appoints New Managing Director

15th February 2016

Ex-Shawbrook managing director Nick McAuliffe joins Wellesley & Co.   London-based peer-to-peer business lender Wellesley & Co. announced today the appointment of Nick McAuliffe as its ...

Oz Asset Manager Moves Into Equity Crowdfunding

12th February 2016

Investec Australia Limited acquires a 20% stake in equity crowdfunding business Equitise.   Asset manager Investec Australia Limited has announced the acquisition of a 20% stake in equity crowdfunding ...

Just Loans Group Appoints New Non-Executive Director

12th February 2016

FinTech expert Susanne Chishti joins The Just Loans Group PLC.   Alternartive lender group The Just Loans Group PLC has appointed Susanne Chishti – a leading FinTech expert in Europe - ...

Kiwi P2P Marketplace Raises $30m As It Gears Up For Expansion

12th February 2016

Harmoney raises another $30 million of working capital.    New Zealand first and biggest peer-to-peer lender Harmoney Corp has raised $30 million of working capital, as part of the plan ...

AltFi Heads Down Under For Its Inaugural Australasian Summit 2016

10th February 2016

AltFi - the world’s leading news site for the fast growing alternative finance space – is proud to present the inaugural AltFi Australasian Summit 2016. AltFi is the world’s number one ...

H&H Classics Strikes Deal With P2P Lender

10th February 2016

Classic car auctioneer H&H Classics forges a financing agreement with UK peer-to-peer platform Unbolted.   H&H Classics – a specialist auction house dedicated exclusively to the ...

Bizfi Facilitates $142m of Lending in Q4 2015

10th February 2016

Fully automated online lender stroke aggregator Bizfi helped to originate $142 million in business financing in the fourth quarter of 2015.   Following on from its rebrand last September, the ...

Italian Startups’ Long Road Towards €100,000 Mark

9th February 2016

According to Equidam, 85% of Italian startups struggle to break €100,000 in annual revenues.   Rotterdam-based Equidam – an online platform that helps entrepreneurs to understand, ...

Credibly Secures $70 Million Credit Facility

5th February 2016

SunTrust Bank and AloStar Bank of Commerce have agreed to provide Credibly with $70m in funding.    The emerging US fintech platform Credibly have announced the closure of a $70 million ...

Spotcap Raises €31.5m in Third Financing Round

4th February 2016

AltFi caught up with Spotcap CEO Toby Triebel to learn more about the fundraise.   Rocket Internet-founded global online lending platform Spotcap has announced the closure of a €34.4m investment ...

i-Lend and Lenddo Forge Strategic Partnership

3rd February 2016

Indian P2P platform i-lend partners with Singapore-based Lenddo to fulfil its expansionary plans.   Hyderabad based peer-to-peer lending marketplace i-lend and Lenddo – a Sigapore-based ...

J.P. Morgan to Acquire Lending Club Loans

3rd February 2016

This is the second deal concluded by the giant US bank within the burgeoning alternative finance space.   Global financial services firm J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. have agreed to acquire nearly ...

Oz P2P Lender Releases Loan Book

2nd February 2016

Invoice trading platform InvoiceX publishes its loan book as part of its plan to boost transparency.   Australian online invoice trading platform InvoiceX today announced the publication of ...

The Alternative Finance Market in the Netherlands

28th January 2016

Overview   According to a recent report by Cambridge University and EY, the Netherlands ranked among the top five European countries in terms of volume of alternative finance transactions in ...

Investly Dips Toes Into UK Invoice Finance Space

27th January 2016

Estonian invoicing financing platform Investly targets UK SMEs following a €600,000 investment round.   Tallin-based invoice finance platform Investly has announced its launch in the UK, ...

New Indian P2P Platform Emerges

26th January 2016

A new online invoice finance solution has appeared on the Indian alternative finance scene. Smaller businesses in need of a fresh capital injection have a new option by the name of RupaiyaExchange.   The ...

Kiwi Crowdfunding Platform PledgeMe Launches Private Crowdfunding Campaigns

25th January 2016

Wellington-based crowdfunding platform PledgeMe has announced the launch of a new product by the name of PledgeMe.Equity/Private. The new tool is a feature of the existing PledgeMe.Equity, the equity crowdfunding ...

VentureFounders Kicks Off 2016 With £1.8 Million Investment

22nd January 2016

UK-based equity investment platform VentureFounders today announced the closing of a £1.8million investment round. Additionally, the company has appointed Martin McCourt, former CEO of Dyson, as ...

E-Invoicing Platform Raises $40 million in Series C

21st January 2016

BlueVine announces the closure of its third fundraising round with funded invoices increasing by 12x in 2015.   Palo Alto-based working capital lending startup BlueVine announced today the ...

Oz Waddle Seeks Capital

20th January 2016

We’ve caught up with Waddle co-founder Leigh Dunsford to discuss future capital raising.   Surry Hills-based small business cash flow lender Waddle is reportedly looking to raise as much ...

P2P Lender Modalku Launches in Indonesia

19th January 2016

Modalku has gone live in Indonesia, and I’ve been catching up with the co-founder Kelvin Teo to discover more about his new business and the state of the P2P space in Southeast Asia.   Last ...

What’s Happening in the Alternative Finance Market in Australia

18th January 2016

In past coverage, AltFi has reported that the Australian Alternative Finance industry is at the very start of its journey, perhaps where the UK and US industries were approximately five years ago. Insiders ...

An Interview with Leo Tyndall, CEO of Marketlend

15th January 2016

Marketlend boss talks Oz, the competitive landscape and international expansion.   Last year, AltFi interviewed Marketplace’s CEO Leo Tyndall in April and in June. As part of the build ...

An Interview with David Jackson, CEO of FundX

14th January 2016

FundX is a marketplace invoice financing platform offers a fast, simple and efficient way to fund business cash flow gaps. I caught up with FundX CEO David Jackson to learn more about the business.   Based ...

Equity Crowdfunding Platform StartEngine Raises $5.5m

13th January 2016

StartEngine closes a $5.5m investment round led by SE Agoura Investment LLC.   Los Angeles-based equity crowdfunding platform StartEngine Crowdfunding has announced the closure of a $5.5 million ...

DEBIFO Joins Mintos Platform

12th January 2016

Lithuanian invoice finance provider DEBIFO will now offer new investment options through the Mintos platform.   Riga-based peer-to-peer lending platform Mintos announced today the expansion ...

Spotlight On The Australian Economy – The Current Opportunities for Financial Disruptors

8th January 2016

Equitise has recently published a report highlighting interesting results for alternative finance platforms.   At the beginning of last year, AltFi investigated the status of the Australian ...

Acquire Real Estate Launches Online Interactive Calculator

8th January 2016

The new tool will help investors to better understand their potential returns.   New York-based real estate crowdfunding platform Acquire has realeased an online interactive calculator. The ...

iFunding Kicks Off 2016 With New Advisory Board

7th January 2016

US commercial real estate crowdfunding platform iFunding boosts team of advisers.    iFunding's new advisory board will be made up of professionals from the financial services industry ...

Kiwi Crowdfunding Platform PledgeMe Moves Into Debt

7th January 2016

New Zealand platform PledgeMe launches a new product by the name of PledgeMe.Debt.   Wellington-based crowdfunding platform PledgeMe applied today for a license from the Financial Markets Authority ...

Italian Platform Prestiamoci clinches €2m Funding

6th January 2016

Private and institutional investors include Innogest SGR, Banca Sella Holding S.p.A. and Club Italia Investimenti 2.   Milan-based P2P platform Prestiamoci (owned by Agata S.p.A.) has announced ...

BorsadelCredito.it Raises €1m

5th January 2016

Milan-based P2P platform closes an investment round led by Italian VC firm P101.   Italian peer-to-peer platform BorsadelCredito.it has raised €1m in a funding round led by an Italian venture ...

China’s Weijinsuo pulls off US$46m Series A Fundraise

4th January 2016

Beijing-based P2P lender Weijinsuo has completed a hefty investment round, led by HNA Capital Group Co.    Chinese P2P lending platform Weijinsuo recently announced the closure of a RMB300 ...

P2P Asset Manager BondMason Launches

4th January 2016

P2P Asset Manager BondMason Launches   This year investors will have a new method of investing in P2P loans – an investment manager called BondMason. BondMason is a new online investment ...

Credibly Partners with JetPay

23rd December 2015

Yet another example of “network lending” emerges.   The emerging US fintech platform Credibly today announced a partnership with JetPay Payment Services, a division of JetPay Corporation. ...

Prosper Appoints New Executive VP of Operations

22nd December 2015

Former Capital One Executive Kunal Kaul joins Prosper Marketplace.   The US’ second largest marketplace lender Prosper has appointed Kunal Kaul as Executive Vice President of Operations. ...

NZ based Lending Crowd Takes off

21st December 2015

Fourth P2P lender licensed in New Zealand opens for business.   After having secured a licence from the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) last October, New Zealand based peer-to-peer lending ...

Sofi Hits $6 Billion Milestone

18th December 2015

San Fran platform notches another billion whilst strengthening its executive team.   San Francisco based marketplace lending SoFi has passed the $6 billion mark in cumulative lending, including ...

Jimubox Launches Online Wealth Management Platform

18th December 2015

Product release follows on from the closure of a $84m Series C funding round last April.   Chinese fintech marketplace Jimubox announced today that its moving into core investment products launching ...

MoneyPlace Partners with Auswide Bank

17th December 2015

Auswide Bank commits to lend $60m over five years and takes 20 per cent stake in platform.   Melbourne-based peer-to-peer platform MoneyPlace announced today an agreement with Auswide Bank. ...

zipMoney inks $108 million deal with Victory Park Capital

17th December 2015

New deal comes just weeks after Victory Park Capital announces a $175 million asset-backed securitization of unsecured loans originated by Avant.   US based asset manager Victory Park Capital ...

Lufax Valuation hits $18 billion

16th December 2015

The Chinese platform's valuation has swollen by more than $3 billion more in just a few weeks.    Chinese peer-to-peer lender Lufax is reportedly close to raising $1 billion in a new ...

California Investigates US Marketplace Lending Space

15th December 2015

California regulators are honing in on the marketplace lending space.   Last Friday, the Department of Business Oversight – the body that licenses financial-services companies in California ...

Backed Raises $1.5M

14th December 2015

New online platform enables “millennials” to build their credit score.   New York based digital lending platform Backed has announced a $1,5m raise. The seed funding comes from a ...

“Game Changer of the Year” – An Interview with Charlotte Petris of Timelio

14th December 2015

Timelio wins “Game Changer of the Year” award and “Overall Award for Outstanding Excellence”.   Following on from its rebrand last October, the Australian invoice trading ...

National Funding Forecasts a Record Breaking Year

11th December 2015

San Diego based private lender announces striking results in revenue, funding, and employee count.    Founded in 1999, National Funding is one of the US’ largest financial services ...

Credible Enters Personal Loan Space

10th December 2015

San Fran based platform launches a new marketplace for personal loans.   San Francisco-based student loan marketplace Credible announced today the launch of a new platform offering personal ...

Income& Raises $2.9 million

10th December 2015

The raise combines seed funding and capital committed to support company operations.   San Francisco-based marketplace investing platform Income& has announced the closure of a $2.9 million ...

International Expansion: Recent Trends in a Nascent Industry

9th December 2015

No matter if you are an investment manager, if you run a big manufacturing company or a small bakery, diversification will be key for your business. Members of the online lending industry might achieve ...

CAN Capital and iPayment Forge Strategic Partnership

8th December 2015

The agreement may be tagged as yet another example of “network lending”.   Alternative small business finance platform CAN Capital and the US provider of payment solutions and processing ...

RateSetter Australia launches Sharing Economy Trust Index

7th December 2015

More than half of Australians trust the sharing economy more than its traditional alternative.   RateSetter Australia, an Australian peer-to-peer lending platform named after its UK twin, has ...

Fellow Finance Opens to Japanese Investors

7th December 2015

Fellow Finance allows Japanese investors to lend to Finnish borrowers.    Last October, Finnish peer-to-peer lending platform Fellow Finance opened its services to investors with a bank ...

Lufax Seeks $1 Billion at $15 Billion Valuation

4th December 2015

The company was valued at $10 billion during its last fundraising round in March.    Chinese peer-to-peer lender Lufax is said to be seeking about $1 billion in a new funding round that ...

Boyd Pederson of Bigstone Capital talks Oz, Regulation and International Expansion

3rd December 2015

Bigstone Capital, a start-up Australian loan market dedicated to working with small businesses, has recently partnered with the Interface Financial Group (IFG), one of the North America’s largest ...

NZ LendMe goes live

2nd December 2015

LendMe launches in New Zealand after a rigorous period of beta testing.   Following on from its successful licensing by the Financial Markets Authority last May, New Zealand P2P lender LendMe ...

Thinking Capital partners with CIBC – An Interview with Jeff Mitelman

1st December 2015

For the first time, a partnership has been struck between a fintech firm and a major Canadian bank.    Last month, Canadian peer-to-peer lending platform Thinking Capital announced a partnership ...

The Regulatory Framework for Equity Crowdfunding in Australia

1st December 2015

Introduction   Similarly to their global peers, Australian SMEs are experiencing extreme difficulty in accessing capital to expand their operations. Many of these difficulties are to be expected. ...

Dianrong.com and Hanwha forge strategic partnership

30th November 2015

The two Asian businesses sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to sell financial services products.    Chinese peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform Dianrong.com and the Asian global leader ...

New UK invoice platform emerges – An Interview with Aamar Aslam of Funding Invoice

27th November 2015

A new online invoice finance solution has appeared on the UK’s alternative finance scene. Companies struggling with cash flows, while waiting for invoices to be paid, now have a new option by the ...

Dealstruck and Lendio Release eBook

26th November 2015

The report focuses on strengths, weaknesses and projections of the online small business lending industry.   Online direct small business lender Dealstruck and online small business lending ...

An Update on TWINO

25th November 2015

TWINO reaches two new milestones and takes further steps toward transparency.   Officially launched in Baltics last July, consumer lender TWINO has announced a couple of milestones. Its total ...

Beehive Celebrates its First Anniversary

23rd November 2015

Middle eastern platform publishes research highlighting the drivers behind SME growth   Dubai-based P2P platform Beehive has celebrated its first anniversary with striking results, including ...

Victory Park and KKR launch $175 Million Asset-Backed Securitization of Avant loans

20th November 2015

Asset manager Victory Park Capital (VPC) and investment giant KKR yesterday announced a $175 million asset-backed securitization of unsecured loans originated by Avant. The loans appear to be worth $195 ...

The Alternative Finance Market in Italy

20th November 2015

Overview   According to a recent report by Cambridge University and EY, the alternative finance space is not as developed as in Italy as it is in other European countries. In the three-year ...

Grouplend Rebrands as Grow Financial

19th November 2015

Canada's online lending platform changes name and brings out its second product.   Canada-based online lending platform Grouplend has announced today that it has rebranded as Grow Financial ...

Spotlight on the Italian P2P Lending Market – An Interview with Maurizio Sella of Smartika

19th November 2015

AltFi caught up with Maurizio Sella, Founder and Chairman of Smartika, to find more about his business and the P2P lending space in Italy.   It's no secret that the Italian P2P lending ...

OnDeck Reports Striking Results

19th November 2015

Since 2007, OnDeck has generated estimated $11 billion in economic impact and 74,000 jobs in the US.   OnDeck, the US online lending platform for small business, has announced the results of ...

Fuelling Economic Growth in the Midwest – An interview with Ryan Rosett

17th November 2015

Credibly and the Small Business Association of Michigan forge a partnership to support state businesses.   The emerging US fintech platform Credibly has announced a partnership with the Small ...

P2P investors pine for property exposure

16th November 2015

According to Crowdstacker, retail investors want to enhance their exposure to the UK property market by means other than direct property purchase.   According to research conducted online by ...

Disrupting the Real Estate Market – An interview with Jason Fritton

13th November 2015

Patch of Land CEO talks about his company and how crowdfunding is helping to repair the damage caused by the 2008 Housing Crash.    The global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008 was widely ...

Real Estate Market opening up to youngsters

13th November 2015

30% of Property Partner’s investors are 30 or under, while the average landlord is 56 years old.    In the past, the real estate market was widely known to have high barriers to entry ...

CircleUp closes $30m Series C

12th November 2015

Equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp has closed a $30 million investment round led by Collaborative Fund.    San Francisco-based equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp has announced today ...

Tycoon Real Estate acquired by Chicago Crowdfunding Consortium

10th November 2015

The first ever acquisition of a real estate crowdfunding platform is complete.  A consortium of five crowdfunding platforms – American Homeowner Preservation, Patch of Land, Peer Realty, ...

KoreConX Disrupts Equity Crowdfunding

9th November 2015

KoreConX has introduced an all-in-one solution helping companies to obtain equity funding more efficiently. KoreConX has announced the launch of a new platform that provides businesses with a suite ...

Lending Club partners with Google AdWords

9th November 2015

This second partnership provides small business AdWords users with new financing solutions.  After the launch of its multi-draw line of credit product in October, the world’s foremost marketplace ...

Lending Club releases Q3 2015 Results

6th November 2015

Another strong quarter for the US market’s largest marketplace Lender.     Lending Club has announced Q3 2015 financial results, revealing the continued growth of the platform. The ...

MoneyCircle.com Introduces Decentralized P2P Lending

30th October 2015

Outlier Ventures Ltd launches MoneyCircles.com, a decentralised peer-to-peer lending app that allow people to mimic credit unions.    Europe’s first dedicated blockchain incubator ...

Biz2Credit Forges Strategic Partnership with Customers Bank

30th October 2015

AltFi caught up with Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora to learn more about the new partnership and about several other hot topics in the industry.   The online resource for small business lending, ...

Dealstruck Crosses the $100m Mark

29th October 2015

The online direct lender Dealstruck passes a milestone.    Dealstruck has announced today the passing of the $100 million mark in lending since inception, with over 750 credit solutions ...

Credibly partners with BodeTree

28th October 2015

Credibly, formerly known as RetailCapital, today has forged a partnership with BodeTree.   The emerging US fintech platform Credibly today has announced a partnership with BodeTree, a cloud ...

InvoiceBid has rebranded as Timelio

27th October 2015

AltFi catches up with newly rebranded Timelio co-founder Charlotte Petris to find out more about platform’s new developments.   Following on from our last AltFi Down Under series, we ...

Bizfi facilitates $127m of lending in Q3 2015

27th October 2015

Bitzfi – a fully automated online aggregator in the US – helped to originate $127 million in business financing in the third quarter of 2015.   Following on from its rebrand last ...

OnDeck Expands its Product Suite

26th October 2015

OnDeck’s customers will benefit from increased term loan ranges, line of credit sizes and lower rates.   OnDeck has announced a considerable expansion of its range of products to meet ...

Kabbage and ING forge Strategic Partnership

23rd October 2015

Atlanta-based Kabbage partners with ING to fund small businesses in Spain   After having closed a $135m Series E round last week, the US financial services data and technology online platform ...

LoanBook Capital Closes €1.1m Funding Round

23rd October 2015

LoanBook Capital has raised €1.1m – the largest amount of money ever invested in a Spanish business lending marketplace.   Barcelona-based platform LoanBook Capital today has announced ...

Fellow Finance targets European Investors

22nd October 2015

Fellow Finance has opened up its services to European Investors   Investors with a bank account within European Union (EU) or Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) are now able to invest in Finnish ...

Lending Works partners with Pay4Later

21st October 2015

Lending Works has forged a partnership with Pay4Later.   Partnerships are very common phenomena within the alternative finance industry. Today we’ve seen the announcement of another relationship ...

Aegon Invests €150 million through Auxmoney

20th October 2015

€150m Investment by financial services and insurance giant is the largest-ever lending commitment to a continental European marketplace lender.   The international provider of life insurance, ...

P2Binvestor launches New Hybrid Line of Credit

20th October 2015

The marketplace lender P2Binvestor has today announced the launch of two new products and revealed a $110 million funding milestone.   After having forged its first institutional partnership ...

P2P Mortgage Lender Launches in Latvia

19th October 2015

Real estate focused peer-to-peer lending platform Viventor launches in Latvia.    The new company is open specifically to European investors from more than 30 European countries and offers ...

Raiseworks splits into two businesses

16th October 2015

Raiseworks CEO Gary Chodes has sold his minority interest in Raiseworks LLC.   In December 2013, Gary Chodes and GLI Finance (GLIF), the specialist provider of finance to global small and medium ...

Lending Club releases low-cost line of credit for businesses

16th October 2015

Lending Club had been testing a multi-draw line of credit product over the last few months.   After the release of the Lending Club Open Integration tool in August 2015, the world’s foremost ...

Kabbage Closes $135m Series E

15th October 2015

Multiple global financial institutions have invested in the US marketplace lender Kabbage.   Reverence Capital Partners, ING, Santander InnoVentures and Scotiabank are just a few names of the ...

Two new additions to Harmoney’s advisory board

14th October 2015

Harmoney welcomes capital markets and business growth experts to its advisory board.   Australasia’s largest peer-to-peer lending marketplace Harmoney has announced that Jon Barlow, Founder ...

LendInvest announces second consecutive year of profit

13th October 2015

The UK online marketplace for property investment, LendInvest, has reported £3.1 million of profit for the year ending 31 March 2015.   P2P mortgage platform LendInvest has reported a ...

National Funding gets an increased line of credit

13th October 2015

National Funding announces that Wells Fargo will be making larger amounts of capital available to platform.   Founded in 1999, National Funding is one of the US’ largest financial service ...

Fourth P2P lender licensed in New Zealand

12th October 2015

New Zealand’s peer-to-peer lending sector is heating up after Lending Crowd has been granted its licence from the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) today.   In December 2014, Harmoney ...

P2Binvestor announces relationship with HCG

8th October 2015

The marketplace lender, P2Binvestor, has forged its first institutional partnership with the alternative asset management firm HCG Fund Management LP.   P2Binvestor (P2Bi), the marketplace lender ...

Biz2Credit partners with CPA.com

7th October 2015

A subsidiary of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), CPA.com, has partnered with Biz2Credit, the online resource for small business lending.   CPA.com today announced ...