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

November 11, 2022 35 min

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, recorded at ITC Vegas, Reid meets up with Raghav Tanna, co-founder of Tarmika and now Applied Systems’ SVP of Small Commercial Lines, to talk about the Applied acquisition of Tarmika, post-acquisition plans, and the future of insurance technology. Settle in, get cozy and learn how combining the power and resources of two industry leaders will change insurtech. 

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, recorded at ITC Vegas, Reid meets up with Raghav Tanna, co-founder of Tarmika and now Applied Systems’ SVP of Small Commercial Lines, to talk about how passion for the insurance industry runs in the Tanna family, the impact of commercial rating platforms and technology, and the early days of Tarmika. Raghav’s story might not be creepy and kooky, but we’re sure you’ll still find t...

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October 14, 2022 4 min

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, podcast co-host Christen Kelley puts Raghav Tanna, co-founder of Tarmika and now Applied Systems’ SVP of Small Commercial Lines, in the hot seat with rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Raghav before the full-length episode is released. 

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Jason Griswold, co-founder and CEO of REIN, about how REIN started, why solving the right problems leads to better solutions, and why confidence can go a long way. Join us for a bird’s eye view of how Jason followed his passions and created an all-new company.  

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·         Drones and insurance (00:55)

·         Solving the right problem (10:15)

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Jason Griswold, co-founder and CEO of REIN about how he transformed from a farm boy to a jockey, to a pilot, to an entrepreneur. You’ll want to grab the reigns and hold on tight to get the who, what, and where of Jason’s adventure into insurtech. 

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·         Where did Jason grow up? (1:37)

·         What Jason wanted to do when he grew up (13:24)

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September 2, 2022 7 min

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, podcast co-host Christen Kelley puts Jason Griswold, co-founder and CEO of REIN, in the hot seat with rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Jason before the full-length episode is released. 

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August 19, 2022 27 min

In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, podcast co-host Christen Kelley cherry-picks the best insights from previous guests. She’s compiled all their golden advice for entrepreneurs and startups in one enlightening show. Tune in to learn from masters who have done it before, including wisdom from Reid and Christen. 

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Alan Ringvald, co-founder and CEO of Relativity6, about what candy, celebrities, and Commercial Lines have in common (hint: it rhymes with talon). Strap in for the second half of Alan’s insurtech wild ride and learn how Relativity6 is making waves in Commercial underwriting, along with Alan’s insights into what’s on the horizon.

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Alan Ringvald, co-founder and CEO of Relativity6, about his journey from a child of immigrants to creating his own apps, and later becoming a young tech professional working for Google. You don’t want to miss this incredible backstory. If you ever wanted to do something, Alan has probably already done it. 

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  • What does Relativity6 do? (1:40)
  • Around the...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, podcast co-host Christen Kelley, puts Alan Ringvald, co-founder and CEO of Relativity6, in the hot seat with rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Alan before the full-length episode is released. 

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    Alan Ringvald is a 3-time founder, former Googler, and MIT grad. His current company, Relativity6, is based on Alan's thesis research...

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Mike Albert and Allan Egbert continue their host takeover to talk about this year’s Insurtech Boston. A Commercial Lines discussion led by some of the top names in insurtech and Q&A from audience members are included. Settle in and turn up the volume for some hot takes and highlights from this exciting panel recap.

    Featured panelists include:

  • Risa Pecoraro – Chief Product Offic...
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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Mike Albert and Allan Egbert, co-heads of Ivans Innovations Lab and founders of Ask Kodiak, take over as hosts to talk about this year’s Insurtech Boston. Included is a discussion of “Broker Technology Adoption” led by some of the top names in insurtech. There’s no need to feel any FOMO; we’ve got the event highlights right here!

    Featured panelists include:

  • Saima Shaukat – Chief Re...
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    May 27, 2022 24 min

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Will Shaw, CEO of Better Agency, about the burdens of being an entrepreneur and the characteristics of being a true leader. Tune in to gain insights into Will’s dream scenarios for independent insurance agencies, advice for fellow startups or entrepreneurs dreaming of launching a startup, and the difficulties of being a business owner.

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     In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Will Shaw, CEO of Better Agency, on how Will reinvented his passion, shifting from the NFL® to innovating insurtech. Settle in to hear about his transformation from professional athlete to entrepreneur, the creation of Better Agency, and tech talk about the future of insurance.  

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    ·         Will’s transition into insurtech (1:22)

    ·         The start...

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Better Agency CEO Will Shaw shares the story behind his career before insurtech – playing football in the NFL®  for the Philadelphia Eagles® . Get ready for an inspiring story about Will's transition from the east coast to the west coast, his interest in his father's government career, and how he persevered to become a professional football player.

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    April 15, 2022 6 min

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, we are Introducing minisodes and a new cohost! Christen Kelley, Director of Marketing at IVANS, is new to you but has been hard at work behind the scenes since the launch of this podcast. Join Christen as she puts Will Shaw, CEO of Better Agency, in the hot seat with rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Will before the full-length episode is rel...

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Doug Roller, cofounder of Duck Creek Technologies, about creating the industry-leading company including the major players, hurdles and milestones, and all the hard lessons learned along the way. Turn up the volume and settle in to hear the whole story of Duck Creek Technologies from someone who was there from the beginning. 

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Doug Roller, cofounder of Duck Creek Technologies, about Doug’s childhood in Texas, how he got into insurtech, and the creation of Micro-Magic Systems, one of the first comparative raters. Tune in to hear how just a bit of magic and a lot of passion and curiosity helped build one of the largest insurtech companies today.

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    March 4, 2022 19 min

    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Thad Bauer, former Vice President and General Manager at IVANS, about abandoning the emphasis on industry standards, and how Thad plans to spend his newly entered retirement after 30 years in the insurance industry. Join Reid and Thad as they coin the term “insurtech debt,” and discuss the wild ideas they have for the future of insurtech because the question isn’t,...

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    In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Thad Bauer, former Vice President and General Manager at Ivans, about the evolution of Ivans, what it does explained simply by an expert, and Thad’s experience at the company. Get the inside scoop about the innerworkings of Ivans and the business leaders who know it the best.

    Episode Highlights

  • Thad’s big announcement (2:16)
  • How Thad got into insurance (7:32)
  • Ivans exp...
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