This Sunday, March 14th, is National Pi Day, an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (Pi)!

Pi Day, of course, should not be confused with Pie Day—which we celebrated on Saturday, January 23rd. We love both days equally because we wouldn’t be Pie Insurance without both Pie and Pi. 

Math, data, and algorithms are at the heart of what we do at Pie. There would be no Pie Insurance without the proprietary data and predictive analytics that power our business. With this unique data and our digital-first approach to insurance, small businesses—along with our more than 1,000 agency partners—can unlock quotes in minutes and ultimately help small business owners save up to 30% on workers’ comp insurance. Basically, you can’t spell Pie without Pi, and we couldn’t do what we do without a strong mathematical foundation.

So why didn’t we just name the company Pi Insurance? Good question! Did you know Pi is defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter? Do you know what else is typically a circle? Exactly. We’re passionate about the “family aspect” that pie represents. Pie brings people together. People all across America have favorite pie recipes and related traditions—regardless of their varied backgrounds. We wanted to instill this representation in our own company culture at Pie Insurance. We set out to make it a place that reflects our shared values, while still celebrating the qualities (like our mathematical foundation) that make us unique and different.

Pi may be an irrational number, but we like to think we’re a pretty rational company. Ultimately, when we were thinking about our name, we wanted it to reflect a type of insurance company that was completely different from all others. Insurance can have a reputation of being difficult, un-friendly, and cumbersome. We wanted to build a likable, convenient, and simple experience that made getting small business insurance “as easy as pie.”

We’ll be celebrating Pi day all week long—but especially on 3.14. Will you join us? See how many numbers in Pi you can memorize or simply grab a slice of your favorite pie. Enjoy!

–John Swigart, Co-founder and CEO of Pie Insurance