LendingClub co-founder Soul Htite leads funding of Credible

San Francisco-based Credible, which operates a platform for borrowing and refinancing student loans, raised a $10 million Series A round of funding led by Soul Htite, founder and CEO of Dianrong.com and co-founder of LendingClub. Ron Suber, president of Prosper, also participated in the round, along with peer-to-peer lending investor Scott Langmack. The company previously raised $2.7 million in seed funding from multiple investors and individuals, including Carthona Capital, Redbus Group, Mark Goines and Bruce Gibney. PRESS RELEASE Credible Closes $10 Million in Series A Funding, Signaling a New Era of Transparency in Student Lending Credible answers the increasing demand for choice in online lending San Francisco, CA (September 29, 2015) – Credible (credible.com), the multi-lender student loan marketplace, allows borrowers to receive competitive loan offers from its vetted lending partners. Credible’s goal is to empower borrowers with more options to finance and refinance their student loans. The $10 million in Series A funding is led by Soul Htite, Founder & CEO of Dianrong.com and Co-founder of LendingClub, with participation from Ron Suber, President of Prosper, and online lending pioneer Scott Langmack. “We’re building Credible for the future of online lending – providing borrowers with choice, better information, and simplicity of process”, said Stephen Dash, Founder & CEO of Credible. “Simply put, we are making student loans more fair. In Soul, Ron and Scott, we have three of the most experienced individuals in online lending which will allow us to accelerate our growth.” As an independent, multi-lender marketplace that has been adopted by some of the most prestigious organizations in the country, including the American Medical Association, the American Pharmacists Association, and Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Credible provides borrowers with unbiased information and multiple offers from its lending partners. “The speed of innovation occurring in financial services has created a once in a generation opportunity” said Soul Htite. “Credible’s unique model is fundamentally changing the dynamics of the loan selection process. We see Credible as a core fixture of the next phase of online lending.” About Credible Credible’s founding principle is to provide borrowers the level of transparency they deserve. As a multi-lender marketplace that allows borrowers to receive competitive loan offers from its vetted lenders, Credible empowers consumers to take control of their student loans. Borrowers can fill out one form, then receive and compare personalized offers from numerous lenders and choose which best serves their individual needs. Credible is fiercely independent, committed to delivering fair and unbiased solutions in student lending. Existing investors include Mark Goines, Carthona Capital, Redbus Group, and Bruce Gibney.

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Cision prepares bid for UBM’s PR Newswire: Reuters News

(Reuters) — Cision, a provider of public relations software and intelligence, is working on a bid to acquire press release distributor PR Newswire Association LLC, according to people familiar with the matter. Cision, owned by private equity firm GTCR LLC, is participating in an auction run by British communications and events company UBM Plc (UBM.L), which owns PR Newswire, the people said this week. Cision faces competition for PR Newswire and there is no certainty it will prevail, the people added. The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential. Cision and UBM declined to comment, while PR Newswire and GTCR did not respond to requests for comment. Reuters reported earlier this year, based on sources, that UBM was looking to sell PR Newswire for more than $700 million. UBM is looking to sell PR Newswire so it can focus on increasing the company’s market share in trade shows and events. It bought trade show company Advanstar Communication Inc for $972 million last year. Based in Chicago, Cision has several products serving PR professionals and journalists. It owns a service called “Help a Reporter Out,” that matches experts with journalists, and PRWeb, a competing service to PR Newswire. GTCR has been acquiring several companies in the public relations software space recently. Last year it bought Cision and merged it with peer Vocus. It subsequently used Cision to acquire Gorkana Group Ltd, a media intelligence and data insights service provider. PR Newswire had revenue of 195.8 million pounds ($300.6 million) in 2014, accounting for 26 percent of UBM’s total revenue and down 3 percent from 2013. Its adjusted operating profit was 44.8 million pounds, down 1.8 percent.

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