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Andy Thompson: Co-founder & CEO, Safehub: Sensors and sensitivity - Real time property earthquake risk assessment (133)

Andy Thompson: Co-founder & CEO, Safehub: Sensors and sensitivity - Real time property earthquake risk assessment (133)

April 11, 2021

By installing low-cost, easy to use sensors, Safehub is creating unique insights on how a building would react in the event of an earthquake.

The technology continuously monitors a building’s natural frequency to create a profile of potential vulnerabilities and a baseline for assessing structural damage if catastrophe strikes.

Co-founder and CEO Andy Thompson joins Matthew to discuss how Safehub is helping to reduce risk and why the wider adoption of affordable sensors benefits both customers and their insurers.

Talking points include:

  • Making faster, better decisions through data analysis
  • How different earthquakes affect different buildings
  • Using technology to spot inaccessible damage
  • Understanding vulnerabilities through building frequencies
  • Why user experience is crucial for new technology

The RFID Journal article mentioned in the discussion can be found here - https://www.rfidjournal.com/iot-shakes-up-building-intelligence-with-earthquake-sensor-management

Safehub is listed as one of the companies to watch in our new Location Intelligence report, which is free to download until the end of April. 

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Location Intelligence 2021: Nigel Walsh enquires, Matthew Grant reveals (132)

Location Intelligence 2021: Nigel Walsh enquires, Matthew Grant reveals (132)

April 4, 2021

Nigel Walsh from Google Cloud steps in as a guest host on Podcast 132 to talk to Matthew about our new report, Location Intelligence 2021 - the Companies to Watch: Where, what and how risky?

The report offers a comprehensive look at the technology helping insurers identify and manage risk, and profiles more than 50 companies that are leading the way in the provision of location intelligence.

Talking points from Nigel and Matthew’s discussion include:

  • Key considerations for pricing and selecting risks
  • Data and developments for supporting claims
  • Insights for residential and commercial property
  • How location intelligence can help with ESG
  • Consumers, trust and having too much data

Our Location Intelligence report is free to download until the end of April.

You can get your copy from: https://www.instech.london/insights/location-intelligence-2021-companies-watch-where-what-how-risky

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Partners’ Chat - Easter Special: Robin Merttens and Matthew Grant (131)

Partners’ Chat - Easter Special: Robin Merttens and Matthew Grant (131)

March 28, 2021

Robin and Matthew catch up for their quarterly Partners’ Chat on Episode 131 to discuss the latest news and themes emerging in insurance.

Talking points include:

  • Whether Covid-19 has actually accelerated innovation
  • Why Robin is expecting a rise in insurtech M&A activity
  • The emergence of real AI insurance products and solutions
  • How Zego managed to become the UK’s first insurtech unicorn
  • Vaccines, face-to-face dinners and a return to The Steel Yard

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Dr Andrew Smith & Dr Oliver Wing: COO & CRO, Fathom: Understanding flood - from research to risk assessment (130)

Dr Andrew Smith & Dr Oliver Wing: COO & CRO, Fathom: Understanding flood - from research to risk assessment (130)

March 21, 2021

Changes to the US government’s National Flood Insurance Programme have created opportunities for insurers to offer alternative solutions for protection against flood risk.

Fathom is one of the technology companies helping insurers to do that by providing accurate flood modelling hazard data for the entire US, down to a resolution of one metre.

Matthew is joined on Podcast 130 by Fathom’s Chief Operations Officer Dr Andrew Smith and Chief Research Officer Dr Oliver Wing to discuss the creation of its US flood model and how Fathom evolved from a university research project into a successful commercial product.

Talking points include:

  • the impact of different types of flooding
  • making data consumable through technology platforms
  • tracking vulnerability as well as hazards
  • the key focus areas for growing a business
  • why insurance technology is attracting interest from other sectors

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Cole Winans: Founder & CEO, Flyreel: Know your risk; the self-service property inspection tool helping insurers & their clients (129)

Cole Winans: Founder & CEO, Flyreel: Know your risk; the self-service property inspection tool helping insurers & their clients (129)

March 14, 2021

The most useful insurance products are often a combination of a simple concept powered by complex technology. 

Flyreel’s AI Assistant is a great example, harnessing the potential of AI in a practical application that allows policyholders to conduct self-inspections using their phone camera.

Founder and CEO Cole Winans joins Matthew to discuss how insurers are using Flyreel’s technology to create a comprehensive baseline record for underwriting, risk management and claims. Cole also shares some great tips on starting a company, finding customers and how to scale a business.

Talking points include:

  • Balancing AI with human intervention
  • How to sell to insurers
  • Developing portfolio risk characteristics through data
  • Why a mutual customer benefit is vital
  • Building a company culture and collaboration

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Charles Blanchet: VP of Solutions, ICEYE: Your satellite will be with you shortly: Rapid flood loss assessment (128)

Charles Blanchet: VP of Solutions, ICEYE: Your satellite will be with you shortly: Rapid flood loss assessment (128)

March 7, 2021

Using its own constellation of microsatellites, ICEYE is providing insurers with high-resolution, building-level flood depths around the world immediately after an event.

VP of Solutions Charles Blanchet joins Matthew to discuss how the company is making satellite technology commercially viable, and how insurers are now able to provide rapid flood loss estimates and efficient claims settlements. 

Talking points include:

  • How synthetic aperture radar can see through clouds
  • Why the insurance division of this company has been engaged by leading insurers in only 12 months
  • How aerial imagery is augmented with third-party data
  • Parametric product solutions
  • Making a complex offering easy to use 

Look out for ICEYE on our Live Chat panel on Thursday 1 April. The company will also be one of more than 60 featured in our forthcoming Location Intelligence report. 

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Thomas Loridan & Nick Hassam: CEO & CCO, reask: Short term climate variability - forecasting with confidence (127)

Thomas Loridan & Nick Hassam: CEO & CCO, reask: Short term climate variability - forecasting with confidence (127)

February 28, 2021
The ability to accurately forecast annual changes in the likelihood of damaging hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons occurring has been a challenge in the past. 
 
Now, with advances in technology, research and the use of AI, new companies are emerging with techniques to provide insurers with the evidence they need to confidently change their assessment of potential catastrophe risks over the short term (less than one year).

Australia-based reask is rethinking how catastrophe models are built, with a global solution that has caught the attention of leading insurers and investors.

Co-founders Nick Hassam and Thomas Loridan join Matthew on Podcast 127 to discuss how they are helping insurers understand climate change, and why it is driving a greater frequency and intensity in natural disasters.

Talking points include:

  • Why today’s models need a global focus
  • Seasonal forecasting
  • Machine learning and neural networks
  • Integrating new approaches with historical views
  • Tracking storms after landfall

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Ed Leon Klinger: CEO, Flock: The insurer of the future has arrived (126)

Ed Leon Klinger: CEO, Flock: The insurer of the future has arrived (126)

February 21, 2021

Since its inception in 2015, Flock has grown from a promising insurtech to setting its sights on becoming a truly global insurance provider. 

The company’s micro-duration policies have made it a market leader for insuring drone flights, and it launched Flock Motor last year to provide flexible, digital-first products to the commercial motor space. 

CEO Ed Leon Klinger joins Matthew to discuss the company’s growth, its new connected vehicles division, and a whole lot more. 

Talking points include: 

  • Finding funding and building a brand
  • Identifying and researching new markets
  • How to innovate with insurers
  • Augmenting traditional datasets
  • Embedded insurance solutions 

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Arjun Ramdas: CEO, Charles Taylor InsureTech: Platforms, data collaboration and market efficiency (125)

Arjun Ramdas: CEO, Charles Taylor InsureTech: Platforms, data collaboration and market efficiency (125)

February 14, 2021

A lack of standardisation and the ability to transfer data through the entirety of the insurance lifecycle remains a major challenge for the industry.

Charles Taylor InsureTech CEO Arjun Ramdas joins Matthew on Podcast 125 to discuss data collaboration between insurers, MGAs and brokers, and how Charles Taylor’s technology is supporting the Lloyd’s market.

Talking points include:

  • Moving from on-prem to SaaS tech solutions
  • The shift towards platform solutions
  • Delegated Data Manager (previously known as DA SATS)
  • Minimising paperwork through automation
  • Forging partnerships with Systems Integrators

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Top tips for fundraising: The founders’ stories (124)

Top tips for fundraising: The founders’ stories (124)

February 7, 2021

Money is the rocket fuel for business growth, but raising funds is a major challenge for almost every company looking to scale.

So how do you do it? Matthew asks three founders who secured early stage funding for their tips. Goncalo de Vasconcelos (Rnwl), Sam White (Stella Insurance) and Jonathan Spry (Envelop Risk) share the lessons they learned in turning start-ups into scale-ups.

The conversation was recorded from Raising Money: The Founders' Stories, an InsTech London Live Chat sponsored by Genasys Technologies. CGO Andre Symes also shared his insights on the key characteristics Genasys sees in successful start-ups.

Talking points include:

  • Identifying potential brand advocates
  • Crowdfunding vs bootstrapping
  • What to expect from angel investors
  • How to spot when you’re wasting your time
  • The importance of having a strong narrative

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