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美国保险创企Sure获资800万美元,首推远程签发手机保护险

近日,美国保险创企Sure获得800万美元A轮融资,该轮融资由IA Capital领投,Menlo Ventures、FF Venture Capital、Nationwide Ventures、Assurant及 AmTrust.亦有参投。

2014年,Sure于纽约成立,是近年来涌现的金融科技创企之一,公司业务覆盖用户住房、宠物、航班取消、婚礼等多个生活领域。此外,Sure已经开始使用AI驱动的“机器经理人”帮助用户找寻最佳保险计划。

Sure共分为网页版、安卓版及iOS三个版本。Sure并不推出保险业务,而是专注研发技术,同时与Chubb、Nationwide等保险公司合作,由这些公司代表其承保。

除却公布融资信息外,Sure还发布了其号称“史无前例的智能手机保护”产品。在手机寿命期内任何时间均可购买该保险,Sure可远程监测该手机设备监控状况,随后签发保单。Sure称其正在为该技术申请专利,此技术可使企业直接使用Sure的移动应用在一分钟内进行诊断,检测电池、内存、CPU等内容,完全自动。

尽管大部分测试并不需要人工干预,诊断某些特定特征时仍需要进行输入。比如测试触摸屏时,Sure会要求用户手动将屏幕涂为蓝色。

在智能手机保险业务方面,Sure与AmTrust的分支机构Warrantech达成了合作。保险巨头AmTrust同样也参与了Sure此最新融资轮。

Sure创始人兼首席执行官Wayne Slavin解释道:“凭借我们的载体平台,并与保险公司达成合作,Sure正从根本上改进着保险业,并通过移动技术、AI及现今的数字分析使其数字化。与业内任何‘革新者’均不同,我们采用了一种相反的方法。现今的保险业很强劲,Sure则利用技术通过增强分销、管理及索赔程序使该行业更为蓬勃。

诚然有些保险科技创企正着手推出其保险计划,如近期开发了第三个市场加利福尼亚的Lemonade等企业,另一些企业则采取“相反”的方法,与现有保险巨头合作。如为发展其家庭保险平台新近融资1400万美元的Hippo;进军美国市场前融资4500万美元的按需保险平台Trov;以及最近囊获2900万美元的针对小企业提出定制计划的在线平台Next Insurance。

利用第三方保险公司,而非在每个州申请许可,使Sure在美国的推广更为迅速,也是其他同类创企采用这一方式的原因。

之前,Sure在种子轮募得了300万美元的资金,有了近期注资,该公司称其计划加倍投资产品研发、获客及市场投资。

Fledgling insurance startup Sure has raised $8 million in a series A round of funding led by IA Capital, with contributions from Menlo Ventures, FF Venture Capital, Nationwide Ventures, Assurant, and AmTrust.

Founded out of New York in 2014, Sure is one of a number of insurtech startups to come to the fore in recent years, promising on-demand coverage for everything from apartments to pets, flight cancellations, and weddings. The company also said it uses an AI-powered “robo broker” to help users find the best insurance.

Available on the web and through native mobile apps on Android and iOS, Sure doesn’t underwrite its own policies, instead focusing on building the technology while it partners with insurance firms such as Chubb and Nationwide, which do the underwriting on its behalf.

Alongside today’s funding news, Sure is launching what it touts as a “first-of-its-kind smartphone protection” product. The insurance can be purchased any time during a mobile phone’s lifetime, with Sure able to remotely test the health of a device before issuing a policy. The technology, which Sure said is “patent pending,” allows the company to carry out diagnostics in less than a minute directly through the Sure mobile app and test things like battery, memory, CPU, and more entirely autonomously.

Though much of the test requires no human interaction, some of the specific feature diagnostics do require input. The touchscreen test, for example, asks the user to color the entire screen blue with their finger.

For the smartphone insurance, Sure has partnered with Warrantech, an offshoot of AmTrust — the insurance giant that participated in this latest round of funding.

“Sure is fundamentally improving the insurance industry and making it digital through mobile tech, AI, and advanced data analytics, via our complete carrier platform in partnership with insurance companies,” explained Sure founder and CEO Wayne Slavin. “Unlike any ‘disruptors’ in this industry, we take a contrarian approach. The existing insurance industry is strong, and Sure is making it stronger with enhancements to the distribution, administration, and claims process using technology.”

While it’s true that some insurtech startups are setting out to underwrite their own policies — including the likes of Lemonade, which recently launched in California, its third market — many others are taking the “contrarian” approach through partnering with existing giants of the insurance world. These include Hippo, which recently raised $14 million to grow its home insurance platform; on-demand insurance platform Trov, which just raised $45 million ahead of its U.S. launch; and Next Insurance, which recently grabbed $29 million for an online platform that targets small businesses with tailored plans.

Using third-party underwriters rather than seeking licences in each state has enabled Sure to scale more quickly across the U.S. and is why other similar startups are adopting this approach.

Prior to now, Sure had raised around $3 million in seed funding, and with its latest cash injection the company said it plans to double down on its product development, acquire new users, and invest in marketing.


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