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Company background: The company was founded by entrepreneurs Melbourne O’Banion and Jonathan Abelmann. O’Banion says that getting life insurance has traditionally been a four- to six-week process that involved medical exams and working with an agent. “We just thought that was crazy,” he says.
Bestow says it differs from other online life insurance companies in that it uses its own technology to underwrite the policies it offers — allowing it to accelerate the underwriting process.
Interesting tidbit: In July 2022, the insurer partnered with Empathy, a company that developed a bereavement-care platform. Bestow customers can access Empathy’s app, which helps simplify tasks, such as the end-of-life paperwork and estate administration, that arise when a loved one dies.