Bamboo Insurance, a reimagined insurance organization offering a customer-driven experience through ease and innovation, has been ranked #18 on Insuretech Connect’s Forward50 America’s Report, powered by Sonr. This meticulously curated report takes a deep dive into the insurance industry and its top emergent startups that are leading change.
According to the ITC Forward50 America’s downloadable report, the report is intended to provide “a unique, data-driven perspective into emerging industry trends, as well as the ability to draw comparisons between the regions.”
The report continues with describing the ranked 50 companies as being “not just any insurtechs; they are the game-changers, the pioneers, the visionaries who are redefining the insurance landscape for the better. This report highlights the fifty standout insurtech companies that will make a lasting mark on an industry that is, at times, renowned for its tradition and rigidity.”
Bamboo Insurance continues to see extensive growth in challenging markets, like California, through the continued offering of insurance solutions that are thoughtfully chosen to support homeowners’ intricate needs. In addition to being included on the prestigious ITC Forward50 report, Bamboo has landed on the Inc. 500 list for America’s fastest growing private companies in 2023, has cultivated unique partnerships with bolt and Super Home Warranty, and entered into an agreement with White Mountains.
About the Forward50 America’s Report
The Forward50: Americas Edition is not merely a celebration of insurtechs; it is a comprehensive guide with the latest insurance innovation trends that are shaping the future of the insurance industry in the western hemisphere. These trends reflect the broader insurance ecosystem’s commitment to adapt, evolve, and improve in the face of changing consumer demands and market dynamics. We also want to pay tribute to those well established insurtech leaders that have paved the way for innovation, proving that lasting success in the insurtech world requires both forward-thinking vision and steadfast commitment. Their stories inspire the next generation of insurtech entrepreneurs, demonstrating that transformation is not only possible but highly rewarding.
Source: Downloadable report found here.
Bamboo Insurance, a reimagined insurance organization offering a customer-driven experience through ease and innovation, and Super, a leading provider of subscription care for the home, have joined forces to offer eligible homeowners more opportunities for protecting their home.
Bamboo Insurance Agency offers homeowners a unique, high-tech, high-touch experience to people looking for their ideal homeowners insurance. This client-driven approach to providing an unmatched insurance experience involves clients in necessary parts of the process, like assessing their options and choosing the perfect one, while their trusted Advocate takes on the timely, heavy-duty items, like the shopping and binding of the policy – ultimately saving them from the stress of shopping confusing insurance policies and time.
One of the key features that sets Super apart is its focus on creating an “own like a renter” approach for homeowners. Unlike traditional providers, Super offers a comprehensive solution that goes beyond insuring breakdowns. With Super’s powerful technology platform, homeowners can easily coordinate repairs, schedule appointments, and track the progress of their repairs—all through a simple and intuitive app. This end-to-end coordination ensures that homeowners no longer have to bear the burden of managing repairs themselves, saving them time, effort, and stress. By investing in technology and consolidation, Super is able to deliver superior economics while enhancing service quality, and providing a streamlined, worry-free experience for homeowners.
This exciting homeowner-focused partnership gives clients the opportunity to be proactive in their coverage, so their home can stay their happy place. Get started today at https://bambooinsurance.com/super.
Super was founded in 2015 with the mission to make caring for a home completely carefree. Powered by a proprietary data platform and backed by leading investors, Super offers subscription-based care for your home, including home warranties and home maintenance. We leverage data and technology to deliver high-quality, fast, and worry-free home repair and maintenance. Learn more at hellosuper.com.
White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) (“White Mountains”) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Bamboo Ide8 Insurance Services, LLC (“Bamboo”), an MGA focused on the California homeowners insurance market. White Mountains expects to invest approximately $285 million, including primary capital to support Bamboo’s growth, and to acquire approximately 70% of Bamboo basic shares outstanding.
Bamboo was launched in 2018 by John Chu, a seasoned insurance executive. Bamboo provides homeowners’ insurance for over 100,000 California policyholders, using its technology-enabled underwriting platform to select and manage risk. Bamboo has grown profitably and rapidly in the challenging California market, and is now poised to expand into other states. John and the current Bamboo management team will continue to lead the business through its next phase and will retain a significant equity stake.
“We are pleased to make this investment alongside John and the Bamboo management team. Bamboo is delivering a much-needed insurance alternative to homeowners in California. Bamboo has strong momentum, and we look forward to supporting its continued growth,” said Chris Delehanty, Head of M&A of White Mountains.
“This transaction marks a new and exciting chapter for Bamboo. We are fortunate to have found a like-minded capital partner who shares our vision and has a strong track record of successful insurance partnerships,” said John Chu, Founder and CEO of Bamboo.
The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024. The closing is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The closing is not subject to a financing condition. The exact ownership to be acquired by White Mountains, and the resulting amount that will be invested, will be determined based on Bamboo unitholder elections made prior to closing. For more information, see White Mountains’s Form 8-K filed October 20, 2023.
Howden Tiger Capital Markets & Advisory acted as financial advisor to White Mountains, while Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP provided legal advice. Evercore Group, L.L.C. acted as financial advisor to Bamboo and selling equityholders, while Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP provided legal advice.
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — See the full press release here.
Bamboo is a capital-light, tech- and data-enabled insurance distribution platform providing insurance offerings to the residential property market in California. Bamboo operates primarily through its full-service MGA business, where the company manages all aspects of the placement process on behalf of its fronting and (re)insurance partners, including product development, marketing, underwriting, policy issuance, and claims oversight, and earns commissions based on the volume and profitability of the insurance that it places. Bamboo puts underwriting first, leveraging technology and data science tools to select, price and manage risk. Bamboo also operates two separate but integrated businesses: (i) a retail agency offering ancillary products (e.g., flood, earthquake) on behalf of third parties and (ii) a captive reinsurer participating in a small share of the underwriting risk of Bamboo’s MGA programs. For more information, visit www.bambooinsurance.com.
About White Mountains
White Mountains is a Bermuda-domiciled financial services holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM and on the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM.BH. Additional financial information and other items of interest are available at the Company’s web site located at www.whitemountains.com.
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Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by White Mountains will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, White Mountains or its business or operations. White Mountains assumes no obligation to publicly update any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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As we continued to hear about the devastation caused by the wildfires in Maui, only to be followed weeks later by the unprecedented tropical storm Hilary impacting Southern California, our hearts, thoughts, and prayers were immediately directed to those impacted. But we knew that wasn’t enough.
As a team, we came together and expedited the launch of a company-wide fundraiser supporting the American Red Cross with their relief efforts. We chose to support the American Red Cross because of their unwavering efforts being hyper-focused on helping residents as quickly as possible by providing them a safe place to stay, food to eat, and emotional support – all at no cost to them. For every $1 that our employees voluntarily donated, Bamboo Insurance matched (up to $5k).
We’re incredibly humbled by our team to have been able to collectively raise and donate over $4.9k to the American Red Cross. While we understand money will never come close to replacing what was lost for most, we hope it can do a little bit of good for someone who’s going through an impossible time in their life. As an organization, we continue to send love to those impacted by these disasters.
With a three-year revenue growth of 109%, Bamboo Insurance ranks among America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies.
Bamboo Insurance, a reimagined insurance organization offering a customer-driven experience through ease and innovation, today announced that Inc. has recognized the company as one of the fastest-growing in the nation for 2023. The prestigious ranking represents a unique, data-driven look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.
“We’re incredibly honored to have gained a place on the esteemed Inc. 5000 list,” says Bamboo Insurance Founder, John Chu. “This past year has introduced unique challenges to those of us in the insurance space. As a company, we decided to approach those challenges as opportunities, and show up when our clients and partners needed us most. Landing on the Inc. 5000 list proves to us that, despite those obstacles we faced, our team’s hard work and dedication to our mission is deep-rooted. It’s a great honor for us to be on this list among so many of the best independent businesses in the nation.”
The Inc. 5000 class of 2023 represents companies that have driven rapid revenue growth while navigating inflationary pressure, the rising costs of capital, and seemingly intractable hiring challenges. Among this year’s top 500 companies, the average median three-year revenue growth rate ticked up to an astonishing 2,238 percent. In all, this year’s Inc. 5000 companies have added 1,187,266 jobs to the economy over the past three years. For complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, location, and other criteria, go to www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, available on newsstands beginning Tuesday, August 23.
“Running a business has only gotten harder since the end of the pandemic,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “To make the Inc. 5000—with the fast growth that requires—is truly an accomplishment. Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that are building our future.
About Bamboo Insurance
We’re a growth-oriented insurance organization on a mission to deliver an easy and innovative insurance experience with an unwavering focus on customer advocacy. We’re using data and technology to simplify the insurance process, while enhancing transparency for our partners and policyholders. For more information on Bamboo Insurance, visit our site at www.bambooinsurance.com.
Bamboo Ide8 Insurance Services (Bamboo) is Managing General Agency licensed to sell property-casualty insurance products; NPN 18657046; AZ License #3000209096; CA License #0M31082. All policies are issued by Sutton National Insurance Company. Sutton National: NAIC #25798.
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More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000
Companies on the 2023 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2019 to 2022. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2019. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2022. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2019 is $100,000; the minimum for 2022 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to four decimal places.
Inc. Business Media is the leading multimedia brand for entrepreneurs. Through its journalism, Inc. aims to inform, educate, and elevate the profile of our community: the risk-takers, the innovators, and the ultra-driven go-getters who are creating our future. Inc.’s award-winning work reaches more than 50 million people across a variety of channels, including events, print, digital, video, podcasts, newsletters, and social media. Its proprietary Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to rank the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The recognition that comes with inclusion on this and other prestigious Inc. lists, such as Female Founders and Power Partners, gives the founders of top businesses the opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
For more information on the Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala, slated for October 31 – November 2 in San Antonio, visit http://conference.inc.com/.
bolt, the insurtech with the country’s largest technology-enabled insurance exchange, today announced a partnership with Bamboo, a property and casualty insurance organization that prioritizes simplicity, transparency, and savings. The partnership brings bolt’s smartphone protection product into Bamboo’s digital ecosystem, supporting their mission of delivering an innovative insurance experience.
Bamboo expands its once homeowner-focused portfolio with the addition of smartphone protection. As cellular devices have become an essential part of daily life, this product is the perfect complement to primary policies for existing customers, and for new policyholders, to ensure holistic coverage for their valuable possessions.
“We’re thrilled about our partnership with bolt, one of the leading coverage providers for smartphones,” said Taylor Mobley, Bamboo Insurance’s Chief Revenue Officer. “This unique offering builds on the foundation of Bamboo’s mission – to provide sensible coverage opportunities for our clients. Through this partnership with bolt, we’re able to expand on that by offering clients accessibility to affordable coverage also within the smartphone space.”
bolt’s smartphone protection is designed from the ground up to help insurers overcome complexity and meet the increasing demand for household level smartphone coverage. bolt’s turnkey solution is designed to be seamlessly integrated into existing agent and direct-to-consumer sales journeys.
“Aligned with Bamboo’s mission to deliver customers easy and innovative insurance experiences, we are proud to combine our brand strengths to fulfill a coverage gap for customers,” said Clayton Bodnarek, Executive Vice President of Alternative Distribution at bolt. “This underscores our commitment to design products that are easy for our partners to integrate, and even easier for their customers to access.”
Source: bolt insurance, AccessWire
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Bamboo Insurance, an insurance organization on a mission to make a difference in the insurance industry, has been recognized by The Salt Lake Tribune as a 2022 Top Workplace. Alongside 154 companies in the Salt Lake City area, Bamboo Insurance is being recognized for putting its employees first by driving a supportive, inclusive, and authentic culture.
The Top Workplaces award “celebrates nationally recognized companies that make the world a better place to work together by prioritizing a people-centered culture and giving employees a voice”, according to their site. Read more by visiting here or by visiting our Top Workplaces company profile here.
Bamboo Insurance, a reimagined insurance company focused on transparency, customer advocacy and a frictionless experience, has acquired certain of the assets of First American Property and Casualty Insurance Agency (“FAPCIA”) from parent company First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions that traces its heritage back to 1889. First American announced in October 2020 its intent to exit its property and casualty business and to maintain focus on its core business.
The assets acquired include over $22 million in premium in both personal and commercial lines underwritten by leading third-party carriers. FAPCIA’s staff will continue to provide excellent service to policyholders as part of the Bamboo team.
“Today Bamboo begins a new chapter in its growth,” according to CEO John Chu. “Adding full-service personal and commercial lines agency capabilities allows us to offer additional products to a much broader set of customers across the continental United States.”
Bamboo Insurance has historically offered flexible and transparent insurance options, including homeowners, dwelling fire and ancillary products in the state of California. Starting today, Bamboo’s new agency operation will be able to meet the needs of its customers by offering auto, renters, condominium, commercial lines, and a host of other insurance coverages alongside its existing products across the nation.
Adding an agency of this caliber will allow Bamboo Insurance to grow faster and expand further into the insurance value chain.
Bamboo Insurance, a multifaceted insurance organization delivering a customer-driven experience through ease and innovation, today announced the launch of its homeowners coverage in Arizona. Not only will they introduce sensible and affordable homeowners coverage options to residents of The Grand Canyon State, but also enhanced underwriting structures, convenient technology, and exceptional support.
Arizona homeowners and agents will experience Bamboo’s reimagined approach to insurance, that includes a commitment to simplicity, transparency, and customer advocacy. Because of its customer-driven methods, unlike other companies, Bamboo doesn’t cut out support resources to save money. Bamboo customers in Arizona will gain access to the organization’s superior support, like its experienced team of insurance advocates and trusted 24/7 claims service.
“The launch of our Arizona product represents an exciting milestone in our expansion outside of California,” said John Chu, Bamboo Founder and CEO. “By leveraging our proprietary underwriting models and easy to use technology platform, we’re able to offer customizable coverage, for the right price, to the Arizona market.”
Since 2018, Bamboo has established a niche for providing reliable, affordable homeowners coverage in disrupted markets. In states like Arizona that are susceptible to extreme weather conditions, finding dependable insurance is becoming increasingly difficult. By leveraging advanced analytics and proprietary underwriting models, Bamboo’s able to offer a refreshing new coverage option for Arizona residents that’s both reliable and affordable.
“When we started Bamboo, the vision was to push the insurance industry forward by providing quality products and coverage to our insureds,” said Jonathan Vitale, Bamboo Co-Founder and Vice President of Sales. “We paired that with a big emphasis on leveraging technology to deliver to our agents an industry-leading quoting platform that is focused on speed, ease of use, and simplicity. We’re thrilled to be able to bring that experience to Arizona.”
Arizona homeowners can start their quote by calling (833) 922-6266. Independent agents can learn more about offering the product by emailing email@example.com.
To Our Valued Customers, Agents, and Business Partners:
Given the recent failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), we suspect many of you may have questions as to the financial health of your partners, such as Bamboo. We want to take a minute and ensure you Bamboo is financially sound.
- We have no direct exposure to SVB: We are fortunate that we have no banking relationships with SVB of any type. We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation closely as we are aware of 6 vendors / partners who have a banking relationship with SVB. We have been in contact with these vendors and do not expect any service interruptions at this point in time.
- We have diverse banking relationships: Bamboo has relationships with multiple banking partners. We have our operating capital spread across these institutions. This ensures continuity of operations should such a failure impact Bamboo directly in the future.
- We use trust accounts: As a distribution oriented business, the vast majority of funds held by Bamboo at any point in time are in trust accounts, on behalf of our customers. By definition, trust accounts provide additional safeguards in the event of a bank failure above the $250 thousand FDIC insured limit.
Should you have any questions please reach out to myself or your primary contact person at Bamboo. We look forward to working with each of you over the coming days, weeks, and months ahead.
All the best,