Feb 13, 2017

Mobile insurance app Sure nets new funding

Sure, a startup that lets consumers shop for insurance right from their smartphones, is quietly catching the eye of investors and insurance carriers. Less than a month after announcing a partnership with Nationwide, the New York-based company has raised $6.3 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing.

Sure's pitch: Founded in 2014, the startup touts itself as a modern way for consumers to find, purchase, and manage their insurance policies. Currently it offers coverage for travelers, smartphones, and home renters, plus life and accident insurance. It currently is partnered with Chubb, Nationwide, Marsh, and Guy Carpenter.

Bigger picture: Insurance is one of the fintech sectors being upended by smartphones, and new companies are devising new business models that better fit consumer behaviors. In 2016, there were 173 investments in insurance startups, according to CB Insights, although total dollars invested fell 37% to $1.69 billion.

Deal details: According to the filing, Sure is aiming to raise up to $8 million. IA Capital Group likely led this round as principal Alex Maffeo is newly listed as a director. Sure previously raised $2.6 million from ff Venture Capital, Fosun Kinzon Capital, and Montage Ventures. Axios has contacted both Maffeo and Sure CEO Wayne Slavin but has not heard back.

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Cruise ship evacuations: More Americans test positive for coronavirus

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Another 14 passengers tested positive for the novel coronavirus during their evacuation from the Diamond Princess cruise ship before being flown in a "specialist containment" area of the plane to the United States, per a Trump administration statement early Monday.

Details: Over 40 Americans who had been on the ship had previously been confirmed as infected and will remain in Japanese hospitals for treatment, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "Face the Nation" Sunday. The rest were evacuated, and these latest cases were among them. All evacuees will undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival later Monday.

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GM to exit Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

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General Motors is retiring its Holden brand from sales in Australia and New Zealand and winding down operations in the two countries and Thailand by 2021, the company confirmed in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The Holden brand has been in Australia and New Zealand for 160 years, per a GM statement issued in Australia. It is beloved by many motor racing fans down under. Holden produced Australia's first wholly locally made car in 1948.

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In photos: Deadly Storm Dennis lashes U.K., Ireland and western France

A family is rescued from a property in Nantgarw, Wales, on Sunday. The storm comes a week after the U.K. was battered by storm Ciara, which killed two people, per the BBC. Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Storm Dennis continued to pummel parts of England, Wales and Ireland over Sunday night with heavy rain after battering Northern Ireland and Scotland, per the official British weather agency the Met Office.

Why it matters: It's the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean, with its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains that caused widespread flooding across the U.K., the Washington Post notes. Police in Wales confirmed Sunday they found the body of a man who fell into a river as the storm lashed Ystradgynlais.

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