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The Lending Club Story: How the world's largest peer to peer lender is transforming finance and how you can benefit [Kindle Edition]

Peter Renton , Renaud Laplanche
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Book Description

Every now and then a company comes along that completely transforms an industry. Today, what Lending Club is doing to the financial services industry is truly revolutionary. The way we invest and borrow money is being changed forever.

With over $1 billion in loans issued Lending Club is quickly moving towards the mainstream of consumer finance. Peer to peer lending can no longer be ignored as a passing fad, it is clearly here to stay.

The Lending Club Story is the first book ever published about Lending Club, the world’s largest p2p lender. It is part storytelling, part investment guide and part reference book.

In this book Peter Renton, the publisher of the most widely read blog on peer to peer lending, will explain:

• What is peer to peer lending and why it is becoming so popular
• How Lending Club went from just an idea to $1 billion in loans in less than six years
• How a little startup called Lending Club thrived during and after the financial crisis while some of the largest companies on Wall Street were collapsing
• How investors are benefiting from this new kind of investment
• How the borrowing process works at Lending Club
• What the future holds for this fast growing company

Many intelligent investors from successful hedge funds as well as small mom and pop investors are moving money away from the stock and bond markets and into peer to peer lending with Lending Club. After you have read this book you will understand why.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A22QIKM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lending Club Story is a winner. December 2, 2012
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"The Lending Club Story" by Peter Renton is a winner. It provides ample useful information for present and prospective peer-to-peer investors and borrowers; all while telling the story of the industry's premier lender in a way that captures and keeps the reader's attention. Even though I'm not yet involved in the peer-to-peer industry, I found the book an excellent primer for further exploration. If I were Lending Club, I'd support and promote this book like crazy. Good job!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Guide to Lending Club and Investing November 9, 2012
By mphill
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Peter did a great job detailing the history of Lending Club in this book. Learning the motivation for why P2P platforms like Lending Club and Prosper were created can help new investors understand what P2P lending is, and how it might make sense for their portfolio.

The pace of the book is what I would consider great, and it's easy to follow even if you have limited investing experience. Although I am not on the borrower side, Peter makes a point include interviews with borrowers. It was rewarding to see how investors are making a positive impact on people's lives when banks are typically reluctant to do so.

From an investor perspective, Peter will take you though all the steps needed to start investing and much more. He also offers strategic advice on how to put together an investment strategy using several analytical website resources. He does not tell you how to invest exactly, but will recommend the tools to deploy capital in an intelligent way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Author Worth Following December 19, 2012
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I've been following Peter Renton's blog for roughly a year now. Through various investing strategies and tools I would not have known about if not for him (including 'the now defunct' LendStats,,, and to name a few) I have become a relatively successful P2P investor. I run 3 Prosper accounts (cash, my IRA, my wife's IRA) as well as a Lending Club account. I average about 15% across all four accounts.

While Peter's book is not a "hear's how to make money" tutorial, if you want to be successful in the P2P arena you need to "know the ins and outs", "the devil's in the details", "throw in your own cliche here". Follow his work and you will know more about P2P lending, period. Peter is incredibly active in the community of P2P lending. He regularly reposts and/or responds to my own blog posts on, and even helped publicize one of my P2P lending tools BidCopy at

It sounds like I'm just tossing around URL's, but it's to show that Peter is very active and heavily involved. He knows what's going on in the P2P market. When Prosper recently made a controversial blog post about changing the data they would make publicly available to researchers/developers (changing XML to CSV), he and I were immediately emailing each other and Prosper for answers. Albeit, Peter demands a response from Prosper better than I :)

Word has it he will be publishing a similar Prosper Story in 2013 which I look forward to reading as well. He writes in an easy-to-understand language which can be challenging for the writer when you're speaking of percentages, investments, returns, etc. Read his book, read his blog ...then read my blog :) ..., have fun investing, make money. 'Nuff Said
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis of a financing phenomenon November 9, 2012
By SteveS
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I've been dabbling in Lending Club for a couple of years now, and have followed Peter's excellent blog posts since he began watching the p2p industry. This book is a concise encapsulation of the Lending Club phenomenon from its inception, and offers many valuable tips and techniques as well.

If you're even vaguely interested in the rapid evolution of p2p lending, or are looking for an easy way to get expert insight in how Lending Club works, Peter's book is a must-read. It is comfortably pitched at the average reader rather than financial wonks, with minimal jargon and lots of useful information in a format that won't take you weeks to plow through. Excellent job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief and easy to understand July 9, 2014
By Felix
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Brief and easy to understand. But spend too many words in introducing the process of p2p lending. These processes are basic knowledge, we are not supposed to get them from a book, papers or news is enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable, But Only For the U.S. Market December 19, 2012
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This was an awesome read about something I knew little about. I enjoyed learning about Peer to Peer lending and think that it's a concept that might give the banks a good kick up the you-know-what. I would love to get involved in the Lending Club myself, as I think it's a valid form of investment that is ethically positive, however members are at this current time restricted to the US and I don't live there.

If you do live in the US, however, and are looking for another form of income in a form that might just get someone the business or personal funding they need, this book is a great place to look. It is easy and pleasurable to read and gives great insight into where the world's financial market may head if the banks don't lift their game.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done December 6, 2012
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Peter did a nice job providing a history of the firm and included details not readily available or apparent. Some areas are elementary, but I can see the usefulness for people looking to gain a better understanding of the company and asset class. Overall, a great resource for anyone new to social lending or looking for background on the company.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Concise
An easy read that provides all the basics and links to where you can get more information. A fascinating revolution in finance.
Published 4 months ago by G-Rock
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book
Published 7 months ago by Alexander Elgqvist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little book
If for nothing else, It helped me in finding out that there's an actual "U-Haul Investment Club" - check it out. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jayson L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I found it very interesting.
Very easy to read.
It shows clearly a quick and a practical review of a very interesting story.
Published 19 months ago by Leonardo Uranga
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lending Club Story
I am interested in reading about the company with whom I am investing some money. I like the concept of peer to peer lending.
Published on January 10, 2013 by Mr. Steve Aardappel
4.0 out of 5 stars Lending Club Primer
If you are thinking about investing with (or borrowing from) Lending Club (LC), but you want to learn more about the company and how it works, this is the book for you! Read more
Published on December 27, 2012 by N. Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Peer to peer lending and one of the industry leaders in a nutshell
I got the Kindle version of the book at launch as I'm very interested in the world of peer to peer lending. Read more
Published on December 18, 2012 by BibleMoneyMatters . com
4.0 out of 5 stars useful
very nice book. great overview of p2p lending history and future. recommended book for everyone interesting in this market. waiting for the next book
Published on December 6, 2012 by Eyal
4.0 out of 5 stars I love P2P lending.
This book didn't tell me anything I already didn't know, but thats because I've been following peer to peer lending for a few years now. Read more
Published on December 5, 2012 by Mike McGeary
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