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Editorial: Lending Times has won the Best Journalist Coverage

Dear Readers,

Lending Times has won the Best Journalist Coverage from the LendIt Industry Awards on Tuesday, March 9th, 2017. The other nominees were Reuters, Business Insider, deBanked, Bankless Times and Tradestreaming. The award was earned for “the journalist who has provided the most insightful and original coverage about lending innovation and fintech.”

We are extremely honored to receive this award only 1 year after debuting Lending Times.

We would like to thank first the entire industry for helping us with sharing the stories, the info and everything we needed in order to do our best coverage possible.  We couldn’t have done this without the help and assistance of our colleague journalist as well. We would like to thank them as well. Every story we write is built on top of info and research done our colleagues as well.

We would also like to thank Ron Suber, Peter Renton and Jason Jones for always being encouraging and helpful. We would also like to thank our advisors Hrant Antreasyan, Cyndi Hunter, Dara Albright and everybody who has provided us ongoing feedback on how to improve. We will never stop asking, please tell us how we can do better. And thank you to all the industry colleagues with whom we have ongoing interesting discussions that lead to new exciting articles like Ram Ahluwalia, Bruce Bloomingdale, Gregory Nowak…they are too numerous to list them all here. Thank you!

We believe in our industry. I have built multiple businesses and I chose to focus on the lending industry because I see it as a win-win-win for the borrowers, the platforms, and the investors.

We are here to be objective and we will continue to stay close to the facts, both positive and negative for the industry. We believe that being objective is the best way to help this industry we believe in.

And last but not least, Lending Times is growing. We welcome and encourage submissions for publications following our author guidelines here. And we are also seeking additional writers and journalists. Please reach out.

About where we are going next: we have a lot of ideas. Please stay tuned for new adventures!

George Popescu
Founder, Editor in Chief
Lending Times

About the author

George Popescu

Serial entrepreneur.

George sold and exited his 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. George was the Founder and CEO and he 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 George 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, George 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. George advised 30+ early stage start-ups in different fields. George was also a mentor at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services and Techstar Fintech in NY.

• Previously George 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 he worked as a visiting scientist at MIT in Bio-engineering for 2 years. George had 3 undergrad majors: Maths, Physics and Chemistry. His 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.

• George is originally from Romania and grew up in Paris, France.

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