Blockchain-based BitLendingClub Shuts Down, Cites Regulatory Pressure

Blockchain-based BitLendingClub Shuts Down, Cites Regulatory Pressure

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The world’s largest Blockchain lending marketplace, BitLendingClub, has announced its sudden shutdown due to what it describes as regulatory pressure. The Bulgarian-registered startup has operated since 2014 and has funded almost 10 thousand loans worth in excess of $7 mln. Now, its operations are ceasing, with existing users retaining minimal functionality in order to move funds out. “We’ve worked extremely hard to build a platform and a community which is uniquely positioned to provide the Bitcoin ecosystem with a greatly needed service,” a blog post released today states. The company adds: “However, over the last year or so, the regulatory pressures has been increasing to the point that it is no longer feasible to maintain the operation of the platform. We are regretfully announcing that we will have to begin (sic) terminating the services effective immediately.” The functionality will begin to be reduced from next week. The burden of compliance The move reflects the continued difficulties faced by cryptocurrency-based finance startups with regards to legislation. While the EU has been fairly accommodating to disruptive finance overall, as witnessed in activity in the Netherlands, ensuring businesses conform to the requirements can overbearingly restrict functionality. BitLendingClub said the shutdown was part of the …

P2P Bitcoin Lending Platform Review – BTCpop Review

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QUICK TAKE BTCpop offers the best default protection in the market – insurance up to 50% of the loan, a borrower’s collateral mechanism, and partnership with an international debt collection agency.   Acquisition of Ardeva allows the outsourcing (insourcing?) of account verification, which is thoroughly done, while protecting borrower privacy. Internal flotation of shares allows for collateralization of debt APRs are very high for borrowers, which discourages the most quality profiles from using the platform. Third higest loan volume in the market and growing. Try BTC-POP Today Summary BTCpop has hit the bitcoin lending ground running, introducing a number of novel concepts that will must likely become standard in the wider market.  Debt collateral, which had not made an appearance in the p2p bitcoin lending, is introduced utilizing a clever method of crowdfunding directly through the btcpop platform.  And despite some of their previous controversies, the acquistion of Ardeva, a company that has been solely focused on account verifications, lends more professional airs to the process, though it does also make it a bit more intensive.  We are also fond of the loan insurance concept, but its current form – in which this is a small premium added as a …

Bitcoin Lending Platform Bitbond Rakes in 600K Euro Investment

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Global Bitcoin P2P lending platform Bitbond has raised 600,000 euros in second tranche of angel funding. The platform’s total funding for the round has now reached 800,000 euros. The prominent angel investors this time included Florian Heinemann and Uwe Horstmann (Project A), Christian Vollmann (early investor in ResearchGate), and Felix Jahn (co-founder of Home24). Bitbond will utilize the funding to expand its customer base and make a highly pronounced impact on emerging markets. Bitbond, which was introduced in 2013, has processed over 600 loans with the number of registered customers touching 10,000 from over 120 countries. Radoslav Albrecht, founder & CEO of Bitbond said: “The additional resources will help us to continue realizing our mission which is to make lending and borrowing globally accessible. We are happy to have such experienced investors supporting us on this exciting journey.” On the development, angel investor Christian Vollmann commented that, “Currently over 50% of small businesses are underserved by banks and don’t have access to credit. Bitbond provides a technological solution to this problem. It’s great to see such an innovative approach being developed in the Berlin startup scene.” The International Finance Corporation of the World Bank estimates that the global credit gap …

A Quick Review Of BTCLend A Peer-To-Peer Bitcoin Lending Network

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Don’t get caught in a jam While I have never been a big believer in loans in my life, crypto currency technologies have greatly changed my view on that subject this year when a new upstart launched in San Pedro California on January 17th  2015. BTCLend has a very solid platform with a familiar and simple to follow GUI that many crypto users may be familiar with if you have used BTCJam. After that, all the similarities drop off fast. BTCLend is banking on features that have already proven successful for others while at the same time developing potential features that many have asked for in the crypto currency lending space.   You Can Sign up Here Now and Create your BTCLend Wallet!   Signing up with BTCLend is straightforward, it is very much like opening a bank account and you will need to become verified at higher levels to gain a higher credit worthiness rating. After two months of operations BTCLend Currently has 71 open loan listings with a total of  ฿ 60.59855 in total funded loans to date. While BTCLend has been successful at creating an alternative to BTCJam for the crypto world. They have also learned from …

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 …

BitLendingClub to Take On Trillion Dollar Loans Market, Encouraging ‘Good Borrowers’

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Cross-border peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin lending platform BitLendingClub, is looking to disrupt the growing lending industry with a unique model that should oust bad players while providing a better framework for “good borrowers.” The Bulgaria-based startup integrated with the Boost VC accelerator program in February, and is looking forward to demo day on May 7, where the team will be presenting its product to an audience filled with influential VCs and industry leaders. Speaking with CoinTelegraph, co-founder and CEO Kiril Gantchev, shared his excitement to be one of the 25 startups selected to integrate Boost VC’s Tribe 5, as well as his ambition to provide greater efficiency to a trillion dollar market that is ripe for innovation. The right incentive BitLendingClub, which works under a ‘Dutch auction’ system that consists in letting borrowers choose the interest rate that matches their requirements, charges fees from loans that have been repaid. The particular element allows BitLendingClub to have “an extra incentive to provide a better framework for good borrowers to repay their loans and bad borrowers to be selected out as early as possible,” and enables the startup to differentiate itself from other existing services that would essentially provide an infrastructure for borrowers …