Investors are about to get access to one of the most disruptive forces in the financial sector.
Lending Club, the nation’s largest peer-to-peer lender, has filed for an IPO that is likely to gin up a lot of interest, and in turn should spark offerings from other players in the space, such as OnDeck Capital and Kabbage.
Lending Club founder Renaud Laplanche got the idea for the company after looking through his mail. He saw a credit card offer for a 17% interest rate (and one would assume hefty fees). And he also saw the crummy return he got on the other side of the lending deal — his bank savings account, which earned a measly 0.5%. Read