Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are the most followed celebrities on Twitter Inc., yet the pop stars have even more “likes” on Facebook Inc. Now the world’s biggest social network is looking to capitalize.
SAP AG, Europe’s biggest software maker, approached MobileIron Inc. about a possible acquisition to expand in programs for smartphones and tablet computers, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
On a June morning in midtown Manhattan, more than 300 investors cram into a conference room at the Convene Innovation Center, nibbling on pastries and waiting for Renaud Laplanche to take the stage. As founder and chief executive officer of LendingClub Corp., Laplanche has rock star status at this inaugural LendIt conference, where Wall Street investment managers clamor for insight into the world of peer-to-peer lending.
David Louthan is a banker’s dream customer. The 32-year-old manufacturing engineer in Cedar City, Utah, contributes to a 401(k) and is already saving for the education of his first child, due this May. Instead of opening a savings account at a bank, Louthan joined Lending Club , an online marketplace that matches individual lenders with borrowers, where he earns interest making loans to folks whom he himself vets. “It comes down to control,” Louthan says. “I prefer to manage my own money.”
Motif Investing Inc., a Web-based startup that lets investors buy baskets of stocks based on themes like home improvement and Obamacare, raised $25 million in a financing round led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Alex Mantovani scanned Miami’s financial district from the fourth-floor office of Brazilian digital marketing company Grupo Avadora he opened in January. Golden keys to the city and the county, symbols of welcome, lay on a table.