Bitcoin-Based, Peer-To-Peer Insurance Company Teambrella Releases Pre-Launch Demo Version

By September 9, 2016Bitcoin Business

Teambrella , the innovative Bitcoin-based peer-to-peer insurance company, recently released a demo-version of its service. In anticipation of the product launch, anyone can now experience what Teambrella will look like and test how it will work. To gauge the process on Teambrella, Bitcoin Magazine spoke with Alex Paperno, one of three developers behind the project. The demo’s purpose “is somewhat similar to a Minimum Viable Product: to gather input from potential users which we use to improve the platform before we launch,” said Paperno. Teambrella is set to become the first decentralized bitcoin-based insurance company, where users insure each other. While Teambrella itself is not decentralized, Bitcoin’s multi-signature addresses allow users to manage the entire flow of funds in a trustless and decentralized manner. Users retain strong control over their own money at all times, while reputation systems incentivize everyone to pay each other out when needed. If Teambrella gains traction, (semi)professional insurance agents may even emerge within the system, to decrease potential fraud and streamline the insurance process for all participants. Initially, the Teambrella platform will allow for two types of insurance. One is deductible supplement coverage for collision insurance. This covers the out-of-pocket expenses customers have to pay unless they take on a relatively expensive insurance policy. The other is pet insurance, which will cover veterinary bills. The available types of insurance will expand in the future, but the Teambrella development team believes it’s best to keep the options relatively basic at first. “We don’t want to allow users to create any possible type of insurance right from the start,” Paperno explained, “because a lot of types can’t be easily handled without making some changes to Teambrella. An obvious example would be an insurance that insures against natural disasters. These would require additional reinsurance for cases when […]

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