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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.
To Infinity and Beyond: Forecasting Insurtech TrendsBack to the Future of Insurtech with Larry WilsonThe DNA of Insurtech: Why Meaningful Connections Matter with Mike Albert and Allan Egbert
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 HighlightsWhy APIs remain popular (3:00)Agents are here to stay (9:15) IVANS and Ask Kodiak join together (11:30)Who should be next on the podcast (22:30)What Mike and Allan do for fun (26:10)About the GuestsMike AlbertPrior to founding Ask Kodiak, Mike served in senior technology leadership roles in product and strategy. He has extensive experience in the P&C industry and has worked with carriers of all sizes leading teams that have built exceptional software for agents, underwriters, and policyholders alike. He previously served as the SVP of strategy for AgencyPort, a software provider to the P&C insurance industry. Mike specializes in the art of application design and user experience. He holds a bachelor's degree from James Madison University.Allan Egbert For the past 14 years, Allan has traveled the insurtech highway as a consultant, engineer, and product guy. He has worked in key technical leadership roles and led the implementation of critical insurance technology projects across the insurance value chain. Prior to founding Ask Kodiak, Allan served as the Chief Technology Officer for AgencyPort, a software provider to the P&C insurance industry. He has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Florida State University and Bachelors' degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Providence College.
Oct 22 2021
33 mins
Lego Blocks and Building Something New with Mike Albert and Allan Egbert
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. Episode Highlights·       The school of hard knocks (3:54)·       How Mike and Allan got into insurance (6:00)·       Building a company from scratch (12:40)·       The importance of bootstrapping (26:35)·       Podcast gold, a nugget of wisdom (38:00)Quote“Perfectionist, I don't know if that's necessarily the right word. But everything's got to work because everything depends on everything else. So, if you keep it small, you can keep it high quality, the sky's the limit, man, because you start to plug this stuff together. Think about it like Lego blocks” - Mike AlbertAbout the GuestsMike AlbertPrior to founding Ask Kodiak, Michael served in senior technology leadership roles in product and strategy. He has extensive experience in the P&C industry and has worked with carriers of all sizes leading teams that have built exceptional software for agents, underwriters, and policyholders alike. He previously served as the SVP of strategy for AgencyPort, a software provider to the P&C insurance industry. He specializes in the art of application design and user experience. Mike holds a bachelor's degree from James Madison University.Allan Egbert For the past 14 years, Allan has traveled the insurtech highway as a consultant, engineer, and product guy. He has worked in key technical leadership roles and led the implementation of critical insurance technology projects across the insurance value chain. Prior to founding Ask Kodiak, he served as the Chief Technology Officer for AgencyPort, a software provider to the P&C insurance industry. Allan has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Florida State University and Bachelors' degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Providence College.
Oct 8 2021
48 mins
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants with Jim Hackbarth
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 HighlightsCreating order out of chaos (1:40)The power of mentorship (7:36)The perpetuation of leadership (10:04)Why Jim loves sales (17:22)What Jim does for fun (24:22)Quote“As I transition to the next chapter of my life, one of the things that I'm focusing in on is what can I do to help some of these insurtechs, what can I do to help young people? I love mentoring young people in the business. I always have.”About the GuestJim Hackbarth was the President & CEO of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held risk management and commercial insurance brokerage group headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, for 18 years. He announced his retirement in early 2021 and is currently a senior advisor to the firm. Jim began his career at IBM as a sales representative calling on insurance carriers followed by management positions with Policy Management Systems (PMS), Agency Management Systems (Vertafore) and Information Dimensions Inc. Jim stays involved with business startup activities ranging from board work (both private and venture capital backed), angel investing, strategic relationship development. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio where currently resides, and has traveled the globe extensively in his various business endeavors. Jim holds an MBA in Finance and a BSBA in Insurance from The Ohio State University.
Sep 24 2021
30 mins
From Rookie to MVP: Tackling Insurtech with Jim Hackbarth
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. Episode HighlightsHow Jim got into insurance (3:33)The power of working with smart people (14:03)Tragedy leads to a big opportunity (17:20)The start of the insurtech revolution (18:35)About the GuestJim Hackbarth was the President & CEO of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held risk management and commercial insurance brokerage group headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, for 18 years. He announced his retirement in early 2021 and is currently a senior advisor to the firm. Jim began his career at IBM as a sales representative calling on insurance carriers followed by management positions with Policy Management Systems (PMS), Agency Management Systems (Vertafore) and Information Dimensions Inc. Jim stays involved with business startup activities ranging from board work (both private and venture capital backed), angel investing, strategic relationship development. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio where currently resides, and has traveled the globe extensively in his various business endeavors. Jim holds an MBA in Finance and a BSBA in Insurance from The Ohio State University.
Sep 10 2021
22 mins
Data Is the Secret Sauce with Ilya BodnerPenguins Taking Down a Whale with Ilya BodnerWhy APIs Offer More Industry Possibilities with David Wroe
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 HighlightsA little bit of history and big names in the industry (9:21)The most impactful piece of tech (11:13)David’s plans for today and tomorrow (13:24)Quote“There's all kinds of investments going into artificial intelligence, big data, et cetera, but I really come back to the APIs. What's happening is that the whole insurtech momentum is spawning so much innovation. So many other ideas, all of which are sort of a small scale. Something needs to be able to put them all together to create a greater value than anyone individually. In APIs, we have the potential to do that.”About the GuestDavid has spent his career in the insurance industry with a focus on technology. He was very involved in the creation of the first agency carrier interface, the formation of ACORD AL3, and the birth of IVANS. For many years he was the Chairman and CEO of Agency Management Services now Vertafore. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for CNA Insurance Companies in Chicago. Today, as President of Clareworks, he remains very active consulting with and sitting on the boards of a number of private equity backed technology companies in the property and casualty insurance space.
Jul 30 2021
24 mins
The Thread of Opposing Solutions with David WroeRebels, Not Influencers with Kabir SyedInsurTech Growing Pains with Kabir SyedAn Accidental Journey to InsurTech with Kabir Syed
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 establishing the company’s global risk benchmarking platform, for which the company is still known today. He went on to found RiskMatch, which he grew from a startup to one of the industry’s leading analytics platforms in just four years. An InsurTech thought leader and influencer for more than two decades, Kabir is also a great storyteller as you’ll soon discover in Part 1 of this compelling conversation. Episode HighlightsHow Kabir got into insurance technology (2:17)The impetus for Marsh McLennan's benchmarking platform (5:36)The importance of asking "Why" (10:20)Why core industry problems are not being solved (15:20)What's holding back the industry (22:05)About the GuestKabir Syed is the Founder & CEO of Ennabl, Inc., a bespoke cloud-based platform for insurance intermediaries. He has 28+ years in insurance at startups and large organizations. Kabir founded RiskMatch, a data analytics company in 2013 and exited to Bain Capital & Vista in 2017. Prior to that, he was at Marsh McLennan in various roles including strategy, operations, and marketing. Kabir sits on various boards for InsurTech and FinTech corporations.
Jun 4 2021
25 mins
The Evolution of Agency Management Systems with Dennis Chookaszian
May 21 2021
34 mins
A History Lesson on The Exchange with Dennis Chookaszian
May 6 2021
15 mins
Sneak Peek: A History Lesson on The Exchange with Dennis ChookaszianSneak Peek: The Evolution of Agency Management Systems with Dennis Chookaszian

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