Boston: Hi Marley, creators of the only intelligent communication platform built for the insurance industry by people who know insurance, today announced the company has closed a $25 million Series B financing round. The investment was led by Emergence Capital, with Founder and General Partner Gordon Ritter taking a seat on Hi Marley’s Board. Returning firms Underscore, True Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, and Greenspring also participated in the round, along with additional investors including Brewer Lane Ventures.
Hi Marley makes it simple for insurance carriers to seamlessly communicate with policyholders via text to increase transparency and cut through inefficiencies. By providing a smart SMS platform purpose-built for the insurance industry, inside of which the entire ecosystem of service providers can communicate, carriers delight customers, achieve faster time to resolution, and see financial results.
The funding comes at an inflection point for the insurance industry. Consumers already enjoyed a tremendous amount of choice in carriers, and they’ve never had more power and ease to change with just a few clicks on their phones. People are also driving less, so customers are looking for products like usage-based coverage to save money, which has squeezed the industry’s margins. The result is a ‘perfect storm’ of customer churn that in some cases has reached 40 percent.
Emergence Capital specializes in backing the next generation of industry cloud companies that are hyper-focused on specific challenges within a vertical, and Founder & General Partner Gordon Ritter said the firm has been looking for the next industry stand-out cloud insurance company for a while. “Emergence is excited to partner with Hi Marley, as we believe their people, their vision, and their timing are uniquely situated to transform the insurance industry,” Ritter said. “Mike Greene and the Hi Marley team have the strong industry knowledge we look for in portfolio companies, and their passion for making insurance lovable is contagious.” Hi Marley’s plans for the round include creating powerful new features, ensuring the platform scales across the enterprise, and adding to Hi Marley’s engineering, sales, and customer success organizations, among others.
“Consumer’s expectations have accelerated; they demand easy, modern, and transparent communications with their insurance providers,” said Mike Greene, CEO, and co-founder, Hi Marley. “More so than ever, if it doesn’t meet those expectations, they simply take their business elsewhere. In response, carriers are working at an unprecedented pace to meet policyholders where they are – and we’re thrilled to help them get there faster. Our goals, which Gordon and the Emergence team are poised to help us achieve, are to continue to expand across the enterprise, with new ways to communicate while surfacing valuable insights that ultimately help insurers create more lovable experiences.”