PR Newswire | September 14, 2023
Cowbell, a leading provider of cyber insurance for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), today announced its partnership with Zywave, an industry-leading provider of insurtech solutions. The partnership is powered by Herald, a digital infrastructure provider that connects software developers to commercial insurance carriers through a single API, and leverages Cowbell's leading technology and individualized coverage options for a superior customer experience through Zywave's expanding, simple and efficient, API-first interface for quoting commercial and E&S insurance. The collaboration marks the first standalone cyber insurance offering on Zywave's Hub, which provides MGAs, wholesale brokers, and retailers, with quicker access to modernized cyber insurance products.
Despite cyber being the fastest-growing line of insurance business in recent history, four out of five SMEs are still uninsured or underinsured, according to a recent report published by the small business resource AdvisorSmith. By partnering with Zywave, Cowbell extends its reach within MGAs and brokers and helps further accelerate the adoption of cyber insurance within the SME market.
"As the first cyber insurance provider on Zywave's Hub via Herald's API, our adaptive programs are now available to over 40 additional trading partners," said Rajeev Gupta, co-founder and CPO of Cowbell. "These partners can now experience the simplicity of placing the industry's best cyber insurance coverage for their clients and protecting their clients' future cyber risks with Cowbell's tailored risk mitigation service."
"This is an exceptionally powerful partnership between the most innovative leaders in the industry," said Duncan Crystal, co-founder and CRO at Herald. "Together, we're proving how API-driven distribution can transform an industry that has traditionally run on paper. Our unified offering makes it easier for carrier partners to plug into networks of brokerages and MGAs, resulting in more premium for all players in the value chain, along with better coverage for businesses."
The ability to adapt to ever-changing market conditions in almost real-time allows capacity providers like Cowbell to expand or contract the markets they serve without being hindered by manual processes and antiquated technology. Expanding Zywave's offerings through Cowbell's advanced technology and quality insurance programs ushers in a new and improved way for brokers to sell cyber insurance to their clients.
Cowbell is a pioneer of Adaptive Cyber Insurance, a leader in providing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) coverage adaptable to today's and tomorrow's threats and the advanced warning of cyber risk exposures. In its unique AI-based approach in risk selection and pricing, Cowbell's continuous underwriting platform, powered by Cowbell Factors, compresses the insurance process from submission to issue in less than 5 minutes. Cowbell is backed by 20 prominent leading global (re)insurance partners and serves SMEs in 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the United Kingdom. Founded in 2019, Cowbell is based in the San Francisco Bay Area with employees across the U.S., Canada, India, and the U.K. For more information, please visit https://cowbell.insure/.
Herald builds digital infrastructure for commercial insurance. Developers who use Herald quote and bind insurance from multiple carriers through a single API. For more information, visit https://heraldapi.com.
Zywave leads the insurtech industry, fueling business growth for its partners with cloud-based sales management, client delivery, content, and analytics solutions. Zywave's all-in-one platform provides customizable, user-friendly options that enable insurance professionals to build a unique solution to fit their specific growth goals—their own Modern RevOps Machine. More than 15,000 insurers, agencies, and brokerages worldwide—including all of the top 100 U.S. insurance brokerages—use Zywave solutions to enhance client services, achieve business growth and promote greater health, wellness, risk management, and safety. Additional information can be found at www.zywave.com.
Core Insurance, Risk Management
GlobeNewswire | August 22, 2023
World Insurance Associates LLC (“World"), a Top 50 Insurance Brokerage, announced today that R&S Insurance Agency, Inc. (“R&S”) of Stoughton, WI has joined World as of August 1, 2023. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
R&S has been providing insurance products and services to individuals, families and businesses since 1964.
“At R&S, our basic belief in providing quality coverage and personal service is just one of the many reasons why today, more than ever, people look to us for quality insurance protection,” says Mark Rostowfske, President, R&S Insurance Agency. “It’s great to join World and provide our customers with even more products and services.”
“I’d like to welcome R&S to the World family,” says Rich Eknoian, CEO and Co-Founder of World. “With the addition of R&S, World now has a presence in Wisconsin. R&S is known for their exceptional customer service, and I know they will be successful as part of World. The current R&S insurance team will remain in place to assist customers with their needs.”
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla provided legal counsel, and Sica Fletcher advised World on the transaction. Axley Brynelson provided legal counsel to R&S on the transaction. No other advisors, diligence firms or legal counsel were disclosed.
About World Insurance Associates LLC
World Insurance Associates LLC (World) is headquartered in Iselin, N.J., and is a nationally ranked, full-service insurance organization providing individuals and businesses with top products and services across personal and commercial insurance, employee and executive benefits, retirement and financial services and human capital management solutions. Since its founding in 2011, World has completed over 195 acquisitions and serves its customers from more than 250 offices across the United States. World is ranked #28 on the 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business list by Business Insurance, ranked #3 on the Fastest Growing Brokers list by Business Insurance, ranked #3 on the Fastest Growing Benefits Brokers list by Business Insurance, ranked #24 on the Top 100 P&C Agencies by Insurance Journal, and ranked #20 on the Top 50 Personal Lines Agencies by Insurance Journal.
Risk Management, Insurance Technology
Businesswire | July 21, 2023
Insurity, the leading provider of cloud-based software for insurance carriers, brokers, and MGAs, today announced its partnership with Rented Mule Consulting to accelerate cloud-based software implementations for P&C carriers. As a System Integrator (SI) partner, Rented Mule Consulting will work with small and mid-sized carriers and MGAs to plan, build, and support the systems and tools required to successfully take Insurity’s cloud-based products to market.
Insurity’s network of SI Partners offers insurance organizations with the collaborative, capabilities-driven deployment options they need to quickly enter new markets and take advantage of new opportunities. Rented Mule Consulting, comprised of experienced insurance technology professionals, understands the unique challenges facing the P&C industry today in order to build innovative and effective solutions for insurers.
As an advisory and professional services firm, Rented Mule Consulting helps growth-focused P&C insurance entities efficiently harness the power of technology in pursuit of their business goals. Rented Mule Consulting provides in-depth guidance on the selection and implementation of a core system that allows insurers to extend product capability, expand distribution channels, move into additional jurisdictions, and increase written premium by over 20% in less than one year.
“The Insurity and Rented Mule partnership speaks directly to our shared goal of helping smaller P&C insurers and MGAs compete, win, and profitably grow market share by combining innovative business models with the best mix of technologies available,” said Ben Stinson, Managing Partner of Rented Mule Consulting. “We’re thrilled to bring our combined strengths to bear on behalf of our clients and prospects.”
“Insurity is excited to welcome Rented Mule Consulting as an SI Partner and expand our footprint of cloud-native policy, billing, and claims software to growth-focused insurers,” said Jennifer Saylors, VP, SI Success at Insurity. “The close partnership between Insurity and Rented Mule will provide insurers with the necessary tools, expertise, and capabilities to achieve their goals of profitable growth with confidence.”
Insurity is a leading provider of cloud-based software for insurance carriers, brokers, and MGAs. Insurity is trusted by 22 of the top 25 P&C carriers and 7 of the top 10 MGAs in the US and has over 400 cloud-based deployments. Through its best-in-class digital platform and with unrivaled industry experience and the industry's most robust analytics offerings, Insurity is uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value, empowering customers to focus on their core businesses, optimize their operations, and provide superior policyholder experiences. Insurity is a portfolio company of GI Partners and TA Associates. For more information, visit www.insurity.com.
About Rented Mule Consulting
Rented Mule Consulting (RMC) is an advisory and professional services firm that helps growth-focused P&C insurance entities efficiently harness the power of technology in pursuit of their business goals. RMC maintains specific focus on helping start-ups, MGAs, and small/mid-size carriers quickly implement core system functionality facilitated by our closely coupled partnerships with leading solution providers. RMC’s depth of experience enables them to deliver successful builds to our clients with minimal expenditure of money, time, and resources.