NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- LendItFintech, the world's leading event in financial services innovation, today announced that Renaud Laplanche, founder and CEO of Upgrade, Inc., will join the keynote speaker roster for LendItFintech USA 2018. For three days, the world's most prominent and emerging fintech CEO's will gather at the Moscone Center to focus on the hot button topics and issues exploring the future of finance.
Laplanche is a pioneer in the fintech industry. In 2006, he launched LendingClub, a company he led for a decade, including through the first and largest-to-date public offering of an online lending company in the world in 2014. In 2016 Laplanche founded Upgrade, a consumer credit platform that offers personal loans, credit monitoring and educational tools. Upgrade's first funding round of $60 million was the largest ever Series A investment in a US fintech company.
Laplanche's keynote speech will focus on his vision for Online Lending 2.0 and in particular how new technology, blockchain, enhanced processes and the combined learnings of the past 10 years have helped make online lending better for consumers and investors alike.
"I look forward to delivering a keynote speech at the LendItFintech USA conference again this year," said Renaud Laplanche, co-founder and chief executive officer, Upgrade. "2018 will be an exciting year for financial technology and this conference will once again represent the forefront of major industry trends and advances."
Laplanche will also unveil Upgrade's next major consumer credit product that industry observers are already touting "the biggest innovation in financial services since the credit card. Also, to illustrate how the Online Lending 2.0 principles help create more value for consumers and enable faster growth while achieving better risk management, compliance and credit performance, Laplanche for the first time, will release metrics about Upgrade exactly one year after its public launch.
"We are excited to once again add Renaud Laplanche to our impressive lineup of keynote speakers for LendItFintech USA," said Peter Renton, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, LendItFintech. "He pioneered many of the leading innovations in online lending and we are all excited to see what he has in store in this new chapter. As always Renaud will bring an invaluable perspective to the show."
Now in its sixth year, LendItFintech has grown to more than 6,000 attendees from 50 countries and over 400 speakers. LendItFintech's mission is to connect every major player, platform, investor and service provider in the fintech industry. LendItFintech has grown along with the fintech industry. Once dominated by lenders and banking services, LendItFintech has broadened to an ecosystem that includes digital banking, blockchain for financial services, lending, financial AI, women in fintech, financial inclusion, residential and commercial real estate lending, and the future of money.
Founded in 2013, LendItFintech has emerged as the leading lending and fintech conference in the US, Europe and Asia. For more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.lendit.com.
About LendItFintech LendItFintech is a recognized global internet finance industry leader, founded in New York in 2013. Its aim is to gather industry elites to discuss and explore the latest trends in the development of financial technology. LendItFintech has become the largest event in financial services innovation as it hosts three annual conferences, LendItFintech USA, LendItFintech Europe, and Lang Di Fintech (LendItFintech China), and dozens of complementary online and in-person industry events. LendItFintech also owns and operates one of the world's leading industry educational channels, Lend Academy.