Zopa makes top 10 UK startup list

The Guardian Unlimited announced the top 10 UK startups and Zopa, UK's peer to peer lending site, is number 9 on the list. According to the Guardian, "Driven by the surge of Web 2.0 sites and the widespread penetration of broadband, Britain's dot economy is growing fast and – for now at least – there are no real signs of a bust on the horizon." Zopa is among the companies leading this dotcom growth in the UK.

Although we have not written about Zopa much on Prosper Lending Review, we are watching them closely as they prepare to launch in the United States. On the main page they proudly announce, "Zopa is coming to the US: want a preview?" If you enter your email you will be notified when the preview is ready. Zopa also has a (somewhat quiet) discussion board for the U.S and they have published their first U.S. newsletter. Prospers.org has a much more active forum about Zopa. The provocative tagline: "Until we all defect to Zopa, one board should do it for now =)"

Awards like the one Zopa received from the Guardian are not unusual for peer to peer lending sites. Prosper was named Time Magazine's site of the year in 2006 and one of the top 50 sites of 2007.