Pixvana, a Seattle-based company founded in 2016, creates an XR/VR storytelling tool that encompasses virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-video, and other next-generation video. They know first-hand how tough the market can be when it comes to recruiting specialized technology and media talent, and how important a good benefits package can be.
“Seattle is competitive, and candidates have a lot of choices,” said Lisa Tripathi, HR manager for Pixvana. “The big names bring people into the market, and it can be a challenge for smaller companies to compete. Some of this is brand recognition. But the bigger companies also have deep pockets. We look at our benefits as a way to communicate our competitive advantage to potential employees.”
Pixvana creates tools built specifically to help creators make and share content. In addition to the XR platform, the company runs a production studio and develops tools to shoot, edit and produce XR stories. With virtual reality (VR) headsets becoming more affordable, the consumer market is primed for what Pixvana offers—but only if it has the staff to make it happen.
To compete in the local technology talent pool, leadership wanted to cover employees’ benefits at 100 percent. From the beginning, the company partnered with ALLtech for health insurance and other benefits.
“Our team’s culture, and our mission as a company is what sets us apart in the marketplace for talent,” said founder and CEO Forest Key. “Having a top-shelf benefits package with a well-regarded network of healthcare providers is table-stakes for us—it’s a requirement to attract and retain a great team. In our recruiting process we bring up early, and confidently, that with ALLtech we offer a health plan that is “big company” quality in service and benefits provided.”
Health Insurance Designed Specifically for Growing Technology Companies
With exclusive pricing and comprehensive benefits, ALLtech was the right choice to help Pixvana realize its goal to cover everyone completely. The company has grown from its initial four founders to almost 30 people in just a couple years as it readies to launch a new product in September. Company leaders believe they were able to attract this talent in part because of the affordable benefits plans from ALLtech they offer. Pre-packaged benefit designs make for an easy insurance buying experience and also ensure team members have predictable out-of-pocket expenses.
High Value Benefits at an Affordable Price
The company originally elected to go with ALLtech due to the GeekWire connection, and, after growing so quickly, decided to take a detailed look at other options on the market last year to make sure the offering was still in line with company needs.
After considering the options, ALLtech still came out on top. With ALLtech, Pixvana is able to offer a high-value benefits package with a low deductible – and still pay 100 percent of the cost for employees.
“We found as we reviewed the options, ALLtech is really providing reasonable premiums and a good value,” says Tripathi. “We looked at other plans and came back to ALLtech.”
ALLtech offers a solution for technology companies that addresses the biggest needs of both small to mid-sized employers and their employees: choice, coverage and cost.
- Covered employees are able to choose from a wide variety of plans.
- ALLtech offers the Regence BlueShield network, one of the broadest and most established networks in Washington.
- ALLtech has negotiated favorable rates with preferred carriers like Regence, Delta Dental, VSP and others to provide the most competitive, cost-effective plans available.
For Pixvana, choosing ALLtech for its benefits program allowed the company to make a commitment to employees that rivals the competition.
Seamless Navigation and Administration
With a single point of contact, consolidated billing, and a robust online management system, ALLtech has helped Pixvana navigate the complexities of offering an employee benefits program, which has been another reassuring part of the experience. Employees haven’t reported any issues with enrollment or using their benefits, and administration of the plan has been virtually seamless.
“Small companies have a lot to worry about. When you choose ALLtech, that’s one decision you can securely make and not think about again,” says Tripathi.
ALLtech makes choosing and administering a health plan easy, and helps guide Geekwire members through today’s healthcare maze with streamlined customer service and support. ALLtech offers:
- Pre-packaged benefit designs for an easy insurance buying experience and predictable out-of-pocket expenses
- A single point of contact for all types of plan administration including customer service, billing, eligibility, and COBRA services
- Consolidated billing and an employer management web platform for ease of administration
- An optional integrated employer eligibility tool that allows group administrators to make online eligibility changes in real-time
Get an ALLtech Quote
Companies in Washington with as few as two employees and as many as 199 employees engaged in software design, digital media content, e-commerce, gaming, telecommunications, wireless technologies, and emerging technologies are eligible to participate in ALLtech. ALLtech insurance is available exclusively to GeekWire members.
Questions? Want to request a quote? Call ALLtech at 206-899-1895 or visit us online.