Guidewire Software

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Traded as NYSEGWRE
Industry Computer Software and Hardware
Founded 2001
Headquarters Foster City, California, United States
Products Computer software

Guidewire Software Inc., commonly Guidewire, is a software publisher based in Foster City, California. It offers core back-end software for property and casualty (P&C) insurance carriers in the U.S. and worldwide,[1] as well as the Guidewire Live suite of online analytics services for P&C insurers.[2]

In September 2011, Guidewire filed with the SEC to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO) and first publicly traded on the NYSE in January 2012.[3] Guidewire was later cited as being one of the top IPOs of 2012,[4] even #1.[5]

The company has been cited as being among the 50 most desirable mid-size Bay Area companies (101 to 500 employees) to work for 2010-2012, [6] and was in the "Top 50 Large Companies" in the Glassdoor Best places to work for both 2015 and 2016.[7]

Guidewire develops the Gosu programming language, it released as open source in 2010.

Business model[edit]

The company was established in 2001 founded by six people: Ken Branson, James Kwak, John Raguin, and Marcus Ryu from Ariba (and McKinsey, where James and Marcus had met); and John Seybold and Mark Shaw from Kana Software. They are a recurring revenue software company as they sell term licenses. Its three main software products are ClaimCenter, PolicyCenter, and BillingCenter, each servicing a major component of a P&C insurance carrier.[1] There are a number of add-on modules, as well as an increasing number of value-added online services provided via Guidewire Live.


  1. ^ a b "Guidewire Software, Inc". Bloomberg Businessweek. December 24, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ Guidewire Live
  3. ^ "Guidewire CEO 'exhilarated' after IPO success". 25 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bay Area's 2012 IPOs bring joy, pain". 18 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Mitroff, Sarah (19 December 2012). "9 Things 2012's Lousy IPO Market Showed Us". Wired. 
  6. ^ "bloomberg news". April 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards 2016". December 15, 2015. 

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