Hourly.io | November 14, 2022
Hourly.io, a fast-growing workers' comp and payroll startup, announced today that it is expanding its reach through its collaboration with Cincinnati-based Great American Insurance Group.
In this expanded collaboration, Hourly will serve as a Managing General Agent (MGA), leveraging its underwriting expertise and unique workers' compensation and payroll technology with Great American's well-established reputation. Established in 2018, Hourly offers a full-service platform that connects workers' comp, time tracking, and payroll in real-time for small and medium-sized business owners with hourly workers, an innovation that ensures premiums are calculated accurately using real-time data analytics. Hourly is the only company in the industry to bridge the gap between workers' comp, payroll, and time and attendance.
"Collaborating with Great American Insurance Group was the clear choice when deciding how we will expand and develop new business in our next phase of growth, Great American is the perfect match for Hourly's next stage of evolution. We're excited to align with them and help small businesses gain better insights into their exact labor costs and provide them with better tools to manage those costs, including workers' comp premiums."
-Hourly Co-founder and CEO Tom Sagi
As a longstanding player in the insurance industry, Great American Insurance Group's roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. The company provides insurance products and services aimed primarily at the property and casualty insurance markets and focuses on specialty commercial products for businesses. The relationship will bring together Hourly's leading-edge technology and Great American's established credibility to better meet the needs of more clients.
We're excited to build on our collaboration with Hourly, Both Hourly and Great American Insurance Group share the same commitment to helping these businesses protect their employees. We are impressed with the cutting-edge technology Hourly will bring to Great American and the team's first-rate underwriting abilities,said Richard Suter, Divisional President, Great American Alternative Markets.
In October 2022, Hourly announced that it expanded its $27M Series A to $32M. The Series A was led by Glilot Capital Partners with participation from S Capital, Vintage Investment Partners, J-Ventures, Upshot Ventures, MS&AD, and Sienna VC.
Teh Chen, Hourly's Chief Revenue Officer said, The workers' comp industry is ripe for innovation and disruption—and I'm excited to leverage technology to simplify workers' comp for employers, help prevent injuries for employees, and outperform the market. Our expanded collaboration with Great American are big steps in making insurance more accessible and affordable for businesses across the country.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Hourly.io is an insurtech startup offering workers' comp insurance and full-service payroll for small and medium businesses with hourly workers. Powered by real-time data, Hourly's platform ensures running payroll is as quick as pressing a button and that you get accurate workers' comp premiums down to the penny.
About Great American Insurance Group
Great American Insurance Group's roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses. Great American Insurance Company has received an "A" (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for more than 110 years (most recent rating evaluation of "A+" (Superior) affirmed December 3, 2021). The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG's common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG. Policies are underwritten by Great American Insurance Company, Great American Alliance Insurance Company, Great American Assurance Company and Great American Insurance Company of New York, authorized insurers in all 50 states and the DC., 301 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
CORE INSURANCE, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
HawkSoft and Input 1 | January 20, 2023
On January 19, 2023, HawkSoft, a provider of agency management systems in the insurance industry, and Input 1, which delivers digital billing, payments, and premium finance solutions, entered into a partnership that allows HawkSoft agencies to use premium collection functionalities.
Input 1 has spent over 30 years perfecting its comprehensive billing and payments platform, which simplifies the intricacies of the premium collection lifecycle. Input 1's services are used by over 125 carriers, finance companies, managing general agents, and thousands of insurance agents to bill and collect premiums from their customers.
HawkSoft's agency management system has succeeded by creating a central insurance platform with API-powered connectivity throughout the insurtech stack. In addition, the company focuses on delivering technology guided by real-world workflows to independent insurance agencies, increasing revenue and efficiency.
With the integration of Input 1's premium finance and payments solution, HawkSoft clients can use data directly from their management system to accept digital payments for pay-in-full policies, offer digital premium financing, and set up recurring payments via debit, credit, and ACH. The integration also prevents double-entry in their common workflows.
Rushang Shah, Chief Marketing Officer of HawkSoft, said, "One of our key goals is to support the unique approaches independent insurance agencies apply in running their businesses." He further expressed, "We are happy to collaborate with Input 1 and welcome them to our ecosystem as a Solution Partner."
(Source – PR Newswire)
Based in Canby (Oregon), Hawsoft provides management systems to organizations that want efficient workflows, unique experiences for employees and policyholders, and tools to foster meaningful relationships. The company, founded by independent agents, provides an innovative system that powers thousands of agencies. HawkSoft aims to assist agents in performing quality work more efficiently - not by pushing them to adapt to the software but by ensuring that it automates the steps that agents already know work best.
Input 1, LLC offers digital billing and payment solutions to property and liability insurers. The company's digital billing and payment solutions provide insurance carriers and MGAs with tailored offerings at a lower cost and faster implementation than internal IT resources. In addition, its outsourcing helps banks, insurance carriers, and insurance brokers develop lucrative profit centers that increase client support and service alternatives.
CORE INSURANCE, RISK MANAGEMENT
Risk Strategies | January 31, 2023
In a recent development, Risk Strategies, a prominent national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management organization, acquired Tanenbaum-Harber of Florida, LLC, a well-established insurance and risk management consultant for businesses and families. However, the terms of the agreement were not revealed.
Tanenbaum-Harber, one of the largest independent retail agencies in South Florida, has its headquarters in Miramar (Florida). The company's history dates back to 1860, and today, it is among the most successful in the region. Tanenbaum-Harber of California, Inc.'s assets were also obtained as part of the acquisition. Headquartered in San Diego, Tanenbaum-Harber of California, Inc. provides support to developing businesses in the state.
Scott Popilek, Atlantic Regional Leader, Risk Strategies, stated, "Tanenbaum-Harber brings another industry leading brand to our growing Florida team." He added, "They have terrific, highly experienced people and an approach to client service built and refined for over 150 years that perfectly aligns with our firm."
(Source – GlobeNewswire)
Tanenbaum-personal Harber's lines division, which helps families and individuals with their risk and liability coverage needs, has grown steadily in recent years, even though most of the company's business is with clients who want customized property and casualty insurance solutions.
Fred Jove, President, Tanenbaum-Harber of Florida, expressed, "Given the long history of our firm, we wanted to find a partner that could provide a path for our people and business to scale both within the state and nationally." "Risk Strategies, having both a strong presence in key areas within our home state and more than 30 specialty practices nationally, presented both a great business and cultural fit," he concluded.
(Source – GlobeNewswire)
Over the past five years, Tanenbaum-Harber has seen substantial business growth in a competitive climate and challenging market conditions. The agency serves over 5,000 clients in wholesale distribution, real estate, security, hospitality, technology, and non-profit.
About Risk Strategies
Risk Strategies is a private, growth-focused national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management advisor. The company simplifies asset protection, benefits, and liability for businesses and individuals. Since 2018, its employees have ranked it as the 'Best Place to Work across North America'. Insurance Journal named it the 6th Fastest Growing Firm, 8th Largest Personal Lines Broker, 11th largest privately-held P&C Broker, and 16th largest US Broker for 2020. Risk Strategies is happy to be backed by one of the oldest private equity firms and a renowned insurance investor.