Business Lending

Lending Club Calls It Quits On Underwriting Small Business Loans

April 23, 2019
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The company is the latest fintech player to exit small business lending. Lending Club will no longer be underwriting small business loans, according to Lending Club Head of Communication VP Anuj Nayar. The company will still accept applications for them, but will direct them instead to Opportunity Fund and Funding Circle in exchange for referral […]

More Than Half of Small Businesses Seek Less Than $100,000 in Financing

April 22, 2019
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Small businesses need capital in small doses. That’s a takeaway of the latest study published by the Federal Reserve that revealed 57% of employer firms (with less than 500 employees) that applied for financing in 2018, sought $100,000 or less. 20% sought less than $25,000. 56% of all financing applicants said they applied in order […]

When Merchants Defraud Lenders

April 17, 2019
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Back when lenders used to visit the site of a merchant’s business, a “doctor” once hired actors to play nurses and patients to give the illusion of a thriving medical practice when the lender came to check in on the business before financing it. The doctor’s office looked legitimate, it got funded and the fraudster […]

Online Loans You Can Take To The Bank

April 16, 2019
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This story appeared in deBanked’s Mar/Apr 2019 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE OnDeck, the reigning king of small business lending among U.S. financial technology companies, is sharpening its business strategies. Among its new initiatives: the company is launching an equipment-finance product this year, targeting loans of $5,000 to $100,000 with two-to-five […]

Learn From Josh Feinberg and Will Murphy in Person at Broker Fair

April 16, 2019
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Josh Will Everlasting Capital

You’ve seen them on social media. Now you can see them in person. Josh Feinberg and Will Murphy of Everlasting Capital will be doing a joint presentation on how to scale your broker shop at Broker Fair on May 6th at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Limited tickets are still available. Register now […]

OnDeck Takes Advantage of New Same-Day ACH Technology

April 12, 2019
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Same-day ACH is here, thanks to NACHA’s planned upgrade, and OnDeck, a small business lender, has already incorporated it into its platform. Shaleen Prakash, OnDeck’s Vice-President of Product Management, told deBanked: “We are hyper-focused to get customers faster access to funding that’s already been approved for them.” Small business owners can now access up to […]

Online Lenders Square Off, Offer The Kabbage In Brooklyn Food Court

April 10, 2019
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In a fast gentrifying section of Downtown Brooklyn, online lenders are waging a silent turf war. Each day, hungry consumers flock to DeKalb Market, a subterranean hipster food court where lunch and a drink can cost $17. The maze-like space with retro neon signs and rustic wood countertops offers a dizzying array of cuisines, and […]

Kabbage Could Be Neck and Neck with OnDeck for Originations This Year

April 8, 2019
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OnDeck Square Kabbage

Kabbage funded $600 million in the first quarter of the year, putting it on pace to potentially overtake OnDeck in originations for 2019. OnDeck reported $658 million in originations just a quarter earlier to finish 2018. The two companies have been among the top three funders by origination volume on deBanked’s leaderboard since 2014. OnDeck […]

Funding Circle SME Income Fund to Consider Winding Down

April 6, 2019
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The Funding Circle SME Income Fund (FCIF), a fund whose objective is to provide shareholders with a sustainable and attractive level of dividend income by lending, both directly and indirectly, to small businesses through Funding Circle’s platform, may soon be winding down. Earlier this week, the fund’s major shareholders expressed a desire to withdraw their […]

Indicted Loan Brokers Out On Bond, 1 Still in Custody

April 5, 2019
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Four of the five loan brokers indicted in a fake business loan scam that tricked an Ohio resident out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in upfront fees, have been released on bond. Only one, a defendant by the name of Haki Toplica, remains in custody. All of the defendants have entered pleas of not […]

Online Lender Offering “Incredible” Returns to Investors is Recording Massive Losses

March 29, 2019
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StreetShares continues to rack up astronomical losses, according to the company’s recently filed unaudited financial statements. The company recorded a $6.4 million loss for the second half of 2018 on only $1.88 million in operating revenue. As in previous periods, payroll continues to be the largest expense. StreetShares’ funding comes in part from mom & […]

Tiny Small Businesses Struggle More Than the Rest

March 28, 2019
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Main Street Small Businesses

The average credit score of the owner of a “mom and pop” shop (a business with four or fewer employees) is 30 points lower than the owner of a larger business, according to a recent study conducted by Lendio. (Lendio defined a “mom and pop” business and having four or fewer employees). Furthermore, the study […]

Undercover in the Underwriting Room

March 22, 2019
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Think of the stereotype of a high energy, high testosterone sales floor of men practically shouting on the phone. And then scale it down to a level of about 2 out of 10. That was the environment I stepped into on a recent visit to a room of small business finance underwriters. They let me […]

LinkedIn Posts Are Turning Into Deals & Dollars

March 14, 2019
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On average, I sign up one ISO every time I post a message on LinkedIn, says Jennie Villano, VP of Business Development at Kalamata Capital Group. They don’t all end up submitting business, she adds, but overall it works. It costs her nothing more than her time and it produces results. Villano is among the […]

Competition Steps Up in Canadian Small Business Lending Market

March 11, 2019
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Last week’s announcement by Funding Circle that it will establish an operation in Canada later this year is part of a trend of large non-Canadian funders entering or expanding into the Canadian market, according to Adam Benaroch, President of CanaCap, a small business funder based in Montreal. Funding Circle started in the UK and expanded […]

Square Capital On Pace to Overtake OnDeck in Small Business Lending

February 28, 2019
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Square Versus OnDeck

OnDeck’s annual loan origination volume has more than doubled since 2014, from $1.2 billion to $2.5 billion, allowing them to retain the top spot in deBanked’s small business funder rankings. But Square Capital, the small business lending division of Square, has grown by 16x since 2014. In the course of 5 years, they’ve gone from […]

The Art of Moving The Deal – When it becomes too high risk for you

February 27, 2019
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OakNorth, a small and medium sized business lender and online bank, has mastered a strategy to avoid merchants from defaulting 100% of the time, according to a story published in Quartz. The strategy: tell the merchants at risk of defaulting to refinance their loans at a competitor. “We’ve said [to merchants], ‘Go renegotiate with another […]

True Story: I Cold Called a Merchant

February 25, 2019
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Todd Stone Makes a Cold Call

While visiting the office of Excel Capital in Manhattan on a reporting assignment, I saw a few open desks. They weren’t exactly empty, just available. There were phones, headsets, and computers all set up, just waiting for a salesperson to sit down and plug in. I pictured the salespeople I’ve previously profiled, smiling & dialing, […]

Deal Flow in the Heartland — From Mississippi and Beyond

February 23, 2019
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This story appeared in deBanked’s Jan/Feb 2019 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE The political, cultural and economic abyss that separates the heartland from the coasts seems to grow deeper and wider with each passing day, and trying to reconcile the disparities can feel nearly hopeless. But differences among geographic locations aren’t […]

Small Business Funders Court Florists Before Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019
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Earlier this month, LendingTree published results from a survey they conducted about consumer spending on Valentine’s Day. The main takeaway is that men are planning to spend almost two and a half times more than what their significant others (of either gender) expect them to spend. So there might be some nice surprises today! On […]