Renaud Laplanche


CEO and Co-founder

Renaud is the co-founder and CEO of Upgrade, Inc. a fintech company that offers affordable and responsible credit to mainstream consumers. Under his leadership, Upgrade has delivered over $7 billion in affordable consumer credit in just over 3 years, and launched a set of innovative credit cards that help consumers pay down their debt faster. 

Prior to Upgrade, Renaud founded and ran Lending Club for 10 years. He took the company public, reaching a market capitalization of $10 billion in December 2014.  At Lending Club, Renaud pioneered consumer fintech and grew the company to become the largest provider of personal loans in America.  

Renaud was ranked #23 in Bloomberg Markets’ 2015 Most Influential List, an annual ranking of the World’s top 50 most influential leaders across technology, finance, and politics. He was also recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative by President Clinton for expanding access to affordable and responsible credit. In 2014, he won the Economist Innovation Award in the consumer products category and was named the "best start-up CEO to work for" by Business Insider. Renaud was named “Fintech Executive of the Year” by Finovate in 2020. He also holds the Newport-Bermuda world speed sailing record.

Articles By Renaud Laplanche

Articles Featuring Renaud Laplanche

Upgrade nearly doubles valuation to $6bn in 4 months

17th November 2021 | Daniel Lanyon

Upgrade completes second securitisation

22nd February 2019 | Daniel Lanyon

Upgrade completes $282m securitisation

1st November 2018 | Daniel Lanyon

Renaud Laplanche talks Lending Club, SEC and Upgrade

1st October 2018 | Daniel Lanyon

Renaud Laplanche reveals fintech predictions

10th October 2017 | Daniel Lanyon

Fintech analytics firm lands $5.5m fundraise

13th September 2017 | Ryan Weeks

Is Lending Club back on track?

8th August 2017 | Daniel Lanyon

Canadian fintech lender raises $57m

24th July 2017 | Ryan Weeks

Lending Club CEO bullish as Q4 losses widen

15th February 2017 | Daniel Lanyon

Marketplace lending association swells its ranks

20th January 2017 | Ryan Weeks

New $100m Lending Club securitization

1st December 2016 | Daniel Lanyon

US origination slump continues as volumes halve

28th November 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Prosper appoints new CEO, Vermut to step down

15th November 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Fresh Lending Club fears prompt share price plunge

18th October 2016 | Daniel Lanyon

Have online lenders changed their spots?

30th August 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Can it really be “business as usual”?

19th July 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Lending Club fund hit by first negative month

4th July 2016 | Daniel Lanyon

5 key considerations post Brexit

24th June 2016 | Ryan Weeks

LendInvest appoints Wilcke on road to IPO

17th June 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Prosper Exploring Majority Stake Sale?

27th May 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Avant to cut jobs, cancel product launches

23rd May 2016 | Ryan Weeks

GLI Boss Clarifies Strategic Vision

20th May 2016 | Ryan Weeks

OnDeck Closes $250m Securitisation

18th May 2016 | Ryan Weeks

LendingClub's woes deepen

11th May 2016 | David Stevenson

US Treasury to Release Report on Marketplace Lending

5th May 2016 | Guglielmo de Stefano

Lending Club to Sell Bonds Backed by Unsecured Loans

27th April 2016 | Guglielmo de Stefano

Commerzbank to Enter German P2P Lending Space?

26th April 2016 | Guglielmo de Stefano

Lending Club Partners with Millennium Trust Company

1st April 2016 | Guglielmo de Stefano

Lending Club rejigs relationship with issuing bank

29th February 2016 | Ryan Weeks

LAFDI market report - LAFDI remains under pressure

12th February 2016 | Rupert Taylor

A death knell for credit bureaus?

18th January 2016 | Ryan Weeks

Midland Appeals to US Supreme Court

17th November 2015 | Ryan Weeks

The Redcoats are coming!

11th November 2015 | Ryan Weeks

Lending Club releases Q3 2015 Results

6th November 2015 | Guglielmo de Stefano

Lending Club releases low-cost line of credit for businesses

16th October 2015 | Guglielmo de Stefano

Court is Cause for Concern for MarketPlace lenders

14th August 2015 | Henry Thomas

Lending Club Shifting Focus Back to Retail?

13th August 2015 | Ryan Weeks

The Best of LendIt USA 2015

17th April 2015 | Ryan Weeks

Citi enters Marketplace Lending

14th April 2015 | Georgina McCreadie

A closer look at Lending Club’s results

4th March 2015 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club Teams Up with Small Banks

9th February 2015 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club partners with Alibaba

3rd February 2015 | Georgina McCreadie

Google partners with Lending Club

16th January 2015 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club Chases Business Loans

9th January 2015 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club to Give a Boost to Female Entrepreneurs

8th January 2015 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club’s First Day Trading

12th December 2014 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club to Float Today

11th December 2014 | Georgina McCreadie

LendingClub Boosts IPO Size

9th December 2014 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club Boosts Board

5th December 2014 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club Increases IPO Size

27th November 2014 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club Diversifies Product Set

20th November 2014 | Georgina McCreadie

Lending Club Make Shock Acquisition

17th April 2014 | AltFi