Bestow, an insurtech startup that uses AI to help applicants apply for a life insurance policy, announced last week that it is establishing an office in Des Moines.
Bestow was founded in 2016 by Johnathan Abelmann and Melbourne O’Banion and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Since launching, Bestow has raised $150 million. Last September, the company bought Centurion Life Insurance from Wells Fargo for $2.3 million.
“Establishing a presence in Des Moines helps us gain footing in a highly competitive market for insurance talent,” said O’Banion. “We’re excited to build a team in Iowa and seek to hire exceptional talent to help us achieve our goals this year and beyond to make life insurance accessible to everyone.”
The company’s new Des Moines is located at West Glen Town Center. Along with its expansion into Iowa, the company announced plans to fill at least 35 Iowa-based roles by the end of the year. Bestow is currently hiring for roles across insurance operations, legal & compliance, advisor distribution, accounting, finance, and more.
The company operates on a hybrid model, with just about 40% of its workforce permanently remote.