Buddy's First Steps

Charles Merritt
Oct 18 · 2 min read

I am excited to announce that Buddy is live in Arizona! It’s been a fantastic journey so far, and now we’ve reached the next milestone–the starting line.

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We began with the idea that an active, outdoor lifestyle shouldn’t put you at financial risk, and today we begin to protect our peers from the personal costs of an accident. I won’t go into a ton of detail here, but you should absolutely read our series on health insurance and accidents to better understand your personal exposure before your next bike ride, run, or climb.

For folks with an Arizona address, you can now get covered through our website. Buddy’s episodic accident insurance can be bought for just the day or the whole year and any duration in between to cover you, your family, or just the kids. If you get hurt and end up in urgent care, the ER, or a hospital, Buddy’s coverage helps with your out-of-pocket expenses. See the full summary of benefits.

The effort that the Buddy team has put into bringing our episodic accident insurance to market is astounding, and I couldn’t be more proud of my colleagues. Not only have they worked tirelessly on creating new insurance forms and a proprietary tech platform, but they have also moved away from home for the past three months to participate in the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars. The accelerator has been a rigorous experience, and it has exposed us to an unparalleled group of peers, mentors, and experts, which has absolutely propelled Buddy forward faster.

Now that we are on the other side of launching, our mission to protect people who lead an active, outdoor lifestyle is underway. Buddy’s episodic accident insurance is rolling out across the US through 2019, and we look forward to meeting new people, collaborating with partners, and going on a few adventures ourselves. The costs of healthcare and accidents show no sign of decreasing, and I believe that Buddy’s mission to protect active, outdoor enthusiasts can help this generation and the next to be a bit more fearless in pursuits that give our lives joy and meaning.

After all, every adventure needs a buddy.