Insurtech Oyster Raises $3.6 Million
  • Insurtech company Oyster received $3.6 million in seed funding.
  • The round was led by New Stack Ventures.
  • Oyster was founded in 2021 by Blend, Stripe, and Strategy& alumni Vic Yeh, Jon Patel, and Nikhil Kansal.

Insurtech company Oyster received $3.6 million in funding this week. The Seed Round was led by New Stack Ventures with contributions from Global Founders Capital, Conversion Capital, Cambrian Ventures, SNR VC, Kearny Jackson, Valia Ventures, Interlace Ventures, V1 VC, and a group of angel investors.

Oyster is a new take on insurance. It provides merchants an embedded insurance tool to integrate into their point-of-sale that offers customers insurance for a good or service they are about to purchase. Oyster will use today’s investment to fuel its point-of-sale insurance platform and add more merchant partners. The company’s list of merchant partners currently includes Bulls Bikes, Jewels by Grace, Zooz Bikes, Bario Neal, Area 13 Ebikes, and The New Wheel.

“You can buy a $5,000 ebike or engagement ring online in just a few clicks and get it delivered the next day. Want to get insurance for that purchase? Good luck! It’s an offline process that can take many days and lots of paperwork,” said Cambrian Ventures Founding Partner Rex Salisbury. “Oyster is offering embedded insurance for high growth ecommerce categories to allow consumers to seamlessly insure some of their most important possessions at point of sale in a few minutes. It’s a huge opportunity to move personal insurance into the digital age.”

Oyster differentiates itself by offering affordable insurance rates for products including bikes, ebikes, jewelry, phones, collectibles, and electronics. The company provides full coverage from theft, loss, and accidental damage– and many policies offer a zero dollar deductible.

The company was founded in 2021 by Blend, Stripe, and Strategy& alumni Vic Yeh, Jon Patel, and Nikhil Kansal. The team recognized the insurance market as one of the last financial sectors to be disrupted by the technological innovations of the past two decades. “The insurance industry is still in the early innings of digital transformation,” the company said in a blog post announcement. “As such, we’re accelerating the speed of innovation in order to provide the best-in-class products and services to our customers and partners.”

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