Weekly Update #149: All About Insurance Startups

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Hello Investors,
Insurance: the $1.2 Trillion FinTech opportunity
Did you know that $1.2 trillion is spent annually on premiums? In just the US?
The decidedly unsexy insurance sector continues to attract venture capital. The folks at Greylock Partners wrote a fantastic "Insurance Technology" piece to cover the growth (thanks Chris McCann!). Here's a great snapshot of the eco-system:
Health Insurance (Oscar, Clover Health) and SMB Solutions (Zenefits, Gusto, Namely) dominate the headlines, but a number of other sectors are growing. A few companies of interest to monitor:
  • Metromile: pay-per-mile car insurance that saves up to $500/year for infrequent drivers. Raised $14 million from NEA, First Round, Index Ventures. 
  • Lemonade: Peer-to-peer insurance. Allows small groups to pay premiums into a pool, and lower effective premium costs (a UK competitor is Guevara). Raised $13 million from Sequoia Capital.


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