12 episodes

MGA Founders Podcast is hosted by Dan Woods, CEO of Socotra. Tune in each episode to hear Dan chat with innovative MGA founders to learn their stories, their challenges, and their visions.

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

MGA Founders Podcast is hosted by Dan Woods, CEO of Socotra. Tune in each episode to hear Dan chat with innovative MGA founders to learn their stories, their challenges, and their visions.

    Tyrre Burks, Founder and CEO of Players Health

    Tyrre Burks, Founder and CEO of Players Health

    In today’s episode, Socotra CEO Dan Woods is joined by Tyrre Burks. Tyrre is the Founder and CEO of Players Health, a risk services and insurance firm that protects athletes and sports organizations with a comprehensive risk management platform.


    We talk about:

    - What Players Health does and the problems it solves (2:08).

    - Transitioning from risk management to insurance (4:01).

    - The importance of insurance for sports organizations (4:18).

    - Players Health’s tech journey and what they have learned, including the value of starting manual and automating your processes later (11:53).

    - Providing insurance to small and boutique fitness clubs (18:42).

    - How Tyrre went from playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders to founding the company (23:04).

    - The importance of messaging in insurance (31:50).

    - What the future holds for Players Health (38:46).


    #Insuretech #MGA


    This podcast is brought to you by Socotra, the modern core platform bringing unparalleled speed and ease to insurance technology. With Socotra, global insurers and insurtech MGAs can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences. Visit socotra.com/mga to see why more insurtechs trust Socotra than any other core platform.

    • 48 min
    Preetam Dutta, Co-Founder and CEO at Elpha Secure

    Preetam Dutta, Co-Founder and CEO at Elpha Secure

    In today’s episode, Socotra CEO Dan Woods is joined by Preetam Dutta, Co-Founder and CEO of Elpha Secure. Elpha Secure is a cyber MGA serving small and midsize businesses. It provides them with proprietary cybersecurity technology and full insurance coverage.

     

    The following topics are discussed:

     



    …and much more.

     

    This podcast is brought to you by Socotra, the modern core platform bringing unparalleled speed and ease to insurance technology. With Socotra, global insurers and insurtech MGAs can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences. Visit socotra.com/mga  to see why more insurtechs trust Socotra than any other core platform.

     

    #Insurtech #MGA

    • 36 min
    Matan Slagter, CEO at Armadillo

    Matan Slagter, CEO at Armadillo

    In today’s episode, Socotra CEO Dan Woods is talking to Matan Slagter, CEO and Founder of Armadillo, a platform that offers subscription-based warranties to help homeowners repair and replace things that break in their homes.
     
    We talk about:
     
    What led Matan to take the leap from working at AIG to founding his own startup (2:40) How Matan met his co-founder, Lansdon Robbins (8:45) The importance of a strong founding team (11:18) Building a startup during Covid (14:38) Approaching SEO as an insurtech company (21:53) How Armadillo recruits partners (22:32) How Home Warranty works (26:09) How Armadillo has grown over time (29:56) This podcast is brought to you by Socotra, the modern core platform bringing unparalleled speed and ease to insurance technology. With Socotra, global insurers and insurtech MGAs can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences. Visit socotra.com/mga to see why more insurtechs trust Socotra than any other core platform.

    • 38 min
    Gage Caligaris, Founder and CEO of Ledgebrook

    Gage Caligaris, Founder and CEO of Ledgebrook

    In today’s episode, Socotra CEO Dan Woods talks to Gage Caligaris. Gage is the Founder and CEO of Ledgebrook, a tech-enabled E&S MGA looking to provide the fastest, easiest quoting experience to wholesale brokers.
     
    Gage talks about his mission and what the team at Ledgebrook wants to achieve, gives some background on E&S (excess and surplus), and shares how Ledgebrook came about (2:59).
     
    Gage also discusses his transition from purely actuarial work into complex areas like launching new products (5:46), the differences between big insurance companies and startups (11:53), and what Ledgebrook is working on now (13:42).
     
    Dan and Gage also talk about making the leap from a tech background to insurance (22:03), where Ledgebrook is in its current timeline (23:24), the future of innovation at big insurance companies (25:39), and what the future holds for Ledgebrook (28:11).
     
    This podcast is brought to you by Socotra, the modern core platform bringing unparalleled speed and ease to insurance technology. With Socotra, global insurers and insurtech MGAs can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences. Visit socotra.com/mga to see why more insurtechs trust Socotra than any other core platform.

    • 36 min
    Martin Young and Dustin Walsey, Founders of Buckle

    Martin Young and Dustin Walsey, Founders of Buckle

    On this episode, Socotra CEO Dan Woods is talking to Buckle’s CEO Martin Young and President Dustin Walsey. Buckle is an inclusive digital financial services platform serving the rising middle class and providers to the gig economy.
     
    Martin and Dustin talk about the founding ethos behind Buckle, the insurance needs within the gig economy, and how projects like Buckle are addressing these demands at a high level (3:23). They discuss the different functions of rideshare companies (10:55), and how Buckle got started (13:12).
     
    Martin and Dustin go on to talk about why they chose to work with multiple carriers (22:54), how they work with MGAs today (24:53), and how they avoid competing with their partners (28:20). Martin and Dustin also talk to Dan about some common problems they see with early MGAs, and share some advice (29:20).
     
    Finally, Martin and Dustin talk about how the rideshare industry has changed over the years and what is to come (35:55).
     
    This podcast is brought to you by Socotra, the modern core platform bringing unparalleled speed and ease to insurance technology. With Socotra, global insurers and insurtech MGAs can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences. Visit socotra.com/mga to see why more insurtechs trust Socotra than any other core platform.
     

    • 44 min
    Andrew Jernigan, CEO of Insured Nomads

    Andrew Jernigan, CEO of Insured Nomads

    In this episode of MGA Founders Podcast, Socotra CEO Dan Woods chats with Andrew Jernigan, CEO of Insured Nomads, a company whose mission is to make travel as safe and smart as staying at home. 
     
    Andrew talks about how his early travel experiences ultimately inspired him to start Insured Nomads (1:20), what he was doing before he got into insurance (3:12), and what initially motivated him to get into insurance (4:10). 
     
    Andrew and Dan go on to discuss the first product Andrew started with (5:27), the business opportunity with telecoms in the African market (7:30), Insured Nomads’ distribution hook (9:20), and how Andrew is planning to expand Insured Nomads’ product offerings (12:50). 
     
    Andrew then shares his thoughts on travel technology and how it relates to Insured Nomads’ products (15:00), a new acquisition (15:55). and the wild journey of starting a travel insurance company just before the start of a global pandemic (22:30). 
     
    Andrew discusses why late June is actually a good time to raise money (23:30), some of the things that make Insured Nomads unique (29:01), the lessons he’s learned on his journey (32:56), and some of his favorite places to travel and live (34:41).
     
    This podcast is brought to you by Socotra, the modern core platform bringing unparalleled speed and ease to insurance technology. With Socotra, global insurers and insurtech MGAs can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences. Visit socotra.com/mga to see why more insurtechs trust Socotra than any other core platform.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Therese0728 ,

MGA Founders

Very helpful!

HistoryDude1492 ,

Excellent Resource

I absolutely love this podcast. Dan is generous with his expertise and makes every episode a great listen.

great i say ,

Great resource for insurtech MGA founders

Great advice and very insightful conversations. Highly recommend

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