SAN FRANCISCO--(Prosper.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer lending marketplace with nearly one million members and over 32,000 funded loans totaling over $194 million, today announced that it has raised $14.7 million in a Series D round from new investors TomorrowVentures, LLC and CompuCredit Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: CCRT) and all of Prosper’s existing investors: Accel Partners; Benchmark Capital; DAG Ventures; Meritech Capital Partners; Omidyar Network; QED Investors; and Volition Capital (formerly Fidelity Ventures). Including this latest round of financing, Prosper has raised a total of $57.7 million to date.)--
“Prosper is the leader in the space and positioned to be at the forefront of revolutionizing fundamental aspects of the financial services industry for many years to come.”
Prosper also announced that Court Coursey, Managing Partner at TomorrowVentures, will join the company’s Board of Directors. Prosper’s other Board members include, Jim Breyer of Accel Partners; Larry Cheng of Volition Capital; Bob Kagle of Benchmark Capital; and Capital One Co-founder Nigel Morris of QED Investors.
"We were attracted to Prosper because it offers a game-changing solution and is poised to capitalize on the consumer lending market in a substantial manner," said Court Coursey, Managing Partner at TomorrowVentures. "Prosper is the leader in the space and positioned to be at the forefront of revolutionizing fundamental aspects of the financial services industry for many years to come."
Prosper, America’s first peer-to-peer lending marketplace, maintains approximately two-thirds of the U.S. peer-to-peer lending market and, according to Deutsche Bank Research, Prosper is the largest peer-to-peer lending marketplace worldwide. Gartner Research has forecasted that the peer-to-peer lending industry will “soar at least 66 percent to $5 billion of outstanding loans by 2013.” Prosper crossed the $1 billion milestone in consumer loan demand in March 2008 and has now surpassed $1.8 billion in demand.
“We are greatly appreciative of the tremendous support and commitment shown by our early backers, and honored by the caliber and strategic depth of our new investors,” said Chris Larsen, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Prosper. “This latest round of financing strengthens our leadership position and our charge toward continuing to pave the way for bringing the benefits of a third way of banking – peer-to-peer lending – into the mainstream.”
Larsen continued, “The reset button has been hit for consumers who are frustrated with credit companies and a dearth of financing options, and for investors who want to play an active role in reshaping the financial services industry as we’ve known it. Prosper is committed to giving people more power and freedom over the status quo and we’re motivated by what this change-up means for the future of financial services in America and around the globe.”
Prosper is the world’s largest peer-to-peer lending marketplace with approximately one million members and over $194 million in loans. Prosper pioneered peer-to-peer lending, which allows people to invest in each other in a way that is socially and financially rewarding. Prosper's auction model provides an open and transparent way to get a personal loan or invest in loans on terms that are favorable to everyone involved in the transaction.
People and institutions list and bid on loans using Prosper's online auction platform. Borrowers can list loan requests between $1,000 and $25,000 on Prosper and set the maximum rate they are willing to pay an investor for the loan, and tell their story. People and institutional investors register on Prosper as lenders, then set their minimum interest rates, and bid in increments of $25 to $25,000 on loan listings they select. In addition to criteria commonly used by institutional lenders, such as credit scores and histories, Prosper lenders can consider borrowers' personal stories, endorsements from friends, and community affiliations.
Once the auction ends, Prosper takes the bids with the lowest rates and combines them to facilitate the funding of one simple loan to the borrower, and then issues what are called "Notes" to all the winning bidders. Prosper handles all on-going loan administration tasks including loan repayment and collections on behalf of the matched borrowers and investors. Prosper members are then able to trade Notes with other members on the Folio Investing Note Trader platform, provided by Foliofn Investments, Inc. Follow Prosper on twitter @prosperloans
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