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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by Asaf Lifshitz, Co-Founder & CEO of Sayata Labs. With everything in our lives becoming more “cyber”, more accessible, more online, and more technological, there is a growing need for cyber security and cyber insurance. The Sayata Labs team combines the expertise of cybersecurity researchers, insurance professionals, IT developers, and data scientists to help insurance professionals grow their cyber business. We had the opportunity to have Asaf from Sayata Labs on the podcast to answer our cyber questions. Join Asaf, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: who are the people who cause cyber attacks; data breaches and the implications, what are some of the best practices to protect yourself; the growing awareness for cyber insurance, and more.
On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by Jim Albert, Chairman & Co-Founder of Neptune Flood Insurance. Neptune Flood Insurance is an insuretech provider of flood insurance to the private market in the United States. Flood insurance can be very complex and difficult to take on. Traditionally you hear of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and what they entail and provide; but, our guest offers a more modern, smarter, easier, and efficient alternative. Rob and Lee had the opportunity to talk with Jim and dive into flood insurance. Join Jim, Rob, & Lee as they discuss: how Neptune Flood Insurance leverages insuretech in their services; a brief history of the NFIP, Jim’s personal story and what led him to start Neptune Flood Insurance; Rob’s experience with flood insurance, and much more.
On this episode of FNO: InsureTech we are joined by returning guest Debbie Brackeen, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer (CSAA). Rob & Lee couldn’t fit their conversation with Debbie in one session, so they invited Debbie back to continue the discussion. (To listen to Part 1 of our conversation with Debbie, visit: https://bit.ly/37929Du) Debbie is responsible for identifying and executing on the growth strategies, opportunities, investments and ventures. Join Debbie, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: the value she and her team bring to catastrophes as they occur; Debbie’s passion for innovation and innovation as a “team sport”; handling strategy without an extensive insurance background; autonomous vehicles, the acceleration of change, and more.
On this episode, Rob & Lee talk with Gary Hallgren, President of Arity. The future of mobility is about more than just how we get from A to B—it’s about what moves us forward. Founded in 2016 by Allstate, Arity is an analytics company that combines data, cutting-edge technology, and decades of transportation expertise to help partners make data-based decisions that solve real problems for real people. Join Gary, Rob, and Lee on this episode as they discuss: Arity’s unique perspective and capabilities on data; the application and use of data acquired and leveraged by Arity; the possibility of one day having a “driver score”; the future of autonomous vehicles, the future of work, and more.
On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, Rob & Lee talk with Dave Crosby, Co-Founder & CMO of Wyze. Their goal is simple: Make quality smart home technology accessible to everyone. Wyze Labs is a team composed of innovators and tech geeks obsessed with making smart home products accessible to everyone. Their belief is that customers shouldn’t have to compromise – beautifully designed smart home products should enrich people’s lives and be something everyone can afford. With its strong grasp on the IoT space and products that align with insurance companies, FNO: InsureTech couldn’t pass the opportunity to talk with Wyze. Join Dave, Rob, and Lee as they discuss: the story of Wyze and the motivation behind what they’re doing; the process of improving and enhancing the customer experience, making the smart home more accessible, what Wyze can bring to insurance, and more.
On this episode of FNO: InsureTech, Rob & Lee talk with Farron Blanc, Co-Founder & CEO of Gerry. Senior living decisions are difficult, and it’s one of the most important you’ll make. Choosing a senior living facility for a loved one is confusing & stressful and can have serious consequences when done incorrectly. Gerry aims to become a trusted provider of expert advice & recommendations that geriatric families rely on to help navigate & plan their most important transitions. Rob and Lee had the opportunity to re-visit with Farron Blanc (who was previously featured in our Next Normal series) to take a deeper dive into Gerry. Join Rob, Lee, and Farron as they discuss: Gerry’s focus on the senior population and assisting in senior independence; the reality of handling senior living decisions; the data that is leveraged in creating customized experiences for customers; the future of Gerry and goals to help seniors thrive on their own terms, and more.
On this special episode of FNO: InsureTech, Rob & Lee talk with Musheer Ahmed, Founder & CEO of FraudScope. Every year billions of dollars are lost to fraud, waste and abuse in the healthcare industry. Atlanta-based FraudScope leverages an AI-assisted platform that detects problematic claims and provider behavior early to empower users to control costs and reduce fraud. Rob and Lee tread new territory and explore the world of healthcare fraud and what a great way to do it with FraudScope’s Founder & CEO, Musheer Ahmed. Join Rob, Lee, and Musheer as they discuss: the problems that are plaguing the $300+ billion dollar healthcare industry; how FraudScope helps healthcare and the systems within; some examples of healthcare fraud; the fraud that is happening around COVID-19, and more.
On this special episode of FNO: InsureTech, the podcast production team interviews hosts Rob Beller and Lee Boyd. As we reach the 100th episode of the podcast, Alisha and Aldrin interview Rob and Lee in hopes to inform, educate, and entertain listeners on who the hosts are. They also ask Rob and Lee a variety of questions about the show, looking back at the past and into the future of FNO: InsureTech. Join Rob, Lee, Alisha, and Aldrin as they discuss: who are Rob and Lee; what they have learned over the last 99 episodes, what to look forward to in the next 100 episodes, why insurance and underwear are so alike, and much more.
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Created by
Aldrin Muya
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Jan 2nd, 2019
Latest Episode
Apr 16th, 2021
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