LendInvest raises $39.5M to grow its P2P property finance platform

A cloud hangs over the UK housing market as the UK government stumbles slowly through its negotiations to leave the European Union. But startups that are bringing innovative twists to housing finance seem to be singing a different tune. Today, LendInvest, a peer-to-peer platform that connects property buyers in the UK with people willing to finance those purchases (bypassing traditional mortgage lending infrastructure in the process), announced that it has raised around $39.5 million (around £30.5 million) in a Series C round of funding led by existing investor Atomico, which participation also from GP Bullhound…

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India-spec Nissan Kicks to get Renault Captur platform & MAJOR changes

Nissan is looking to take another stab at the compact SUV segment with the new Kicks SUV which was first unveiled to the world in production guise ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Nissan Kicks currently on sale in multiple markets across the world is based on Nissan’s V architecture. However, Indian Autos Blog is reporting that the India-spec Kicks will be based on the less expensive B0 platform which also underpins the Renault Captur SUV. While the B0 platform is a more cost-effective option for the Renault-Nissan alliance,…

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I won’t stop offering a platform to so-called ‘hate speakers’

David Cameron has named and shamed Kingston University for our choice of guests, but it’s our job to protect freedom of speech ‘Am I being reckless? No. I am being true to my obligations as a university vice-chancellor.’ Photograph: Alamy Kingston University, where I am vice-chancellor, was named and shamedby the prime minister last year for allegedly hosting Islamic “hate speakers” and thus undermining official efforts to prevent the radicalisation of students. A couple of weeks ago, another supposed “hate speaker”, Moazzam Begg, was invited to speak to Kingston students….

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