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On Brokers, InsurTech Experience, and Friday Afternoons

Disruptive forces are pushing into the business of insurance in a big way. In many of the pronouncements from the usurpers and commentators, brokers are pictured as dull artifacts from a long-past time. Some brokers are emulating the digital pioneers. But is the reality of customer experience a bit more nuanced? Brokers Embracing InsurTech Jeff… Read more »

Infrastructure & Insurance, Risk & Reward

Public infrastructure and military projects played a critical role in socio-economic stability in the 20th century.  Insurers could expand that role to new requirements for monitoring, measuring, and mitigating risk for new assets in the 21st century. Infrastructure was a lifeline in the 20th century Growing up in the US in the 1950s and 1960s was… Read more »

On the US Election, Tech, and Coming Home

Since the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, the path forward has been a bit foggy. There is one straightforward result, however, which impacts Canada’s largest tech community. Why is tech different? Shortly after the U.S. declared a president-elect, Fortune’s editorial director, Adam Lashinsky, penned a short column on the new reality for the tech… Read more »

InsurTech – It’s About Time

In the last two posts, I focused on whether incumbent insurers can employ InsurTech; I suggested that insurers can, assuming that the insurer is ready to make changes. Today, I’m posing the question: How can insurers effectively bring in InsurTech? Hint: As with insurance, time is of the essence. InsurTech on a role InsurTech –… Read more »

Can Insurers Really ‘Do’ InsurTech?

Common wisdom has it that established insurers are not able to leverage InsurTech – the use of digital technology innovations designed to squeeze out savings and efficiency – with the same efficacy as start-up enterprises. We challenged two assumptions in our last post and will now address the third. In the last episode … I… Read more »

InsurTech: Threat or Salvation for Insurers?

InsurTech – defined as the use of technology innovations designed to squeeze out savings and efficiency from the current insurance industry model – is threatening to cause significant disruption within the existing insurance community. How serious is this for established insurers and brokers? And what are the alternatives? Interest in InsurTech has increased dramatically over… Read more »

Following Closely: Cyberrisk and Self-Driving Cars

If you scan this blog, you will note that we have a high interest in autonomous vehicles.  Data demonstrate that there are reductions  in injuries and deaths, and improvements in transportation effectiveness. But there are new risks which need to be addressed. Is this an opportunity or just a large challenge? There are impressive benefits Autonomous… Read more »

Insurance Broken

If I had to recommend a one-line description for the 2016 InsureTech Connect Conference,  being held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre this week, I would suggest, “Insurance is critically important.  That’s why we must break it.” The heart of the matter… Caribou Honig, Partner at QED Investors and chairman of the event, opened with a… Read more »

A Letter to Peter: Tech Changes Insurance for Good?

Dear Peter Diamandis: I was pleased to see your post, “5 Tech Forces That Will Change Insurance for Good,” and your participation with Lemonade. I have followed your newsletter for years and have previously referenced your thoughts in this blog. I am offering a few comments and describing my admittedly foggy view of the future…. Read more »

The Future of Disruption: Will Telematics Uberize UBI?

We are hearing a lot about disruption that will hit the insurance industry as the result of InsureTech and digital transformation. However, widespread enterprise-wide implementations are some ways out, so we won’t see the impact of all of the moving pieces. But there is one exception: Telematics / UBI. Telematics is proven and poised for… Read more »