Drip Capital (YC S15) Lends Small Businesses The Money They Need To Grow

by Alexis Ohanian8/17/2015

Historically, small business lending has been dominated by local community
banks, who often have a long and tedious process for approving loans with less than favorable terms to the business owner.

Launching this week out of our Summer 2015 class, Drip Capital is building an online solution to offer timely and founder-friendly small business loans

Drip Capital evaluates its loans by looking at the orders that small businesses have yet to fulfill, and providing the money needed to fulfill them. As an example: When one upstart potato chip manufacturer got a big break by landing placement in Whole Foods, Drip provided the capital to help the manufacturer deliver on the order. 

TechCrunch’s Kim-Mai Cutler wrote about Drip Capital in a story published this week:

“Drip Capital’s two founders Pushkar Mukewar and Neil Kothari,
have experience in both the tech and financial worlds after managing
debt portfolios at Capital One, Goldman Sachs and BlackRock. They met at

Drip evaluates small businesses based on their live working orders
from customers. They’re focused on the 5 million business-to-business
focused companies in the United States, and are giving loans that they
expect to be repaid in 1 to 4 months.

‘Banks have an almost one-size-fits-all product,’ said co-founder
Neil Kothari. ‘But there’s a pretty substantial difference in how banks
cater to larger clients versus smaller clients.'”

Read the full story on TechCrunch here.


  • Alexis Ohanian