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A weekly interview hosted by Matthew Grant peeking behind the curtain of what‘s going on with some of the most well know companies - and some the newest - from in and around insurance, technology, data and investment.

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A weekly interview hosted by Matthew Grant peeking behind the curtain of what‘s going on with some of the most well know companies - and some the newest - from in and around insurance, technology, data and investment.

    Near real time hazard data - around us and above us (167)

    Near real time hazard data - around us and above us (167)

    This week, we’re bringing you the highlights from our recent live event featuring companies providing and using near real time hazard data to speed up claims handling, reduce costs and provide more accurate underwriting.


    Data is only any good if it can be easily embedded in the workflow - so we get practical and specific with all our guests to explore real case studies and challenges they have overcome. 


    Matthew leads off talking to CEO and founder of ICEYE Rafal Modrzewski and Head of Insurance Solutions Lisa Wardlaw.


    Extracts follow from:


    Forbes McKenzie, CEO, McKenzie Intelligence Services

    Alun Jones, Chief Commercial Officer, Addresscloud

    Andrew Smith, Chief Operations Officer, Fathom

    Jonathon Hopper, Claims Manager, Atrium Underwriters

    Colin Masson, Head of First Party Complex Claims, Beazley

    Gethin Jones, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Skyline Partners


    Talking points include:


    Using radar satellite imaging technology to assess flood depths at individual building level

    Tracking climate risks and risk movements in near real time

    The potential and future role of parametric insurance for property risks

    How new data and technology is improving climate change models

    Using real time data to make faster claims payments


    If you would like to hear more about the companies featured on this episode, click the links above to see additional content on their InsTech London member profiles.


    Additional podcast episodes are also available for ICEYE, McKenzie Intelligence Services, Fathom, Atrium Underwriters and Skyline Partners.


    If you like what you're hearing, please leave us a review on whichever platform you use or contact Matthew Grant on LinkedIn. 


    Sign up to our newsletter for a fresh view on the world every Wednesday morning.


    Continuing Professional Development - Learning Objectives


    InsTech London is accredited by The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). By listening to any InsTech London podcast or reading the accompanying transcript, you can claim up to 0.5 hours towards the CII member CPD scheme.


    The Learning Objectives for this podcast are:


    Understand some of the ways that innovation is changing the claims process for climate risk

    Compare sources of hazard data and uncover its importance in the claims process

    Learn how better monitoring of hazard data could help improve the customer experience


    If your organisation is a member of InsTech London and you would like to receive a quarterly summary of the CPD hours you have earned, visit the Episode 167 page of the InsTech London website or email cpd@instech.london to let us know you have listened to this podcast.


    To help us measure the impact of the learning, we would be grateful if you would take a minute to complete a quick feedback survey.

    • 30 min
    Jeremy Hyams: Chief Executive Officer, Claims Consortium Group: Claims technology - building the single source of truth (166)

    Jeremy Hyams: Chief Executive Officer, Claims Consortium Group: Claims technology - building the single source of truth (166)

    When it comes to innovation, claims technology has not always got the level of focus it deserves.


    That situation is changing though with several companies, including this week’s podcast guest, providing new technology solutions to speed up and improve claims processes.


    Matthew talks to Jeremy Hyams, CEO and founder of Claims Consortium Group, about building a claims service provider, innovating at speed during Covid-19, and how its Synergy Cloud platform is helping the AA to manage home insurance claims in-house.


    Talking points include:


    Claims handling technology in practice

    Building technology for third parties

    The growth in remote claims assessments

    Linking partners and customers through platforms

    Validating claims using real-time weather data


    If you like what you're hearing, please leave us a review on whichever platform you use, or contact Matthew Grant on LinkedIn.


    Sign up to the InsTech London newsletter for a fresh view on the world every Wednesday morning.


    Continuing Professional Development - Learning Objectives


    InsTech London is accredited by The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). By listening to any InsTech London podcast or reading the accompanying transcript, you can claim up to 0.5 hours towards the CII member CPD scheme.


    The Learning Objectives for this podcast are:


    Explore why only a small proportion of investment by insurers goes into claims

    Understand what claims handling technology is

    Compare some of the trends around remote claims assessment technology


    If your organisation is a member of InsTech London and you would like to receive a quarterly summary of the CPD hours you have earned, visit the Episode 166 page of the InsTech London website or email cpd@instech.london to let us know you have listened to this podcast.


    To help us measure the impact of the learning, we would be grateful if you would take a minute to complete a quick feedback survey.

    • 29 min
    Sébastien Piguet: Co-founder & Head of Underwriting, Descartes Underwriting: Going global - delivering parametric insurance at scale (165)

    Sébastien Piguet: Co-founder & Head of Underwriting, Descartes Underwriting: Going global - delivering parametric insurance at scale (165)

    Descartes Underwriting, founded in 2018, has scaled quickly to provide parametric insurance against climate risks to corporate clients around the world.


    Co-founder & Head of Underwriting Sébastien Piguet joins Matthew on Podcast 165 to discuss trends in parametric insurance and Descartes' experiences with its clients.


    Talking points include:


    Why some corporates are replacing indemnity policies with parametric

    Educating brokers and risk managers about parametric

    Insuring solar and wind farms

    Data sources for natural perils

    The potential for parametric cyber insurance


    Descartes Underwriting was featured in our report Parametric Insurance - 2021 outlook and the companies to watch, which is available to download for free to InsTech London members.


    If you want to keep up-to-date with the latest parametric insurance news and developments, sign up for our Parametric Post newsletter.


    If you like what you're hearing, please leave us a review on whichever platform you use, or contact Matthew Grant on LinkedIn.


    Sign up to the InsTech London newsletter for a fresh view on the world every Wednesday morning.


    Continuing Professional Development - Learning Objectives


    InsTech London is accredited by The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). By listening to any InsTech London podcast or reading the accompanying transcript, you can claim up to 0.5 hours towards the CII member CPD scheme.


    The Learning Objectives for this podcast are:


    Understand the value of parametric insurance

    Explore the role parametric insurance can play in climate change mitigation

    Compare some of the data sources for parametric insurance


    If your organisation is a member of InsTech London and you would like to receive a quarterly summary of the CPD hours you have earned, visit the Episode 165 page of the InsTech London website or email cpd@instech.london to let us know you have listened to this podcast.


    To help us measure the impact of the learning, we would be grateful if you would take a minute to complete a quick feedback survey.

    • 22 min
    Marco Mirabella: Founder & CEO, Ensuro: Crypto capital for insurance start-ups (164)

    Marco Mirabella: Founder & CEO, Ensuro: Crypto capital for insurance start-ups (164)

    Start-ups looking to sell insurance products often struggle to secure the insurance capacity from incumbent (re)insurers they need as a managing general agent (MGA).


    Ensuro is piloting an alternative source of insurance capital: using cryptocurrency funds from investors, locked in smart contracts on a blockchain, to underwrite risks.


    Founder and CEO Marco Mirabella joins InsTech London's Henry Gale on Podcast 164 to discuss the opportunity for cryptocurrency to be used as insurance capital and how Ensuro's technology works.


    Talking points include:


    The crypto market and decentralised finance (DeFi)

    The regulatory landscape for crypto insurance

    Applications of parametric insurance

    An insurance use case for NFTs (non-fungible tokens)


    InsTech London's latest report, Demystifying Crypto: the insurance opportunities and challenges, sets out what the insurance industry should know about crypto in more detail. 


    To learn more about Ensuro, you can read an insight article we wrote about the company earlier this year, Cryptocurrency - the next capital pool for parametric insurance?


    If you like what you're hearing, please leave us a review on whichever platform you use, or contact Matthew Grant on LinkedIn.


    Sign up to the InsTech London newsletter for a fresh view on the world every Wednesday morning.


    Continuing Professional Development - Learning Objectives


    InsTech London is accredited by The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). By listening to any InsTech London podcast or reading the accompanying transcript, you can claim up to 0.5 hours towards the CII member CPD scheme.


    The Learning Objectives for this podcast are:


    Understand how crypto can be used as a source of capital in insurance

    Explore some of the regulatory landscape around crypto

    Identify an example of how NFTs can be used in insurance


    If your organisation is a member of InsTech London and you would like to receive a quarterly summary of the CPD hours you have earned, visit the Episode 164 page of the InsTech London website or email cpd@instech.london to let us know you have listened to this podcast.


    To help us measure the impact of the learning, we would be grateful if you would take a minute to complete a quick feedback survey.

    • 19 min
    Nick Wright: Chief Business Development Officer, Pen Underwriting: Every problem has a solution (163)

    Nick Wright: Chief Business Development Officer, Pen Underwriting: Every problem has a solution (163)

    The Managing General Agent (MGA) model has become a successful way for many insurtech startups to establish themselves, but the subject of this week’s podcast is a bit different to other MGAs in the marketplace.


    Pen Underwriting was created by bringing together 12 companies in 2014. Its work covers claims, pricing, and distribution with more than £650 million in gross written premium per year.


    Chief Business Development Officer Nick Wright joins Matthew on Podcast 163 to explain how Pen Underwriting supports its partners and why investing in innovation is a key part of the company’s approach.


    Talking points include:


    Advantages of the MGA model

    Creating products for insurer partners

    Monitoring the market and looking outside of insurance

    The growth of parametric and usage-based insurance

    Using telematics to mitigate risk


    More information on Pen Underwriting is available from the company’s InsTech London member profile page.


    If you like what you're hearing, please leave us a review on whichever platform you use, or contact Matthew Grant on LinkedIn.


    Sign up to the InsTech London newsletter for a fresh view on the world every Wednesday morning.


    Continuing Professional Development - Learning Objectives


    InsTech London is accredited by The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). By listening to any InsTech London podcast or reading the accompanying transcript, you can claim up to 0.5 hours towards the CII member CPD scheme.


    The Learning Objectives for this podcast are:


    Identify some of the benefits of innovation in insurance

    Understand what is unique about MGAs and some of their advantages 

    Determine how telematics can be used to mitigate risk


    If your organisation is a member of InsTech London and you would like to receive a quarterly summary of the CPD hours you have earned, visit the Episode 163 page of the InsTech London website or email cpd@instech.london to let us know you have listened to this podcast.


    To help us measure the impact of the learning, we would be grateful if you would take a minute to complete a quick feedback survey.

    • 21 min
    Property Intelligence - new solutions for an old problem (162)

    Property Intelligence - new solutions for an old problem (162)

    We're bringing you the highlights and key insights from our property risk event at The Steel Yard in London.


    ‘Property Risk - What’s New and What Works?’ brought together experts in flood forecasting, digital twins, rebuild costs, remote assessment and more, to discuss new data and analytics solutions that are helping insurers understand the physical characteristics and risks of properties.


    The episode begins with Robin in conversation with Todd Rissel, Chairman and CEO of event sponsors e2Value, and is followed by interviews with: 


    Mark Cunningham, WhenFresh

    Olivia Iltcheva, Convex

    Anthony Siggers, Archipelago

    Jonathan Newbery, Zurich and Jonathan Jackson, Previsico

    Jay Gentry, SafeGraph

    Bob Frady, HazardHub (acquired by Guidewire)

    Anthony Peake, Intelligent AI

    Laurent de la Porte and Antonin de Benoist, Allphins


    Talking points include: 


    What is important for insurance companies when looking for property-related data

    What information has been hard to get, but is now available

    How information for the US varies from the UK

    What are some of the major sources of data from outside of the insurance industry

    What are some of the data hubs and platforms now being used


    If you would like to hear more about the work our guests and their companies are doing, click the links above to visit their respective InsTech London member profiles. Further podcast episodes are also available featuring Todd Rissel (Podcast 153), Mark Cunningham (Podcast 111), Archipelago (Podcast 145), and Bob Frady (Podcast 135).


    If you like what you're hearing, please leave us a review on whichever platform you use, or contact Matthew Grant on LinkedIn.


    Sign up to the InsTech London newsletter for a fresh view on the world every Wednesday morning.


    Continuing Professional Development - Learning Objectives


    InsTech London is accredited by The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). By listening to any InsTech London podcast or reading the accompanying transcript, you can claim up to 0.5 hours towards the CII member CPD scheme.


    The Learning Objectives for this podcast are:


    Understand the potential for data to transform the understanding of property risk for insurers

    Explore some of the existing platforms and solutions available 

    Identify the factors that insurers should consider when selecting a property data partner


    If your organisation is a member of InsTech London and you would like to receive a quarterly summary of the CPD hours you have earned, visit the Episode 162 page of the InsTech London website or email cpd@instech.london to let us know you have listened to this podcast.


    To help us measure the impact of the learning, we would be grateful if you would take a minute to complete a quick feedback survey.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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38 Ratings

38 Ratings

CGregLaw ,

I love this podcast!

Anyone who knows insurance will know it’s full of acronyms and over complication. Matthew and the team’s ability to pitch each episode to appeal to those new to a topic, but also have enough detail to keep experienced professionals in the field engaged, is no mean feat and impressed me every time. Also loving the ‘press pause’ inserts from Matthee during the conversation - and the very analogue sound bites! Thank you 👏🏻

* N Turner ,

Great guests and thought-provoking discussions

Looking forward to hearing more founder’s stories this year!

Holly M 205 ,

Great content & speakers!

Looking forward to more interesting discussions in 2021! Great content and speakers.

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