Feb 11, 2021

Lemonade selects Bestow for its new life insurance platform

Lemonade
Bestow
lifeinsurance
Insurtech
William Girling
2 min
Lemonade selects Bestow for its new life insurance platform
Insurtech leader Lemonade has reportedly selected Bestow to provide key technology for its recently launched life insurance cover...

As part of the collaboration, Lemonade will gain use of Bestow’s ‘Protect API’ - a platform that will enable the former’s customers to apply for life cover in under five minutes at its trademark affordable rates. Lemonade’s website and apps will house the solution.

Who is Bestow?

Founded in 2016, Bestow is an insurtech based in Dallas, Texas. Specialising in full-stack life insurance, the company’s mission is to provide fast, easy and affordable protection through cutting edge technology.

Its Protect API platform is a relatively new development: it allows for enhanced personalisation of the insurance process, from policy estimates to purchasing. Bestow’s proprietary tech partners collect and analyse core customer data in the underwriting process to provide faster decisioning on eligibility. 

"With the Protect API, partners can leverage Bestow's industry-leading platform to bring financial protection directly to their customers," said Jonathan Abelmann, Co-Founder and President of Bestow. 

"Many families know they need life insurance but haven't gotten around to it yet due to competing priorities and busy schedules. With Protect API, partners can offer a coverage solution to their customers that's easy, fast, and affordable — which is seamlessly integrated into a platform they already know and trust."

Lemonade: An insurtech visionary

2020 marked an important growth year for Bestow, which saw it acquire Centurion Life, grow its customer base by 400%, and accumulate US$145m in funding. Abelmann clearly regards the company’s new partnership with Lemonade to be a significant step in its continued development:

"Bestow has built life insurance infrastructure for the internet, partnering with world-class companies who provide access to vital financial products," he said. "Lemonade is a visionary in using technology to transform insurance, and we couldn't be more excited to partner with them on Lemonade Life, which is truly a one-of-a-kind experience." 

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Jun 9, 2021

Startup spotlight: SIMON adds Nationwide to its platform

SIMON
Nationwide
Insurance
Fintech
2 min
InsurTech Digital takes a closer look at SIMON Markets, an award-winning fintech that has recently added Nationwide as its latest insurance carrier

Headquartered in New York, SIMON has a singular goal: transforming the digital experience for financial advisors and unlocking greater levels of service for their clients. It achieves this through:

  • A comprehensive platform featuring a full suite of digital tools
  • On-demand education
  • An “intuitive” marketplace
  • Real-time analytics
  • Lifecycle management

The company’s fusion of cutting-edge tech with leading expertise is resulting in a new industry standard, one that is simplified, codified, and consolidated within a single ecosystem.

Creating value for financial advisors

At the time of writing, SIMON works with over 85,000 finance professionals who collectively manage more than US$3tn in assets. 

The startup’s solutions include: 

  • Spectrum: A multi-dimensional framework that quantifies the risk profile of investments using five metrics - protection, upside, liquidity, simplicity, and history
  • An investment platform: Featuring risk management tools, over 90 educational videos, inclusive product training, a compliance tracker, and more.
  • Analysis tools

Furthermore, SIMON’s quality as an organisation is attested by both its awards (such as being listed among the NYC Annual Awards’ ‘Best Places to Work’ category) and the status of its investors. So far, these include Barclays, JPMorgan, Prudential, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, and others.

Another high-profile name has now been added to SIMON’s list of associations: Nationwide. The Fortune 100 US insurance firm has been added as a carrier to SIMON’s marketplace. Nationwide, which is almost a century old, is an ideal fit for an insurtech focused on delivering broad solutions and expertise in a rapidly evolving sector.

Protecting peoples’ financial futures

Regarding this latest partnership, Scott Beshany, Chief Distribution Officer at SIMON, said, “Nationwide has an incredible history of innovation and advocacy and we couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate with their team and make their products available in our Marketplace. 

“Both firms are strongly aligned in the value we seek to create for financial professionals. SIMON’s dedication to delivering intuitive technology that builds simplicity and transparency around annuity offerings supports Nationwide in its mission of helping people prepare for and protect their financial future.”

Craig Hawley, Head of Annuity Distribution at Nationwide, expressed similarly positive sentiments about the collaboration:

“Nationwide has a decades-long track record of incorporating smart technology into the financial professional’s day-to-day workflow. This is another big step forward in that effort, with a proven, innovative partner at our side. 

“With SIMON’s platform, financial professionals can seamlessly integrate a range of annuities into their holistic planning process, creating greater efficiencies for their practice and a more comprehensive wealth management experience for their clients.”

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