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Speedway Pass
Oct 11, 2013
Came across an interesting article on the growth of Amazon's lending business:

Amazon loaned SMEs $3 billion since 2011, $1 billion in the past year alone | VentureBeat | Commerce | by Paul Sawers

I haven't read their filings to dig deeper- but I assume they have a massive float from the 2 week delays in seller payouts that they're using to loan to their customer's at favourable rates vs "risk-free"/bank notes.

Part of the beauty is the level of data they have on their sellers- I'm sure the algorithms are quite robust and likely good at predicting/avoiding write-offs.

So, grow your sellers sales (and your top line profits as a result), make solid returns on the interest, all with manageable risk. Nice model!

Anyone been invited to this elusive club?

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