September 5, 2019

When growing fast, it helps to keep everyone agile

By now, you’re probably familiar with the term Agile. Though misconceptions abound, it is simply a set of principles. Nothing more. It’s not a methodology or a framework. But these principles, when used effectively, are powerful and transformative.  We know this because our Tech team has been practicing Agile for many years. Primarily they’ve combined...

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August 29, 2019

How we’re using Gatsby to make our website zing

Over the past few months our development team has been transforming the LendInvest site into its most dynamic, functional and fast version to date. They’ve accomplished this feat, in part, by employing Gatsby, a very flexible, secure and efficient frontend framework that’s gaining increased adoption across the internet. Gatsby is an open source frontend page...

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August 27, 2019

Key takeaways from the Digital Finance Forum Survey

This summer we’ve been pleased to participate in the first FinTech founders survey by the Digital Finance Forum.  The Digital Finance Forum, or DFF, was launched earlier this year and is chaired by LendInvest CEO, Christian Faes. Its mission is to create a space away from the distractions and noise of conferences and industry events...

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August 22, 2019

Should property developers slow down in uncertain times?

In times of political, social, or economic upheaval, the temptation to take a “wait and see” approach can be strong. It’s a rational response, but in property development, it could be a mistake. Our Director of Development Finance Steve Larkin takes a closer look:  As we navigate an era of almost unprecedented political uncertainty, we’re...

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August 21, 2019

LondonCSS August meetup – our round-up

It was our great pleasure to host the August LondonCSS meetup – an educational and highly enjoyable evening of presentations and lively discussion, with plenty of food and drink to fuel debate.  LondonCSS meetups The meetup, originally started by Stu Robson and continued by Igor Czerwinski, has attracted some of the capital’s most respected developers...

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August 12, 2019

LendInvest receives £200m investment from the National Australian Bank for Buy-to-Let finance

Today we are delighted to announce that we have received a £200 million investment from the National Australian Bank to expand LendInvest’s capacity to provide high quality Buy-to-Let finance.  Christian Faes, Co-Founder & CEO of LendInvest, commented: “We’ve now raised almost £2 billion in debt and equity for LendInvest, and in many respects we’re just...

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August 8, 2019

The LendInvest Loan Engine – what is it and how does it work?

The way our business model works means we require a deep understanding of our loan book in real time, with information immediately accessible to a multitude of teams across the business.  This unique business model has driven our rapid growth over the past ten years, but it presents three key challenges: How do we enable...

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August 5, 2019

What is bridge-to-let finance?

At its most simple, bridge-to-let finance refers to bridging loans that fund the initial purchase of rental properties – usually those requiring refurbishment or, in some cases, further works. You might find it called a number of different things, but, by any name, it can be a convenient and cost-effective option for landlords or property...

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August 1, 2019

Metabase: increasing connectivity across LendInvest

Good data is meaningless unless those able to make the best use of it can easily access it. Finding an easy way for non-engineering teams across the business to retrieve the data they need on their own is essential to streamlining internal processes.  “The Fintech space is evolving rapidly. It’s packed with competitors all trying...

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July 26, 2019

Agile product delivery: the Three Amigos approach

Three people enter a room: one product manager, one developer and one QA. Each represents three main perspectives on the product — that of the business, the development team and testing.  Knowing where to start when building a new feature can be daunting. LendInvest’s Product Manager, Charles Fournier breaks down the ‘Three Amigos’ approach.  The...

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