Renaud Laplanche

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Renaud Laplanche
Renaud Laplanche
Born 1970
Residence San Francisco, California, USA
Nationality French
Alma mater HEC Paris
Occupation Entrepreneur
Years active 1995–Present
Known for MatchPoint, Lending Club

Renaud Laplanche is a French-American entrepreneur and business executive. He is the founder and was for a decade the CEO of Lending Club, an American peer-to-peer lending company. He resigned from the position in May 2016 after losing the confidence of its board.

Early life and education[edit]

Renaud Laplanche was born in 1970 and grew up in France.[1][2][3] He was interested in sailing and raced competitively on the national level,[4] winning the French sailing championships on Lasers, 13.5 ft, one-sail, one-man sailboats, in 1988 and 1990.[5]

Laplanche studied business and law. He received a post-graduate DESS-DJCE (J.D.) degree in Tax and Corporate Law from Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France, and an MBA degree from HEC Business School in Paris, France, and London Business School.[1][2][3]


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton[edit]

From 1995 to 1999, Laplanche worked as a securities lawyer and senior associate at the law offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, first in Paris and later in New York.[1][6][7] The cases he worked on included mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and investment transactions involving technology companies.[4]

TripleHop Technologies[edit]

In New York, Laplanche soon left the law offices and, in 1999, jointly with Franck Nazikian, started his own company, a software company called TripleHop Technologies.[6] The company had an office in the North Tower of the New York World Trade Center that was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.[8] TripleHop suffered major losses, including its computers and recently developed software code.[5]

In 2003 TripleHop launched its MatchPoint crawler and search engine for enterprise content.[2][9] The engine provided a single search point for structured and unstructured data (databases, e-mail, file and document systems, the internet), used Support Vector Machine algorithms for indexing and concept-based retrieval, and collaborative filtering for correlating related topics, created a user profile for each user on the basis of user's search history to tailor query results to particular users, and permitted context-sensitive search where queries were expanded by synonyms from domain-specific thesaurus-type taxonomies.[10]

MatchPoint was adopted by many U.S. media companies (CNN, Turner Broadcasting, AOL, USA Today, ABC news, Dow Jones, New York Times and others) as their preferred search engine and attracted the attention of major software vendors.[4][9] In June 2005, TripleHop Technologies was acquired by Oracle Corporation and MatchPoint was integrated with Oracle's other products.[7][11] Laplanche reportedly earned 10 million USD from the acquisition.[6] He moved to California and from June 2005 to October 2006 worked at Oracle as the Head of Product Management, Search Technologies, managing integration and overseeing sales of search engine products.[1][9]

Lending Club[edit]

In 2006 Laplanche left Oracle and co-founded Lending Club. Laplanche had gotten the idea for the new company at the time when he started TripleHop and found that his credit card carried an 18% interest rate, while he was only earning 1.5% from the bank on high yield certificates of deposit. He thought that by connecting investors directly with borrowers, he could cut the banks out of the equation and deliver lower rates for borrowers and higher returns for investors.[4][12][13][14][15][16] Lending Club first launched on Facebook to leverage existing connections among users for testing users' trust and willingness to help one another financially, and to gather user feedback about the new service.[2] At that time, Lending Club was one of Facebook's first applications.[6]

After receiving $12 million in funding from venture capital investors, including Canaan Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, and Morgenthaler Ventures, Laplanche developed Lending Club into a full-scale person-to-person lending company.[6][9] Lending Club revenue for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2012 was $15.8 million.[17] In August 2011, Lending Club raised an additional 25 million USD in venture capital from Union Square Ventures and Thomvest, owned by Peter Thomson of Thomson-Reuters.[18][19] In 2012, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers became the newest investor in Lending Club,[20][21] bringing the total amount of venture capital raised by the company to $100 million.[22]

Lending Club is headquartered in San Francisco.[18] As of March 31, 2012, the company had 81 full-time employees, with Laplanche continuing as the company CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors.[17][23] As of March 15, 2013, Lending Club has facilitated 100,000 loans for a total of $1.5 billion.[24] The company completed its IPO on December 10, 2014. The stock price increased 56% on its first day of trading [25]

On May 9, 2016, Laplanche resigned from his position as CEO following an internal investigation that found he had violated the company's business practices.[26]


Laplanche was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2012 BFM Awards.[27] He is the winner of HEC Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2002[1][7] and is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization. In 2013 he received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the Northern California region and was a national finalist.[28] Between April 1 and September 22, 2015, Laplanche and the crew of the Lending Club 2, a 105-ft maxi-trimaran, held the speed record for sailing from Cowes to Dinard across the English Channel.[29][30]


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  2. ^ a b c d Allen Stern (August 6, 2007). "LendingClub Founder and CEO, Renaud Laplanche – Interview". Center Networks. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Lending Club company leadership". Lending Club. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
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  5. ^ a b Robert, Virginie (November 30, 2005). "Un champion de l'opiniâtreté". Les Échos. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Barret, Victoria (December 2, 2010). "Making Personal Loans For Fun And Profit". Forbes. 
  7. ^ a b c Louis Bedigian (January 4, 2011). "Renaud Laplanche: Best investments, career highlights". Bezinga. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
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  10. ^ Mena, Jesus (2004). Homeland Security Techniques & Technologies. Charles River Media. pp. 179–180. 
  11. ^ "Acquisitions: Oracle and TripleHop". Oracle. June 2005. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ Louis Bedigian (January 3, 2011). "Interview with Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, Part 1". Bezinga. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ Walker, Rob (May 14, 2009). "Brother, Can You Spare a Loan?". New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ Renaud Laplanche, CEO, Lending Club is interviewed by David Kirkpatrick LeWeb Paris 2012, 6 December 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013
  15. ^ Alan Farnham New Ways to Get a Loan Without Going to the Bank ABC News 6 January 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2013
  16. ^ Lending Club CEO on Getting a Loan Without a Bank CNBC 14 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March, 2103
  17. ^ a b "Lending Club Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012" (PDF). government filings. May 31, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "America's Most Promising Companies (2011): Lending Club". Forbes. November 30, 2011. 
  19. ^ Levy, Ari; Campbell, Dakin (September 8, 2011). "LendingClub attracts attention of investors". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  20. ^ Colleen Taylor Lending Club Lands $17.5 Million from Kleiner Perkins and Morgan Stanley Chairman John Mack". Tech Crunch 6 June 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  21. ^ Michael J. de la Merced Lending Club Reaps $15 Million From Kleiner Perkins New York Times, 6 June 2012. Retrieved 15. March, 2013
  22. ^ Sarah McBride Mary Meeker breaks her investment fast Reuters 6 June 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2013
  23. ^ Mui, Ylan Q. (March 8, 2010). "With bank credit frozen, small U.S. businesses starting to turn to microlenders". Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  24. ^ Loan Performance Statistics". Lending Club. Retrieved 15 March 2013
  25. ^ "LendingClub shares debut to 56% stock rise". USA TODAY. 11 December 2014. 
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  27. ^ "Les lauréats des BFM AWARDS à New York". BFM TV. October 20, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Congratulations to our 2013 Award Recipients". Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Lending Club breaks Cowes-Dinard record - The Daily Sail". 
  30. ^ "Phaedo 3 Shatters Cowes-Dinard Record".