Lenddo Continues to Grow as a Social-Network Based Lending Platform for Emerging Markets, Raises An Additional US$6 Million for Global Expansion

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Lenddo, the world’s first online platform that allows members to use their online social connections to build their creditworthiness and access local financial services, announced today that they have raised an additional $6 million in funding. This close includes existing investors, as well as new investors such as Globe Telecom’s Kickstart Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures and Skype Co-Founder, Toivo Annus.

Lenddo, the world’s first online platform that allows members to use their online social connections to build their creditworthiness and access local financial services, announced today that they have raised an additional $6 million in funding. This close includes existing investors, as well as new investors such as Globe Telecom’s Kickstart Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures and Skype Co-Founder, Toivo Annus.

The funds will be used to accelerate an aggressive global rollout as well as develop enhanced features for users of Facebook, Linkedin and Android. Recently, Lenddo was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Tech Pioneer, celebrated for pioneering technologies that hold promise of transforming business and society.

“The Lenddo community continues to see huge growth around the world, as we have expanded our operations this past year from the Philippines to Colombia to Mexico,” said Lenddo Co-Founder and CEO, Jeff Stewart. “Our loans provide funds for everyday people to access education, health care and home improvement.”

Founded in 2011, the Lenddo community has over 350,000 members who are able to use their online reputations on social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Google to access life improving loans to which they may otherwise not have access. Lenddo plans to focus its planned expansion on Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Minette Navarrete, President of Kickstart Ventures, Inc. adds, “emerging markets have an increasingly important middle class who are still excluded from traditional financial systems, but technology can redefine how this market accesses financial services. Digital inclusion in the financial services space is as much a social responsibility as it is a rapidly growing global opportunity, and Lenddo’s proprietary algorithms and deep market insight are breaking down barriers. We are excited to help the team with our experience and network as they expand in the region and beyond.”

"Traditional banks are unwilling or unable to lend credit to hundreds of millions of hard-working people from around the world. That's why we're so excited by Lenddo's concept of financial empowerment. Through its proprietary technology and industry standard accreditations, Lenddo's innovative solution leverages the power of social networks to help improve their lives” elaborated Vinnie Lauria, a Partner at Golden Gate Ventures.

About Lenddo:
Lenddo's mission is to economically empowered the middle class in developing countries. To accomplish this, Lenddo is the world’s first online platform that allows members to use their online social connections to build their creditworthiness and access local financial services. Lenddo is currently providing loans to members in Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines.

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