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China Tech Talk 22: P2P lending, retail banking, and the future of online services with Ling Kong

John and Matt talk with Ling Kong, CTO of Dianrong about: How peer-to-peer (P2P) lending got started What makes Dianrong different from their competitors (hint: there’s a reason we’re talking to the CTO) How the government sees the P2P lending industry Why and how China’s credit habits are changing What a private blockchain application could […]

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Dianrong snags $220m Series D to further tap China’s $16t internet finance market

Chinese P2P lending platform Dianrong today announced their Series D worth $220 million. This latest funding was led by GIC Private Limited, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, along with CMIG Leasing, Simone Investment Managers, and other institutional and individual investors. The new proceeds will be used for improving risk management, R&D and automation, M&A opportunities and international […]

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Dianrong, Quark Finance launch innovative credit factory

Chinese fintech industry leaders Dianrong (点融网) and Quark Finance (夸客金融) announced on March 20 that they will launch a financing business operation model called Dianrong-Quark Credit Factory, aimed at exploring new ways to increase access to financial services for both individuals and small and micro-sized businesses, according to a Dianrong press release posted on its […]

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Dianrong and Foxconn launch China’s first blockchain platform

Dianrong, a leading online P2P marketplace lending company, and FnConn, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, have launched China’s first-ever blockchain platform called ‘Chained Finance’. The platform leverages advanced financial technology to meet the hugely underserved needs of supply chain finance in China. The new blockchain platform allows supply chain finance to deliver the needed […]

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Live from TechCrunch – Blockchain opportunities for hungry entrepreneurs

With a series of recent blockchain initiatives – from joining one of the world’s biggest blockchain initiatives Hyperledger Project, to launching “Chained Finance” with Foxconn’s FnConn, China’s peer-to-peer lending marketplace Dianrong is getting ready for full blockchain integration across its platform. We talk to Ling Kong, Dianrong’s CTO on how big and small companies are riding the blockchain wave. Solving Trust […]

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Chinese micro lender Qudian under fire after splashy US IPO

Days after its splashy US IPO, Chinese online loan provider Qudian is undergoing a major crisis as local media has begun questioning the sustainability, validity and morality of their business. Born out of student-based Qufenqi, Qudian first grew by offering small loans to colleges students to capitalize on the rising spending power of China’s younger generations. At […]

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Hacking blockchain, bike-rental and robotics at the TechCrunch Shenzhen Hackathon

Shenzhen’s rainstorms didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of students, designers and coders from all over the world participating in the 2017 TechCrunch Shenzhen hackathon, co-hosted by TechNode. In teams of 4 or 5, the participants took on challenges posed by sponsors Dianrong, Mobike, Meet Magento Association and Segway Robotics. Dianrong is China’s premier peer-to-peer lending platform […]