Business Insider | 10.22.14

Former PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian Is The Lead Investor In Payoff

By Shane Ferro

Mohamed El-Erian is getting into the peer-to-peer lending business.

The former PIMCO CEO is the lead investor in the first $12 million equity raising for a new, Orange County-based peer-to-peer lending company called Payoff, according to theĀ Financial Times. Payoff says it will make online loans more efficiently than traditional banks using a combination of behavioral science and big data.

Unlike other P2P companies like Lending Club and Prosper, which began by connecting retail lenders and borrowers, Payoff is restricting itself to accredited investors (as that’s where its competitors have mostly ended up, anyway).

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