CLAIMS, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
PRnewswire | April 27, 2023
Clearcover Insurance Company, the next-generation car insurance company, today announces it has launched an innovative embedded insurance solution in which consumers receive final, bindable quotes when they shop via Experian's® auto insurance comparison shopping service. This initiative supports Clearcover's strategy to fuel growth in its distribution channels and complements Experian's consumer-centric approach to its products.
"We're redesigning the insurance playbook by streamlining processes and building new experiences and capabilities," said Clearcover CEO Kyle Nakatsuji. "We are grateful to Experian for putting their trust in us to develop solutions that improve their users' experiences."
Clearcover is investing in technology to meet market demand and support its mission to become the digital auto insurer of choice for modern drivers. Its partner-centric API allows users to comparison shop for auto insurance to find better rates without leaving the Experian site for final quotes. Launched last year, Experian's auto insurance offering furthers its mission to financially empower consumers by helping them potentially save hundreds of dollars on their current policy.
"Working with a tech-enabled carrier is a win-win," said Rakesh Patel, General Manager of Experian Insurance Services™ at Experian. "Clearcover is uniquely positioned to tailor the underlying embedded experience so that our customers can quickly and easily shop for auto insurance policies all in one place. When we can empower consumers to make positive changes effortlessly, Experian is achieving its goal of financial power for all."
"This integration is part of our customer-centric mission to provide hassle-free insurance," said Clearcover Chief Product and Innovation Officer Adam Fischer. "Our goal to empower consumers to make the smartest decisions at every step aligns with Experian's mission to help its customers improve their financial well-being."
On the heels of securing $153 million in Series E financing last November, Clearcover ramped up efforts to invest in and integrate new technologies and business strategies.
"Experian and Clearcover have a long-standing relationship," said Clearcover Head of Partner Distribution Chris Ritter. "This collaboration is a natural progression and we're looking forward to ensuring they have some of the smartest solutions on the market."
Clearcover, which currently offers auto policies in 19 states, is advancing an industry that continues to adapt and change. The company ranked No. 50 on the 2022 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list and was named by InsurTech Magazine as a "Top 10 Insurtech Platform to Watch in 2022."
Clearcover is the next-generation insurance company that provides customers with the technology they need to confidently make the smartest decisions at every step. Clearcover is challenging the status quo with hassle-free insurance that redefines what it means to put the customer first, delivering affordable car insurance with one of the industry's fastest claims experiences. Clearcover includes Clearcover, Inc., which was founded in 2016 by Kyle Nakatsuji and Derek Brigham, Clearcover Insurance Company (NAIC #16524) and Clearcover Insurance Agency. Clearcover has raised more than $480 million in funding to date. In 2022, the insurance fintech ranked No.50 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ and No. 151 on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America. Clearcover has also been featured by Glassdoor as one of the nation's "Best Places to Work." For more information, visit Clearcover.com.
CORE INSURANCE, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
Businesswire | April 28, 2023
Zinnia, a life and annuity insurance technology and digital services company, today announced it is acquiring Policygenius, a digital insurance marketplace. The acquisition lays the foundation for the industry’s first front-to-back architecture to power the entire insurance value chain and better serve carriers, advisors, and policyholders.
The transaction expands Zinnia’s reach into digital distribution solutions, creating new opportunities to service carriers and distribution partners. Together, Zinnia and Policygenius will offer products and services spanning life and annuities, disability, and property and casualty insurance. At the heart of Policygenius is a platform that simplifies the process for consumers to buy insurance, and an extensive data analytics capability that, combined with Zinnia’s growing tech capabilities and well-established third-party administrator (TPA) infrastructure, lays the groundwork for exceptional experiences for those who buy, sell, manufacture or administer insurance policies.
Zinnia will continue to offer Policygenius’ full suite of online services under the Policygenius brand. These capabilities will connect with Zinnia’s new system of record to further develop the Open Insurance architecture. The acquisition opens growth opportunities for Zinnia’s and Policygenius’ combined 60+ carrier clients, 350 distributors and partners, and 2M+ policyholders.
“At Zinnia, we want to provide solutions that simplify the process of buying insurance and deliver an exceptional experience for consumers from purchase to claim,” said Michele Trogni, Zinnia Chief Executive Officer. “Policygenius has always put consumer experience at the heart of their business, and their capabilities will accelerate our journey. We look forward to welcoming Policygenius clients, an experienced leadership team, and approximately 450 new team members to Zinnia, and are excited to power growth in our industry.”
“We are thrilled to have a partner in Zinnia, that shares in our vision to transform the industry through technology and a consumer-first approach,” said Jennifer Fitzgerald, Policygenius Co-founder and CEO and newly appointed Zinnia board member. “Their depth of insurance expertise and entrepreneurship has resulted in more than $170B in assets under administration and the launch of 170+ new carrier products. Together, we will expand the reach of our carrier and distribution partners, helping even more consumers achieve financial protection. The promise of Open Insurance is huge, and we are excited to embark on this journey with Zinnia together.”
“This strategic combination positions Zinnia and Policygenius to deliver great benefits for carriers and consumers, and we believe there is enormous unmet demand in the market for a seamless digital experience underpinned by a compelling, end-to-end insurance offering,” said Jake Heller, Partner at KKR and newly appointed Zinnia board member. “We look forward to serving as an investor in the combined business alongside Eldridge and supporting Michele, Jennifer, and these talented teams in their next chapter of growth.”
KKR, through its Technology Growth strategy, was a lead investor in Policygenius and will remain an investor in the combined company.
Sidley Austin LLP and WilmerHale served as legal counsel to Zinnia. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel to Policygenius.
Zinnia, an Eldridge business, combines a rich history of insurance expertise and product capabilities to create simplified and digitized outcomes that deliver better value and foster more seamless, secure, and efficient experiences for carriers, advisors, consumers, and reinsurers. The Company’s vision for Open Insurance empowers clients through intuitive technology solutions that decrease processing time, drive product innovation, and bring new products to market faster, enabling more people to protect and enrich their financial futures.
Founded in 2014 by Francois de Lame and Jennifer Fitzgerald, Policygenius transforms the insurance journey for today’s consumer, providing a one-stop platform where customers can compare options from top insurance carriers, get unbiased expert advice, buy policies, and manage their insurance portfolio, in one seamless, integrated experience. Our proprietary technology platform integrates with the leading life, disability, and home and auto insurance carriers and delivers an exceptional digital experience for both consumers and insurance carriers. Since 2014, our content, digital tools, and experts have served as a resource for millions of people on their insurance journey, and we have sold more than $200 billion in coverage.
CORE INSURANCE, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
Businesswire | March 17, 2023
Inszone Insurance Services: a rapidly growing, national provider of benefits, personal and commercial lines insurance, announced today the acquisition of Larry Fu Insurance Agency, Inc. The addition of Larry Fu Insurance Agency to the Inszone Insurance team is a strategic move that brings together two trusted insurance providers with a shared commitment to exceptional customer service.
Founded in 1979, Larry Fu Insurance Agency has built a strong reputation as a family-owned and operated business, providing exceptional service to its clients for over 40 years. Larry and Shirley Fu started their business from the ground up, and their dedication and hard work have earned them a loyal clientele from all over the Bay Area and Southern California.
"Larry Fu Insurance Agency has a long-standing reputation for exceptional customer service and market expertise, making them a perfect fit for Inszone Insurance," said Chris Walters, CEO of Inszone Insurance Services. "Their values align with ours, and we are excited to welcome the Larry Fu Insurance team to the Inszone Insurance family."
As part of the acquisition, clients of Larry Fu Insurance Agency can expect to receive the same exceptional service and care they have come to expect from Larry Fu Insurance Agency, now under the Inszone Insurance brand. This acquisition is just one of many that Inszone Insurance Services plans to make as it continues to expand its national footprint and serve clients with exceptional insurance placement capabilities and personalized service.
About Inszone Insurance Services
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Sacramento, California, Inszone is a full-service insurance brokerage firm that provides a broad array of property & casualty insurance, along with employee benefits solutions. With a strong, experienced management team, Inszone continues to grow organically, as well as through acquisitions. With 40 locations across California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, and Illinois, the company is looking to further expand throughout the United States.