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September 23, 2016

It’s Time for Some Lemonade


Lemonade is the real deal in insurance disruption. It offers lessons for any innovator, as well as for any incumbent.

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Irrespective of your sector of interest or whether you are in the market for insurance, take a few minutes to watch this video, Science Behind Lemonade, and the App demo. There has been so much hype about the Lemonade launch over the past months, but this is the real deal in insurance disruption. It offers lessons for any innovator, as well as any incumbent thinking it can somehow sidestep the possibilities of technology.

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A few specific stand-out attributes and accomplishments:

According to, 66% of 18- to 29-year-olds rent their homes (vs. 37% overall), and 70% do not have renters insurance. What a smart move to make renters core to the V1.0 offering. Lemonade is introducing itself to a receptive market with a large unmet need in an easy-to-understand experience. This will, no doubt, be Step One in a longer relationship as the younger generation’s insurance needs become more complex.

Lemonade has broken the win/lose basis of traditional insurance. When I conduct research interviews with people who own or seek to buy insurance, it’s not uncommon to hear things like (literally), “when I win, they lose,” or vice versa. Aligning interests between the person buying insurance and the insurance carrier reframes the relationship, and can reinstate trust in one of the least trusted of all sectors.

Lemonade takes the sector back to the original concept behind insurance as it first appeared, all the way back in the 19th century — pooling funds so members of a community can cover for each other in times of crisis.

The intelligent use of UX + data + virtual agent to have a truly personalized, relevant conversation results in giving people something they need. This is as far from product-pushing as one could imagine is possible. (Note: Renowned behavioral economist Dan Ariely is part of the Lemonade team.)

Lemonade is surely an exemplar that will be studied — with attempts to imitate — within the insurance sector and beyond. But be warned that simply putting lipstick on a pig won’t work. The fact that Lemonade has been built from the ground up, driven by authentic purpose, will make imitation hard.

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A stat shared at a conference yesterday, which you may have already heard: 70% of millennials would rather do business with Google, Facebook or Amazon than with a traditional financial institution. Insert “Lemonade” into that sentence.

Kudos for a true disruptor for having the tenacity and focus to make a statement about what insurance can be. I’ll be shopping as soon as the company offers coverage in my state!


About the Author

Amy Radin is a pragmatic innovator and technology-driven marketer who builds businesses and solves problems in ways that traditional approaches cannot achieve. A tenacious leader, Radin builds and mobilizes high-energy teams that view the world through the lens of the customer, and push the envelope to achieve unexpected and extraordinary results.

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