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May 10, 2019
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Shopify Capital Issued $87.8M in Merchant Cash Advances in Q1

April 30, 2019
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Shopify’s small business funding division, Shopify Capital, issued $87.8 million in merchant cash advances in the first quarter of 2019, according to the company’s earnings report. The figure is a 45% increase over the same period last year. Overall, the company has funded more than $535 million in MCAs since inception. Shopify is primarily an […]

Does Your Merchant Cash Advance Company Pass The Scrutiny Test?

April 29, 2019
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This story appeared in deBanked’s Mar/Apr 2019 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE The merchant cash advance business has come under repeated fire of late from regulators, legislators and customers. “Every aspect of the industry is under scrutiny right now. Syndication agreements, underwriting, and collections are the subject of bills in Congress […]

Has PayPal Eclipsed OnDeck in Small Business Loans?

April 26, 2019
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It’s been said that Kabbage is on pace to surpass OnDeck in small business loan originations, but PayPal has already done it. When PayPal announced a working capital program in the Fall of 2013, few were predicting that the initiative would propel them to the top of the small business lending charts. Just two years […]

Merchant Cash Advances Surpass Leasing As Goto Financing Option for Small Businesses

April 16, 2019
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Financing products sought (of those that applied for any kind of financing in 2018) More small business applied for merchant cash advances in 2018 than they did leasing, factoring, or equity investments. That’s according to a recent Federal Reserve study of small businesses with less than 500 employees. Nine percent of applicants applied for merchant […]

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

April 16, 2019
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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 […]

Give Up Equity In Your Business?! Try Alternative Funding Instead

April 4, 2019
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One thing you can’t get back is your company. Clearbanc Co-founders Andrew D’Souza and Michele Romanow Michele Romanow, a judge on Dragon’s Den, Canada’s version of Shark Tank, realized from the show that a lot of companies should not be pursuing venture capital at all. She recalled a company that was willing to give an […]

Debt Settlement Mastermind of MCA Industry Finally Caves, Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

March 30, 2019
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The mastermind that pioneered debt settlement in the merchant cash advance industry ended his career with a whimper last week. Sergiy Bezrukov pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. Bezrukov has been in jail for two years awaiting trial, which had been repeatedly postponed because he kept on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shopify is Quickly Climbing the Ranks of the Largest Small Business Funders

February 12, 2019
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Shopify originated $277 million in merchant cash advances in 2018, according to their quarterly earnings reports. That figure already places them among the largest small business funding providers nationwide. Below is a look of how they stack up thus far: Company Name 2018 Originations 2017 2016 2015 2014 OnDeck $2,484,000,000 $2,114,663,000 $2,400,000,000 $1,900,000,000 $1,200,000,000 Kabbage […]

New York Introduces Bill to Ban COJs in Financial Contracts

February 4, 2019
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New York Assemblymembers Yuh-Line Niou and Crystal Peoples-Stokes have introduced a bill that would prohibit Confessions of Judgment (COJs) from being used in any contract or agreement for a financial product or service. Peoples-Stokes’ district was one of the first districts to boycott COJs originated by merchant cash advance companies after Erie County Clerk Michael […]

Get The Affidavit or Waive It? Examining Confessions of Judgment

February 1, 2019
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This story appeared in deBanked’s Jan/Feb 2019 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE Caton Hanson, the chief legal officer and co-founder of the online credit-reporting and business-to-business matchmaker Nav, says that his Salt Lake City-based company would not associate with a small-business financier that included “confessions of judgment” in its credit contracts. […]

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January 28, 2019
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Confessions of Judgment in MCA Make the Evening News

January 21, 2019
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Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is no longer processing Confessions of Judgment (COJs) in Erie County for merchant cash advance companies, according to a statement his office published this week. Prior to being elected Clerk, Kearns was an assemblyman in the New York State legislature. On Monday night, Kearns appeared on Channel 4’s evening news […]

Small Business Funding is Blasting Off

January 18, 2019
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Despite the pall of the record long partial government shutdown which has hurt brokers and funders of SBA loans, many companies and individuals in the online small business funding space are off to a very fruitful 2019. Below are some that we found. Amerifi After 15 years in the screen printing and embroidering business, Edward […]

Capify Secures Massive Credit Facility from Goldman Sachs

January 16, 2019
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Capify, which serves the UK and Australia markets, announced this morning that it has secured a £75 million (roughly $95 million) credit facility from Goldman Sachs. “This credit facility validates our company as a leader in the marketplace and underlines the strength of our business model to provide simple, affordable and smart financial options to […]