Leaving on a jet plane

Admiral Group CEO Henry Engelhardt is making his last official visit this week to the company’s US businesses: Elephant Insurance and its sister company, Compare.com, before his planned retirement in two months. Worth…

Zubie introduces auto dealer telematics solution

Aftermarket connected car supplier Zubie has partnered with one of its investors, Castrol innoventures, to launch a joint telematics solution designed specifically for auto dealerships. First client: Motorcars in Cleveland.

Geico invests in TV

According to iSpot, the number one spender on national TV advertising last week is Geico with its “Spy: It’s What You Do” campaign. Think: 6,298 national airings. Progressive made it to the fourth spot with…

AmFam invests in video

American Family will deploy Pitney Bowes EngageOne Video software, as part of its new customer engagement strategy. The videos will be used to explain selected individual policies and coverage areas to…

Adoption of telematics is slowly speeding up

Keyword: slowly. Nova Scotia has been slow to adopt telematics compared to Ontario and Quebec. Back up: several insurance companies in Nova Scotia are offering a dongle-centered program that allows people to…

Geico targets parents

Geico is using a press release (and a blog) to equip parents with safe driving tips for their new teen drivers. For those seeking a digital version, there’s Smart Drivinc. In the making.

M&A

Macquarie Group will sell its life insurance business to Zurich Australia citing the need for significant scale in order to drive appropriate returns in the life insurance industry. Off On a Tangent: the…

A word with 500 Startups CEO

“Zenefits has made mistakes but it never lost its product-market fit” – 500 Startups CEO, Dave McClure, is optimistic about the future of Zenefits. Speaking of Zenefits, it isn’t the first to break to rules….

Beam lands a distribution partner

Beam Dental partnered with Flock to bring their wellness/dental product to brokers. Recall: Flock is a SaaS company backed by Heffernan Insurance Brokers to combat Zenefits.

The struggle of health insurers

Health insurer Oscar, valued at $2.7 billion, reported $105.2 million losses last year; $92.4 million in New York and $12.8 million in New Jersey. Bottom Line: the company spent more on medical…

Revolving doors

American Modern Insurance Group, a subsidiary of Munich Re, has named a new CEO. Andreas Kleiner. Starting May 1. Ex-CEO Manny Rios is now the leader of a South African insurance…

Suburban Corp comes to Chicago

Northbrook-based Allstate will open an innovation office for 400 employees in Merchandise Mart, Chicago, this spring. The 45,000-square-foot spot will house its data scientists and its connected car team. Bottom Line: one way to…

YourMechanic Announces $24 Million in Funding

YourMechanic, the leading on-demand auto mechanic service that is changing the way consumers schedule and perform car maintenance, announced today that it has raised $24 million, which brings its total financing…

Hand-made on demand insurance

London-based Belong Safe launched on demand host insurance to cater for ‘Airbnb style’ home-sharing insurance needs. The broker provides an online platform for hosts where they can indicate in which…

Geico has done it again

‘Buffett’s favorite’ released a clever follow up to its Unskippable ads. Think: “Fast Forward” online video ad campaign, where a Geico ad begins, cuts itself off and tells the viewers it’s fast forwarding…

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