I started investing in earnest (in stocks, ETF, REITs and Mutual Funds) beginning 2007. Enjoyed exceptionally good returns right off the bat, but suffered heavy loses in 2008. Thankfully, I didn't give up, and have continuously ploughed all my savings into, mostly, value stocks. In 2014, I left my paid employment (I was a VP at a sovereign wealth fund) with the view of setting up an investment partnership -- which, alas, I never managed to do until very recently. (Was distracted with some work I did, assisting a few charitable foundations run by friends. Plus, I was having too much fun raising my two young kids.)
I was familiar with KIVA and Kickstarter, but became aware of P2P lending only recently through a friend. Since then I have invested -- besides FSMY, FSSG and MDK -- in Fundaztic (Malaysia), Linked Finance (Ireland), Fellow Finance (Finland), Mintos (Latvia), and Funding Secure (UK). I did this partly to diversity, and partly for the learning experience.
I have advanced degrees in Engineering and Foreign Affairs. I have also done coding every now and then to kill monotony.