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Do You Speak Crowdlending?
21 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The impact of crowdlending on agriculture
“With farmers who use wheat and oats for baking bread, we take this as collateral. Wheat is actually great collateral as it doesn’t require any know-how to evaluate it - you simply use the market price to do it.”Nikita Goncars is the CEO and co-founder of LendSecured. With a degree in finance and over 10 years of experience in the real estate and the lending business, he and his co-founder, Edgars Tālums, first established a lending company funded by local banks and capitals from high-net-worth individuals. With this being a success, their next step was a business idea that would allow them to enter a new market and make it possible for an even wider range of investors to invest in loans. Thus, with great enthusiasm, hard work and dedication, LendSecured was born – a platform created by industry experts providing collateral-backed investment opportunities.But their achievements do not stop there! After noticing that many European farmers are seeking liquidity boosts but do not have access to affordable loans, LendSecured decided to fill this market gap and recently launched a new financing service for the agricultural sector. We congratulate them for providing an economic lifeline to farmers while creating a great impact on society!Tune in to this episode to explore the crowdlending landscape in Latvia, how secured digital loans work in practice for the agricultural industry and the perks of this asset class from the investors perspective. Along with many other valuable insights!
29 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
The Crowdlending landscape in Indonesia by Adrian A. Gunadi, co-founder and CEO of Investree
Adrian A. Gunadi, co-founder and CEO of Investree, saw a challenge and turned it into an opportunity that impressively paid off. Adrian and his co-founders left their almost 20 years careers in the banking industry to start a crowdlending platform in Indonesia. They saw that SMEs were not getting access to the financing they deserved and knew they needed to fix this. Fast forward to 5 years later, Investree has provided nearly 550 million dollars worth of loans. The company also saw a growth of 30% last year despite the Covid-19 crisis. They've also kickstarted the year by becoming the first crowdlending platform in the Philippines and soon expanding to Thailand. Talk about being unstoppable!Check out this episode to explore Adrian's perspective on Indonesia's crowdlending landscape and its evolution in the past years. Listen to his thoughts on why there's a high demand for alternative financing and how he foresees the future of crowdlending in south-east Asia. This, along with many other exciting insights – it's an episode that cannot be missed!
23 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
The Crowdlending landscape in Scandinavia with Sebastian
“We have had new record months every month since the pandemic began, in terms of new investors signing up on our platform. I think it’s because people think that the stock market is too volatile.” Would you sell your apartment to start a business? Sebastian did! Sebastian Martens Harung has had multifaceted past careers - from goalkeeper for Norway’s 1st division to an investment banker and ultimately, the co-founder and CEO of Kameo, a digital marketplace for crowdfunded loans to small businesses and property developers. Kameo started with a humble beginning in 2014 with Sebastian selling his apartment and renting a smaller place to use the extra money to invest in his business. Now, Kameo has over 30 employees and operates in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm! In this episode, he shares valuable insights into the Crowdlending landscape in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden and how Sweden’s relaxed approach to Covid19 has been more beneficial than harmful to the Crowdlending industry!
20 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Enhancing investment performance with digital loans by Luca Andre Frigani, CEO & Co-Founder at Exaloan
Luca Andre Frignani decided to combine his two passions and took a leap of faith that immensely paid off. Having worked for UBS and a former quantitative researcher – it was at his last stop (a hedge fund in Zurich) where he met his future co-founders. From there, they began experimenting with digital lending. In this episode, Luca shares with the Crowdlending podcast listeners his views on the immense potential of digital lending. How it can enhance investment performance and the criteria to keep in mind when choosing a lending platform.
14 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
A new strategy to tap into the potential of the rise of crowdlending with Jorrit van Rijswijk, Head investment analyst at Dynamic Credit Diversified Fund
How are funds participating in the crowdlending landscape? What are their experiences in the Swiss market? And what are the benefits of crowdlending from an institutional investor’s perspective?Jorrit van Rijswijk is the head investment analyst at Dynamic Credit headquarters in Amsterdam. In this episode, he shares with us a new strategy to tap into the possibilities that come with the rise of online lenders, and more. Tune in to discover Jorrit’s experiences as an analyst in the crowdlending world!
16 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Crowdlending as a viable alternative to fixed-income investments by Gregor Stadelmann, CEO of i2 invest
From childhood pals to co-founders of i2 invest – Gregor and his friends from Wettingen saw a need for access automation to marketplace lending. And they decided to launch their company!In this episode of the crowdlending podcast, Gregor shares with us the current i2 invest projects, including their recent fundraising. He also discusses his experience in investing in different crowdlending verticals (Consumers, SMEs and real estates) and why loan originators should have a niche rather than having different verticals at the same time. In his experience, crowdlending has nearly no correlation to other asset classes. He talks about how it will have a better ROI after this crisis.
20 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Automation and alternative scoring in Crowdlending
Elena Ionenko is the co-founder of TurnKey Lender, a global leader in Unified Lending Management. She is also remarkably named one of the top 100 women in the fintech world in 2019. Her other achievements include co-founding two other start-ups, also relating to the financial industry. In this episode, Elena shares with us her experience and knowledge in marketplace lending and takes us on a journey to explore the world of alternative lending.
30 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Insights about the crowdlending industry in South East Asia by Vikas Jain, Senior Commercial Director at Funding Societies
As a finance pioneer, Vikas Jain is Senior Commercial Director at Funding Societies. Having a solid finance background, Vikas worked across the Real estate, Banking and Telecommunication industry until he decided to join the Crowdlending industry. In this episode, he gives us some insights into how the crowdlending industry is becoming popular in the SoutheastAsian market.
21 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
The crowdlending landscape in the Baltics with Evita Lune Partner, Global Head of FinTech Practice at Pedersen & Partners
Valued by Forbes as one of the top 25 most influential women in Latvia for two years in a row, Evita Lune is a Partner, Global Head of FinTech Practice at Pedersen & Partners. Evita works extensively with FinTech clients from over 40 countries. In this episode, Evita takes us on a journey to discover how innovation is happening in the Baltics. A lot of unique insights are shared about Crowdlending, including the secret sauce that made this part of the world become one of the most vibrant regions in Europe.
22 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
The crowdlending landscape in Ireland with Jamie Heaslip Head of Brand marketing at Flender
Jamie Heaslip is a man that defies all stereotypes: his background is in mechanical engineering applied to the medical field, he had a stellar career as a rugby player for the Irish national team, and now he is the Head of Brand Marketing at Flender. As if all this wasn't worth a conversation on its own, Jamie is also an expert in crowdlending. In the latest episode of "Do you speak crowdlending?" Jamie joins us to share a bit about his journey and a lot about the crowdlending landscape in Ireland.
20 minutes | May 12, 2020
Crowdlending and blockchain unite forces to support unbanked farmers with Jori Armbuster, CEO of EthicHub
As a blockchain believer, Jori shares with our listeners his journey of building a crowdlending platform on a blockchain ecosystem. Jori founded the company Ethichub, and created a p2p lending marketplace that focuses on financing farmers in South America that banks won't bother to help. Thus emerged Jori, the agro-fintech expert.
15 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
Diversification in the crowdlending by Torsten Schittenhelm, CEO of NeoCredit.ch
As an Actuary and ex-consultant, Torsten shares with our listeners his journey toward being part of the crowdlending industry. He goes through his role as the CEO of NeoCredit.ch and his future milestones. Torsten gave some great insights about diversifying investments inter and intra-platforms and encourages lenders to look at crowdlending as an asset class, not a gambling tool. He also has chosen a preferred fruit that will surprise most of us!
17 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Crowdlending as an alternative lending option for SMEs by Tobias Angehrn
Passionate about helping SMEs in their journey, Tobias decided to leave the banking sector after 12 years and join the direct lending or crowdlending sphere. He is today the founder of finwize.ch, ambassador at crowdify and general director at Tresio. Tobias shared with us great insights about SME financing and how crowdlending is a great option to ensure growth.
20 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Hints about innovation in the crowdlending industry with Roger Bossard, Founder at Crowd4Cash
With his diverse professional background from Law to Banking to Consulting and finally to the Crowdlending industry. Roger shared with us his insights about innovation in the industry and how crowdlending in Switzerland can move forward.
30 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
Consumer Crowdlending explained by Michael Boge, CFO of Cashare
Consumer Crowdlending explained by Michael Boge, CFO of CashareWith his unique personality, Michael shared with us how he went from Science to Banking to Crowdlending. His insights about consumer crowdlending, but not only, are extremely valuable. To sum it up, Michael believes that in the near future, every reasonable investor will have some portion of his portfolio in Crowdlending investments!
18 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
SME Crowdlending explained by Myriam Reinle, CEO of Lendico
Myriam Reinle is the former CEO of Lendico Schweiz AG. Having experienced in different industries including automotive, work placement and real estate, she made her twist in the crowdlending industry. Myriam is taking us throughout this exciting journey while having valuable insights and recommendations for any interested party on SME Crowdlending in Switzerland and globally.
21 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
Introducing the Crowdlending industry I Simon Amrein
Existing since 2005, Crowdlending is a Form of debt financing. It brings together a large number of unrelated people (hence the crowd) who lend funds directly to borrowers. In return, lenders receive interest on their investments. In this opening episode, Simon Amrein, a senior research associate at the Luzern business school, discusses more about the crowdlending industry globally as compared to Switzerland.
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