With January behind us, we are kicking things into gear for a busy 2015. It's going to be a big year for our business and your portfolio. We have a lot planned for this year to be even more exciting than last.

Here's what's happened...

We closed out 2014 in a big way. We funded 17 loans last year totaling nearly $1 million, all funded by lenders just like you - using the power of the internet to invest in real estate and earn like never before.

In January, we hired a new Marketing Manager, Lauren FitzHugh. She comes to us with a background in digital communications from the agency side. She will be managing our lender-facing communications, events, and other marketing-related activities.

We turn 2 this week on Thursday, February 5th. We're pretty sure there will be cupcakes (and hopefully champagne). We love a good celebration.

Our Development team continues to expand, adding 4 new people to the team. Chris, our VP of Software, is delighted to have a more robust team to build an even better product for our borrowers and lenders.

In January, we were named one of Atlanta's Top 5 Startups to Watch in 2015 by Venture Atlanta. We also recently learned that we are a Finalist in the 2015 SXSW Accelerator program; and will head to Austin, TX in March to (hopefully) take home the big prize.

Quarter 1 is packed with activity; and the rest of the year will be, too. We're changing the way we use our blog, so come back to stay up-to-date with our latest news, browse our new Ask the Lender and Ask the Borrower series, click through our GROUNDFLOOR dictionary, and more.

As ever, we're glad you're with us and love hearing from you. Write us anytime with your ideas, thoughts, or comments at founders@groundfloor.us or post a comment below.