Prosper Marketplace, which operates a leading online marketplace that connects borrowers and investors, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire BillGuard, a personal finance analytics startup, reportedly for $30 million.
BillGuard’s app helps consumers track their spending across all accounts, budget effectively, protect their money from wrongful charges and monitor their credit score. The company was founded in 2010 and has offices in New York City and Tel Aviv. BillGuard had previously raised $16.5 million in three venture funding rounds from investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, IA Ventures, SV Angel and OurCrowd.
BillGuard’s technology, powered by crowdsourcing, also helps consumers detect the billions in fraudulent payment card charges that strike Americans each year. Since inception, BillGuard has flagged over $70 million in unauthorized charges. With more than 1.3 million registered users, BillGuard’s five-star rated iPhone and Android mobile apps have won almost every industry award in their category, including being named one of the top banking innovations of all time by Online Banking Report and a Best App of 2014 by Google.
“This will be a transformative acquisition for Prosper Marketplace and for the marketplace lending industry. Until now, nobody has brought together marketplace lending and personal finance management to deliver an offering that truly empowers, protects and educates consumers,” said Aaron Vermut, chief executive officer at Prosper Marketplace. “In addition to the strategic value of this acquisition, we’re also excited to welcome the BillGuard team to Prosper Marketplace. They represent truly world-class talent and bring a team and technology platform that will immediately accelerate our product development.”
“Both BillGuard and Prosper Marketplace are focused on empowering consumers to be financially secure, smart and successful,” said Yaron Samid, co-founder and CEO of BillGuard. “Joining forces means that BillGuard can continue to innovate while contributing to the evolution of Prosper Marketplace as a full-service financial management company.”
“The BillGuard app helps people stay on top of their financial life and make better decisions about how they spend and save their money. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this product to all Prosper’s customers,” said Itzik Cohen, Chief Business Officer at Prosper Marketplace. “In addition, Israel is home to phenomenal tech talent on par with the best of Silicon Valley, and we see great opportunity to bolster our ranks by broadening BillGuard’s proven team in Tel Aviv.”
As one of the industry’s largest marketplace lending companies, Prosper Marketplace has connected hundreds of thousands of qualified borrowers with loans for everything from medical procedures like fertility treatment to home improvements and debt consolidation. The company has experienced extraordinary growth over the past three years, originating $1.6 billion in loans through the Prosper platform in 2014 – a 350% increase from 2013 – and it expects to more than double that in 2015.
BillGuard’s mission is to empower consumers to control, protect and do more with their money. BillGuard’s proprietary transaction monitoring technology pioneered the use of crowdsourcing and big data analytics to help consumers detect the $8 billion in wrongful payment card charges missed by banks each year. Downloaded over a million and a half times since release, BillGuard’s 5-star rated mobile apps have won almost every industry award in their category, including being named one of the top banking innovations of all time by Online Banking Report.