Life Moves Pretty Fast

October 6, 2017 / Jennifer Overhulse

By and large, today’s InsurTech startup founders are too young to have seen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” live in theaters upon its release in 1986, but many have recognized something the movie’s title character knew quite well. “Life moves pretty fast.” The rest of Ferris’s theory on life relies in part on a laid-back approach …

We Are All Insur(e)Tech!

September 11, 2017 / Jennifer Overhulse

Thanks in large part to industry watchers like CB Insights, there has been no shortage of news lately about the overwhelming, and somewhat surprising, amount of investment dollars funneling into InsurTech. The debate is now, and has been from the start, how much impact InsurTech will ultimately have on the way the insurance industry does …

GIA Mentor Madness!

September 1, 2017 / Megan Brandt

The quality of an accelerator program is directly correlated to the quality of its mentors. We have some of the best! Meet a few here: Mentor Name: Nataliya Boychenko AVP/Employee Benefits/Shareholder at Holmes Murphy “Being a mentor gave me a unique perspective on the insurance industry from such a creative angle. The mentoring experience enriched me …

GIA InsurTech Week Delivers Benefits for Companies At Any Stage

August 14, 2017 / Megan Brandt

InsurTech startups come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are those with insurance industry expertise and those without. Those with built-in deployment or development partners and those without. Those with undeniable product-market fit and those yet to prove out a hypothesis. And, at least 50 shades of gray in between. Each year, the …

Guest Post: Jeff Russell, CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa

March 3, 2017 / Brian Hemesath

The GIA’s Board is made up of an incredible group of accomplished men and women who represent each of the GIA’s insurer investors, plus two outside directors who are not from the insurance industry.  As busy as these individuals are, they make time to meet every month and to actively participate, not only through attendance, but by providing …

Guest Post: Jim Gardner of ViewSpection

February 15, 2017 / Brian Hemesath

Week 4 of this year’s cohort at the GIA is behind us now, and I think it’s fair to say we are all learning a lot. Take Jim Gardner of ViewSpection, for example. Not only is he a nice guy (“Arizona Nice”?), he’s a smart businessman who is motivated to learn and find the best product/market …

Bacon and Insurance? Why not?

January 26, 2017 / Brian Hemesath

We’re through a week of activity at the Global Insurance Accelerator and our 2017 cohort companies have already made some incredible connections. In addition to being all in on InsurTech (we’re big on dropping the “e” here, so don’t go with “InsureTech” if you are on the fence) we’re also big fans of bacon. More on …

Is this on? Can you hear me?

January 12, 2017 / Brian Hemesath

This is it. The first post. Have you noticed how a lot of rappers self-title their first hit song which introduces them to the world (“My name is Slim…”)? I feel that pressure right now. This is my first blog post to say “Hello World.” Hello World! I’m the Managing Director of the Global Insurance …