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.

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December 3, 2021 36 min

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Bobbie Collies about how a culture shift in insurtech is uniting us all. Join these self-proclaimed insurance junkies as they discuss why collaboration, along with data and aggregation will benefit everyone in the industry.

Episode Highlights

·         Changing human behavior is hard (4:26)

·         Looking at value proposition strategies (7:32)

·         Agents unite...

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Bobbie Collies, VP of strategic distribution at Grange Insurance, about how insurtech needs to focus on innovating for the future not for the here and now. Learn about what Bobbie and Reid think will be trending in the next five years and how they think carriers will cope with the changes. 

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  • How Bobbie got into insurtech (3:23)
  • Focusing on the future...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to the father of insurance software Larry Wilson about his role in the transformation of insurtech from its humble beginnings to what it is today. Buckle up, grab the wheel tight, and get ready for a fascinating journey through time with the insurtech unicorn who started it all and continues to influence its future.

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  • Larry’s journey into insurance (2:4...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Mike Albert and Allan Egbert about the importance of meaningful connections. Join this tried-and-true trio as they discuss why APIs remain popular and how they keep everything connected, why the personal touch from an agent will never be replaced, and how building new partnerships means more growth. 

    Episode Highlights

  • Why APIs remain popular (3:00)
  • Agents are here to...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Mike Albert and Allan Egbert about their journey into the insurance industry and how they built Ask Kodiak, the nation’s leading commercial insurance appetite and eligibility platform. Join these old friends as they reminisce, joke around, and get real about the struggles of building their insurtech companies from the ground up. 

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    ·       The school...

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Jim Hackbarth about how the pioneers who first created insurtech have paved the way for newer generations to innovate the industry. The foundations were set, the building blocks were given, now the world waits to see how far insurtech can go. 

    Episode Highlights

  • Creating order out of chaos (1:40)
  • The power of mentorship (7:36)
  • The perpetuation of leadership (10:04)
  • Why ...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Jim Hackbarth about his experience in the insurance industry and how he went from a rookie dreaming of being a football coach to insurtech MVP as the President and CEO of Assurex Global. Like many, Jim’s journey into insurtech was accidental but it is where he thrives and continues to surround himself with the best and brightest in the industry today. 

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Ilya Bodner about how the perfect concoction of data can create “the secret sauce” that drives greater success across the insurance ecosystem. Learn why high-quality, decision-grade data is essential and how insurance technology has only scratched the surface. 

    Episode Highlights

  • 4 signs it was time to sell (2:52)
  • How Ilya organizes thoughts and priorities (14:50)
  • How ...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Ilya Bodner about the challenges and rewards of starting your own business. Ilya speaks in-depth about how his philosophies as an entrepreneur led his small startup of “bold penguins” to take on the massive insurance industry “whales” and come out on top.

    Episode Highlights

  • Columbus, Ohio – a hidden insurance hotbed (2:00)
  • How Reid and Ilya met (14:50)
  • Why the success ...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to David Wroe about how APIs have the potential to be the most impactful piece of technology for the insurance industry to date. Get a free lesson from an industry heavyweight on how APIs give insurers more options to adopt new technology in smaller pieces.

    Episode Highlights

  • A little bit of history and big names in the industry (9:21)
  • The most impactful piece of tech (1...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to David Wroe about why decisions made early in the evolution of the insurance industry have kept it from reaching its true potential. Tune in for David’s take on where and why collaboration initiatives failed and the tremendous impact it’s had on standardization and automation across the industry.  

    Episode Highlights

  • David’s journey into insurtech (2:12)
  • The birth of i...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Kabir Syed about how rebels have the optimism and drive needed to create innovative breakthroughs in InsurTech. Drawing on his wide-ranging experiences in the industry and as an entrepreneur, Kabir provides invaluable insights into what it will take to launch InsurTech into the future.

    Episode Highlights

  • Advice for startup InsurTech companies (1:45)
  • Playing with someo...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Kabir Syed about the growing pains of new career paths, becoming an entrepreneur and moving on. They also dissect the limitations of legacy insurance business operations and the room for innovation through technology. Kabir’s colorful commentary about entrepreneur life and the opportunities for InsurTech today make this an exciting addition in Part 2 of this compel...

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to “the man, the myth, the legend,” Kabir Syed, about his accidental journey into InsurTech. While not a technologist, a programmer or a broker, his love for research, data and solving problems led to happy accidents throughout his career. Serving in 14 different roles at Marsh McLennan because they “didn’t know what to do with him,” Kabir was instrumental in establis...

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, the legendary Dennis Chookaszian returns to talk to Reid about the evolution of agency management systems. Going back to the days when long hair and bell-bottoms were in fashion, Dennis walks us through the fascinating history of the management system – from computer punch cards right up to today’s two insurance software titans, Applied Systems and Vertafore. You’ll be amazed by ...

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    Warning: This episode is a bit of a history lesson. To some, “Exchange” is a cuss word, while others may not even know what that means.

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, the legendary Dennis Chookaszian joins Reid to talk about the many attempts to create an industry-wide Exchange. Dennis was there from the outset and involved in all four major attempts.

    Find out how they got started, who was involved, and why De...

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    Full episode coming starting May 7! Get a sneak peek of Episode 2 of The Insurance Technology Podcast with Reid Holzworth.

    Back with his guest from Episode 1, Dennis Chookaszian joins Reid to discuss the history of the agency management systems. You’ll be amazed by the people involved, who went on to build some of the biggest insurance technology companies in the world.

    About the Guest

    Dennis Chookaszian is an Adjunct Professor at t...

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    Full episodes coming starting May 7! Get a sneak peek at Episode 1 of The Insurance Technology Podcast with Reid Holzworth.

    Warning: This episode is a bit of a history lesson. To some, “Exchange” is a cuss word, while others may not even know what that means. Reid's guest Dennis Chookaszian takes us through our industry’s countless attempts to create an Exchange.

    About the Guest

    Dennis Chookaszian is an Adjunct Professor at the U...

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