#5. Aaron Vermut

CEO, Prosper 

Aaron Vermut Aaron Vermut is the CEO and director of Prosper Marketplace, one of the fastest-growing online sources for consumer credit in the country. He’s got a lot of balls in the air. Besides his role at the San Francisco-based company he joined in 2013, he’s the president and a director of Prosper Funding LLC. Previously he was managing director and co-head of Prime Services at Wells Fargo Prime Services, LLC, formerly Merlin Securities until its acquisition in 2012, where he had been the founder and managing partner as well as serving on the board of directors and being the chairman. He earned his B.A. in history and German from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the principal of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) after starting there in 2000 to focus on its information technology investments. At Cambridge Technology Partners he was a senior consultant. Vermut has worked closely with, Boingo Networks and Exent Technologies. His career has taken him from Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc., a San Francisco investment bank, where he focused on software and security companies, to the Charles Schwab Corporation, where he was the product manager for the electronic brokerage group, being responsible for the Analyst Center, its online research product. Along the way, Vermut has designed and implemented enterprise software packages for Fortune 500 companies. He’s been the president of the Young Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, as well as a member of its board of directors.


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