The China Startup Pulse

Marketplace Lending in China; with Dr. Tharon Smith, Managing Director of Lendit China

Episode Summary

China is the largest market place for internet lending in the world, almost quadrupling the rest of the world combined at nearly $60 billion in 'originations' (where loans are being 'originated'). We discuss why this is the case talking about the 'black economy' in China that has moved online, and the lack of the ability to gain credit or obtain a proper credit score. We also talk about the role that internet banks are going to play in this field helping small to medium businesses obtain loans in the future.

Episode Notes

China is the largest market place for internet lending in the world, almost quadrupling the rest of the world combined at nearly $60 billion in 'originations' (where loans are being 'originated'). We discuss why this is the case talking about the 'black economy' in China that has moved online, and the lack of the ability to gain credit or obtain a proper credit score. We also talk about the role that internet banks are going to play in this field helping small to medium businesses obtain loans in the future.

Tharon also educates us on the proper terminology in which to use when discussing P2P which should be referred to as internet financing, marketplace lending or, her favorite, inclusive finance, because we're helping to finance each other.

A huge thanks to our sponsors Chinaccelerator, People-Squared, and our syndication partner Technode!

And as always, thanks to our team, David, Darren, and Vivian.