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  • VR content production: How to take advantage of the VR wave
    VR content production: How to take advantage of the VR wave Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat Recorded: Jul 26 2017 60 mins
    VR creates infinite storytelling possibilities, but it’s also infinitely difficult to pull off. It’s a completely new medium that requires an entirely new way of creating content, and endless inventiveness, and have you ever seen a 360-degree camera?

    Join our latest interactive VB Live event to hear how companies are reducing travel expenses but improving employee connection, conducting interviews, and giving presentations. Learn about companies like Walmart using VR technology to train employees; how doctors are leveling up their skills; educators are transforming learning; and audience engagement skyrockets when you give them a whole new way to see, touch and interact.

    And discover how consumers are interacting with VR right now, and what the marketplace is expected to look like in the year ahead.

    Register now for real talk on the possibilities of virtual reality, the resources you need, and the rules to break.

    In this webinar you’ll:
    *Hear the results - for the first time - of the latest VR market research
    *Discover the compelling business case for VR
    *Understand why consumer-generated VR content is important to business
    *Find out how companies are using VR content to strengthen their bottom line
    *Learn what’s next in the VR content world

    Speakers:
    * Dean Johnson, Head of Innovation, Brandwidth
    * Crystal O’Hea, Senior Director Expedition X, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Technology, VentureBeat
    * Rachael Brownell, Moderator, VentureBeat
  • [Podcast] Ethereum, Goldman’s SIMON, 2 x Sofi news and Consumers & Tech
    [Podcast] Ethereum, Goldman’s SIMON, 2 x Sofi news and Consumers & Tech George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jul 26 2017 19 mins
    George & Ryan Talk about 5 articles:

    DBRS Student Loan ABS report
    Goldman Sachs is looking to spinoff one of its tech bets at a $ 75 million valuation
    The State Of Consumers And Technology: Benchmark 2017, US
    SoFi loses another senior executive, as chief revenue officer Michael Tannenbaum departs
    SoFi CEO: Why Ethereum Is Much More Valuable Than Bitcoin
  • [Podcast] Fastest Consumer Lender, Prosper President, SoFi shuts Zenbanx, Blockc
    [Podcast] Fastest Consumer Lender, Prosper President, SoFi shuts Zenbanx, Blockc George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jul 7 2017 22 mins
    George & Ryan talk about popular news articles;

    The Fastest Consumer Lenders to $ 1 Billion in Originations
    Ron Suber, Prosper President and Industry Legend, Stepping Down
    Six months after acquisition, SoFi is shutting down Zenbanx
    Bloomberg Report is Critical of Online Lenders
    Summer Fintech Reading Ideas
  • How FinTech & RegTech will Democratize Access to Capital
    How FinTech & RegTech will Democratize Access to Capital Dara Albright Recorded: Jun 29 2017 25 mins
    Presentation for Commonwealth Embassy's Billionaire Round Table Conference highlighting how modern financial technology ("FinTech") as well as a coinciding modern regulatory regime ("RegTech") can ensure the global democratization of capital.
  • [Podcast]Amazon’s Bank, Loan Performance, SoFi adds 400, Platformitisation
    [Podcast]Amazon’s Bank, Loan Performance, SoFi adds 400, Platformitisation George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jun 22 2017 21 mins
    Why Banks Are Going To Survive
    Amazon Has Secretly Become a Giant Bank
    FinTech company SoFi to add 400 Delaware workers by 2018
    Latest PeerIQ Loan Performance Monitor
    + 2 events
  • How to get your AI and Bot company funded
    How to get your AI and Bot company funded Ton van 't Noordende Venture Partner Keadyn Recorded: Jun 15 2017 62 mins
    In 2016, when major platforms like Facebook gave developers the keys to the artificial intelligence kingdom, and advances in AI technology and natural language processing started breaking the user interface mold, analysts predicted that chatbots were going to change the game.

    Bots flooded the market—and then they vanished. They weren't backed with solid business models, addressing real pain points or solving problems, because marketers weren't asking the right questions, customers weren't engaging, and chatbots were too often gimmicks instead of disruptors.

    How do you become the next unicorn in the bots and artificial intelligence space? How do you catch the eye and win the heart of that top VC firm? Join our latest interactive VB Live event to find out!

    In this live virtual executive roundtable, you'll:
    * Learn what entrepreneurs need to do to get noticed by top VC firms
    * Look at the most active venture capitalists in tech today
    * Discover the biggest mistakes made by foundering startups
    * Identify the weaknesses that are keeping you from becoming the next unicorn

    Speakers:
    * Ton van 't Noordende, Venture Partner, Keadyn
    * Jon Cifuentes, Cofounder Research and Operations, All Turtles
    * Matthew Zeiler, CEO, Clarifai
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat
  • [Podcast] Goldman boosts rates, Orchard’s innovation, Ratesetter’s decision
    [Podcast] Goldman boosts rates, Orchard’s innovation, Ratesetter’s decision George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jun 13 2017 17 mins
    George & Ryan talk about news & analysis from Lending Times, including:

    Behind the Scenes at Orchard Platform, a Struggle to Innovate
    Fitch Rates Prosper Marketplace Issuance Trust, Series 2017-1
    RateSetter decides not to lend to George Banco’s customers
    Goldman Sachs boost rates for savers in bid to attract deposits
    FinTech Alternatives to Short-Term Small-Dollar Credit — Helping Low-Income Working Families Escape the High-Cost Lending Trap

    Two events are also discussed:
    Event: Reg A+ Crowdfunding Conference
    Meetup: Risks and emerging solutions for investor confidence in online lending
  • FinTech Opportunities in the UK and the US: The VC Perspective
    FinTech Opportunities in the UK and the US: The VC Perspective Innovate Finance and LendIt Recorded: Jun 7 2017 63 mins
    The UK and the US are two of the world’s leading FinTech markets, however political and economic shifts pose major threats for current and future growth.

    Join Innovate Finance and Lendit on the 7th June to see FinTech from a UK & US Venture Capital perspective.

    Speakers:

    Matt Harris
    Director, Bain Capital Ventures

    Matt Harris is a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures and leads the New York City office.  He started his investing career in the private equity group at Bain Capital in 1995, having worked previously at Bain & Company.  In 2000, Matt founded Village Ventures where he focused on early-stage FinTech investments.


    Sheel Mohnot
    Partner, 500 Startups

    Sheel leads fintech investments for 500, which is great because his startup experience includes founding 2 FinTech companies with successful exits. He also runs a podcast called The Pitch (http://thepitch.vc) where founders pitch investors.


    Luis Valdich
    Managing Director, Citi Ventures
    Venture Capital Group

    Luis Valdich joined Citi Ventures in late 2015 as a Managing Director, and leads its New York office and venture capital investing activities in Europe and the US, east of the Rockies. Luis is currently focused in FinTech, eCommerce, and big data/analytics applications relevant to financial services.


    Alston Zecha
    Director, FinTech and Enterprise Software
    Eight roads Ventures

    Alston focuses on FinTech, assessing early-stage investment opportunities for Eight Roads. He also supports the boards and management teams of Eight Roads’ portfolio companies on strategic, financial and operational issues.


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  • [Podcast] Interview, LendingClub's 10 Years, Yirendai Results, Risk of Recession
    [Podcast] Interview, LendingClub's 10 Years, Yirendai Results, Risk of Recession George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jun 1 2017 25 mins
    Interview with Peter Aquart of American Wealth Builders
    Take-aways from May 25 Webinar
    LendingClub Celebrates Ten Years of Online Lending
    Yirendai Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
    C&I Loans: Are We Headed For a Recession?
  • Latest Advances in Process-Automation for Digital Lenders
    Latest Advances in Process-Automation for Digital Lenders Steve Craig, @ Mitek, Jami Schwartz @ Kabbage, Bill Nass @ TCI - George Popescu, Editor in Chief, Lending Times Recorded: May 25 2017 60 mins
    In today’s digital and mobile-first world, being able to seamlessly originate a loan is key for any organization looking to cut costs and increase top line revenue while meeting ever-stricter regulations. Additionally, the shift to digital lending has fraud rates skyrocketing.

    On the panel we will discuss:

    * Value prop of moving to digital channel – how to reduce costs and improve number of completed loans.
    * How do these latest automations fit with the latest financial institution’s compliance needs?
    * The latest advances in process automation for digital lenders.
    · For example, mobile capture for:
    o Data pre-fill
    o Identity verification
    o Submission of trailing documents
    * What is possible today, what is coming soon, and what is unlikely to be possible.

    Presenters:
    Panel of 3 industry experts:
    Steve Craig, Director of Products & Experience - Identity @ Mitek
    Bill Nass, President and co-founder @ TCI Credit
    Jami Schwartz, Head of Content and Marketing Tech @ Kabbage

    Moderator:
    George Popescu, Editor in Chief, Lending Times
  • [Podcast] SoFI’s New Bank and Old President, Household debt highs & Personal Loa
    [Podcast] SoFI’s New Bank and Old President, Household debt highs & Personal Loa George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: May 25 2017 25 mins
    George & Ryan talk about:

    Legislative Update 158 (Experian Email), Rated: AAA
    Sofi plans to apply for a bank charter in the next month - Industrial loan company.
    SoFi President Nino Fanlo to Leave Firm for Biotech Startup
    The Future of Lending is Now with Latest TransUnion Prama Offerings
    American Households Return To Peak Debt, Thanks To Booming Student Loans
    Consumers Place Personal Loans Atop the Credit Mountain
  • [Podcast] Bitcoin’s Wannacry Significance, Auto Loans Decline, Zopa FCA
    [Podcast] Bitcoin’s Wannacry Significance, Auto Loans Decline, Zopa FCA George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: May 16 2017 24 mins
    George & Ryan Talk about:

    Bitcoin & significance of Wannacry ransom
    Auto loan news
    Zopa receives FCA approval
    New York sues OCC
    Sofi Bank Charter
    OnDeck results
    Webinar on 25th
  • SheWorx100 Summit
    SheWorx100 Summit SheWorx Recorded: May 8 2017 4 mins
    SheWorx is hosting their next 100 Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 10th from 6-8pm at Hack Temple.

    As the global collective of female entrepreneurs, this event aims to transform the trajectory of women in entrepreneurship. Through facilitation of strategic, meaningful relationships with influential advisors and investors, attendees will be able to:

    - Grow their professional network of connections
    - Learn from other female entrepreneurs, investors and VCs
    - Become a part of the growing community of SheWorx global collective empowering women in technology and entrepreneurship

    For more details or to register, visit sheworx.com.
  • [Podcast] Webinar on Process Automation, Psychometrics, and OCC Fintech Charter
    [Podcast] Webinar on Process Automation, Psychometrics, and OCC Fintech Charter George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: May 1 2017 34 mins
    George & Ryan talk about:

    Webinar on May 25th
    Psychometric credit scoring for the developing world.
    Portrait of a marketplace lending investor
    Credit trends seen through delinquency rates
    The OCC Fintech Charter
    And details on the 2017 Bond-market Rally.
  • Orange starts bank, Wealthfront starts lending, Direct mail, Talking to investor
    Orange starts bank, Wealthfront starts lending, Direct mail, Talking to investor George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Apr 24 2017 35 mins
    George & Ryan talk about articles including:

    Transparency remains a sticking point for online lenders.
    A Comparison of Funding & Liquidity Sources.
    Wealthfront to lend money.
    Getting the Most From Investor Calls.
    The Future of Financing and Vehicle Purchases.
    Why the Buzz Around Fintech Does Not Stop.
    Common Direct Mail Marketing Mistakes.
  • [Podcast] Fico’s & Digital Banking’s future, Pricing psychology, Events & Quora
    [Podcast] Fico’s & Digital Banking’s future, Pricing psychology, Events & Quora George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Apr 17 2017 30 mins
    Ryan & George talk about;
    New:
    FICO
    Lending robot
    Future of digital banking?
    2017 wave of lending fintech

    Events:
    New York on April 17New Panel Speaker: Jeff Zinn
    LendIt China: LTIMES17LDF



    Quora questions:
    Should I invest $50,000 in LendingClub, rather than let it sit in a bank account at 0.90% interest?
    How does a bank or lending company decide what is your interest rate?
  • [Podcast] Laplanche's Upgrade, Elevate IPO, Colorado sues, Securitization tracke
    [Podcast] Laplanche's Upgrade, Elevate IPO, Colorado sues, Securitization tracke George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Apr 9 2017 23 mins
    In this episode, we talk about Renaud Laplanche's new company Upstart, Elevate's IPO, who and why Colorado sued, a Securitization Tracker & big data for the lending industry

    2 Events happening:

    1) Lend it China - Shanghai
    - July 15,16. 15% off. Earlybird ticket. Code: LTIMES17LDF
  • [Podcast] Justice dept vs. CFPB,  Fintechs turn FDIC Depositors, selling machine
    [Podcast] Justice dept vs. CFPB, Fintechs turn FDIC Depositors, selling machine Ryan Ross & George Popescu Recorded: Mar 30 2017 41 mins
    George & Ryan talk about news on OnDeck, the Justice Department, Lending Club.

    We then discuss articles on:
    Banking as a service
    An explanation of Machine Learning.
    An analysis of digital electronics vs. Analog electronics.


    Plus, an event in New York City on April 18th.

    Find out more here:
    http://lending-times.com/category/podcast/
  • [Podcast] Sofi’s securitisation triggers,  Prosper’s 2016 results + more
    [Podcast] Sofi’s securitisation triggers, Prosper’s 2016 results + more George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Mar 27 2017 29 mins
    George & Ryan discuss news on Sofi, Experian & Prosper

    Articles:
    Helping home buyers make down payment for dream home
    How sofi became alternative finance lender
    Will every originator launch a fund?
    Bringing mortgage process out of the dark ages

    Meetup w/ Peer IQ & Mannat: april 18
  • How to make money off of Facebook Messenger
    How to make money off of Facebook Messenger Stewart Rogers, Dir. of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat Recorded: Feb 23 2017 60 mins
    With over 1 billion monthly active users, Facebook Messenger is beginning to change the world for companies looking for ways to connect with, engage, and retain an unprecedented number of customers. And we’re guessing that’s probably you.

    It’s all because of Messenger’s developer tools, which have leapt on the promise of bots for customer service and native payments without ever leaving the platform--and have thoroughly delivered on it. Users stay cozily inside the Messenger platform to play games, search, shop, pay, and more, meaning they’re fully engaged with your brand in multiple ways in a single brand context.

    Facebook’s long-term plan: make Messenger the center of users’ lives. Your short-term plan: start positioning yourself to take advantage of this revolution in messenger tech innovation. Register for this free VB Live event now and learn how you can monetize Messenger.

    In this webinar, you’ll:

    * Understand the broader digital wallet strategy to connect with customers through chatbots
    * Get valuable tips to spin chatbots into gold
    * Learn the biggest mistake organizations are making with payments through Messenger

    Speakers:
    * Laura Knapp, Managing Director, SRAX Social, Social Reality
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat
    * Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
  • Search 101 - get customers to find you on Google.
    Search 101 - get customers to find you on Google. Jeff Licciardi Recorded: Feb 22 2017 65 mins
    With all the competitive noise in the market today, competing for customers' attention can be difficult. Many traditional forms of marketing don't work as well as they used to, which means that small business owners must find alternatives that cut through the noise and bring customers to them.

    With local search, your customers can find you anywhere. Jeff will provide you with simple steps that you can take to be found on leading search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.
  • Boosting consumer engagement with next gen chat bots
    Boosting consumer engagement with next gen chat bots Peter Wannemacher, Senior analyst, Forrester Research Recorded: Nov 9 2016 61 mins
    Stop implementing; start planning. Forrester Research shows that while messaging platform chatbots can be effective, the customer experience is too often unacceptably poor. And while it’s not a big deal when you’re ordering a pizza, the stakes are far too high for financial institutions to go all in on this generation’s chatbot technology without the right planning.

    Simply put, being too early can be the same as being wrong. Bots are only as good as the systems behind them — outdated architecture and poor integration can sabotage your services and drive away customers.

    But given bot technologies are shaping up to be an essential part of the FI and fintech mix, your next two to three years should be devoted to investing in foundational digital initiatives that will position you to leverage the future that’s coming fast.

    Join this free VB Live event to learn how to reap the rewards of future fintech AI innovation — and get it right the first time.

    By attending this webinar, you'll

    * Re-engineer back-end systems to enable real-time action
    * Make progress on platform improvements—or replacements
    * Embrace APIs for faster, more dynamic future changes

    Speakers:

    * Peter Wannemacher, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research
    * Katy Gibson, Vice President, Product Applications, Envestnet | Yodlee
    * Moderator: Evan Schuman, VentureBeat
  • Entrepreneurship 101: Creating A Business From Idea To Launch
    Entrepreneurship 101: Creating A Business From Idea To Launch Alexandra Wilkis Wilson Recorded: Oct 19 2016 70 mins
    It is no secret that most startups fail — how can you prime your start-up for success from the get-go? It's about creating an entrepreneurial culture and results-oriented working environment that attracts the best talent in the business. It's also about taking a disruptive idea and turning it into a viable business, employing entrepreneurial thought along the way. In this webinar, Alexandra shares tips on how to start, grow and scale a successful business.
  • Know Your Worth: How to Define and Build Value with Your Personal Brand
    Know Your Worth: How to Define and Build Value with Your Personal Brand Carmen Rita Wong Recorded: Sep 28 2016 59 mins
    It's a crowded marketplace for the many small business owners who realize that their brand is their business. How do you define your worth? How much does it reflect your work and products as well as your experience, relationships, network and exposure? This webinar explores each of these factors as well as addresses the role of confidence and fear in asking for what you're worth.
  • BotBeat: B2B and B2C use case for bots
    BotBeat: B2B and B2C use case for bots Jon Cifuentes, Analyst, VentureBeat Recorded: Aug 30 2016 53 mins
    Bots are more than just trendy. They’re increasingly becoming a smart business decision and one that more than just the big players are sitting up and noticing. From Foursquare’s Marsbot (eatery recommendations) to Uber (rides) to the many bots that plug in to Slack, it’s clear there is both a B2B and B2C purpose for bots.

    For Activision, using bots via Facebook to announce this year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare release to consumers netted them over 6 million messages between users. The beauty of bots, as Activision and others have discovered, is that they allow businesses greater access to increasingly mobile messaging consumers. Facebook is investing fully in the chatbot experience with brands including Staples, Bank of America, and Taco Bell.

    For both consumer brands and B2B companies, the time is now to consider the implications of bots for the bottom line.

    Join this panel of executive leaders as they discuss the use cases for bots for consumers and between businesses, including:

    • Elements of a successful bot strategy
    • Where consumers prefer to interact with bots
    * In-depth discussion of the B2B use cases for bots

    Speakers include:
    * Amir Shevat, Head of Developer Relations, Slack
    * Robert Hoffer, "The Bot Father"
    • Jon Cifuentes, Analyst, VentureBeat
    • Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat


    Register today for this free executive event.
  • E-Signatures & Digital Lending: How to Move 99% of Customers off Paper
    E-Signatures & Digital Lending: How to Move 99% of Customers off Paper David Smith, Vice President, Application Systems, OneMain Philip Hannah, Director of IT, OneMain Mary Ellen Power, VP Marketi Aug 31 2017 6:00 pm UTC 90 mins
    In the sub-prime lending market, speed-to-close determines market share. Join us to learn how an end-to-end digital process with e-signatures transformed OneMain’s lending business – positioning the lender as the largest personal loan company in the U.S. Today,99% of OneMain’s loans are e-signed, enabling them to be closed and funded significantly faster than on paper.

    In this 60-minute presentation, you’ll learn how the company took a phased approach and implemented e-signatures in the call center and online channels, then expanded to the branch network. This year, OneMain will complete its e-signature roll-out to 1,700 branches, where the majority of its loans are transacted.

    Our speakers will share firsthand insights and advice on topics like:

    · Top e-signature requirements, such as security, deployment, scalability
    · Best practices for preparing a national roll-out – including working with regulators on a state-by-state basis
    · Designing optimal workflows for remote vs. in-branch transactions
    · Preparing the branch network for e-signature