Bret Stone, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership



Bret Stone

Bret Stone

Bret Stone is president at SpatialKey. As a long-time veteran of the insurance industry, he’s passionate about solving insurers’ analytic challenges and driving innovation to market through well-designed analytics, workflow and expert content.

Before joining SpatialKey in 2012, he held analytic and product management roles at RMS, Willis Re and Allstate.

Recent Articles by Bret Stone

A Maritime Metaphor for Change in P&C

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward, Writer New digital technologies, increased competition and changing customer demands are forcing 61% of insurance carriers and financial services firms to move away from traditional business models, according to a recent global study of […]

Industry Demands an Open Ecosystem

Can you imagine a world where the open ecosystem dream is a reality? A world where our collective insurance platforms talk to each other? A world where the industry moves faster and better by working together? Oasis and Simplitium, along with a host of others, including SpatialKey, are on this path. While the dream feels […]

Data Providers: It’s Time to Collaborate

I’ve worked in the insurance industry for nearly 20 years, and I’ve (mostly) been pleased with how the industry collaborates, working together to solve problems and serve the global economy. As former Willis Re CEO John Cavanagh said in an interview with Insurance Thought Leadership, “Nothing flies, floats or gets built without insurance….Insurance plays a […]

An Insurtech Reality Check

If you’ve got your eyes set on technology that won’t move the needle this year, it’s time to reevaluate what can provide bottom-line results in the short term. AI and machine learning will have their day in commercial insurance. But what are you doing today to drive tangible business results? Insurtech does not have to […]

How to Solve the Data Problem

Industry events, like the recent Reinsurance Association of America’s (RAA) Cat Risk Management conference, are always a great way to take the pulse of the industry and connect with people. I’ve been attending RAA’s conference on behalf of SpatialKey for years, and I generally come away invigorated by my conversations with clients and prospects. This […]

3 Misconceptions on Insurtech

At SpatialKey, we’ve identified a few key doubts (or apprehensions) that seem to be holding some insurers back from embracing the true value of insurtech. The term “insurtech” gets thrown around a lot, and with all the hype it becomes easy to start tuning it out and diluting its value. So what does “insurtech” really […]

What’s Your Game Plan for Insurtech?

Over a year ago, Stephen O’Hearn, global insurance leader at PwC, predicted, “Insurtech will be a game changer for those who choose to embrace it.” Since then, the insurtech playing field has matured. Many insurers that have operated in the “good enough” zone are finding that it is no longer, well, good enough. The game has […]

Insurtech Is an Epic Climb: Can You Do It?

“If you try to win, you might lose, but if you don’t try to win, you lose for sure!” —Jens Voigt, cyclist Alpe d’Huez is a legendary climb, world-renowned by cyclists. A relentless 8.5 miles with 21 hairpin bends and an 8.1% gradient, it’s been a stage that can make or break the Tour de […]

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