Founded by ex-Googlers, Paypalers, and Yahooligans, Upstart is an alternative crowdfunding platform for investing in people. The idea is that entrepreneurs receive early (risky) seed capital in exchange for a portion of their future earnings for ten years. The investors receive a 14.99 percent annual interest rate and are able to confirm their indentured servant investee’s income via tax returns. [Source VentureBeat]