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Renaud Laplanche

Lending Club

As Founder and CEO, Renaud is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and operation of Lending Club, which he grew from a disruptive idea in 2006 to an industry leader that has facilitated over $6 billion in loans in 2014. He also serves as Chairman of Lending Club’s Board of Directors.

Before founding Lending Club, Renaud was the Founder & CEO of TripleHop Technologies, an enterprise software company acquired by Oracle Corporation in June 2005. Prior to that, Renaud was a Senior Associate at New York law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Renaud won the Economist Innovation Award in the consumer products category in 2014. Renaud was also recently named the "best start-up CEO to work for" by Business Insider. He was named a 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award Winner for Northern California, 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year at the BFM Awards, and in 2002 was honored with the HEC Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has also won the French sailing championship twice, in 1988 and 1990.

Renaud has an MBA from HEC and London Business School and a JD from Montpellier University. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia Business School and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Renaud has appeared in many leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, BusinessWeek and Barron’s and has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, ABC News, CBS News, and Fox Business News.

John Mack

Morgan Stanley

John J. Mack is a Senior Advisor of both Morgan Stanley and KKR. He retired as Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley at the end of 2011 and also served as Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley from June 2005 until December 2009.

John first joined Morgan Stanley in 1972 as a bond trader, rose steadily to manage the firm’s fixed income division from 1985 to 1992, served as the company’s CEO from 2005 to 2010, and as chairman from 2005 to 2011. He is credited for steering Morgan Stanley through the financial crisis, maintaining the firm’s independence and overseeing the firm’s conversion to a bank holding company. Before rejoining Morgan Stanley as Chairman and CEO in June 2005, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Group and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mary Meeker

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Mary Meeker joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in 2010, and leads KPCB's $1 billion US Digital Growth Fund (DGF), which targets high-growth Internet companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. From 1991 to 2010 Mary worked at Morgan Stanley as managing director and research analyst, where she focused on discovering and understanding emerging technologies and supported category-defining companies during their critical phases. Mary is renowned for her ability to spot trends at the intersection of business and technology, and for her annual Internet Trends report which is closely watched by industry professionals around the world.

Hans Morris

General Atlantic

Hans Morris served as president of Visa Inc. from 2007 to 2009, where his primary responsibilities included managing all markets in which Visa did business. Hans tenure coincided with the global payments technology company’s initial public offering and a reorganization that merged several separate businesses into a new company.

Hans previously spent 27 years at Citigroup and its predecessor companies in assorted leadership positions, with his final position as CFO and head of finance, technology and operations for Citi Markets and Banking. He is currently an advisory director at growth equity firm General Atlantic, where he leads investments in the financial services industry and is a director for three portfolio companies.

Morris graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1980. He serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), a trustee of the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, and is chairman of the board of overseers at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College.

Lawrence H. Summers

Harvard University

Lawrence H. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor & President Emeritus of Harvard University and the Weil Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

As one of America’s preeminent economists, he has served in a series of senior policy positions in Washington, D.C., including the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton, Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama and Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1982. In 1987, Mr. Summers became the first social scientist ever to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and in 1993 he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the outstanding American economist under the age of 40.

Simon Williams

Former Group General Manager, Wealth Management, HSBC

Simon Williams was Group General Manager, Wealth Management at HSBC. He was a member of HSBC’s RBWM Global Executive Committee and was responsible for leading the development and growth of their wealth management business globally.

Between 1997 and 2006, Simon was on the Management Committee at Citigroup and held a number of senior roles including CEO of International Retail Bank, CRO Global Consumer Group, and CEO Global Consumer Group Asia and Latin America where he navigated the company through the Asia crisis in 1997-1978 and Argentina’s crisis in 2001-2002. He also worked for GE Capital, Bain & Co and Price Waterhouse.

Simon is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from Exeter University and holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.

Daniel T. Ciporin

Canaan Partners

Dan Ciporin joined Canaan Partners in 2007 and is currently a General Partner specializing in digital media, financial technology and e-commerce investments. Dan also sits on the boards of publicly held Borderfree (BRDR) and numerous private companies including Orchard, CircleUp, ShopKeep Borro and JOOR. He is the former Chairman and CEO of Shopping.com where he oversaw growth from zero to over $100 million in revenue in just five years, culminating in the company's IPO in October 2004 and later acquisition by eBay in 2005. Prior to Shopping.com, Dan served as senior vice president of MasterCard International, where he managed global debit services. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and an MBA from Yale University.

Jeff Crowe

Norwest Venture Partners

Jeff joined Norwest in 2004 and became managing partner in 2013. Jeff focuses on investments in the internet, consumer, and software arenas. In 2014, Jeff was named to the Forbes Midas List of tech’s top investors. He currently serves on the boards of public company RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: SALE) and private companies AdChina, Badgeville, deCarta, Extole, Lending Club, Madison Reed, Owler, true[X] media and Turn. Jeff is also responsible for NVP’s investments in Spotify and Lashou. Jeff’s past investments include Admeld (acquired by Google), Jigsaw (acquired by Salesforce.com), Nano-Tex (acquired by Crypton, Inc.), The Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify), Tuvox (acquired by West Interactive), and he was a board observer at Cast Iron Systems (acquired by IBM).

Prior to Norwest, Jeff served as President, COO and board member of DoveBid, Inc., a privately held business auction firm, which expanded during his tenure via internal growth and acquisition from a $10M revenue run rate to a $120M revenue run rate with 400 employees.

Rebecca Lynn

Morgenthaler Ventures & Canvas Venture Fund

Rebecca is a General Partner of the Canvas Venture Fund, where she focuses on early-stage investments in financial services, digital health, SaaS, and consumer. She led Canvas's investment in FutureAdvisor, HealthLoop, CrowdFlower and Viewics, and serves on their boards. Rebecca was named a "Midas List Hot Prospect" by Forbes in 2013, and "Top Women VC" by Forbes in 2013 and 2014.

In 2007, Rebecca joined Morgenthaler Ventures and currently serves as a Partner at that firm as well. She led investments in Lending Club, Check (acquired by Intuit in June 2014), Doximity, Practice Fusion, and Convo. She also serves as an observer on the boards of ADARA and Socrata.

Rebecca began her career at Procter and Gamble's corporate headquarters where she launched new products internationally. She also served as VP of Marketing at NextCard, the first online credit card company, where she led product development.

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