Betterview, which is quickly becoming the platform essential to every transaction around buildings and properties, today announced the close of a $4.5M Series A round, bringing the company’s total funding to $10M.
Betterview’s Series A round was led by ManchesterStory, with participation from Nationwide Ventures, EMC Insurance, Maiden Re and Compound.
Along with our fundraising announcement, Betterview added Dave Miles, Managing Partner of ManchesterStory and Brian Desmond, CMO of Guidewire Software to its Board of Directors.
“We are pleased to announce the close of our Series A round. We have been putting this capital to great use by growing our team, including three new hires on our Data Science team,” said David Lyman, CEO & Co-Founder, Betterview. “Betterview is also extremely fortunate to have Dave Miles and Brian Desmond join our Board of Directors. Dave knows the InsurTech space inside and out, and Brian has been instrumental in scaling Guidewire from a startup to the insurance industry’s leading software company over the past thirteen years,” said Lyman.
Betterview, founded in 2014 by technology and insurance entrepreneurs David Lyman and Dave Tobias, started off as a drone-based property inspection platform and service. Last year Betterview launched its risk management platform for customers who were looking for a quicker and more cost-effective way to get an overview of buildings and properties.
Betterview’s property data is accessible both via API and UI. The company’s risk scoring has been proven to be highly correlated to property losses, allowing carriers to:
- Disqualify properties that do not meet specific underwriting criteria
- Fast-track policies that exceed underwriting standards
- Manage risk around the ones that fall in between
“We are always looking to partner with market-leading companies in the InsurTech space,” said Dave Miles, Manager Partner, ManchesterStory. “With over 70 million commercial and residential properties in the United States, insurers need to aggregate dozens of structured and unstructured data sources in order to gain a better understanding of these properties. Betterview addresses a significant need for P&C insurers through its proprietary application of machine learning and computer vision to generate actionable information so insurers can quickly and more accurately assess and price risk, creating a better experience for their customers.”
Betterview’s appointment of Brian Desmond, CMO, Guidewire Software to its Board of Directors was based on a shared vision of focusing first and foremost on helping customers solve their needs when working with them as a vendor. Since Mr. Desmond joined Guidewire in 2006, when it was a startup with a few dozen people, Guidewire has been recognized as the industry’s leading software company, serving over 350 primary insurers in more than 30 countries.
“I’m honored to join the Betterview team as a member of the board of directors,” said Mr. Desmond. “Betterview’s mission, value proposition, and momentum situate the company well as P&C insurers increasingly seek to work with InsureTechs that add demonstrable value throughout the lifecycle. I look forward to doing my part to help the team realize that potential.”
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