Google Investing in Lending Club, Peer-to-Peer Lending Platform

Maybe it’s time for you to try investing through Lending Club?

Google, the search engine (and everything else) we all know and love, just purchased a minority share (less than 7%) of LendingClub Corp. They made the purchase from current investors along with Foundation Capital for a total purchase price of $125 Million. The purchase was made at a $1.55 Billion dollar valuation, which is much higher than previous valuations. According to Tech Crunch, Lending Club is planning an initial public offering in 2014.

But you don’t have to wait to invest through Lending Club. Lending Club is the leading peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform. With Lending Club you can borrow money without involving a bank. Instead you rely on individual investors to purchase your debt for an expected decent rate of return. If you haven’t heard of Lending Club it’s likely that they aren’t in your state yet. They aren’t here in Texas, for example.

Chief executive at Lending Club had this to say about the deal:

“We’re trying to be the good guys of finance and banking, and Google has a reputation of being the good guys of technology.”

So why exactly does Google want to own a piece of this non-traditional lending platform company? No specific details have been released about what the two companies are planning to do together. But for P2P fans, it’s a great sign for confidence in the peer-to-peer lending industry that such an influential and innovative company would take a financial interest in Lending Club.

What do you think of the deal with Google? Are you an investor or borrower at Lending Club?



Last Edited: May 7, 2013 @ 9:41 am
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Comments

  1. That’s awesome news!  I looked into Lending Club a while ago, but decided against it for the meantime.  I think it’s a very interesting business model and I will probably venture into it at some point.  Having Google as an investor makes me feel a lot better about it because I had been a little worried about the validity of P2P lending.

  2. I was a borrower about 4 years ago and then became a lender too. It has been a good experience for me.

  3. cbkcc1 says:

    i am not investing much, but have averaged 16.17% over the 1 and a half i have been in.  if nothing else it is a neat experiment and it sounds like it helps people.  (although i am sure their rates can be quite high)