Something amazing happened last weekend: we were very fortunate to be featured in Barron’s only 2 weeks after our public launch beyond Facebook, and as a result saw more lenders signing up over that weekend than in the 2 weeks before! The Barron’s article came shortly after the Reuters piece last week, which also contributed to bringing more lenders.
Positive reviews from reputable newspapers, magazines and press agencies are nice to have. Not only did we all send the articles to our moms, but the funds that have been added by the new lenders since the Barron’s article will also help close many loans, help more borrowers achieve their financial goals and continue building the Lending Club community. Positive press contributes to establishing person-to-person lending as an alternative, more responsible way to borrow money at better rates.
We all worked hard over the last few weeks, so we thought it was time to pause and take the time to celebrate. With Renaud Laplanche and John Donovan both being avid sailors, we could think of no better way to celebrate than to take to the seas (or the Bay in our case) aboard a beautiful catamaran for a sailing adventure with our new friends at Adventure Cat.
We went in and spent several glorious hours touring San Francisco’s wondrous scenery, including Sausalito and Alcatraz Island, with an amazing ride under the Golden Gate Bridge. With San Francisco’s trademark fog and a few friendly sea lions greeting us along our journey, we were treated to a spectacular day of sailing. Only Rex Dixon, our Director of Social Media Content, who lives in St. Louis, and Peter Petras, our VP of Business Development, who was busy closing deals in Boston, were missing.
As “off-site company meetings” go, we certainly have no complaints!
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