Ian Thomas
Co-FounderLendInvest
Ian is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of LendInvest, the world's largest online lender for real estate. LendInvest is bringing technology to the £1.2 trillion UK mortgage market - an entirely offline market. LendInvest spun out of Montello, an offline short-term mortgage lender, in 2013 to improve the process of getting a mortgage and to make mortgages an accessible asset class for every investor. Today LendInvest investors have lent over £830 million against over 2,700 properties making LendInvest one of the fastest-growing online lending businesses in the world. The company also has significant institutional backing, including a £17m ($25m) Series B investment from Atomico, the VC fund led by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom that closed in March 2016. Ian is a qualified chartered surveyor, with significant property and development experience. Before co-founding Montello and LendInvest, Ian held senior positions with Ballymore Property Group (the largest property group in Europe at the time) and SEGRO. Ian is an active advocate of the UK's PropTech sector, promoting advantages of innovation to the property industry.