One thing I’ve learnt over the past couple of weeks is, if you’re thinking of jumping ship to join a startup, think really hard.
I’ve met with a few senior folk who have given it a shot recently and are either now firmly back in corporate land or actively seeking. The reason? The pay is pretty rubbish and the graft unstructured.
Register for our Explòr China webinar on Monday morning at 9am (UK time) – we’ve got speakers from Alibaba, TechNode.com (the TechCrunch of China) and the CTO of BGL Group who also joined
Can organic innovation deliver for insurance companies?
Over the next couple of weeks, Robb, our Proposition Design Director, is interviewing a series of innovation leaders around the world to collate and share a paper on innovation best practices.
Insurance, on the whole, continues its struggle with organic innovation. Ideas are a plenty but translating them into valuable output is slim on the ground. We want to change that.
If you work for an insurer and have either spectacularly succeeded or failed with organic innovation, we’d love to speak with you – please drop Robb a note and he’ll line up a call.
Time for some market news
Before I kick off with some market news, I read Bank of America’s virtual assistant ‘Erica’ has helped more than 7 million clients manage their finances. In the past 12 months, completed 50 million requests. Good work Erica.
Hope she’s on a decent bonus structure.
Companies that work together, stay together. Sometimes.
Our friends at Ageas are celebrating their 4-year anniversary of Troo, a bancassurance JV they set up with EastWest Bank. All seems to be working out for them as they aim for Troo to become a top 10 life insurance player in the coming years.
Another partnership and this time Baloise, working with KASKO, has launched their single-item insurance product for business customers. I wonder If I can get the Tällt office dog insured.
Out in the US the innovation folk at USAA and State Farm have come together to explore automating the subrogation process. Did you know that in 2018, the subrogation demands/issues accounted for $9.6 billion?
Finally, less partnership and more acquisition. Avinew, which itself only set up 3 years ago, has acquired their Californian neighbour, Betterdrive. Also known as Pear Technology. Seems like a pretty smart pairing (sorry), with Avinew focussed on data to reinvent insurance for autonomous vehicles and Betterdrive developing tech to predict the probability of accidents.
Blurring the market lines
Earlier this week it was announced the digital payments company Paytm is eyeing up insurance marketplace Coverfox for a $100-$120m all cash-deal. If you didn’t catch the recent Insurtech 100, Coverfox are placed 49.
Sticking with India and you have Amazon-backed Acko’s acquisition of online car buying portal VLer Technology. It’s a move pretty much every auto insurer is – or has – considered. Great to see it starting to play out.
As you might expect, at Tällt, we’re fans of anyone who shares the love of umlauts. This week it was announced Westhill Inc (who owns the claims platform elsö) had raised a Series A from Eos Ventures Partners.
Getsafe, the German startup has raised $17m in Series A. With a focus on 20-35 years olds they are, unsurprisingly, a fully end-to-end digital insurer currently offering rent and liability insurance. If you haven’t checked them out, they’re a good bunch.
I’m reading a fair bit about the Hong Kong market at the moment and was interested with the investment they’re making locally to stimulate tech innovation. Now boasting one of the fasted-growing startup ecosystems, it’s definitely a market to keep a close eye on.
The quiet before the Sønr storm
Having sent out hard copies of the Insurtech 100 to the great and good of the insurance, we’re now lining up a month of solid Sønr demos.
Top 3 reasons clients use Sønr:
Source tech innovation that isn’t yet mainstream or in the domestic market
Keep a record of who you have met and what you talked about. And do this in a way that is oh so much better than a company-wide shared Excel spreadsheet
A built-in CRM to track where conversations are at with various companies across your global team
Since working with the teams at Aviva, Hiscox, Bupa and Aon, to name a few, we’ve started rolling out a load of new features to help our clients better scan, track and manage their innovation scouting.
Right, it’s Friday afternoon. Time for a run. And then a beer.
For those joining, see you Monday morning for the Explòr China webinar. Don’t be late. And no difficult questions, please and thank you.
Have good weekends all.
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