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Indio, Tech Startup for Commercial Insurance Brokers, Raises $2 Million

Indio, a commercial insurance platform for brokers that aims to do what Sabre did for travel agents or Schwab did for wealth managers, said it has secured $2 million in seed financing. Venture capital firms NEA, Compound, Merus Capital and …

Startup Auto Insurer Root Targets Good Drivers with Smartphones

Root officially debuted in the U.S. market on October 25. The fledgling auto insurer, just 18 months old, relies on telematics and a customer’s smartphone to deliver what it says will be significantly cheaper rates for the best drivers based …

Auto Claims Startup Snapsheet Attracts $20 Million in Funding

Liberty Mutual and USAA are among the backers behind of Snapsheet, a startup that is developing virtual auto claims technology and services that recently closed on $20 million in new financing. Snapsheet disclosed the Series C funding round on Oct. …

Commercial Lines Tech Startup Embroker Now Open for Business

Technology-inspired startup insurance broker Embroker, which bills itself as the first modern business insurance platform, has officially launched. Embroker is a commercial lines platform that empowers — hence the name, Embroker — businesses of all sizes to manage, buy, analyze, …

Markel, EMC Join Global Insurance Accelerator to Assist Startups

Markel and EMC Insurance Companies have invested in the Global Insurance Accelerator, a business accelerator focused on developing innovative insurance-centric startups. The GIA launched in 2013 modeled on technology accelerators where seed funding and business assistance is provided to startups …

Insurers Hiscox, American Family Back Bunker, a Startup Broker for Gig Economy

Bunker, a Hiscox and American Family-backed startup billing itself as the first contract-related insurance marketplace, has officially left startup mode and unveiled its first product. The target audience: independent contractors and small businesses. The San Francisco-based startup said it has …

Munich Re Backs On-Demand Insurance Startup Trov’s Expansion in U.S. Market

Trov, an on-demand insurance startup, is revving up plans to enter the U.S. market in 2017, by way of a partnership with Munich Re. Munich Re, one of the world’s largets reinsurers, says it intends to provide underwriting capital and …

Uber-Like Video Service DropIn Lets Adjusters Assess Damage from Their Desks

A new service promises to provide insurance claims adjusters with videos of losses without them ever having to leave their desks. The videos would be supplied by an Uber-like network of smartphone users and, eventually, also drone operators. Los Angeles-based …

Venture Capital, Traditional Insurer Interest in Insurtech Remains High

Even though venture capital investments in venture capital-backed financial technology (fintech) companies fell more than 50 percent globally during the second quarter of 2016, interest in insurance technology startups (insurtech) continues to pick up steam, a new report reveals. According …