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Lending Times Podcast, Episode 9, June 21st 2016

We talk about the P2P Industry in Canada, how originators are looking for investors with higher risk tolerance such as the Hedge Fund of George Soros, a short overview of the company eOriginal, and articles from the past few weeks.

Plus, we talk about Two Zinfandels.

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Articles Discussed

A technology review for online lenders
An insight in Canada’s p2p lending industry
eOriginal – automatic due diligence for online lenders’ documents and data

News: LendingClub Held Talks on Funding Deals With Och-Ziff, Soros, Third Point
N
ews: The New CFPB Payday Lending Rules: An Early Analysis

Wines tasted

Pichetti Zinfandel
Rombauer Zinfandel

About the author

George Popescu

Serial entrepreneur.

I sold and exited my most successful company, Boston Technologies (BT) group, in 2014. BT was a technology, market maker, high-frequency trading and inter-broker broker-dealer in the FX Spot, precious metals and CFDs space company. I was the Founder and CEO which I boot-strapped from $0 to a $20+ million in revenue without any equity investment. BT has been #1 fastest growing company in Boston in 2011 according to the Boston Business Journal and the only company being in top 10 fastest in 2012-13 as it was #5 in 2012. BT has been on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US for 4 years in a row ( #143, #373, #897 and #1270). After the company sale in July 2014 until February 2015 I was Head-of-Strategy for Currency Mountain ( www.currencymountain.com ), a USD 100 million+ holding company focused on retail and medium institutional currencies, precious metals, stocks, fixed income and commodities businesses.

• Over the last 10 years, I founded 10 companies in online lending, craft beer brewery, exotic sports car rental space, hedge funds, peer-reviewed scientific journal ( Journal of Cellular and Molecular medicine…) and more. I advised 30+ early stage start-ups in different fields. I was also a mentor at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services and Techstart Fintech in NY.

• Previously I obtained 3 Master's Degrees: a Master's of Science from MIT working on 3D printing, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Supelec, France and a Master's in Nanosciences from Paris XI University. Previously I worked as a visiting scientist at MIT in Bio-engineering for 2 years. I had 3 undergrad majors: Maths, Physics and Chemistry. My scientific career led to about 10 publications and patents.

• On the business side, Boston Business Journal has named me in the top 40 under 40 in 2012 in recognition of his business achievements.

• I am originally from Romania and grew up in Paris, France.

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