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Industry Insurance
Founded 1995
Founders Hussein A. Enan and Darrell Ticehurst
Headquarters Gold River, California, USA
Products Insurance Marketplace
Number of employees
Approx. 80
Parent Bankrate

InsWeb Corporation formerly operated an online insurance marketplace designed to allow consumers to compare insurance products and rate quotes from a variety of providers. InsWeb does not provide insurance directly. The company connects consumers with multiple providers via a proprietary online technology platform. Customers receive price quotes for the various insurance products they choose and are contacted by outside insurance agents and/or companies to continue the purchasing process. In conjunction with the consumer-facing insurance quote system, they also operate a lead generating site as a marketing source for insurance agents.[1]


InsWeb was founded in 1995 by Hussein A. Enan[2] and Darrell Ticehurst and became a publicly traded company in 1999.[3] InsWeb created the first online insurance marketplace.[citation needed] was the first website that allowed a user to receive multiple insurance quotes from multiple providers by filling out a single form.[citation needed] In the 4th quarter of 2010, InsWeb acquired Protreo Media Corporation.

In 2011, the primary business was sold to Bankrate.[4] The unpurchased assets became the Internet Patents Corp[5] which then changed its name to Prism Technologies.[6]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

InsWeb has been recognized by several prominent publications since its founding including: [7]

  • Kiplinger (2009) "Best Auto Insurance Website"
  • Kiplinger (2008) "Best Auto Insurance Website"[8]
  • Kiplinger (2007) "Best Auto Insurance Website"[9]
  • Forbes (2007) "Best of the Web" and "Forbes' Favorite"[10]


  1. ^ Reuters
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  4. ^ Bankrate to buy InsWeb's businesses for $65 mln
  5. ^ Rancho Cordova's InsWeb Corp. is now Internet Patents Corp.
  6. ^ Name change: Goodbye Internet Patents, hello Prism Technologies
  7. ^ Recognition
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