Bobbie Shrivastav is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, author, IT expert and mother whose unwavering innovation, customer-centric approach and continued success have earned her the reputation as an industry leader. Over the course of nearly two decades, she has cultivated extensive knowledge in the information technology space.
Currently, Shrivastav serves as the chief product officer and cofounder of Benekiva, a software company intended to bridge the gap between life insurance companies and their intended beneficiaries, through beneficiary management and claims automation. Her team recently won 2018 NAIC Insurance Summit Innovation Competition.
Shrivastav earned her MBA from Wake Forest University, masters in project management from Western Carolina University and bachelors in information systems and marketing from Appalachian State University.
She has numerous project management certifications from Project Management Institute (PMI) and Scrum Alliance. She is passionate about helping organizations weather the paper storm through digital and process transformation. She writes informative articles about process re-engineering, digital disruption and entrepreneurship.
If you have ever experienced detangling a four-year-old’s hair, you know it is a mess! The amount of fighting and screaming along with negotiations (I will give you ice cream), sometimes threats (no iPad for you) that go into that process can be unbelievable. The situation is not so different a scenario when we try […]
“To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep, No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and […]
Nepal is famous for the Himalayas, Momos (Nepalese spiced dumplings), temples (did you know that Buddha was born in Nepal?) and dangerous roads. I recently was sitting in the front seat on travels from Kathmandu (the capital) to Hetuada (an industrial town). The distance is approximately 87 kilometers, or roughly 55 miles, and it was […]
At the InsureTech Connect conference, I witnessed several win-win-win scenarios. For example, one of my friends is doing some fantastic work with data models for the auto industry. One of my other friends is doing amazing work on providing back-end infrastructure (secure chain) for carriers and insurtech startups. All I did was make the introduction, […]
Technology is changing at an exponential pace, and so are consumers’ expectations of having products and services that come with a digital experience. Perfect example: Our Benekiva team recently rented office space and were shocked by the request of our future landlord to mail two signed copies of the contract. As we were discussing this […]
I did a Google search on the number of project management methodologies that exist currently, and I kept getting results like “9 methodologies made simple” and “15 methodologies you must know.” In the world of “methodologies galore” such as Waterfall, Agile, Six Sigma, Lean, Lean Startup, Kanban, etc., etc., with each body of knowledge or […]
You are reading the headline correctly. If you follow these tips, your insurtech will either fail or will be heading toward failure. #5 – Get too much feedback. I truly believe that feedback is the breakfast of champions, but, if you are focused too much on customer validation and discovery, you will fail, as you […]
One of my friends recently shared this article with me from Harvard Business Review, talking about how male and female entrepreneurs get asked different questions from venture capitalists, and the correlation of the questions and funding. I laughed as I recently had a similar experience. My company, Benekiva, consists of four founders: three men and me. […]
“When my mom passed away, I was aware she had a small life insurance policy. When I started the claims process, I had to keep resubmitting documents and kept getting asked to complete more documents. Finally, after four months of going back and forth, when the money was about to be reimbursed, I wanted the […]