Socotra Raises $15.2 Million in Series B Funding to Transform Insurance IT

Former New York Life President John Kim joins Socotra Board

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Socotra, a San Francisco-based company with the only cloud-native core platform that enables insurance companies to rapidly develop and deploy new products, announced today that it has raised $15.2 million in a Series B funding round led by Brewer Lane Ventures with participation from Portag3 Ventures, 8VC, and MS&AD Ventures.

This round of funding caps off a total of $26 million raised in 15 months and highlights strong investor interest in technology that transforms the way insurance products are created and scaled. The investment will fund further development of Socotra’s platform and fuel the company’s continued growth. John Kim, founder and managing partner of Brewer Lane Ventures and former president and chief investment officer of New York Life Insurance Company, will also be taking a board seat as part of the investment.

"For the last 20 years, I've seen insurers struggle with their legacy technology,” Mr. Kim said. “We chose Socotra as our first anchor investment because of their clear vision and impressive execution in modernizing the insurance industry. I'm proud to be a part of the positive change Socotra’s technology will have on the industry."

Socotra’s platform is the insurance industry's first cloud-native backend, and the first with open configuration and APIs that empower insurers to deploy powerful technology with their choice of engineering resources. Socotra makes it easy for insurers to rapidly design and deploy new products in a cost-effective manner to better serve their customers.

“This is an exciting time as Socotra’s momentum continues to accelerate,” said Dan Woods, CEO of Socotra. “Brewer Lane Ventures and Portag3 Ventures have remarkably deep insurance expertise so they immediately recognized what Socotra means for the insurance industry. This additional funding will further accelerate our product development, and our continued growth in the US, Europe, and Australia. Finally, we’re excited to benefit from John Kim’s insights and deep industry experience as he joins our board of directors.”

Socotra’s customers include insurance industry leaders such as Nationwide, Mutual of Omaha, IAG, and AXA. The platform has helped insurance organizations of all sizes launch and scale innovative products faster and at a lower cost, enabling them to improve the user experience for their customers.

About Brewer Lane Ventures
Brewer Lane Ventures is an early stage venture firm focused on insurtech and fintech companies. Using our deep knowledge of the insurance and financial services industries, we invest in startups that will transform the market for companies and consumers alike.  We bring together deep domain expertise from founding and scaling startups, venture investing and running Fortune 100 companies. To learn more, visit us at or @BrewerLaneVC.

About Socotra
Founded in 2014 and based in San Francisco, Socotra’s mission is to provide insurers with a modern, enterprise-grade core system that enables them to rapidly develop and distribute products that better serve their customers. The result is a flexible, radically open, cloud-native solution that unifies underwriting, policy management, claims, reinsurance, reporting, and more. To learn more, visit

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