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Hi there,

This week, we picked up a new $25M filing for online small business insurance startup Next Insurance. Next had previously partnered with Munich Re to launch a product targeting commercial photographers.

Now it appears Munich Re's venture arm Munich Re/HSB Ventures is participating in its new financing. Here's an updated look at the reinsurer's disclosed partnerships and investments. 


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App Store changes

As of earlier this week, startups were four of the top five US App Store results for the term "insurance."

App Store results change daily but, nonetheless, here's what the results looked like on the same date over the past two years. 



Dongle-less?

Here's what Metromile CEO Dan Preston had to say on the future of its OBD-II device on a recent podcast:

"I actually think the device should become irrelevant in the longer term. Cars these days have far more connectivity and will allow us to integrate more directly into the car. I can imagine a case soon where instead of having to send our customers a device where they plug it in, instead they can simply enable it in the dashboard of their car or they can simply tell us their VIN number and we can enable it for them when they sign up."

Allstate wants to teach you how to drive

We'd earlier examined Allstate's patents with a key theme being use cases for sensor and driving data. Here's a couple interesting patent grants we picked up in the last two months that fit that mold.

One titled "pre-license development tool" would collect driving data on a parent's or driving coach's smartphone and present coaching to a permit driver in response to driving patterns or predicted driving patterns.

Another is a "mobile inspection facility" that would be able to load vehicles for inspection and assess damages based on sensor data. The idea being cars may not be able to be moved or multiple cars may be damaged in the same location following a hail storm. CB Insights users can search Allstate patents for keywords here.

Have a great rest of the week,

Matt
@mlcwong

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A curated mix of recent articles on insurance tech financings, exits, hiring, product launches, partnerships, and perspectives.

Deals

Next Insurance raises $25M. The Palo Alto-based digital small business insurance startup had raised $25M out of a $29M target. Munich Re/HSB Ventures is a new investor. 
SEC / CB Insights

BIMA raises $16.8M led by Axiata Digital. The Swedish startup which offers microinsurance for emerging markets has raised $84M in total funding.
Insurance Journal

Qover raises $5.8M led by Anthemis Group. The Belgian startup provides digital integration for customized insurance products.
De Tijd

BetterView raises additional funding. The drone inspection startup, which claims it has performed more than 6,000 roof top inspections for insurers, raised new funds from investors including Chestnut Street Ventures.
Technical.ly


Company & Insurer News

2017 Healthcare Prognosis. A new survey by Venrock found 7% of 270+ representatives from healthcare startups, payers and providers would invest in health insurer Oscar at its current valuation.
Venrock

Zenefits fined by NY regulator for unlicensed insurance sales. New York was the latest of several U.S. states to settle probes into Zenefits' sales and licensing practices.
CNBC

Cardekho set to enter auto insurance brokerage business. CarDekho parent Girnar Software received a license from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority to launch a motor insurance solution.
The Economic Times

Blog posts & articles

Auto insurers chase the Uber driver. In February 2016, less than 15% of ride-sharing drivers surveyed by website NerdWallet and startup SherpaShare had purchased additional insurance.
WSJ

Metromile CEO on insurance tech. Podcast with Metromile's Dan Preston.
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