A cold email to investor Mark Cuban (yes, that Mark Cuban) with the subject line "Wanna disrupt the insurance industry?" kickstarted the initial investment, and The Zebra became incorporated in 2012.
Early on, Meetesh Karia was brought aboard. Already a fixture in the Austin tech scene, Meetesh joined the team as CTO at The Zebra's first Austin office on the East Side. With rats as neighbors and flashers at the window, there was nowhere to go but up. And up they went…
In 2017, "the KAYAK.com of car insurance" welcomed former founding member and President of the actual KAYAK.com, Keith Melnick, as CEO, accompanying a record-breaking $40M Series B funding round (largest series B in Texas that year) with Accel leading the round.