FNO: InsureTech

Alacrity Solutions

FNO: InsureTech by Alacrity Solutions is a place where movers and shakers from all points within the insurance ecosystem gather and discuss all things insuretech. Industry veterans Lee Boyd and Rob Beller talk technology and innovation and how it affects and drives change in the industry.

We sit down and talk with CEOs, Thought Leaders, Venture Capitalists, Carrier Execs, Innovators, Startups, Founders, and other high-profile experts.

Ep 0 - Welcome to FNO: InsureTech
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Rob and Lee talk with CJ Przybyl, Chief Strategy Officer at Snapsheet! FNO: InsureTech continues to delve into the company Snapsheet, talking with their Chief Strategy Officer, CJ Przybyl. Snapsheet exists to make claims simple for everyone. Through their pioneering expertise in virtual estimating and leading cloud-native claims management software, they are transforming the end-to-end claims process. Join CJ, Rob, and Lee as they discuss the origins of Snapsheet, their role as a technology-driven company, CJ’s role, pivoting, and much more.

Dec 3

49 min 58 sec

Join Rob and Lee on this week’s episode as they talk with Andrew Bate, CEO & Co-Founder of Safely.com! Safely.com is the leading insurtech and guest screening solution for the vacation and short-term rental market. Since its launch in 2015, Safely.com has covered over $40 billion of homeowner liability. We had the opportunity to talk with Andrew and learn more about Safely.com, his role, the experiences of running an integral part of the vacation and short-term rental market, and so much more.

Nov 27

49 min 6 sec

Join Rob and Lee on this week’s episode as they talk with Matthias Weber, Partner at Mighty Capital! Mighty Capital invest in the best products as defined by product leaders. Along with products that count, their network of veteran product managers, they are the springboard that will enable startups to become market leaders. We had the opportunity to talk with Matthias Weber, Partner at Mighty Capital, and learn more about him, his role, and his experiences that have taken him around the world, across the country, and through the insurance industry.

Nov 19

51 min 12 sec

Join Rob and Lee on this week’s episode as they talk with return guest, Tony Triola! Tony has made the jump from carrier to vendor, jumping into a new role as AVP of Claims Automation & Partner Strategy at Verisk. With a team of nearly 9,000, Verisk helps customers make crucial decisions every day about risk—with greater precision, efficiency, and discipline. As one of the leading data analytics providers serving customers in insurance, we’re excited to learn Tony’s new role and so much more. Join Tony, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: Tony’s new role and transition from carrier to vendor understanding and listening to the insurance/insuretech industry breaking down insuretechs into two categories what’s hot in claims, and more.

Nov 12

40 min 43 sec

Join Rob and Lee on this week’s episode as they talk with Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships at SimpliSafe. SimpliSafe is ushering in a new era — one where anyone anywhere can have a security system that’s not only simple, but also on the cutting edge. Leveraging seamless 24/7 professional monitoring through an easy-to-use, easy-to-setup system; all without the long-term contracts and sky-high prices of traditional alarm companies. To date, they’re protecting over 2 million Americans, and that number is quickly rising. Join Matt, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: what SimpliSafe is and its origin story. how SimpliSafe differentiates itself from the competition. professional monitoring vs. self-monitoring success through partnerships and product innovation; and more.

Nov 5

39 min 58 sec

Join Rob and Lee on this week’s episode as they talk with Peter Levinson, VP of Product at Arity. Arity is turning mobility and driver data into meaningful behavioral insights, leveraging telematics to make transportation smarter, safer, and more useful for everyone. Their mobile and telematics platform transforms large amounts of raw driving data into meaningful insights that help collect data at scale, better predict risk, and improve customer experiences Join Peter, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: what is Arity and what they do leveraging driving data partnerships and collaborations, and more.

Oct 29

36 min 33 sec

Rob and Lee talk with Hippo Insurance (Hippo) Leaders Assaf Wand, Rick McCathron, and Chris Donahue on this special episode recorded at InsureTech Connect 2021. With the annual event of InsureTech Connect, great minds and companies come together and network and celebrate innovation in insurance and technology. Hosts Rob and Lee had the opportunity to have a conversation with the following Hippo Insurance execs: CEO & Co-Founder Assaf Wand, President Rick McCathron, and Chief Underwriting Officer Chris Donahue. Join Assaf, Rick, Chris, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: why Hippo is attending ITC 2021 the evolution of Hippo over the years how data drives Hippo a value proposition going beyond insurance, and more.

Oct 22

24 min 47 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, Rob and Lee talk with Bob Frady, VP of HazardHub at Guidewire Software (Guidewire). It’s been a moment since we’ve talked with Bob! Since then, a lot has happened and this time around we talk about the big news for HazardHub. Join Bob, Rob, and Lee as they discuss HazardHub, the big news, and much more.

Oct 15

43 min 6 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, Rob and Lee talk with Pascal Millaire, CEO of CyberCube. CyberCube delivers data-driven cyber analytics built specifically for the insurance industry. CyberCube is focused on solving the most difficult and important cyber risk challenges in insurance with world-class analytics. The CyberCube platform was established in 2015 by Symantec to apply the cyber security company’s unique sources of data, intelligence and expertise to cyber insurance analytics and now operates as a standalone company with continued access to Symantec data and resources. Join Pascal, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: CyberCube’s focus on cyber risk the challenges that come with cyber risk and data involved CyberCube origin and Pascal’s transition into the spinoff loss ratios and protecting your cyber identity; and more.

Oct 8

45 min 25 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, Rob and Lee talk with Rick McCathron, President of Hippo Insurance (Hippo). You deserve smarter homeowners insurance. Founded on the belief that homeowners deserve better insurance, Hippo has positioned itself as a model of the insuretech, a strong blend of insurance know-how and technological innovation. As we continue to interview integral, executive members of the Hippo team, we are learning more and more about the depth, height, and width of all that’s Hip(po). Join Rick, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: Austin, Texas as a unique hotbed of tech and innovation. Hippo’s focus on homeowners and the customer-first mentality. the importance of prevention and risk mitigation. Hippo’s work culture, Rick as the “insurance guy”, and more.

Oct 1

41 min 40 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, Rob and Lee talk with Trace Meek, CEO & Founder of Fetch. Fetch is a web-based software platform that allows insurance brokers to quickly, easily research underwriting for a given insurance risk in under 30 seconds, saving time & money for all involved. Fetch Insight has the homeowner data you need to assess risk and power underwriting, making more informed decisions — today. Join Trace, Rob and Lee as they discuss: what led to the founding of Fetch empowering underwriters and agents, and what Fetch offers the future roadmap of Fetch, and more.

Sep 24

35 min 36 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, Rob talks with Josh Thompson, VP, Auto & Property Claims at State Auto Insurance (State Auto). With a 100-year history and pledge of providing reasonable rates with prompt and fair claim service, State Auto continues to develop products and services to handle claims for both auto and property insurance customers. Co-Host Rob Beller had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of State Auto in Columbus, Ohio and talk with our guest for today. Join Josh and Rob as they discuss: Josh’s role as VP of Claims, and his “classical training” in insurance traditional insurance and the push forward via innovation the innovation process at State Auto the innovative tools leveraged at State Auto, and more.

Sep 17

41 min 21 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, Lee talks with Ron Davies, President & CEO of SafeAuto Insurance Group (SafeAuto). SafeAuto is a leading provider of affordable state minimum coverage since its founding in 1993. From humble beginnings in a small, one room office downtown to a full office building near Easton Town Center, SafeAuto has always been proud to call Columbus, Ohio home. With an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit and the idea that everybody has the right to have insurance, they now provide options in 28 states for drivers who are looking to save hard-earned dollars. SafeAuto offers flexible payment plans, immediate coverage, and around-the-clock customer service through the phone and web. Join Ron and Lee as they discuss: SafeAuto and their operations during the pandemic the recent news of being acquired by Allstate the partnership with Hugo and the pay-as-you-go insurance model outlooks on insuretech, and more.

Sep 10

35 min 27 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Jeff Radke, CEO & Co-Founder of Accelerant. Accelerant was founded and is led by a team of insurance industry veterans who understand the challenges of MGAs and PAs. They partner with their members, exclusively with MGAs and Program Admins to help them grow, and only succeed when they succeed as well. With transparency and collaboration at the core of their values, they’ve built a firm that leverages technology and innovation to deliver. Join Jeff, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: what is Accelerant and what do they do. the importance of transparency when collaborating with partners. Jeff’s view of insuretech and its evolution. how Jeff ended up in San Antonio, Texas, and much more.

Sep 4

38 min 31 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with two prominent companies that have partnered together to empower insureds and to provide safety and security. We talk with Daniel Khurgin, Senior Product Innovation Manager at Farmers Insurance, and Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships at SimpliSafe. Join Lee as he learns more about this strategic collaboration that aims to help lessen home damages and generate savings on homeowners’ policies. Join Daniel, Matt, and Lee as they discuss: a little background info about Farmers and SimpliSafe. the new partnership between the two and the implications from it. embracing and leveraging innovation and partnerships, and more.

Aug 27

33 min 50 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we bring back one of our favorite and most popular episodes, featuring Hippo Insurance Co-Founder & CEO, Assaf Wand. With Hippo Insurance (Hippo) making its NYSE debut a few weeks ago, we’re re-releasing our 2020 interview with Hippo’s Co-Founder & CEO. Founded in 2015, Hippo was founded on the belief that homeowners deserve better insurance. Through leveraging smart-home technology, data and analytics; and many other insuretech innovations, they’ve created an end-to-end home protection and insurance platform. Their goal: creating smarter homeowners insurance. Join Assaf, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: the origins and start of Hippo. taking a proactive approach to insurance. balancing insurance and technology in being an insuretech, and more. (Originally released May 8, 2020)

Aug 20

1 hr

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Derek Merrill, Founder & CEO of LeaseLock. LeaseLock leverages artificial intelligence to eliminate security deposits from enterprise operating infrastructure—powering a faster, simpler, more affordable rental transaction. LeaseLock integrates within the native online leasing checkout process, resulting in significant conversion lift—while instantly generating industry-leading coverage for the property on every lease. Join Derek and Lee as they discuss: what is LeaseLock data utilization and thriving as a data-first company LeaseLock through the pandemic, serial entrepreneurship, and more.

Aug 13

29 min 17 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Dave Theus, Co-Founder & CRO of HOMEE. HOMEE is the leading technology-enabled claims management company connecting policyholders, insurance and warranty companies, and premier pro networks. Leveraging a suite of proprietary software solutions, HOMEE is making the insurance claims process faster and efficient. Join Dave, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: the history and lead up to founding HOMEE. what solutions HOMEE offers to carriers. how HOMEE handled the pandemic, and much more.

Aug 6

45 min 41 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Richard Matsui, CEO & Founder of kWh analytics. By leveraging the most comprehensive performance database of solar assets in the United States and the strength of the global insurance markets, kWh Analytics has positioned itself as the insurer for the Energy Transition. Through leveraging their products Solar Revenue Put, HelioStats, and STAR Comps, customers can minimize risk and increase returns of their solar portfolios. Join Richard, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: the origin of kWh analytics. solar risk assessments. how kWh analytics insures solar farms. the current outlook on the solar industry, and much more.

Jul 30

41 min 53 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Andrew Cohen, President and COO of Snapsheet. FNO: InsureTech continues to learn more about Snapsheet and how they are automating the claims process, leveraging cloud-native management software, technology, and services to drive claims, appraisals, and payments. Join Andrew, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: Snapsheet as pioneers of auto appraisals and claims process. straight-through processing. perspective from an insurance guy gone insuretech, and much more.

Jul 23

44 min 6 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Eric Gewirtzman, CEO & Co-Founder of Bolt Insurance (bolt). bolt is changing the way insurance is sold. bolt has created an insurance exchange that enables carriers, brokers, MGAs and newcomers to the industry to expand distribution, create new insurance products, and offer more insurance choices. This in turn improves efficiencies, profits, and customer experiences, the greater good for the insurance ecosystem. Join Eric, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: what is bolt and their long track record as an insuretech; insuretech as a catalyst for the insurance industry, transforming insurers from manufacturers to destinations, and much more.

Jul 16

29 min 31 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Caribou Honig & Jay Weintraub, Co-Founders of InsureTech Connect. ITC Vegas returns October 2021. Following the tail of an innovative, digital experience of ITC 2020, 2021’s conference is expected to continue the legacy of bringing about change, innovation, and decision-making for the insuretech community. As 2020 brought about change amidst a global pandemic, the conference made adjustments and decisions that continued to enable growth and potential for insurance and technology. Will 2021 do the same? Join Jay, Caribou, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: details on InsureTech Connect 2021, and a new event venue? expansion of the conference as a reflection of insurance/insuretech growing into other verticals. the continued validity of ITC and the totality of the conference experience. serendipity, and much more.

Jul 9

49 min 28 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Lawrence Shaw, CEO of AAAtraq. Website non-compliance has become a reality in the US as organizations struggle to meet their legal obligations to limit online discrimination.  AAAtraq is the first service of its kind to include litigation support and cost coverage, so you can be confident that you are protected whilst you follow your pathway to compliance. They automate the four cornerstones to compliance: Staff Development, Supplier Management, Compliance Reporting and Litigation Costs Indemnity. The service instils confidence to manage ongoing compliance faster and at lower cost. Join Lawrence and Lee as they discuss: what is AAAtraq and what services they provide; expansion of cyber risk, accessibility, and compliance; the growth of litigation, becoming compliant, and much more.

Jul 2

37 min 14 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Ori Blumenthal, Co-Founder & CTO of Voom. Voom is an innovative insuretech company that is creating next-generation insurance products for new-mobility segments. Using innovative risk analysis, policy management, and seamless user interface, they are revolutionizing the specialized mobility insurance market. Their focus covers a variety of mobility verticals, including drones, motorcycles, e-scooters, light planes, and modern fleets. Join Ori, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: Israel as a hotbed for technology startups, what is Voom and what services they offer; the growing use and validity of drone use; and more.

Jun 25

42 min 36 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Ben Rose, President, and Jerad Leigh, CEO, both Co-Founders of Supercede. Supercede is on a mission to change the way reinsurance works for everyone, for the better. They are leveraging a combination of reinsurance, actuarial, and software engineering talent determined to build a groundbreaking solution for the pain points in the reinsurance industry. Join Ben, Jerad, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: what is reinsurance and why is it so important; what is Supercede and the platform they offer; the process of building a reinsurance ecosystem, participation in Lloyd's Lab cohort six, and more.

Jun 18

55 min 48 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Claudia Rodriguez, VP of Insurance Claims at Auto Club Enterprises, a AAA Insurer (ACE). Rob talks with returning guest Claudia Rodriguez to learn more about Auto Club Enterprises. As one of the three underwriting companies for AAA, ACE provides a variety of insurance coverage and services to their members. Join Claudia and Rob as they discuss: being an affiliate of the American Automobile Association (AAA), Claudia’s role as the VP of Insurance Claims and first female executive in her position; the effects of the pandemic on ACE and their operations; examples of finding solution through innovation, the Texas freeze event, customer service solutions, and more.

Jun 11

40 min 57 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Marc Fredman, SVP, Chief Strategy Officer at CCC Intelligent Solutions (CCC). CCC is a technology leader pioneering solutions that power insurers, automotive manufacturers, collision repairers, parts suppliers, lenders, fleet operators and more through our advanced cloud-based SaaS platform of digital and data services. As a trusted leader in AI, IoT, network management, customer experience, and digital workflows, CCC continues to innovate the space they work and play in. We had an opportunity to talk with their SVP, Chief Strategy Officer to learn more. Join Marc, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: CCC’s role as a SaaS platform and digitizing the insurance economy; digitizing decisions and the implementation of machine- and deep-learning AI models; planning for the inevitable and managing complexity; SPACs, "connected cars", and more.

Jun 4

45 min 59 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Mike Fulton, President of Xactware. Once again, Rob and Lee sit down and talk with return guest Mike Fulton to talk Xactware. It’s been over a year since their last conversation (Episode 64, published February 28, 2020) and we are excited to catch up with Mike and hear what’s happened, what’s happening, and what the future holds for Xactware. Join Mike, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: Elevate 2021 and the shift to a virtual experience; finding the balance between leading and following in the industry; the continued advancement of innovation and integration; and more.

May 28

49 min 22 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Kate Terry & Jay Grayson, Co-Founders of Surround Insurance. Rob goes solo on this episode to talk with Kate Terry, COO and Co-Founder, and Jay Grayson, CEO and Co-Founder, of Surround Insurance. Modern consumers enjoy more options and choices than any other generation in history. The shift from owned assets to shared access gives them the flexibility to work, live, and move on their terms; however, it also leaves them exposed to an unprecedented level of financial uncertainty. Angel- and venture-backed by insurance and technology veterans who share a vision for a whole new world of customer-centric, technology-enabled insurance, Surround Insurance is reinventing age-old insurance products to serve these new consumers. Join Kate, Jay, & Rob as they discuss: the motivation behind the idea of Surround Insurance, Surround’s distribution model, the rise of side hustles and alternative work trends; the global pandemic effects on Surround, and much more.

May 21

47 min 23 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Steve Lekas, Co-Founder & CEO of Branch Insurance. Branch Insurance is making saving on insurance easier than ever, leveraging instant prices, no quotes, and their unique community backing to provide home, auto, renters, and umbrella insurance. They were founded in 2017 behind a simple idea: insurance has lost its way. Led by an executive team comprised of insurance-industry veterans, they want to re-align insurance back to being a communal product. Join Steve, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: what separates Branch from traditional insurers, community-driven insurance and Branch’s Community Pledge; the importance of partners and partnerships; bundling your insurance, insurance savings, and much more.

May 14

48 min 16 sec

You don’t want to miss this episode of FNO: InsureTech, featuring Ilya Bodner, CEO & Founder of Bold Penguin, and Drew Aldrich, Managing Director at American Family Ventures (AmFam Ventures). We have guests from prominent companies making waves in insurance, insuretech, the venture capital world, and much more. Bold Penguin and AmFam Ventures have a unique relationship and perspectives on the industries they represent and serve. Join Ilya, Drew, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: the beginnings of Bold Penguin, the partnership between Bold Penguin and AmFam Ventures; Amazing advice for founders, businesses, VCs, and startups; and much more.

May 7

50 min 25 sec

On our latest episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Assaf Henkin, Co-Founder & President of Sproutt. Sproutt is a new kind of life insurance company that celebrates life, or to be more precise, celebrates quality life. Leveraging data and technology, they’ve developed a Quality of Life Index that assesses your lifestyle and provides personalized recommendations to help you lead a healthy lifestyle. Join Assaf, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: how Sproutt is taking a new approach to life insurance, what is the Quality of Life Index, Sproutt’s distribution methods, a glimpse at the background behind Sproutt and its founders; and more.

Apr 30

50 min 18 sec

On our latest episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Rahul Nawab, Practice Leader, Insurance Analytics at EXL. EXL leverages data and advanced analytics to create predictive insights and enable intelligent operations, helping customers deliver a superior customer experience, build sustainable growth, and optimize efficiency and resiliency. Rob and Lee talk with Rahul and discuss: EXL’s services to the insurance vertical, leveraging data to drive insights and understanding; cracking the code of innovation in a heavily, regulated industry, the pandemic affect and lessons learned at EXL; and more.

Apr 23

42 min 31 sec

On our latest episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Oded Barak, CEO & Co-Founder of Five Sigma. A claims platform that enables carriers to embrace innovation faster. Five Sigma set out on a mission to allow claims organizations to innovate, leveraging their suite of Claims-First Cloud-Native and User-Centric management tools and unique platform. Five Sigma is what Insurers need to bring their claims operation to the rapidly changing world. Rob and Lee had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and talk with Oded. Listen in as Oded, Rob, and Lee discuss: Five Sigma’s innovative, data-driven platform, creating a new experience for adjusters and management of claims; the shared vision of innovation in insurance, traditional vs. contemporary carriers and their needs; Oded’s background and experience; and more.

Apr 16

42 min 12 sec

On our latest episode of FNO: InsureTech, we talk with Katelyn Johnson, Managing Director at American Family Ventures (AmFam Ventures). A lot has changed since we last spoke with Katelyn Johnson (Episode 96, October 9, 2020). Rob and Lee talk catch up with Katelyn to get an update on her newest addition to the family, as well as what’s been happening at AmFam Ventures. Listen in as Katelyn, Rob, and Lee discuss: AmFam Venture’s long-established reputation in VC funding, Katelyn’s insights on the VC world, the renewed growth and popularity of insurance, American Family Insurance’s (parent company of AmFam Ventures) acquisition of Bold Penguin, new areas in insuretech to keep an eye on for innovation, and more.

Apr 9

44 min 47 sec

Episode 121 comes to you, featuring John Fohr, CEO & Co-Founder of TrustLayer. Their goal is simple: Automated insurance verification. TrustLayer helps customers verify that their business partners have the right coverage, leveraging technology to verify that Certificates of Insurance meet the set requirements, protecting businesses from costly claims. TrustLayer’s distributed ledger solution is making waves in the insuretech and insurance communities. FNO: InsureTech’s Rob & Lee talk with John, discussing: what is TrustLayer, TrustLayer as insurance bookkeeping, the importance of insurance validation, John’s background and what led to TrustLayer; and more.

Apr 2

42 min 15 sec

On our 120th Episode of FNO: InsureTech we talk Chris Ewing, President & CEO of One Inc. One Inc’s goal is simple: take the pain our of payment processing. Founded in 2012, One Inc offers an industry-leading digital payments platform to process both premiums and claims, leveraging integration with insurance core systems. Their robust platform enables customers to boost customer satisfaction, save time and cut costs; and simplify security and compliance. Rob and Lee had an opportunity to talk with Chris and learn more about One Inc and the innovation they bring to insurance. Join them as they discuss: the origins of One Inc, the lag in payment innovation, the growing strategic focus on insurance payments, cyber security and fraud prevention in digital payments; and more.

Mar 26

50 min 15 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we talk with Dr. Theresa Young, Claims Homeowners Operations Process Manager at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer (CSAA). As a former guest on our podcast, featured on our Bonus Episode featuring the Elevate 2020 Conference, Dr. Theresa Young returns to the podcast for her first formal episode! As a leader in her organization, Theresa has a very unique and opportunistic perspective on claims, which has allowed her to innovate and evolve the claims process at CSAA. Join Theresa, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: being progressive in homeowners claims, the continual process of innovating claims processes, the pursuit of straight-through processing; “artisans” and approaching claims as an art; and more.

Mar 19

46 min 40 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we discuss insuretech in 2021. Our guests for this annual episode are no strangers to the insuretech space: Caribou Honig, Chairman & Co-Founder of InsureTech Connect, amongst other things; and Martha Notaras, Managing Partner at Brewer Lane Ventures. It’s been a year since we had both Martha and Caribou on the podcast together, and what a year it has been! Join Rob, Lee, and guests reunited, as they discuss: the changes that occurred in insuretech during 2021, supplies & demands of cash and addressable markets, advantages for insuretech vs. incumbents, predictions for insuretech in 2021 and the future; and more.

Mar 12

47 min 3 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by Yuval Harry, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Hippo Insurance. You deserve smarter homeowners insurance. And Hippo is bringing that to the table. FNO: InsureTech has had a front-row seat to the growth of Hippo and we’re excited to bring another integral member of their executive team on the podcast to share their personal story and the ongoing story of Hippo.  Join Yuval, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: Hippo’s product distribution methods, leveraging technology to innovate customer experience, Yuval’s roles and experiences prior to Hippo; the balance between insurance and technology, and more.

Mar 5

39 min 4 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by Andy Greff, CEO at PLNAR. PLNAR’s technology transforms interior property claims by creating better consumer experiences, shortening cycle times and streamlining expensive, inefficient processes. For insurers, PLNAR enables the digital desk for interior property claims by putting desk adjusters virtually into interior spaces, leveraging their platform to generate a complete set of data, including interactive 3D models of rooms in minutes, all from a digital photo. Join Andy, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: PLNAR’s recent news of integration with Xactimate, the effects of the pandemic on PLNAR and their product/s; how Rob & Lee met Andy and PLNAR, and more.

Feb 26

43 min 55 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by Tim Christ, VP of Growth at Claimatic. Claimatic is on a mission to save hundreds of millions in claims operations costs. They are empowering claims and claims operations teams to dynamically manage their business without the need for IT resources. They believe that by automating the very beginning of the claims process at FNOL, it enables insurers to gain additional valuable insights into where there are additional bottlenecks and we then to systematically augment those areas with automation, allowing claims handlers to focus on higher-value tasks. Join Tim, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: Claimatic’s inception and mission, the technology behind Claimatic, Tim’s interesting and exciting experience and work history; Claimatic’s roadmap for the future, and more.

Feb 19

38 min 45 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by kasko2go CTO, Oleg Korol. In the world of telematics, simply leveraging driving data doesn’t cut it. kasko2go uses artificial intelligence and telematic big data assessments, along with pay-as-you-drive and pay-how-you-drive models, to allow for lower insurance premiums for drivers, as well as find low-risk customers for insurance companies. Join Oleg and Rob as they discuss: the lag in telematics and its effect on insurance; kasko2go’s pivot, current endeavor, and future vision; the future of telematics, the placebo effect with telematics, and more.

Feb 12

39 min 53 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by RealRate Founder & CEO, Dr. Holger Bartel. Their goal is simple: Insurance Ratings based on Artificial Intelligence. Labeled “one of the most promising German AI startups” in 2020 by the Initiative For Applied Artificial Intelligence, RealRate takes a different approach on traditional rating, leveraging artificial intelligence to create an independent, holistic company analysis that determines financial strength. This analysis allows for a fast and deep understanding of companies, saving time and work for reading and analyzing the year-end reports. Join Dr. Bartel, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: what is Explainable AI, how RealRate is turning the rating process upside down, differences between U.S. and European startup methodologies; future expansion into the U.S. market, and more. Learn more about RealRate at: https://www.f6s.com/realrate

Feb 5

37 min 43 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by the Co-Founders of Pie Insurance (Pie), Dax Craig & John Swigart. Our guests this week make getting worker’s comp as easy as pie. Pie provides workers’ compensation insurance directly to small businesses. They also partner with local, regional, and national insurance agencies to provide coverage to their clients. They’re reimagining the insurance experience for small businesses, from the quote to the claim. Join Dax, John, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: what led to the founding of Pie, Pie as solution providers to small businesses, the impact of COVID-19 on Pie and its customers; worker’s comp and fraud; a peek at Pie’s roadmap for 2021, and more.

Jan 29

38 min 40 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by Patrick J. Quigley, EVP & GM, International Partnerships & Expansion, at Nearmap.   Nearmap leverages up-to-date, richly detailed location information via aerial imagery to customers. They’ve helped thousands of users conduct virtual site visits for deep, data-driven insights — enabling informed decisions, streamlined operations, and significant cost savings.   Rob and Lee had the opportunity to talk to the Australian-based company and learn more about them and the services they’ve offered since 2007.   Join Patrick, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: the concept of “ground truth”, historic imagery and its importance; the great lengths of data and detail that Nearmap provides; the importance of speed and frequency in data, and more.

Jan 22

36 min 20 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by Dan Bratshpis, CEO & Co-Founder of INSHUR. INSHUR is a digital provider that leverages technology and innovation to provide protection for commercial and rideshare drivers. Their goal: reinvent and simplify the process of buying and managing commercial auto insurance in mobility, delivery, and transportation. We learn more about this insuretech that’s serving several large global markets. Join Dan, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: how INSHUR sought to provide a service to a growing/evolving industry, the world of professional (commercial and rideshare) drivers, the impact of the gig economy and digital shift on insurance and policies; the future of INSHUR and their services; and more.

Jan 15

37 min 51 sec

On this special episode of FNO: News we are joined by Yuval Harry, Chief Revenue Officer at Hippo Insurance (Hippo) and Dhruv Garg, Co-Founder & President of Kangaroo. Hippo and Kangaroo have joined forces with the goal to bring homeowners options and flexibility to protect their homes, all while creating opportunities for added discount to home insurance. Join Rob & Lee as they discuss with Yuval and Dhruv the strategic partnership between Hippo and Kangaroo. Join Yuval, Dhruv, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: how the partnership benefits the homeowner, how Hippo is approaching the homeowners market, Kangaroo’s goal to provide competitive security service to mass market, service integration with existing and future homes; and more.

Jan 13

30 min 57 sec

On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by Marc DeLeonibus, Co-Founder & Director of IA Terminal at Bold Penguin. Bold Penguin is the insuretech innovator that operates the largest commercial insurance exchange that connects businesses, agents, and carriers to the right quote in record time. They’ve partnered with top brokers and insurers to make underwriting small commercial commercially viable and empowering the connections of all parties involved. Join Marc, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: what is Bold Penguin, empowering commercial insurance, partners, and parties involved; the importance of the insurance agent, the impact of COVID-19 on commercial insurance, and more.

Jan 8

38 min 53 sec

[Note: At the time of this episode's recording in November, David was employed with Comcast. We congratulate David on his new role as VP of Growth Initiatives at Hippo Insurance.] On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by David Wechsler, GM of InsurTech Initiatives at Comcast. As the leader of insuretech initiatives at one of, if not, the largest global providers of content and data services, it’s important to stay aware and relevant when it comes to the trends of consumers. As IoT is becoming more mainstream and relevant, our guest has been able to foster relationships and connections with insuretechs and insurance carriers. We had the opportunity to have David on to speak his mind and expertise. Join David, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: David’s role as the GM of InsurTech Initiatives, Comcast’s acquisition of insuretech Notion and collaboration with Hippo Insurance; Data and content services in relation to insurance services; The future of IoT and insurance; and more.

Dec 2020

34 min 16 sec