We first wrote about a new peer to peer lending startup called Loanio back in July 2007. At the time, there was little information available. Since then, Loanio has advertised extensively on P2P lending blogs and websites but they are still pretty quiet about their actual plans. As far as I know, the only time Loanio has talked to bloggers or the press has been the short interview Loanio CEO Michael Solomon gave me back in August. At the time, they were hoping to launch in the fall. Fall came and went and a notice on Loanio's homepage said they would open in January 2008. I eagerly visited their homepage almost every day last month hoping to get a first look at their new service.
Loanio is now in beta testing and, according to an email from Michael Solomon, is still a couple of weeks away from opening up testing to non-team developers. We hope to be invited to their beta testing and will bring you some early screen shots and a review.
Update (9/10/2008): Loanio screenshots