To build digital infrastructure to power the next generation of insurance distribution

Zinc builds technology that integrates with the core systems of today’s modern mortgage lenders to power digital portals for borrowers to procure the property insurance that is required to close a mortgage. Zinc’s technology takes a broken, week-long process and turns it into a delightful five-minute experience. For borrowers, Zinc powers access to all of the nation’s leading insurance carriers. For mortgage lenders, Zinc ensures compliance with underwriting requirements while automating more of the mortgage closing process.

How It Began

Zinc was founded in 2016 by two business school classmates, Rafael Telahun and Sam Li. Captivated by the opportunities and challenges of two large industries – mortgage origination and insurance – and anchored by a deep desire to leverage technologies to reframe offline processes into digital experiences, they left campus – entered the Y Combinator program then moved to New York City and teamed up with entrepreneurially-minded friends to begin building Zinc.


Zinc is proudly built in New York City by passionate technologist and business strategists focused on making the process of buying a home a more simple, delightful experience. We were incubated at Y Combinator and Highland Capital in San Francisco and are backed by NEA, Felicis Ventures, Index Ventures, Highland Capital, Foundation Capital, Box Group, Struck Capital and several notable technology founders.

Press Kit

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For Lenders

Zinc is excited to support you in your origination automation efforts. Given the regulated nature of the product offering, you must abide by the compliance terms and conditions delineated in your Service Agreement. For any questions or concerns, please contact support@zincplatform.com.


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(212) 655-9870 ext. 701

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