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Money Movers - Because Industries Could Use A Shakeup

These founders are redefining old businesses like insurance and banking, and bringing financial services to people who have never had them.


Ramos had master’s degrees in architecture and real estate development, but it wasn’t until she had worked in those industries for a decade that she saw a need for software that could merge demographic, zoning, financial, and market data all in one place. Using her Deepblocks A.I. software, developers and brokers can pull together a feasibility analysis for any parcel of land in 20 minutes instead of the usual two to four weeks. Real estate pros in 1,100 U.S. cities are already using the software. Ideally, the savings will flow through to property renters and buyers. Ramos says: “Perhaps we can lower the cost of living.” —HANNAH WALLACE

Jennifer Fitzgerald POLICYGENIUS

Former McKinsey consultant Fitzgerald spent the financial crisis advising big, flailing insurance companies. So, naturally, she decided to start an insurance company of her own. Policygenius, which Fitzgerald co-founded with McKinsey colleague Francois de Lame, started as an online broker of life insurance, selling old-school policies to phone-callaverse Millennials via quirky subway ads. In January, the New York City startup began offering home and auto insurance, an expansion Fitzgerald calls “an absolute rocket ship.” The growth is a challenge for recruitment. But she is

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