🔎 $RTP/ @hippo_insurance: SaaS harnessing AI to revolutionize the home insurance industry 🦛🏠

- Everything you need to know
- One-stop-shop for all things smart/connected home
- Higher growth & revenue than closest public competitor $LMND/ @Lemonade_Inc

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Hippo was founded in 2015 by Assaf Wand, an ex-McKinsey consultant and Eyal Navon, serial entreprenuer and software engineer.

Wand's interest in insurance was inspired by his father's lengthy career in the "antiquated" insurance industry. $RTP
After two years of R&D, fundraising, and product development, Hippo launched in April 2017 in California.

The company's marketing was centered on the delivery of a 60-sec quote for insurance policies, transparent process, and smart home integration.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/26/startup-hippo-insurance-launches-in-california-with-a-tech-enabled-home-insurance/ $RTP
By March 2019, with Hippo insurance available to more than 50% of the homeowners in the US, the company reported a 25% month-over-month sales growth and total insured property value of more than $50 billion, with a 93% customer retention rate.

https://www.statesman.com/news/20190405/insurance-tech-company-hippo-hits-growth-spurt-in-austin $RTP
Hippo is going after a slightly different market. Most of the new insurance companies have pitched services to renters and city dwellers made up of the mostly millennial demographic, while Hippo is aiming its services squarely at homeowners. $RTP

Hippo not only uses its technology to optimize pricing for potential policyholders, but offers tech-enabled devices like leak detectors & other IOT tools to monitor homes and ensure their upkeep. They also use thermal & satellite imagery to help track changes to properties. $RTP
Their 60-second quoting application is a drastic improvement over industry giants like State Farm, Liberty, Geico, which can require 126 questions to get a quote.

Hippo offers a more comprehensive package than most standard home insurance policies. $RTP https://twitter.com/k_cardinalli/status/1308539299306987521
While Hippo offers features to its coverage that are hard to find, it currently only provides insurance in 31 states. Among the states not covered are Florida, Louisiana, New York, and Oklahoma.

More room for further growth! $RTP
Hippo's growth has been explosive over the past two years, which is seen from the fundraising rounds they've held.

Nov 2018: Hippo raised $70m
July 2019: Hippo raised $100m
July 2020: Hippo raised $150m
Nov 2020: Hippo raised $350m

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hippoenterprises-fundraising-ms-ad-in/japans-mitsui-sumitomo-to-invest-350-million-in-insurance-startup-hippo-idUSKBN2842RU $RTP
Hippo intends to use the latest round of fundraising (+ goig public) to roll out in new states, helping Hippo get to its goal of reaching 95 percent of U.S. homeowners in 2021.

They currently offer insurance products to more than 70 percent of homeowners in the country. $RTP
November 2020:

“The opportunities that stand before us are so vast and so big we wanted to double down,” said co-founder and CEO Assaf Wand. $RTP
Hippo's investors include:

FinTLV Ventures, Ribbit, Dragoneer, Innovius Capital, Bond, Comcast Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Fifth Wall, Horizons Ventures, ICONIQ, Lennar Corp., Pipeline Capital, Propel Venture Partners, RPM Ventures, Standard Industries and Zeev Ventures. $RTP
The company has been doing heavy M&A/partnerships activity in 2019/20.

June 2019: Hippo Partners with Xfinity to Expand Reach Across the U.S.

The company has been doing heavy M&A/partnerships activity in 2019/20.

Nov 2019: Hippo acquired Sheltr to to beef up its digital home insurance services for clients, with Sheltr's enabled services designed to provide home wellness checkups.

https://www.carriermanagement.com/news/2019/11/21/200660.htm $RTP
March 2020: Hippo and SimpliSafe announced a partnership that will provide homeowners more options when it comes to protecting their homes to include professionally monitored devices from SimpliSafe, which protects more than 3 million people today.

https://coverager.com/hippo-partners-with-simplisafe/ $RTP
June 2020: Hippo acquired Spinnaker Insurance to expand the geographical reach of its modern home insurance policies, which also include smart home monitoring kits.

https://www.carriermanagement.com/news/2020/06/03/207380.htm $RTP
Nov 2020: Hippo partners with Kangaroo to provide home security options.

The partnership expands the suite of smart device kits available within Hippo’s smart home program to include a self-monitored smart home security kit from Kangaroo.

https://iireporter.com/hippo-partners-with-kangaroo-to-provide-home-security-options-to-customers/ $RTP
Nov 2020: Hippo partners with Sumitomo Mitsui (Japanese insurance giant).

Sumitomo Mitsui is looking to tap the "insurtech" startup's expertise in artificial intelligence to help policyholders minimize damages from fires and other disasters.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Sumitomo-Mitsui-Insurance-to-invest-350m-in-US-startup-Hippo $RTP
Hippo CEO: More Than Just Insurance, We Want To Be The ‘1-800 Number’ For The Home

"Looking ahead for 2021, Wand said, Hippo will “deepen” its presence inside the home, with an eye, perhaps, on appliance warranties and even payments."

https://www.pymnts.com/real-estate/2020/hippo-ceo-more-than-just-insurance-we-want-to-be-the-1-800-number-for-the-home $RTP
Hippo was one of 6 insurtech companies that made the Forbes Fintech 50 in 2020

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2020/02/12/the-future-of-insurance-fintech-50-2020/ $RTP
Hippo is ranked in the top 5 best homeowners insurance companies in 2021 by Nerd Wallet.

The list includes giants such as Nationwide, State Farm, Amica, Chubb and more.

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/insurance/find-homeowners-insurance/ $RTP
Hippo was ranked #8 in InsurTech Top 10 Insurance companies in 2020. $RTP
Hippo was named U.S. InsurTech of the Year by
@InsuranceInside for 2020. $RTP
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