P2P Lending Market Growth By The Numbers 2015

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Ever since the financial crisis in the U.S. happened, potential borrowers have been desperately trying to find better access to credit and at lower interest rates, in the meantime, retail investors have been seeking ways to grow their money more efficiently and receive higher returns on their investments. Banking institutions, who’ve been saddled with regulatory burdens, haven’t been able to fully meet the needs of either. Because of this gap in the market, much room was left open for the rapid growth of a new financial sector — peer-to-peer lending. Peer-to-peer lending platforms like Lending Club and Prosper Marketplace run online lending services that can quickly and automatically match borrowers seeking a loan to an investor willing to provide the funds for that loan at an attractive interest rate.         P2P Lending Market Numbers Infographic   Infographic credit to: www.LendingRobot.com   P2P Lending Growth Facts For 2015   The Peer-to-Peer lending industry is seeing significant growth, especially in developed countries with strong financial markets. P2P lenders in the US generated $6.6 billion in loans last year, up 128%. The US has one of the largest P2P lending markets in the world by loan volume, but the UK’s loan volume 72% larger on a per capita basis. Caused by low …

How Bitcoin Empowers Global Peer-to-Peer Lender BTCJam

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San Francisco-based startup BTCJam is taking peer-to-peer lending to a global audience, and is using bitcoin to achieve its vision. Bypassing the restrictions of fiat currencies, the company says, allows any individual in the world to receive a loan via its platform. While traditional wire transfers are costly and not always easy to set up, bitcoin allows approved BTCJam borrowers to receive funds almost instantly, wherever they may live and whether or not they have a bank account. Celso Pitta, the company’s CEO, told CoinDesk: “We are a global lending platform. We use bitcoin as a payment method to enable international, cross-border lending.” BTCJam CEO Celso Pitta talking about his startup at CoinSummit. Source: CoinSummit From banker to bitcoin entrepreneur Pitta, who hails from Brazil, had prior experience in the finance industry before starting BTCJam: “I worked for Citibank. Knowing banking from the inside, I knew that I could do better: a peer-to-peer lending website.” However, Pitta reached his first stumbling block when he discovered the penalty for starting an unlicensed money-lending service in Brazil. “I noticed that if you do [lending] in Brazil, you will go to jail for 10 years,” he said. As absurd as that might sound to some, this potential roadblock is …

Two Bitcoin Companies Make the Fox Business List of 30 Hot Fintech Startups

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Fox Business published a list of 30 top fintech startups to watch in the Bay Area. The list includes two Bitcoin companies that offer simple and effective solutions for important real-world problems. BTCjam allows users to invest their bitcoin and earn a high rate of return. This process is secure and allows investors to participate in peer-to-peer lending. BTCjam is also a great place for those seeking loans, and especially for the residents of developing countries without a national credit scoring system who are subject to aggressive predatory lending practices when they need to borrow money from traditional lenders. Using cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, and tapping foreign lenders, helps BTCjam avoid regulatory issues, TechCrunch reported in 2014. “We are one of the first real use cases for bitcoin,” said founder Celso Cardoso Pitta Jr. “Today people circle around buying and selling of bitcoin, but I don’t think bitcoin increases in value because it’s a commodity or a currency. It needs to be useful.” BTCjam is a marketplace where people from around the world connect to borrow and lend using bitcoin. By the end of 2014, the company had facilitated bitcoin loans in excess of $10 million dollars in value with …

Bitcoin API Startup Gem Raises Funding Total to $3.3 Million

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Californian bitcoin API developer Gem has announced an additional $1.3m in funding, raising its total to $3.3m. The round was led by KEC Ventures, with additional contributions from First Round Capital, RRE Ventures– also an investor in 21 Inc and Abra – and early Facebook investor Robert Wolfson, among others. Gem closed its previous round in September last year after receiving funds from Mesa Ventures, Idealab, James Joaquin and Brock Pierce’s investment firm, Crypto Currency Partners. A spokesperson for the platform said the newly acquired funds would be used to accelerate feature development and scale Gem’s services for developers worldwide. Multi-sig wallet  Gem’s funding coincides with the launch of its multi-signature wallet API, which is now publicly available following a series of improvements. Approximately 40% of people using Gem’s API are from outside the United States – dispersed throughout Europe, Asia and South America. The new API aims to ease integration for this worldwide user base, while providing added security measures to protect bitcoin wallets and keys. Ken Miller, COO at Gem, said the security improvements had taken “massive amounts of time and energy to bring to the market”. However, he added: “It just was not an area we were willing to compromise.” The system now uses Hardware Security …

Factom Raises $140k in First Day of ‘Software Sale’

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Factom has raised 579 BTC, or roughly $140,000, through the first day of its crowdsale. The blockchain-based record-keeping network launched its crowdsale yesterday at 17:00 UTC on decentralized application platform Koinify, offering 2,000 Factoid tokens (FACTs) for every 1 BTC pledged by prospective users. The pricing values Factoids at the same initial asking price as Ethers, the token sold during decentralized publishing platform Ethereum’s 2014 crowdsale that eventually garnered upwards of $12.7m. Factom Foundation board chairman David Johnston pointed to the fact that the project had sold more than 1m facts in the first day as another indicator of its success. Johnston told CoinDesk: “I believe this first day of software sales for Factom shows there is strong interest in technology that is focused on scaling the blockchain and providing its features of transparency and honesty to whole new categories of businesses.” The $140,000 in first-day sales surpasses the $111,000 decentralised messaging service GetGems raised during the first two weeks of its invite-only sale, the first to be held on Koinify’s platform last December. Upon launch, Factoids will serve as the payment method users will need to communicate with Factom’s servers. Factoids will run on their own blockchain within Factom. The “early bird” …

Why a New SEC Ruling Could Be ‘Revolutionary’ for Bitcoin Crowdfunding

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Jared Marx is an attorney at Washington, DC law firm Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis. He advises companies about bitcoin-related regulatory law and represents companies and individuals in civil and criminal proceedings. Here, he discusses why a new securities ruling is a potential boon for ‘crypto 2.0‘ and ‘bitcoin 2.0’ companies operating in the US. On Wednesday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted regulations permitting crowdfunding for business startups. The new rules give businesses in the blockchain ecosystem an avenue to get financial backing from the best-educated investors out there: their users. I wrote last week about the challenges that ‘bitcoin 2.0’ companies face from the squishy definition of a “security” under US law. These new rules don’t resolve that ambiguity, but they do create a low-cost safe harbor for businesses that want to avoid uncertainty (and possible criminal exposure) by simply treating their token sales as sales of securities. Here’s how it works: prior to these rules, a company could generally sell securities only to wealthy individuals or after going through expensive registration with the SEC. Now, companies can file a mini-registration statement with the SEC and then sell securities to ordinary people, including over the Internet. As …