Renaud Laplanche, a San Francisco based serial entrepreneur with the rare distinction of being the founding CEO of two Unicorns – private companies with $1B valuations - in the Silicon Valley, joins the advisory board of MoneyTap with 25+ years of professional experience under his belt. He has started several highly successful companies including MatchPoint (acquired by Oracle), LendingClub (IPO), and most recently, Upgrade, Inc. Upgrade is the only Neobank backed by one of the world’s top 10 largest banks. Under his leadership, Upgrade, Inc reached $100 million in revenue and a $1Billion in valuation, within three years of launch.
An HEC/London Business School alum with a specialisation in finance, a serial entrepreneur and a fintech pioneer, Renaud’s strategic vision will help MoneyTap take things even farther with its innovative, flagship product offerings. His deep passion for Responsible Credit to consumers, focus on user experience and working with global debt markets will further accelerate MoneyTap’s aggressive growth trajectory.
Prior to Upgrade, Renaud ran LendingClub for 10 years, where he led the organisation to its IPO in December 2014 and reached a $10 billion public market capitalization. He also played a key role in launching the MatchPoint crawler which was adopted by organisations such as CNN, Dow Jones and The New York Times. Post MatchPoint’s acquisition in July 2005, Mr Laplanche worked at Oracle as the Head of Product Management and Search Technologies, managing integration and overseeing sales of search engine products.
“With a proven track record of building large companies, Renaud brings invaluable experience in product strategy & growth to help accelerate our mission of providing affordable credit to tens of millions in the region and bolster our leadership position in the ecosystem,” says Bala Parthasarathy, CEO and Co-founder at MoneyTap.
Renaud says, “As a leading startup striving for resiliency during uncertain times, there is a tremendous opportunity for MoneyTap to revolutionise the consumer lending space in Asia. I look forward to working with them to ensure long term business growth.”
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