Gabi has raised $9.5 million in a first institutional round of funding to make sure you get the best rates when it comes to car, homeowner’s, or renter’s insurance. The San Francisco company automates insurance shopping and provides more visibility into insurance rates, allowing people to compare all the major insurance companies’ rates and instantly get a quote. And it does so without forcing you to go to multiple web sites and fill out a bunch of forms. “We estimate roughly $50 billion are overpaid by insurance customers in the U.S. every year, and we’d like to put some of that money back into our customers’ pockets,” said Gabi CEO Hanno Fichtner, in a statement. “Instead of relying on insurance agents who may be biased or conduct incomplete research, Gabi’s technology automatically scours the 25 largest insurance companies in the US, including Allstate, Travelers, and Safeco, for the best rates and most … [Read more...] about Gabi raises another $9.5 million to disrupt consumer insurance markets
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posted on 14 Jan 2011, 10:06 0 1. jim1969 (unregistered) Will the iPhone 4 be available on a 1 year contract? I don't see that anywhere. posted on 14 Jan 2011, 10:17 1 2. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009) not that we're aware of yet. we dont even know the full retail cost at this point. posted on 14 Jan 2011, 10:22 0 3. shellnick2003 (Posts: 17; Member since: 23 Jun 2010) It prolly will. It would be more money, of course. posted on 01 Feb 2011, 18:05 0 75. justsayin.. (unregistered) No. It will only be available on a 2 year contract or for purchse at full retail. posted on 14 Jan 2011, 10:46 0 4. tuminatr (Posts: 920; Member since: 23 Feb 2009) How does this compare to the other cell companies? I have Verizon so are they just making there policy like everyone else or? posted on 14 Jan 2011, 10:58 0 6. VZW Guy (unregistered) Verizon was the only company to offer NE2 to current customers. It was to add a competitive … [Read more...] about Comments for : What does Verizon’s elimination of “New Every Two” and “Annual Upgrade” mean for you?
posted on 16 Jan 2014, 09:01 7 1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 29 Sep 2012) Sprints problem is NOT phones but "DROP CALLS". A friend of mine walked away with 2 FREE phones, after signing up his wife and daughter... But getting ahold of that dude is a miracle. posted on 16 Jan 2014, 09:08 2 2. mturby (unregistered) totally true! i have friends providing customer service over the phone for sprint and Boost Mobile and most of their customer call in regarding issues with dropped calls, no service, searching for service or not internet connection. posted on 17 Jan 2014, 14:04 0 22. ZeroCide (Posts: 786; Member since: 09 Jan 2013) I have the same problem with t-mobile users in my area. posted on 16 Jan 2014, 09:10 4 3. mturby (unregistered) Sprint, ur problem is ur network, not ur phones or plans. + it is not fair that u lure customers to a bad non working network and make them pay ETF if they decide to leave because ur horrible service. posted on … [Read more...] about Comments for : For a limited time, Sprint Easy Pay lets you upgrade to a new phone anytime
Microsoft last week announced a large staff reduction tied to the acquisition of Nokia. There is actually a science to how to make layoffs, but much of that appears to have been lost over the last couple of decades.I have some theories as to why (I blame the Democrats and financial analysts) but how you carry out job cuts actually is very important, and it reflects how well the CEO understands people, which I think is a critical skill. In the context of Microsoft's layoffs, I'll offer a layoff primer this week.I'll close with my product of the week, Carchex -- a critical service when buying a car. I actually had a bad experience with it, but I'll explain why I now recommend it. Layoffs are the last resort of incompetent management except when carried out as part of a merger, acquisition or turnaround. I say that with some authority, as I spent a great deal of my education in a course of study called "Manpower Management," or the science of managing people.Much like the science of … [Read more...] about OPINION Layoffs: There’s a Right Way
Tesla just opened a new profit center. Because the configuration and upgrade complexities of Tesla’s all-electric vehicles don’t seem to fit conventional insurance plans, Tesla has now entered the car insurance business, according to Electrek.The InsureMyTesla program will be available for Tesla vehicles only. At first, the insurance is going to be offered to Tesla owners in Australia and Hong Kong. In each country, Tesla is partnering with larger, traditional insurance companies that will underwrite the InsureMyTesla policies. In Australia, Tesla is partnering with QBE Insurance and in Hong Kong the underwriter is AXA General Insurance.In the past, Tesla owners who have checked their policies have at times discovered they were being charged for vehicles with power and trim levels that differed from what they actually owned. Owners charged for greater levels would be paying too much money, while those charged for incorrectly lower levels wouldn’t have the … [Read more...] about Tesla has decided to go into the auto insurance business
If there’s one universal challenge to living in a city, it’s the near-impossibility of finding safe, convenient and affordable parking. We can talk all day about the car-sharing and ride-sharing economy (and we have) and we can talk about the coming wave of robo-taxis prepared to meet our transportation needs, but right now what most of us need is a pointer to a decent parking space.Believe it or not, there’s a thing called the International Parking Institute. It says that, “in 2012, there were approximately 300 million registered cars in the U.S.; that represents half of the world’s passenger cars.” The IPI also states that a single on-street parking space can be valued at up to $20,000 per year in revenue to local businesses and local government, and that off-street parking can be up to three times higher.The bottom line is that parking is a huge business in America, and in Europe, Asia, or indeed in urban environments anywhere. To tap into that … [Read more...] about Looking for a place to park? Grab your phone and try these apps
Your online life has become an important and valuable commodity. Your Facebook photos, your Twitter mentions, your Tumblr posts – these things are worth something to you and me. We’ve spent years curating these online representations of ourselves, and many of us use them to store and share content. Not only are these profiles valuable to us, it turns out that they’re also worth a lot to marketers, advertising agencies, brands.Your social media accounts are a thing that you have ownership over, and now some think that, like other things you own, it needs an insurance policy. The argument: You insure your car, your home, your stuff – why not your Facebook profile?U.K.-based information privacy company ALLOW recently started offering policies through Legal Insurance Management to protect your social media accounts for £3.99/month (about $6.50). “We could see that people were becoming increasingly worried about privacy,” head of PR for ALLOW … [Read more...] about Is social media insurance scammy or just plain smart?
The automotive industry is going through some very public growing pains. People are choosing to share cars, carpool, invest in repairs versus buying new vehicles or just do without a car altogether. And the consumers who are hoofing it most often are college students.While there are benefits (your health, the savings, and the environment being the obvious few), there always comes a time when you find yourself wishing you had a car—even for just a moment. These moments include but are not limited to when you’re out of bus fare, when your heel breaks, when it’s pouring rain… or maybe when you just get an urge to drive.Car rentals are an impossibility for most students due to age requirements, plus campus parking is a pain that no one wants to permanently deal with. To address this problem, the car-sharing market has exploded within the past few years. Users are able to swap company owned cars and turn them in once they’re done, a concept that has thrived in … [Read more...] about Wheelz wants to bring car-sharing to your college
Throughout these pioneer days of e-commerce, the greatest challenge facing the industry has been creating and sustaining consumer need.Do consumers need to buy houses, cars and groceries on the Internet? If not now, will they need to do so in the future? Possibly.However, we have learned that not every industry does well when moving from brick-and-mortar to the Net. Chief among those that might not make the cut? The insurance industry.In concept, it seemed like a great idea to sell and manage insurance policies via the Internet. After all, think of the paperwork that could be eliminated, the man-hours saved and the convenience for the customer. How could it fail?It has not failed yet, but only because it cannot seem to get off the ground. Indications are that consumers are not knocking themselves out to find insurance on the Internet.It was the convenience factor that insurance companies were counting on to attract consumers to their online operations.I gave it a try when searching for … [Read more...] about Online Insurance: Who Needs It?
I attended last week's opening of Intel's big new Autonomous Driving Lab in Silicon Valley, and it is an impressive effort. One of the most interesting parts is that the garage in the lab was built for a past CEO of the firm Intel acquired in order to challenge for technology leadership in this space. The chief clearly didn't want his four-wheeled baby left out it the sun.However, car residual prices are collapsing, based on an alert that crossed my desk last week, and it struck me that we haven't considered much the secondary impacts of having self-driving cars, and the changes that will result from turning automobiles into four-wheeled elevators.I'll address that this week and close with my product of the week: an amazingly fun Windows 10 math teaching application that I wish I'd had when I was a kid. Many industry players are treating self-driving cars much like you would a feature such as cruise control: a nice-to-have option that will make driving much easier and safer.There are … [Read more...] about OPINION The Massive Unintended Consequences of Self-Driving Cars