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About Root

Root Insurance is the nation’s first licensed insurance carrier powered entirely by mobile. It was founded on the belief that the services people need for everyday life should serve them better. Root started by tackling the archaic car insurance industry, using data and technology to base rates primarily on how people actually drive, not who they are. The result is personalized car insurance for good drivers, better rates, and an easy-to-use mobile app experience. 

Using these same principles, Root continues to reimagine the everyday services people need for the things they value most. In 2019, Root introduced renters insurance, offering customers seamless and affordable mobile-based coverage.

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Carrier Management

How Root Insurance Did What Other Insurers Only Imagined

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Root Insurance valuation hits $3.65 billion in latest round led by DST Global and Coatue

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Real Simple

Here Are the Winners of the 2019 Real Simple Smart Money Awards

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The New York Times

From Agriculture to Art – the A.I. Wave Sweeps In

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Fast Company

Shopping while driving is the dangerous holiday trend of 2019. It needs to stop

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Fox Business

Shopping while driving, the new holiday danger

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USA Today

Here are 6 lifesaving (and money-saving) tips for when you get in a car crash

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Insurance Journal

Insurtech Root Expands into Renters Market; Product Launched in 3 States

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The Simple Dollar

Root Car Insurance Review 2020

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Columbus Business First

Top of the List: Root dominates fastest-growing insurer ranks – again

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Columbus Business First

Insurance will Never be the Same

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Root Insurance Review 2020

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Our leadership team

Co-founder and CEO

Alex Timm

With a vision of completely transforming the insurance industry, Alex founded Root Insurance on the principle that rates should be based primarily on driving behaviors, not demographics. As Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Root, Alex leads the company in revolutionizing this outdated industry, using mobile technology and data science to offer personalized auto insurance rates to good drivers.

Throughout his career in insurance, Alex has built expertise in pricing and reserving, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Before co-founding Root, Alex worked at Nationwide Insurance as a senior strategy consultant for the property and casualty lines of the business. Alex is based in Columbus, Ohio and is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


Co-founder and CTO

Dan Manges

Dan serves as Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Root Insurance, leading the engineering team. Using telematics and machine learning, Dan built the platform that enabled Root to enter the market as the only mobile-first car insurance carrier that gives drivers a price based primarily on how they drive. His team is leveraging modern technology to streamline and improve the insurance experience.

Before joining Root, Dan was the founding CTO of Braintree, an online payments company that was acquired by PayPal in 2013 for $800M. He began his career in software development with JPMorgan Chase, building software to support SOX Compliance. Dan then served as a senior consultant for ThoughtWorks, where he provided software delivery to innovative organizations.



Daniel Rosenthal

As Chief Financial Officer, Daniel is responsible for overseeing capital markets strategy and management, finance, treasury, and legal and government affairs at Root. He served as a key adviser to Root as a member of the Root Insurance Co. Board of Directors from 2017 to 2019.

Daniel has spent most of his career in leadership positions at innovative firms in the aviation industry. In 2009, he co-founded Milestone Aviation Group, a clean-sheet aviation finance company that became the world’s largest helicopter financier. Milestone was acquired by GE Capital in 2015 for $1.8 billion. Subsequently, Daniel served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Milestone, as well as Executive Vice President of Financing and Products for GE Capital Aviation Services. Prior to Milestone, Daniel held several leadership positions at NetJets, and worked as an attorney at Williams & Connolly LLP.


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