George Popescu | Founder/CEO George has a background in science and engineering. He earned three Master's Degrees: a Master's of Science from MIT working on 3D printing, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Supelec, France and a Master's in Nanosciences from Paris XI University. His scientific career has led to about 10 publications and patents.
George has a proven track record of entrepreneurship. Over the last 10 years, he has founded multiple companies in online lending, craft beer brewery, exotic sports car rentals, hedge funds, peer-reviewed scientific journal, etc. He advised 30+ early stage startups in different fields. He was also a mentor at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services and Techstars Fintech in NY. George is originally from Romania and grew up in Paris, France.
He is also the founder, CEO, and Editor in Chief of Lending Times, a media and affiliate marketing company in the peer-to-peer marketplace, and alternative lending space. Lending Times won the Best Journalist Coverage from the LendIt Industry Awards in 2017. The other nominees were Reuters, Business Insider, deBanked, Bankless Times and Tradestreaming. The award was earned for “the journalist who has provided the most insightful and original coverage about lending innovation and fintech.”
He is also an advisor of FirstBlood, an eSports-Blockchain company, and Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Gatecoin, a blockchain asset exchange in Hong Kong. He also advises about 12 other companies in finance.
Previously he has been a partner in LunaCap Ventures, a hybrid early stage growth capital fund.
In 2014, he sold and exited his most successful company, Boston Technologies (BT) group. BT was a high-frequency trading and inter-broker broker-dealer in the FX Spot, precious metals, and a CFDs space company. He was the Founder and CEO, and he boot-strapped it from $0 to a $20+ million in revenue without any equity investment. BT was the #1 fastest growing company in Boston in 2011 according to the Boston Business Journal and the only company being in top 10 fastest in 2012-13 as it was #5 in 2012. BT has been on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US for 4 years in a row. After the sale, he became Head-of-Strategy for Currency Mountain (www.currencymountain.com), a USD 100 million+ holding company focused on retail and medium institutional currencies.
Boston Business Journal has named him in the top 40 under 40 in 2012 in recognition of his business achievements.