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Kiva Adjusts Lending Model in the U.S. 4

Peer to peer microlender Kiva is changing the way people crowdfund on their site specifically for the U.S. market. The non-profit is best known as a platform where those in less fortunate countries can solicit loans in order to start a business or finance other expenses but expanded to include entrepreneurs domestically starting in 2009....

FinTech in the 1950s?

In the minds of many of us the FinTech sector is a relatively new phenomenon that has grown over the past decade or so. However, following the trail of banking innovations back to the 1950s paints a different picture of FinTech and their supposed threat to the big banks. A...

How Millennials Are Helping Drive FinTech Adoption 9

Once upon a time, people actually needed to visit their local bank branches in order to take out money, make a deposit, or get a loan. As International Business Times notes, this meant that customers were often making their banking decisions based on how much they liked the people they interacted...

What Banks Think About FinTech (and Vice Versa) 11

You've probably heard it said that in the case of many large predators you might encounter in the wild, it's important to remember that they're more afraid of you than you are of them. When it comes to the traditional banks' perception of FinTech startups, that seems to be proving true....

Square Launches Successful IPO 1

On November 19, the FinTech payments company Square went public, hitting the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol 'SQ.' Although the stock's opening price of $9 was below the company's initially announced target, it closed the day at $13.07 — up 45%. According to The New York Times' Dealbook...

Lending Club's Approval Process: A Peek Behind the Curtain 4

Perhaps the biggest question people have about online lenders is how they determine who will be a good borrower. Since FinTech companies like Lending Club never actually meet their borrowers face to face, they must rely on their application process, algorithms, and other factors to decide if a borrower should...

Lending Club Celebrates $13 Billion in Loans 1

There's no doubt that the growth Lending Club has seen since launching in 2007 has been impressive. Eight years after launch the FinTech leader has introduced new products, formed great partnerships, and now they celebrate facilitating over $13 billion (with a 'b') in loans. As they've come to do when...

Square's IPO — What it Means for FinTech 8

Following IPOs from Lending Club and OnDeck last year, another FinTech company is set to go public in the coming weeks. Square, a payments company famous for their mobile card readers amongst other things, filed for their initial public offering earlier this month. While no date has been announced for...