The Insurance Technology Podcast

The Insurance Technology Podcast

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.

Episodes

February 9, 2024 25 mins

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...

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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 ...

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January 11, 2024 3 mins

This week’s hot-seat episode is with Luke Magnan, co-founder and CIO of Combined Ratio Solutions.

Join podcast co-host Christen Kelley as she asks rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Luke before the full-length episode is released. 

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December 15, 2023 20 mins

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Christen Kelley, Insurance Technology Podcast co-host and Ivans VP of Marketing, to reflect on 2023 wins for Ivans and the podcast.

Get ready to wind down for the holiday season and unwrap some memories of our amazing 2023 episodes and events in this short year-in-review conversation.

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November 15, 2023 45 mins

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Casey Kempton, EVP Digital Business Officer at Chubb Small Business, to dig into insurance technology trends and challenges.

Get ready to “nerd out” as Casey shares her thoughts on the evolution of commercial lines comparative raters, a rise in tech adoption, and what she would change in the industry if she had a magic wand.

Episode Highlights

  • Carriers, porta...
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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Casey Kempton, EVP Digital Business Officer at Chubb Small Business, to discuss her multi-generational upbringing, anthropology studies, academic ambitions, and how she brought her skills and knowledge into the insurance world. 

Get ready for an engaging conversation as we pick Casey’s brain about her journey and her thoughts on change management in insurance. ...

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October 13, 2023 5 mins
 This week’s hot seat episode is with Casey Kempton, EVP Digital Business Officer at Chubb Small Business.

Join podcast co-host Christen Kelley as she asks rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Casey before the full-length episode is released.

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September 22, 2023 18 mins

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, you’ll hear a mashup of our three most future-focused installments.

Get ready to launch into what the future of insurance could look like – from API-based tech to AI and more.

Episode Highlights

·       Transforming insurance with AI and customer centricity (1:01)

·       Helping rocket ship companies take off (8:07)

·       Forecasting insurtech trends (13:41)

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September 8, 2023 31 mins

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, you’ll hear clips from some of our first guests discussing how they started their insurance journeys, including Dennis Chookaszian, Kabir Syed, David Wroe, Ilya Bodner, Jim Hackbarth, Mike Albert and Allan Egbert. 

Tune in to hear how some of the greatest minds in insurtech started out in the industry, from chasing the American dream to flipping a coin and everything in ...

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Nick Zerbib, Chief Investment Officer at Stone Point Capital, to talk about Nick’s passion for investing in the industry and get his insights on the dynamic between the independent agency channel and technology.

We’re still in back-to-school mode, and it’s never too late to learn, so get ready to take notes from this episode on what investors look for in compan...

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August 11, 2023 32 mins

 In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Nick Zerbib, Chief Investment Officer at Stone Point Capital, to chat about Nick’s experiences moving around the world, how he landed on the east coast, and his journey from Wall Street to the world of insurance-centric investment.

It’s back-to-school season and it’s never too late to learn, so pick up your pencils and paper to take notes from this episode on ...

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July 28, 2023 6 mins

This week’s hot seat episode is with Nick Zerbib, Chief Investment Officer at Stone Point Capital.

Join podcast co-host Christen Kelley as she asks rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Nick before the full-length episode is released. 

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Jesse Wedler, General Partner of CapitalG, for a lively chat that covers everything from their shared California roots to finance, AI, technology, and more.

Tune in to hear Jesse, our first guest from the world of finance, take us on a journey from the way back machine of his childhood in Petaluma, California, to investing in today’s ‘rocket ship’ companies, to...

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June 30, 2023 4 mins

This week’s hot seat episode is with Jesse Wedler, General Partner of CapitalG, the independent growth fund of Google's parent company, Alphabet.

Join podcast co-host Christen Kelley as she asks Jesse rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Jesse before the full-length episode is released. 

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with co-founder and CEO of Planck, Elad Tsur, to hear about Elad’s early roots in insurance and how he always knew he wanted to bridge the gap between insurance and technology.

Tune in to hear Elad discuss the five layers of AI and the need he has identified for the industry to treat insureds more like customers. 

Episode Highlights

  • Growing up with insurance roots...
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June 2, 2023 61 mins

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with co-founder and CEO of Planck, Elad Tsur, to discuss Elad’s journey – from growing up in a village in Israel and going to college at the age of 14 to discovering machine learning in the Army and creating startups based on AI.

Tune in to hear more about Elad and his love for AI, which started way before it was an industry buzzword.

Episode Highlights

  • ...
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May 12, 2023 7 mins

This week’s hot seat episode is with co-founder and CEO of Planck, Elad Tsur, a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about bridging the gap between technology and business. 

Join podcast co-host Christen Kelley as she asks Elad rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Elad before the full-length episode is released. 

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April 28, 2023 15 mins

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, you’ll hear clips from some of our most popular startup story episodes featuring Ilya Bodner, Will Shaw, Jim Hackbarth, Mike Albert and Allan Egbbert. 

Tune in to hear about the challenges, rewards, and the rush these entrepreneurs experienced while creating a startup to impact the industry positively. 

Episode Highlights

  • The rush of being in the “fog of war” (3:14)
  • It’...
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April 14, 2023 69 mins

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid continues his conversation with Bill Devine, SVP of Business Capabilities at Travelers, to talk about everything from the rich insurance history of Hartford, Connecticut, to working together as an industry and riding the waves of insurtech.

Join these two So Cal natives as they surf back in time to the first wave of insurtech and ride into what Bill predicts as the third wave...

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Bill Devine, SVP of Business Capabilities at Travelers, to talk about Bill’s wide-ranging career journey – from being a creative writer to an attorney to becoming a seasoned insurance pro at Travelers.

Tune in to hear Bill’s career twists and turns and how it started as a walk in the parking lot from his law school.

Episode Highlights

  • How a walk from his law ...
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