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Alternative Lending Goes Mainstream: A Panel Discussion on New Lending Models - April 14, 2016 - San Francisco CA
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Alternative Lending Goes Mainstream:
A Panel Discussion on New Lending Models
April 14, 2016 - San Francisco CA

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WeWork Golden Gate
25 Taylor St, San Francisco,CA 94102


April 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Specialty finance companies have always been part of the lending landscape but the market has seen an explosion in lending models and players since the first marketplace lender launched a decade ago. According to one of the major credit unions, these alternative lenders surpassed banks in personal loan origination volume for the first time in 2015.

As alternative lenders mature, they face an evolving set of issues to scale in a sustainable way such as securing committed capital sources, establishing new distribution channels, managing increased levels of compliance scrutiny, and making smart underwriting decisions as credit conditions change. This panel discussion will bring together a collection of alternative lending stakeholders to discuss how market leaders got to where they are today as well as where the market is likely to go in the future.

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6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Announcements
7:10 PM Panel Discussion
8:10 PM Networking
9:00 PM End of session


Ben Brown

Senior Consultant at First Annapolis

Ben Brown is a Senior Consultant at First Annapolis, a management consulting and M&A advisory firm focused on payments-related sectors of the financial services industry. First Annapolis supports a wide range of clients around the world, including financial institutions, financial technology providers, alternative lenders, retailers, and private equity investors. The firm’s typical assignments involve market research, business and product strategy, strategic partnerships, portfolio management, and M&A support.

From his current office in San Francisco, Ben supports First Annapolis’ engagement with Bay Area FinTech startups, digital brands, and established technology companies. He also advises participants in several industry-backed startup accelerators. Prior to his current role, Ben lived in The Netherlands for several years helping to grow First Annapolis’ European office in Amsterdam.

Ben graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, from which he holds dual degrees with honors in Finance and Operations Management.

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John Goldston

Director, Capital Markets at Prosper Marketplace

John Goldston is a Director, Capital Markets at Prosper Marketplace. In this role, John helps manage Prosper’s key institutional investors through all phases of the customer lifecycle, including sales and due diligence, onboarding, account management and capital markets activity. Prior to joining Prosper, John was a Senior Associate at the private equity firm Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe. John has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



Tony Morosini

Vice President of Product Development at SoFi

I am very fortunate to have spent my career at the intersection of the commercialization of new technologies with the opportunity of ground breaking business models. It has been very exciting to drive the transformation of ideas from scribbles on napkins to enterprise systems running companies.

For the past dozen years I have been focused on payments, banking and lending, having spent a good bit of time at both Visa and now SoFi. The common theme has been the challenge of combining innovation with practicality, to bring new business opportunities to market.


Sasha Orloff

CEO at LendUp

Sasha Orloff, CEO and co­founder of LendUp, has had a longtime passion for harnessing technology’s potential to change the world and make lives better. Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus’ book, “Banker to the Poor,” he moved to Honduras and lent his talents to the world­renowned Grameen Foundation and its technology team, where he helped design open source software allowing banks around the world to adopt microfinance platforms. Before being accepted to Y­Combinator and launching LendUp (a venture­backed startup building the next generation of safe credit products for the financially underserved) in 2012, Sasha also worked for startups including Ingenio (acquired by AT&T) and Check (acquired by Intuit), and as a Senior Vice President on Citigroup's Venture Capital team. He has a B.S. in applied math and economics from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from Georgetown University.


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Beth Gilson

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at LendStreet

COO and CFO for a Silicon Valley backed online lending start-up. LendStreet provides funds to advance settlement of its customers' credit card debts and associated debt settlement fees. The company intends to expand into other consumer finance markets and develop a P2P marketplace for its loans.

The COO/CFO role covers the full spectrum of operations, finance, strategic planning and implementation. Key goals for 2016 include Series A raise, continuing to develop scalable infrastructure, growing loan origination volume and improving efficiencies through on-going automation.

Versatile COO/CFO coupling strategic business acumen with hands on implementation.10 year history as COO building and running a successful mortgage servicing company from startup through hyper- growth and preparation for exit. 15 years in investment banking running a group with client coverage and deal lead responsibilities. Effective leader and team builder.









Location WeWork Golden Gate - 25 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States

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Thursday 14 April 2016, 06:00pm - 09:00pm
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