Austin-based The Zebra, a “Kayak for auto insurance” startup, has secured $17m in Series A funding led by Ballast Point Ventures. With the additional funding, The Zebra plans to increase its efforts around customer acquisition and business development, as well as expand its licensed agent call center in Austin. On the product side, the plan is to introduce new educational tools that will further explain to drivers what’s behind their rates. These will also show drivers how they can reduce their costs while increasing their coverage