Insurtech Root Insurance 2020 IPO Unpacked

Table of Contents The Root of Insurance is Profitable Coverage (Hint: A 63% 1st-year retention rate doesn’t help)Table 1:  Financial HighlightsReinsurance relationshipGeographic footprintTable 2:  Top States by DPW 2019Retention RatesTable 3:  Retention RatesQuarterly ResultsTable 4:  Quarterly ResultsCOVID ImpactsThe Root Advantage?What does the Root filing mean for you?How can carriers and agents compete with Root?Bold Penguin […]

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Insurtech Lemonade’s 2Q2020 results unpacked: The good and the bad

The Insurtech Lemonade (LMND) announced its Q2 results today, their first as a public company. The results showed significant improvements quarterly year over year in several key metrics. But is comparing Q2 2020 to Q2 2019 a fair comparison? Not only was the second quarter of 2020 one with significant dislocation to the country due […]

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How do you like your Lemonade: tart or sweet? June 2020

As you probably have heard, the Insurtech Lemonade announced on Monday its intent to go public with a $100M offering. The current VC funding values Lemonade at ~$2B. There is not enough information in the S-1 to estimate market capitalization yet. Like another New York VC darling that flamed out, they were heavily funded by Softbank. […]

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What I learned and the 1 big takeaway in Davos at the World Economic Forum 2020

I had the real fortune to head to Davos this year and the World Economic Forum and some of the other forums around blockchain, cryptocurrency, and inclusiveness.   I decided to go, mostly because this year’s theme “Sustainability” wasn’t something I hear regularly discussed in my personal or professional circles.  I wanted to see if there […]

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2019: Insurtech in Review

Happy “National Science Fiction Day” to all of you that enjoy reading a great SciFi book or had a chance to see the latest Star Wars entrant.  I hope you had a great holiday season with family and friends.  As I reflect on 2019, I’ve been blessed to work and interact with amazing people like […]

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2019 Anti-harassment and data protection laws: are your agents and policy holders compliant? Does a Carrier have responsibilities?

Over the past few years, politicians have become increasingly involved in legislation to protect consumers and employees.  As a result of the #MeToo movement, 7 states have enacted regulations requiring private companies to provide anti-harassment training to their employees, and this is in addition to stricter laws protecting individuals and employees.  These regulations can apply […]

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Chatbots: Insurtech vs Big Tech

Insurtech funding thru Q3 2019 has hit record levels totaling about $4.4B (approximately 60% being P&C and 40% L&H).  Surprisingly, little funding attention has been made to the “Chatbot.”  Even though the simple chatbot provides immediate benefits to customers, agents, and employees. According to an analysis of Coverager data, there have been 5 Insurtechs funded […]

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Car Subscriptions and the Future of Personal Auto Insurance

As we all know, Millennial consumers expect speed, transparency, & online access.  This is true whether we are dealing with consumers or businesses.  There are some interesting developments that might impact personal auto premiums. One of the most discussed is the sharing economy.  There is a generational shift in terms of car ownership.  People want […]

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Labor Day Weekend and Insurance — Smart Tires to the Rescue

I recently wrote an article on Coverager about Smart Tires and the potential benefits and risks for Insurance Carriers. Click here to read the entire article. A short video is below. […]

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Root raises $350M for a total of $527M

Root Insurance Company the Insurtech auto carrier just closed another round of financing @ $350M, bringing their total raised to $527M. 2018 premiums were $106M according to S&P Global. What does this mean for an incumbent #carrier? Watch the video to see a #Bull and #Bear take on their success. For details on the round […]

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