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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.

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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.

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English


Episodes
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Seasoned Investigator Turned Tech Innovator

4/5/2024
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Joe Stephenson, Director of Digital Intelligence at INTERTEL, kicking things off on a light note with the amusing story behind Joe’s impressive title and moving onto heavier topics like Joe’s encounters with drunk drivers, law offenders and scammers during his time as a police officer and investigator. Tune in to hear how Joe has brought his skills as a seasoned investigator into the world of insurance and technology. Episode Highlights Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:01:20:29

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Deb Smallwood’s Journey of Self-Empowerment

3/22/2024
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Deb Smallwood, founder and creator of SELFPOWERMENT (Deb M. Smallwood LLC), to discuss Deb’s deeply planted roots on the seacoast of New Hampshire and her impressive career – from starting out as a developer for Liberty Mutual to co-founding Strategy Meets Action (SMA), selling SMA, and embarking on a legacy to help women become empowered to manifest their own goals. As we wrap up National Women’s History Month, tune in to hear how Deb’s admiration for women trailblazers like Amelia Earhart and her family of strong women shaped her own 'Why not me?' philosophy. Episode Highlights Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:01:14:12

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Building a Culture that Breeds Innovation

3/8/2024
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Taylor Rhodes, CEO of Applied Systems, to dive into Taylor’s career journey of building great teams in technology with humility and customer-centricity. Plug in to listen to how Taylor left his 11-year tenure at Rackspace to pursue a new mission he could pour his heart into and eventually landed at Applied, reinvigorating a culture of innovation for the company’s family of brands. Episode Highlights The last act of leading at Rackspace (1:12)Entering the SAAS space (2:08)Leading a customer-centric mission at Applied (14:17)Creating a safe harbor and making the industry better with tech (29:49)Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:35:58

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Hard Work That Started on a Cattle Ranch

2/22/2024
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Taylor Rhodes, CEO of Applied Systems, to chat about his fascinating journey from childhood to starting his career in technology. Get ready for a ride down Taylor’s memory lane to hear about his early life experiences, from childhood summers on the ranch to serving in the Marines, and how these experiences have shaped who Taylor is today. Episode Highlights · Summers on the cattle ranch (4:15) · The “team over self” Marine mentality (13:40) · Entering the tech space at Rackspace (22:21) · Being a good neighbor (35:41) Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:41:50

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Vision Casting with Confidence

2/9/2024
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Luke Magnan, co-founder and CIO of Combined Ratio Solutions, for a thought-provoking conversation about Luke’s entrepreneurship journey. Get ready to gain inspiration from Luke’s thoughts on the need for more industry collaboration, the importance of leading with a vision, a project that brings the strength of neurodivergent professionals to insurance, and more. Episode Highlights · A hope for the industry to come together more (1:08) · What being a leader means to Luke (3:54) · An ice fishing dream (10:30) · Building a socially responsible startup (11:25) Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:25:13

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From Political Science to Computer Science

1/26/2024
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Luke Magnan, co-founder and CIO of Combined Ratio Solutions, to discuss Luke’s Connecticut upbringing, his passion for technology, and the conversation with a bus driver that led him from political science pursuits to his computer science roots. Take a break from your New Year’s resolutions to hear Luke’s story of following his heart and combining his love for computers with insurance. Episode Highlights Luke’s love for video games (3:13)Re-routing career paths (7:07)Starting out at a carrier in Hartford (8:08)Credibility, trust, and partnership (47:44)Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:51:39

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In the Hot Seat with Luke Magnan

1/11/2024
This week’s hot-seat episode is with Luke Magnan, co-founder and CIO of Combined Ratio Solutions. Join podcast co-host Christen Kelley as she asks rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Luke before the full-length episode is released.

Duration:00:03:45

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2023 Ivans Year in Review

12/15/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Christen Kelley, Insurance Technology Podcast co-host and Ivans VP of Marketing, to reflect on 2023 wins for Ivans and the podcast. Get ready to wind down for the holiday season and unwrap some memories of our amazing 2023 episodes and events in this short year-in-review conversation.

Duration:00:20:54

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From Nerd Terms to Industry Standards

11/15/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Casey Kempton, EVP Digital Business Officer at Chubb Small Business, to dig into insurance technology trends and challenges. Get ready to “nerd out” as Casey shares her thoughts on the evolution of commercial lines comparative raters, a rise in tech adoption, and what she would change in the industry if she had a magic wand. Episode Highlights Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:45:06

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Bringing Brain Science to the Insurance World

11/3/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Casey Kempton, EVP Digital Business Officer at Chubb Small Business, to discuss her multi-generational upbringing, anthropology studies, academic ambitions, and how she brought her skills and knowledge into the insurance world. Get ready for an engaging conversation as we pick Casey’s brain about her journey and her thoughts on change management in insurance. Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:36:50

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In the Hot Seat with Casey Kempton

10/13/2023
This week’s hot seat episode is with Casey Kempton, EVP Digital Business Officer at Chubb Small Business. Join podcast co-host Christen Kelley as she asks rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Casey before the full-length episode is released.

Duration:00:05:49

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Launching Into the Future of Insurance

9/22/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, you’ll hear a mashup of our three most future-focused installments. Get ready to launch into what the future of insurance could look like – from API-based tech to AI and more. Episode Highlights · Transforming insurance with AI and customer centricity (1:01) · Helping rocket ship companies take off (8:07) · Forecasting insurtech trends (13:41)

Duration:00:18:24

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Best of Insurtech Journeys

9/8/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, you’ll hear clips from some of our first guests discussing how they started their insurance journeys, including Dennis Chookaszian, Kabir Syed, David Wroe, Ilya Bodner, Jim Hackbarth, Mike Albert and Allan Egbert. Tune in to hear how some of the greatest minds in insurtech started out in the industry, from chasing the American dream to flipping a coin and everything in between. Episode Highlights Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:31:24

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Getting Schooled on Insurtech with Nick Zerbib

8/25/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Nick Zerbib, Chief Investment Officer at Stone Point Capital, to talk about Nick’s passion for investing in the industry and get his insights on the dynamic between the independent agency channel and technology. We’re still in back-to-school mode, and it’s never too late to learn, so get ready to take notes from this episode on what investors look for in companies, the mystery and potential of AI, how the industry can work together supported by tech and more. Episode Highlights · A ‘fabulous and fashionable’ industry to invest in (32:40) · Embracing or acquiring smart, innovative tech (39:50) · The mystery of AI in the agency world (47:09) · Marrying sector expertise with tech solutions (49:41) Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:31:50

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From Wall Street Whiz to Insurance Guru

8/11/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Nick Zerbib, Chief Investment Officer at Stone Point Capital, to chat about Nick’s experiences moving around the world, how he landed on the east coast, and his journey from Wall Street to the world of insurance-centric investment. It’s back-to-school season and it’s never too late to learn, so pick up your pencils and paper to take notes from this episode on interesting industry tidbits, the importance of the independent agency channel and more. Episode Highlights Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:32:18

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In the Hot Seat with Nick Zerbib

7/28/2023
This week’s hot seat episode is with Nick Zerbib, Chief Investment Officer at Stone Point Capital. Join podcast co-host Christen Kelley as she asks rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Nick before the full-length episode is released.

Duration:00:06:08

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Helping ‘Rocket Ship’ Companies Take Off

7/13/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Jesse Wedler, General Partner of CapitalG, for a lively chat that covers everything from their shared California roots to finance, AI, technology, and more. Tune in to hear Jesse, our first guest from the world of finance, take us on a journey from the way back machine of his childhood in Petaluma, California, to investing in today’s ‘rocket ship’ companies, to the future of AI in the industry. Episode Highlights · Going to the way back machine with Jesse (2:15) · Investing in ‘rocket ship’ companies (16:17) · The industry problem Jesse wants to fix (26:19) · The AI hype and potential (32:57) Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:50:50

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In the Hot Seat with Jesse Wedler

6/30/2023
This week’s hot seat episode is with Jesse Wedler, General Partner of CapitalG, the independent growth fund of Google's parent company, Alphabet. Join podcast co-host Christen Kelley as she asks Jesse rapid-fire questions to give you a sneak peek into some fun facts about Jesse before the full-length episode is released.

Duration:00:04:45

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Transforming Insurance with AI + Customer Centricity

6/16/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with co-founder and CEO of Planck, Elad Tsur, to hear about Elad’s early roots in insurance and how he always knew he wanted to bridge the gap between insurance and technology. Tune in to hear Elad discuss the five layers of AI and the need he has identified for the industry to treat insureds more like customers. Episode Highlights Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:00:40:43

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For the Love of AI

6/2/2023
In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with co-founder and CEO of Planck, Elad Tsur, to discuss Elad’s journey – from growing up in a village in Israel and going to college at the age of 14 to discovering machine learning in the Army and creating startups based on AI. Tune in to hear more about Elad and his love for AI, which started way before it was an industry buzzword. Episode Highlights Insurtech Boston is back! Same city, great venue. Join us May 7th, 2024. Visit insurtechboston.com for more info and to grab your tickets.

Duration:01:01:10