Capsule and Vouch | November 11, 2022
Capsule, a specialist insurance provider to high-growth companies in the UK, today announced a partnership with Vouch, a San Francisco-based insurance platform that provides business insurance for high-growth technology startups in the US. With this partnership, the two companies will work together to ensure that they can support their clients' needs internationally. The partnership comes just a year after Capsule's launch and will help startups and tech innovators across all the main markets protect themselves as they grow.
As part of the partnership, Capsule will also assist Vouch's US venture and incubator partners with their UK portfolio companies, and Vouch has made an investment in Capsule. The additional funding will be used by Capsule to advance its technology and recruitment. Since Capsule launched in September 2021, the company acts for some of the country's top startups and scale-ups including Onfido, Codat, Otta, Hofy and Castore, and has in recent months partnered with SeedLegals, Crowdcube and a number of leading VCs. Prior to launching Capsule, co-founders Thomas Wynne and Liam Green successfully scaled and sold UK insurance group Kingsbridge in a nine-figure exit to US-based NSM in March 2020.
Vouch, founded by CEO Sam Hodges (formerly CEO of Funding Circle US) and CRO Travis Hedge (formerly of Silicon Valley Bank), is a new kind of insurance platform for startups that offers fully digital, tailored coverage that takes minutes to activate. With over $160 million raised to date from the likes of Y Combinator, Ribbit Capital, Silicon Valley Bank and Index Ventures, as well as a recent valuation of over $550 million, Vouch has cemented its status as a 'soonicorn' with its sights firmly set on the next stage of business growth.
"Vouch is committed to protecting founders and company builders where they are today and where they'll be tomorrow. Our partnership with Capsule represents an important first step in our plan to provide holistic international risk management solutions, so our clients can protect their global operations with the same ease and confidence they experience with us today. We're excited to start this journey with the Capsule team."
-Sam Hodges, CEO of Vouch
Thomas Wynne, Co-Founder and CEO of Capsule, added: The hyper-growth startups we support have global aspirations. Yet even the most sophisticated teams face a steep learning curve when scaling their risk management programs internationally. Our partnership with Vouch enables us to solve insurance holistically across markets and unlock further growth.
Capsule is a specialist insurance provider that helps startups and scale-ups in sectors such as Web3, Fintech, Enterprise (SaaS) and Consumer Tech navigate the risks of rapid expansion by ensuring they have the proper protection in place. Specialising in cover for businesses from seed stage through to IPO, Capsule offers policies including Directors' and Officers', Key Person, Professional Indemnity and Cyber Liability insurance, as well as many others. Their advice is geared for growth ('Capsule' is an anagram of 'scale-up') and backed by state-of-the-art technology that tracks clients across more than 300 data points. As a certified B Corporation, Capsule is also committed to using business as a force for good. Their team is equally passionate about helping similarly mission-driven and impactful organisations get these factors recognised and rewarded by the insurance sector.
Vouch is a US-based provider of business insurance to thousands of high-growth companies. Since its inception in 2018, the company has empowered its clients to get risk management right through niche expertise, a proprietary approach to pricing and underwriting, fast, digital-first procurement and coverages that scale as the company grows.
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Vouch | January 12, 2023
Vouch, an insurance company trying to change the way business insurance works for the tech industry, informed on January 11, 2023, that it acquired the lending startup Level and its team of engineers.
The lending startup has created a tech-driven underwriting process for early-stage fintech startups. This makes the process of getting financing faster and easier than it used to be.
Sam Hodges, CEO and Co-Founder of Vouch, stated, "Level's unique expertise in building and scaling underwriting systems will bring additional knowledge to our team as we continue to effectively underwrite and support complex insurance policies." He further expressed, "The team at Level demonstrated their ability to solve complex problems in a highly regulated space, and as we got to know them, we discovered many similarities in our vision to build a value-driven company. We're thrilled to bring the Level team on board."
(Source: PR Newswire)
Post this acquisition, Vouch will be able to underwrite and support complicated insurance policies with the help of the Level team, who are experts in developing rapid and efficient underwriting systems.
"Joining the Vouch team was an easy decision for us," said Vladimir Korshin and Asa Schachar. They continued, "We were impressed by Sam and the team's pace of development within this exciting market opportunity and look forward to contributing our expertise to the company's growth."
(Source: PR Newswire)
Meanwhile, the details of the transaction were kept confidential.
Located in San Francisco and Chicago, Vouch Insurance is a new way for startups to get insurance. Its fully digital coverage, which only takes minutes to activate, was made by founders for founders. The company is trusted by the biggest names in the startup economy, like Y Combinator and Silicon Valley Bank. These companies work with Vouch because everything from onboarding to claims is made for startups by experienced founders. Vouch works with its clients to manage, reduce, and avoid risks because it is an insurance platform, not a broker. The company's founders have built and backed high-growth companies like FundingCircle and Root Insurance, while its team of technologists and risk experts comes from places like SVB Capital, NerdWallet, Travelers Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Lyft, Google, and more.
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Ryan Specialty | December 12, 2022
Ryan Specialty (NYSE: RYAN), a leading international specialty insurance firm, is pleased to announce that today it signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Griffin Underwriting Services (“Griffin”), a binding authority specialist and wholesale insurance broker headquartered in Bellevue, WA.
Griffin, founded in 1928, has deep relationships with retail insurance brokers both in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. Griffin offers a broad array of solutions across various specialty insurance lines, including earthquake and transportation. Griffin’s technical acumen and consistent underwriting results have attracted the support of numerous leading carriers.
“We are excited to embrace the exceptional professionals at Griffin into Ryan Specialty. Griffin deepens our offerings in the Pacific Northwest, broadening our geographic scope and capabilities. Additionally, Griffin is a critical piece to our continual buildout of our national binding authority offering. We look forward to welcoming the Griffin team to Ryan Specialty.”
-Tim Turner, President of Ryan Specialty and Chairman and CEO of RT Specialty
Jason Griffin and Van Griffin, Co-Presidents of Griffin Underwriting Services, remarked, We are very familiar with RT Specialty and are thrilled to be joining the team. At Griffin, we pride ourselves in developing top talent and offering a culture that empowers the individual. It is clear that Ryan Specialty is built on this same philosophy. We’re excited about the opportunities that this new phase will create for our employees, and we look forward to the future as a part of the Ryan Specialty family.
About Ryan Specialty
Founded in 2010, Ryan Specialty is a service provider of specialty products and solutions for insurance brokers, agents and carriers. Ryan Specialty provides distribution, underwriting, product development, administration and risk management services by acting as a wholesale broker and a managing underwriter with delegated authority from insurance carriers. Ryan Specialty’s mission is to provide industry-leading innovative specialty insurance solutions for insurance brokers, agents and carriers.