Lending & Debt Dominates PE Investment In Crowdfunding Space

Alex Feldman at Crowdsunite took to Crunchbase to seek out venture capitalists and angel investors that had invested in crowdfunding companies. The main takeaway: P2P lending and debt-based crowdfunding plays have been dominant in terms of garnering investment from private equity firms, venture capitalists and angel investors.

He compiled statistics from 45 crowdfunding-related companies, representing $866 million in investments. Of that $866 million, almost 80% of it was invested in platforms focusing on lending and debt.


Feldman also provided the following chart showing venture capitalists, angels and accelerators and the companies they have funded. All of the following players hold a stake in at least three crowdfunding-related companies…

Investor Type Businesses
Google Ventures VC LendUp, AngelList, CircleUp, OnDeck, Upstart, Rally
SV Angel VC Rally, CrowdTilt, FundersClub, Kabbage, Naition Builder, Patreon
First Round Capital VC On Deck Capital, GiveForward, Upstart, Funders Club
Union Square Ventures VC KickStarter, CircleUp, Lending Club, Funding Circle
Accel Partners VC Lenddo, Funding Circle, Prosper
KPCB VC LendUp, AngelList, Upstart, Lending Club
Andreessen Horowitz VC LendUp, Nation Builder, Funders Club, CrowdTIlt
Omidyar Network VC Lenddo, Nation Builder, Change.org, Prosper
QED Investors VC Prosper, LendUp, SoMoLend, AvantCredit
Y Combinator Accelerator FundersClub, CrowdTilt, WeFunder, Watsi
Khosla Ventures VC Indiegogo, OnDeck, Upstart
Draper Fisher Jurvetson VC Prosper, AngelList, FundersClub
Thomvest Ventures VC LendUp, Kabbage, LendingClub
CrunchFund VC AngelList, Crowdtilt, upstart
Alexis Ohanian Angel LendUp, CrowdTilt, Patreon
Garry Tan Angel LendUp, CrowdTilt, Patreon
Naval Ravikant Angel Rally, CrowdTilt, GiveForward

Lending Club recently announced that they are on pace for $2 billion in loan originations in 2013. In short, P2P lending is extremely disruptive and growing quickly. Lending-based crowdfunding deals also have a more tangible exit than equity-based crowdfunding deals as of now, which may serve to attract a lion’s share of investors early on. This will be a trend to keep an eye on into 2014.

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