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The Insurance Technology Podcast brings together interesting people from across the insurance ecosystem to discuss and debate technology’s impact on insurance products, businesses, and the industry. While “InsurTech” seems like the buzzword of choice these days, insurance technology has been around for decades. As a true believer that the past informs the future, podcast host Reid Holzworth speaks to both insurance industry “godfathers” – the original innovators who paved the way for tech at a time when bell-bottoms were still in fashion – and today’s trailblazers, who are busy disrupting one of the world’s most traditional industries. Join Reid as he distills wisdom from these radically different vantage points in his continued quest to create innovative insurance technology that brings simplicity and value to the entire insurance ecosystem. As Chief Executive Officer of IVANS, Reid leads the company’s strategic direction. He is a prominent insurance industry leader with extensive insurance experience in both broker and insurer distribution environments. Reid was the founder and CEO of TechCanary.TechCanary built an innovative set of insurance solutions on the Salesforce platform to create choice and flexibility for agencies who prefer Salesforce.com, which has since been incorporated in Applied’s portfolio under the name Applied Epic for Salesforce. Reid’s extensive industry experience, innovation-first mindset and commitment to simple, valuable customer experiences will be hallmarks of his leadership of IVANS and the expansion of its compelling innovation strategy.

The Insurance Technology Podcast The Insurance Technology Podcast

    • Technology
    • 4.6 • 11 Ratings

The Insurance Technology Podcast brings together interesting people from across the insurance ecosystem to discuss and debate technology’s impact on insurance products, businesses, and the industry. While “InsurTech” seems like the buzzword of choice these days, insurance technology has been around for decades. As a true believer that the past informs the future, podcast host Reid Holzworth speaks to both insurance industry “godfathers” – the original innovators who paved the way for tech at a time when bell-bottoms were still in fashion – and today’s trailblazers, who are busy disrupting one of the world’s most traditional industries. Join Reid as he distills wisdom from these radically different vantage points in his continued quest to create innovative insurance technology that brings simplicity and value to the entire insurance ecosystem. As Chief Executive Officer of IVANS, Reid leads the company’s strategic direction. He is a prominent insurance industry leader with extensive insurance experience in both broker and insurer distribution environments. Reid was the founder and CEO of TechCanary.TechCanary built an innovative set of insurance solutions on the Salesforce platform to create choice and flexibility for agencies who prefer Salesforce.com, which has since been incorporated in Applied’s portfolio under the name Applied Epic for Salesforce. Reid’s extensive industry experience, innovation-first mindset and commitment to simple, valuable customer experiences will be hallmarks of his leadership of IVANS and the expansion of its compelling innovation strategy.

    Seasoned Investigator Turned Tech Innovator

    Seasoned Investigator Turned Tech Innovator

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Joe Stephenson, Director of Digital Intelligence at INTERTEL, kicking things off on a light note with the amusing story behind Joe’s impressive title and moving onto heavier topics like Joe’s encounters with drunk drivers, law offenders and scammers during his time as a police officer and investigator.
    Tune in to hear how Joe has brought his skills as a seasoned investigator into the world of insurance and technology.
    Episode Highlights
    A rural Maine upbringing (1:50)Joe’s scariest story in policing (11:46)Career “ADD” (18:15)Uncovering insurance claims scams (20:01)Embracing life as a director of digital intelligence (47:53)Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Deb Smallwood’s Journey of Self-Empowerment

    Deb Smallwood’s Journey of Self-Empowerment

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Deb Smallwood, founder and creator of SELFPOWERMENT (Deb M. Smallwood LLC), to discuss Deb’s deeply planted roots on the seacoast of New Hampshire and her impressive career – from starting out as a developer for Liberty Mutual to co-founding Strategy Meets Action (SMA), selling SMA, and embarking on a legacy to help women become empowered to manifest their own goals.
    As we wrap up National Women’s History Month, tune in to hear how Deb’s admiration for women trailblazers like Amelia Earhart and her family of strong women shaped her own 'Why not me?' philosophy.
    Episode Highlights
    A happy life on the New Hampshire seacoast (2:08)The root of Deb’s ‘Why not me’ philosophy (5:22)Pursuing entrepreneurship with Strategy Meets Acton (18:46)Focusing on women empowerment in semi-retirement  (26:22)Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Building a Culture that Breeds Innovation

    Building a Culture that Breeds Innovation

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Taylor Rhodes, CEO of Applied Systems, to dive into Taylor’s career journey of building great teams in technology with humility and customer-centricity.
    Plug in to listen to how Taylor left his 11-year tenure at Rackspace to pursue a new mission he could pour his heart into and eventually landed at Applied, reinvigorating a culture of innovation for the company’s family of brands.

    Episode Highlights
    The last act of leading at Rackspace (1:12)Entering the SAAS space (2:08)Leading a customer-centric mission at Applied (14:17)Creating a safe harbor and making the industry better with tech (29:49)Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

    • 36 min
    Hard Work That Started on a Cattle Ranch

    Hard Work That Started on a Cattle Ranch

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Taylor Rhodes, CEO of Applied Systems, to chat about his fascinating journey from childhood to starting his career in technology.
    Get ready for a ride down Taylor’s memory lane to hear about his early life experiences, from childhood summers on the ranch to serving in the Marines, and how these experiences have shaped who Taylor is today.
    Episode Highlights
    ·       Summers on the cattle ranch (4:15)
    ·       The “team over self” Marine mentality (13:40)
    ·       Entering the tech space at Rackspace (22:21)
    ·       Being a good neighbor (35:41)
    Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

    • 42 min
    Vision Casting with Confidence

    Vision Casting with Confidence

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Luke Magnan, co-founder and CIO of Combined Ratio Solutions, for a thought-provoking conversation about Luke’s entrepreneurship journey.
    Get ready to gain inspiration from Luke’s thoughts on the need for more industry collaboration, the importance of leading with a vision, a project that brings the strength of neurodivergent professionals to insurance, and more.
    Episode Highlights
    ·         A hope for the industry to come together more (1:08)
    ·         What being a leader means to Luke  (3:54)
    ·         An ice fishing dream (10:30)
    ·         Building a socially responsible startup (11:25)
    Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

    • 25 min
    From Political Science to Computer Science

    From Political Science to Computer Science

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Luke Magnan, co-founder and CIO of Combined Ratio Solutions, to discuss Luke’s Connecticut upbringing, his passion for technology, and the conversation with a bus driver that led him from political science pursuits to his computer science roots.
    Take a break from your New Year’s resolutions to hear Luke’s story of following his heart and combining his love for computers with insurance.
    Episode Highlights
    Luke’s love for video games (3:13)Re-routing career paths (7:07)Starting out at a carrier in Hartford (8:08)Credibility, trust, and partnership (47:44)Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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