Zopa, the online marketplace for lending, raises $5m to match Prosper

Funny how this works, isn’t it?

Zopa, the start-up that is competing with Prosper to shake up the lending industry, has raised $5 million more in financial backing from Tim Draper, founder of US venture capitalists Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and the Rowland Family, reports Unquote News (registration required).

This brings Zopa’s funding up to $20 million, to match exactly how much Prosper raised. We’re assuming this is so Zopa has the same bragging rights.

Zopa got $15 million earlier this year from Bessemer Venture Partners, Benchmark Capital and Wellington Partners. Zopa is launching in California soon, recently opening an office here.

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