Liz Gannes

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Peter Thiel Leads $20M Round for ZestFinance’s Big-Data Underwriting

ZestFinance, which analyzes data to help get loans to people with bad credit, has raised $20 million in Series C funding led by Peter Thiel. The 65-person, Los Angeles-based company, which previously made its own loans but now works with partners, said it is lowering default rates and cutting the cost of credit by crunching data on borrowers.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik