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SF FinTech Founder Fireside: Sam Hodges of Funding Circle

  • Runway, SF 1355 Market Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

Funding Circle is the world’s leading marketplace exclusively focused on small businesses — more than $3bn has been lent to 25,000 businesses in the UK, USA, Germany and the Netherlands. They have raised approximately £300 million of equity capital since 2010. Their current equity investors are Accel Partners, Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, DST Global, Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Sands Capital, Temasek and Union Square Ventures.

As Co–Founder and U.S. Managing Director, Sam Hodges is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and day–to–day operation of Funding Circle in the U.S. Under his leadership, the U.S. business has grown exponentially since its foundation in 2012 and has emerged as the world’s largest online marketplace exclusively focused on small business loans. He co–founded the company after seeing how hard it was to get a loan for a small business, a successful gym franchise, he helped build. 

Before co–founding Funding Circle, Sam served as Vice President of Business Development at SecondMarket, the leading marketplace for alternative investments. There, Sam was responsible for corporate and business development and the company’s geographic expansion efforts. Sam was also part of the investment team at Pequot Capital, an $8 billion global fund manager, where he covered investments in financial technology and information services. He started his career as a strategy consultant at Katzenbach Partners, where he advised financial services and technology companies.

Sam currently serves on the boards of two private companies. He received his MBA and MS from Stanford University and graduated, magna cum laude, from Brown University.


6:30-7:00pm Registration & Networking

7:00-8:00pm Fireside Chat

8:00-8:30pm Networking