Q & A with NoteX360 - Execution Services for the Alternative Lending Market

NoteX360LogoI reached out to Simon Hermiz who is the co-founder and CEO of NoteX360 to learn more about their offerings.   The easiest way to understand NoteX360 is that they are an aggregator and execution provider for the alternative lending market. Thus, family offices and institutional investors come to them with credit models and filter strategies. NoteX360 executes on behalf of clients using their low latency ordering management system. [Read more...]

Q & A with Nickel Steamroller - A Look Into What’s to Come

nickelsteamrollerlogoThis is our second post in a series of posts of third party tools for peer to peer lending.  Our first post featured automated investing with LendingRobot.  In this session, we will be featuring a Q & A with Michael from Nickel Steamroller, which is a great source of information for everything LendingClub and Prosper. [Read more...]

Q & A with LendingRobot - Third Party Automated Investing Tool for Lending Club

LendingRobotThis isn’t the first time that we have talked about third party tools for automated investing on Peer & Social Lending.  Today marks the first of a series of posts we plan to do on all of the popular third party tools that exist for Lending Club and Prosper.  We are starting off this series with a Q & A of LendingRobot created by Gilad Golan and Emmanuel Marot.  As you read through this post be thinking of other questions you may have as Emmanuel has agreed to field any additional questions in the comments section.  [Read more...]

Looking Glass Investments Interview (Institutional P2P Firm)

Recently there has been a lot of talk around the peer to peer lending community about institutional investors. Peer to peer institutional investors are companies who invest in places such as Lending Club and Prosper on behalf of their clients.  We reached out to one named Looking Glass Investments (LGI) which is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. We had the opportunity to talk with co-founders Matthew O’Malley and Dr.Chad Cotti about their experience in the industry.
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New P2P Lending Company - GROUNDFLOOR

The P2P lending industry is certainly starting to heat up.  I’ve discovered a lot of companies in the P2P lending industry and gained some insight into these companies by watching some of LendIt 2013 .

Recently, I found out about a new company called GROUNDFLOOR .  The idea intrigued me, so I decided to reach out to the founders: Brian Dally & Nick Bhargava.  In short, it is a P2P lending company tailored to real estate development projects.  After you’ve checked out their website, read the Q&A session below for some of the details we were able to gather from them.  Brian and I have both signed up for the private beta and are excited to put our benjamins to work!

Q: We would first like to know how and why you got interested in the p2p
lending industry. Was it an extension of seeing companies like
Prosper/LendingClub remove the banks from the equation in lending?

A: Actually, we were not aware of LendingClub or Prosper when the concept for Groundfloor first took shape. It was really the financial crisis of 2008-09 that motivated us to build a new kind of finance. We are interested in returning to the roots of what finance was before there were 800-pound gorillas who are “too big to fail” yet fail the rest of us regularly. 

Q: What is the biggest obstacle that GROUNDFLOOR faces or has faced?

A: The banks have a sophisticated, heavily engineered process for originating, underwriting and managing loans for real estate. Replacing that with a peer-to-peer model is hard. We think we understand the obstacles well enough and have designed ways to handle them. The toughest thing in making any market is to make sure that the deals we put forward have the maximum appeal to investors. That’s why we’re starting off with a beta, to test and make sure we’re dialing that in correctly. 

Q: Any information on what rates lenders/borrowers can expect to
earn/pay? Will it be similar to LendingClub in note grades etc?

A: The rates vary based on the project and deal structure, but lenders can expect to earn interest from 5% and up, perhaps as high as 10%. Loans are secured by the property and we have some innovative twists to share that lenders are really going to like.

Q: How will projects be selected and what types of projects do you anticipate financing?  Are there any in the pipeline you can share details on?

A: Developers and lenders who are interested in what we’re doing should visit GROUNDFLOOR.us and sign up to get involved now. We’re putting together a range of projects for feedback from potential lenders. We’ve identified a handful of initial prospects, and are continuing to add more. Lender feedback will ultimately shape which projects are part of our beta and which ones will need to wait until our commercial launch. 

Q: How big of loans do you anticipate to be servicing?

A: We’d rather not speculate about that right now.

Q: Finally, do you have an anticipated launch date of the first project and when the beta will begin?

A: Not that we can announce yet, no.