A look back at some of the most notable partnerships, hires and financing rounds in insurance tech.

From the rise of insurers starting strategic venture arms to a record amount of early-stage deal activity to new partnerships in smart home, distribution, and elsewhere, it’s been a busy year in the world of insurance tech.

So we compiled a list of notable insurance tech partnerships, deals, and startup hires we tracked through the first quarter of 2017 (ending March 31, 2017), which you’ll find below.

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Financing Deals

Decisely and Namely were the only financings in Q1 2017 that were among the 10 largest deals since the start of 2016.

Largest Financing Deals: Q1 2016 – Q1 2017
Startup Description Select Round Investors Amount Date
Oscar Health Tech-enabled health insurance carrier Fidelity Investments, Founders Fund, General Catalyst Partners, Goldman Sachs, Google Capital, Horizons Ventures, Wellington Management, Khosla Ventures $400M Feb-16
Clover Health Data-driven health insurance startup Greenoaks Capital Management, First Round Capital, Wildcat Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Soical Capital, AME Cloud Ventures $160M May-16
Metromile Per-mile car insurance NEA, Index Ventures, Intact, Mitsui & Co., SV Angel, First Round Capital David Friedberg $103.1M Feb-16
Bright Health Data-driven health insurance startup New Enterprise Associates, Flare Capital Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners $80M Apr-16
Decisely Small business HR and bneefits platform Two Sigma Private Investments, EPIC Insurance Brokers $60M Mar-17
Namely HR and benefits platform Altimeter Capital, Four Rivers Group, Greenspring Associates $50M Jan-17
Metromile Per mile car insurance China Pacific Insurance $50M Sept-16
Cyence Economic cyber risk modeling NEA, IVP, Dowling Capital Partners $40M Sept-16
Lemonade Online insurance carrier offering homeowners and renters insurance General Catalyst, Thrive Capital, GV, Sequoia Capital Israel, XL Innovate, Aleph $34M Dec-16
Justworks Payroll, benefits, and compliance services Bain Capital Ventures, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Thrive Capital $33M Mar-16


Startup-Insurer Partnerships
Startup Partner Insurer Description Date
Modiface Dai-chi Life The Japanese life insurer plans to use ModiFace’s facial tracking technology to create a “health promotion” app. Mar-17
Roost Desjardins Desjardins will launch a new water damage prevention program with the smart water leak and freeze detector startup Mar-17
Openbay State Farm Online auto maintenance marketplace Openbay previously partnered with Allstate. Mar-17
Human Longevity MassMutual The agreement enables MassMutual policyholders and employees to have their whole genome read for $1400. Mar-17
Hibob Aviva The deal will integrate Hibob’s HR cloud platform for small business owners with Aviva’s system Mar-17
Lyft CSAA Lyft is rolling out a new program that will offer car owners going through the claims process to access to up to $200 in Lyft credit. Feb-17
TrueMotion American Family Bought By Many partnered with Munich Re to expand its own niche insurance products Feb-17
Bought By Many Munich Re Bought By Many partnered with Munich Re to expand its own niche insurance products Feb-17
Automatic American Family The partnership will provide Automatic’s OBD-II adapters and mobile apps to new American Family Insurance policyholders who enroll in the company’s KnowYourDrive program. Feb-17
Drone Racing League Allianz Allianz will the title sponsor of DRL, which will rebrand its elite race circuit as the Allianz World Championship series. Feb-17
Qualia Labs Stewart The title settlement software startup integrated with title insurance provider Stewart to allow title agents to obtain Stewart rate information directly within Qualia. Feb-17
Sure Nationwide The partnership puts Nationwide’s renters insurance on Sure’s on-demand insurance app initially in California and Washington Jan-17
Next Insurance Markel The partnership pairs Markel and Next Insurance for tailored coverage of personal trainer businesses. Jan-17
Fabric Vantis, RGA Life insurance startup Fabric partnered with Vantis Life and RGAx Jan-17
Next Insurance Munich Re The online small commercial insurance startup becomes the seventh disclosed partner of Munich Re Digital Partners to launch a product targeting commercial photographers. Dec-16
Nuzzle Embrace Pet Insurance The startup’s GPS-enabled smart collar and app also distributes pet insurance in partnership with Embrace Pet Insurance. Nuzzle has raised $3.8M in seed funding. Nov-16
Wrisk Munich Re Wrisk plans to offer motor, travel and home cover via smartphone app. Wrisk is the sixth disclosed partnership from Munich Re Digital Partners. Nov-16
Blink Innovations Munich Re Blink plans to offer what it calls “real-time resolution flight interruption insurance.” Blink is the fifth disclosed partnership from Munich Re Digital Partners. Nov-16
SoFi Protective Life SoFi partnered with Protective Life to provide up to $1M in term-life insurance to its clients in a fully online application. Nov-16
N26 Allianz The card comes with travel, flight and mobile phone theft coverage from Allianz. Oct-16
Ladder Hannover Re The term life insurance startup, which raised $14M last week, is the first announced startup collaboration from Hannover Re’s Partnership Solutions team, announced in September. Oct-16
Bitsight AXIS Capital The partnership will provide Bitsight’s security raitings to a specific group of Axis policyholders starting in November. Oct-16
So-sure Munich Re So-sure is developing a peer-to-peer insurance for mobile phone coverage. Oct-16
League RBC Insurance The health benefit startup’s expanded offerings include a “peace of mind” plan and group life and health insurance products with partner RBC Insurance. Oct-16
Simplesurance Munich Re The partnership will provide jointly offered policies with Simplesurance will take on sales and the claims handling and Great Lakes, a subsidiary of Munich Re, covering insurance risks. Sep-16
Trov Munich Re The on-demand personal item insurance app is the second underwriting partnership from Munich Re Digital Partners. Sep-16
Indico Data Solutions John Hancock The partnership with the text and image analysis startup is meant to accelerate Hancock’s use of machine learning in investment decisions. Aug-16
Cocoon Zurich The partnership will allow UK customers to purchase a Cocoon smart home device at a discounted premium and receive a home insurance discount from Zurich. Aug-16
Ant Financial AXA Munich Re will provide the capacity for Slice Labs’ on-demand insurance products for the sharing economy Jul-16
Gravie Securian Securian Financial made a $1M investment and will begin selling life insurance through Gravie’s online marketplace Jul-16
Slice Labs Munich Re Munich Re will provide the capacity for Slice Labs’ on-demand insurance products for the sharing economy Jul-16
Trov Suncorp, AXA Trov partnered exclusively with Suncorp in Australia and AXA for its upcoming UK launch Apr-16
Grab AXA The partnership launches a usage-based insurance private hire car drivers on Grab. May-16
Canary Liberty Mutual The partnership allows Canary owners to save on their home insurance. Jul-16
Openbay Allstate Allstate teamed up with Openbay, an online marketplace for non-collision auto-repair and maintenance services, to allow consumers to receive multiple price quotes and schedule auto repairs Jun-16
August Home Liberty Mutual The partnership allows August Smart Lock owners to save on their home insurance. May-16
PrecisionHawk Munich Re Munich Re partnered with PrecisionHawk to enhance insurance assessments by providing faster response times and increased reporting accuracy in the aftermath of a natural disaster. May-16
Airware State Farm Airware is working to select and customize drones and pilots that State Farm uses and plans to begin operations in the US in the next few months. Mar-16
Student Loan Genius Prudential Prudential partners with Student Loan Genius to offer startup’s 401k contribution feature. Mar-16
Ola Bajaj Allianz The partnership will provide online motor insurance solutions to Ola drivers. Mar-16
Roostify Genworth Genworth is the first mortgage insurance provider to partner with Roostify’s cloud mortgage software service. Mar-16
Carma Assurant The partnership provides insurance coverage for Carma’s carpooling and car-sharing programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mar-16
Understory Amica Mutual Insurance The partnership between the insurer and the weather sensor data startup aims to improve claims handling. Mar-16


Startup Hires

2016 Notable Insurance Tech Startup Hires
Startup Hire Description Date
Zest Health Jeff Semenchuk (CEO) Former Hyatt Hotels CIO Jeff Semenchuk replaces Ann Mond Johnson. Mar-17
Zubie Gary Tucker (CEO) The connected car platform named former DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker as CEO. Feb-17
Zenefits Jay Fulcher (CEO) Jay Fulcher, the former CEO of Ooyala and Agile Software, is taking over for David Sacks. Feb-17
Attune James Hobson (CEO) James Hobson joins the AIG/Two Sigma/Hamilton joint venture targeting the small commercial segment from OnDeck Capital, where he was COO Feb-17
Cyence John Merchant (Head of BD) John Merchant joins the cyber risk modeling startup after overseeing the launch of the U.S. cyber underwriting division at Validus Specialty Underwriters. Nov-16
InforcePro Paul Winandy (CEO) Paul Winandy joins the life insurance software firm from EMR company WebPT. Nov-16
Collective Health Roy Gilbert (COO) Roy Gilbert joins the enterprise health insurance software startup from Google where he led global user operations. Nov-16
Lemonade William Latza (Chief Compliance Officer) William D. Latza previously spent 25 years as a partner in insurance law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Oct-16
Cyence Jennifer Livingstone (VP of Business Development) Jennifer Livingstone joins the cyberinsurance startup after serving as Senior VP of Broker Engagement at AIG. Sep-16
Insureon Jeff Somers (Head of Retail) Jeff Somers joins the small business agency after serving as chief product officer of Ticketmaster. Sep-16
The Zebra Steve Beard (VP of Sales) Steve Beard joins the car insurance comparison startup after directing carrier relations at Answer Financial. Sep-16
Oscar Shaden Marzouk (Chief Medical Officer) Dr. Shaden Marzouk was most recently senior VP of clinical operations at Cardinal Health. Sep-16
RiskMatch Michael Golden (Chief Market Engagement Officer) Michael Golden joins the startup from Willis Towers Watson. Sep-16
Clover Health Les Granow (CFO), Brady Priest (General Counsel) The health insurance company named former Arcadian Health Plans CFO Les Granow to the same position. Clover also named former UnitedHealth Ventures investor Brady Priest as general counsel. Jul-16
Next Insurance Lacey Pevey (VP Insurance) Pevey was previously Chief Underwriting Officer for the Financial Institutions Division at AIG May-16
Jetty Braden Davis (Head of Insurance) Davis joins from QBE, where he was head of business transformation, standard P&C Apr-16
CompareAsia Group Sam Allen (CEO) Allen joins from KKR, where he was a director in portfolio operations Apr-16
Driveway Software Mike Slattery (EVP Strategy and Operations) Slattery was previously senior VP of Innovation at AAA Club Partners and developed UBI products at The Hartford and Safeco May-16
Embroker Tom DeMichael (VP of Customer Experience) DeMichael joins from WillisTowerWatson and previously The Horton Group, where he was Director of P&C Operations May-16
Slice Labs Dawid Gladzin (Director of Operations) Gladzin was formerly on Google’s insurance team Jun-16
CoverWallet Aman Khaira (VP of Product) Khaira joins from American Express, where he was director of product strategy and development May-16
Driveway Software Mike Simmons (CEO) Simmons joins the mobile telematics startup from Automatic Labs, where he was head of business development Mar-16
Metromile Raquel Rozas (Head of Brand) Rozas joins the per-mile car insurance startup from Procter & Gamble, where she was an executive in the fabric care division Mar-16
BankBazaar Murari Sridharan (CTO), Aman Narain (CEO, Intl markets) Narain is a former Standard Chartered executive; Sridharan joins the online financial comparison startup from Microsoft Mar-16, Feb-16
Melody Health Insurance Tom Zumbtobel (President, western markets), Tracy Faigin (CMO) Melody plans on launching in Las Vegas and Cheyenne, Wyoming for 2017 open enrollment Mar-16
Lemonade Ty Sagalow (Chief Insurance Officer), Robert Giurlando (Chief Underwriting Officer) , James Hageman (Chief Claims Officer), Ron Topping (CFO), Dan Ariely (Chief Behavioral Officer), Andrew Simkov (Head of Brand) The online P2P P&C carrier added senior insurance execs from ACE and AIG and a senior marketing hire from Evernote Jan-16, Mar-16
Zenefits David Sacks (CEO) Sacks was previously COO after CEO Parker Conrad resigned amid compliance failures Feb-16
TrueMotion Vance Loiselle (CEO) Loiselle was previously CEO of Sumo Logic Jan-16
Oscar Kevin Campbell (COO), Brian West (CFO), Joel Klein (Chief Strategy Officer), Alan Warren (CTO) Senior hires join from Bridgewater, NYC Schools, & Google Jan-16, Mar-16
Insureon Brandon Hickey (President), Mark Thompson (SVP, Product) Senior hires join from The Hartford and PwC Jan-16


Feature image credit: Phil Whitehouse

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