Thank you Michael and Allan over at AskKodiak for organizing InsureTech Boston! The room was packed–standing room only–with probably 200+ in attendance. This gathering stands in contrast to other insurance events I’ve been to–it is full of a younger crowd that is excited about leveraging their talents to think differently to solve problems–often their own pain-points. Among the many I talked with, I specifically enjoyed meeting (from my background as an agent) Matt and Ty from Openly Insured, who are looking to create a new type of insurer to solve their own pain point of wanting a clear and transparent insurance company, Casey from Apliant who brings an fresh perspective and enthusiasm to helping solve insurance agent needs, and Jonathan from Veruna, an insurance CRM based on Salesforce that I’ve been following since Jonathan and I met at the Acord Insurance Innovation Challenge 2016 (Jonathan and his team won!). Looking forward to the next event.
Alina and I headed down and back same day to ACORD’s headquarters in New York on June 22, 2017 for our second shot at ACORD’s Insurance Innovation challenge. As usual, we enjoyed connecting with the various companies in attendance.
Chris and I drove down and back to Acord’s HQ in New York June 6th for their second annual insurance innovation challenge (and our first visit). I first heard about the challenge after Acord 2015 in Boca Raton and speaking with some Acord employees about innovation in the industry. Rather than offer a robust business plan, I outlined my idea in a business pitch and showed the prototype. Wunderite was well received. This was by far the youngest and most forward thinking insurance networking event I’ve been to, to date, and meeting with the other company founders was thoroughly refreshing. I will continue to work on the concept over the next year as I work full time, sell insurance, advise clients, and help run Murray & MacDonald.