SmartHippo Appoints Former LendingTree GM Lori Collins CEO

by Rob Lewis

Montreal's SmartHippo announced today it has appointed ex-GM of the LendingTree exchange Lori Collins as its new CEO.

As General Manager of the LendingTree exchange, Collins was responsible for sales, relationship management, and product management for the LendingTree Lender network and part of the executive team which increased revenues from $7 Million to $476 Million over seven years.

"SmartHippo has a very compelling business model," Collins said. "Consumer-driven and social product comparisons have become the norm in other industries, and I'm excited to be a part of the company that is finally bringing these innovations to the finance space."

Unlike intermediary websites which match consumers with lenders based on business relationships, SmartHippo is an open, transparent marketplace where consumers help each other find the best financial products. They can ask questions, compare rates and share reviews and experiences with other consumers to make more informed decisions. Lenders and brokers participate by answering questions and posting rates with consumer feedback keeping them in check.

As part of the move former CEO George Favvas will step aside and continue his involvement in the company as Founder and VP Corporate Strategy. In another announcement today, SmartHippo announced it is expanding into the Spanish market with the launch of in partnership with FinancialRed Network.

FYI... Collins will be delivering the closing keynote at Startup Camp Montreal tomorrow at the Society for Arts and Technology.

SmartHippo was #25 on the PEER 1 Montreal Startup Index for October 2009.

Montréal, Québec, Canada is the first ever web site that allows individuals to use the power of a community to save money when shopping for rates on financial products and services. Many borrowers currently end up with higher mortgage rates simply because they lack the necessary information or knowledge to negotiate the best possible deal. Higher rates can mean the difference between being able to send... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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