The LendIt Story

LendIt has always been about community. It all began back in 2012 when Jason Jones was speaking at a conference in New York that was organized by Dara Albright. He proposed creating a new event focused on marketplace lending (then called peer to peer lending), a place where the new community could come together. He had been interested in marketplace lending for some time and, along with his partner Bo Brustkern, was in the process of launching one of the first funds in the space.

At that same time Peter Renton, the founder of Lend Academy, had decided that he wanted to start a marketplace lending conference in 2013. The members of the Lend Academy community had been reaching out to Peter on the need for an industry event that would bring the community together in person.

So, it was serendipitous when Jason and Dara connected with Peter and together they decided to launch the world’s first marketplace lending conference. They had modest expectations, they just wanted to put on an event where the entire community could come together to network and learn. The first conference in New York ended up being sold out and was a big success.

Today, Jason, Bo and Peter run the LendIt conferences and Dara continues to support LendIt but has moved on to launch a new venture. LendIt has grown into the largest lending and fintech conference in each of the regions they operate: USA, China and Europe.

The LendIt Timeline
June 2013
The start of something big. LendIt holds its inaugural conference in New York City. It is the first P2P conference ever with companies from around the world represented including the UK, China and India! Read the recap
May 2014
In year two, LendIt USA moves to San Francisco–attendance nearly triples in size; the agenda expands from one day to two full days of content. Read the recap
July 2014
LendIt partners with the Shanghai Finance Institute to co-host the inaugural Bund Summit in Shanghai. Twenty-one international guests travel to China to exchange ideas and share insights with key business players in the Chinese market. Read the recap
November 2014
LendIt organizes its third event in 2014: this is the first LendIt conference in Europe. Nearly 500 attendees join in London. Read the recap
April 2015
LendIt USA 2015 is beyond successful. It was our largest conference to date, attracting 2500 attendees at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The biggest names in the industry return for the third year in a row. The Startup Zone and PitchIt @ LendIt provide new opportunities for young companies in the lending space to get in front of the biggest players in the industry. Content tracks focused on China and real estate fintech are introduced for the first time. Read the recap
July 2015
Two conferences - the Bund Summit and the China App Show, company visits, and private dinners are all part of the unique networking experience enjoyed by participants during the weeklong LendIt China tour through Beijing and Shanghai. Read the recap
October 2015
Year two in London kicks off on October 20th. A new venue and larger crowd plus an additional day of content, hosted in partnership with the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association, make this year’s conference another must-attend event. Read the recap
April 2016
Year four of LendIt USA kicks off as the largest LendIt event, with more than 3,600 guests at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Over 150 companies showcase their services in the largest Expo Hall to date and PitchIt @ LendIt draws huge interest and high caliber mentors and judges! Read the recap
July 2016
LendIt hosts the second LendIt China Executive Tour, a weeklong networking experience for fintech executives and investors. The tour began at the Hong Kong Global Fintech Investment Summit, which connected fintech firms and investors in 1x1 meetings, and culminated with Lang Di Fintech in Shanghai. Three years in the making, Lang Di Fintech drew 1000+ attendees, and industry leaders. Read the recap
October 2016
LendIt returned to London for the third time and the first at the Intercontinental Hotel at the O2. Produced in partnership with the P2PFA again LendIt Europe 2016 attracted over 900 guests. Lord Adair Turner, the former head of the FCA, was the highlight of the show, providing a lively speech that clarified his oft-quoted negative remarks from earlier in 2016. This event also marked the first ever PitchIt @ LendIt Europe competition. Read the recap
March 2017
The fifth annual LendIt USA conference marked a major transition. As demand from attendees and sponsors kept increasing LendIt moved from a hotel to a convention center for the first time. The Javits Center in New York hosted over 220 LendIt sponsors and 5,000 guests for the largest lending and Fintech event ever. The first ever LendIt Industry Awards were presented at a special dinner to end the show. Read the recap