The No BO/BS Story

Late last year I covered  Zinc Platform . Back then the NYC-based startup offered a cross-selling platform and enjoyed the partnership of P&C insurer Hanover and online guitar shop Distortion Brothers. Basically, the three collaborated to offer product insurance for guitars at the right time and the right place – Distortion Brothers website – look below.


That was then:


This is now:


According to Distortion Brothers, Zinc no longer offers musical insurance. File under the category of insurtech hookups.



Wait, there’re a pivot coming your way.



In theory, Zinc, which according to the startup is backed by Y Combinator, NEA, Highland Capital, Index Ventures, Felicis Ventures and Foundation Capital, is now operating in the space of Hippo and Matic Insurance (to name two) to offer homeowners insurance via a platform “built with borrowers in mind.” “Zinc’s automated borrower matching engine digitally integrates with insurance carriers across the country to present a menu of options tailored to each borrower’s mortgage requirements.” Its site displays the logos of several insurers including: Lemonade, Progressive, Travelers, Stillwater, Safeco and Nationwide. Also its Request a Demo button is no longer active.



Somewhat ironically, zinc is the answer to BO.