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What to learn from Segway’s failure, 5 transformations for a post-pandemic world, new ransomware threat, and more.

What to Learn From the Segway’s Failure Paul Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of ITL The original Segway, whose demise was announced last week to a chorus of chuckles about mall cops and I-told-you-sos about the nerd factor, may have been the most beautiful piece of design I’ve ever seen. Only the iPhone rivals the Segway, in my […]

The Griffith Foundation and The Katie School of Insurance June Webinar Series

In an effort to meet the educational needs of financial regulators during these challenging times, the Katie School of Insurance is collaborating with The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation to deliver a series of 8 non-partisan, non-advocative webinar programs during the month of June.  Because of significant overlap with the informational needs of legislators, we […]

ITL Video Series

Coming Soon! With the world turned upside down by the pandemic, we’re spending a lot of time thinking not only about how to navigate the choppy waters but also about what the world will look like for insurers and their customers once we finally (safely) reach the other side.  Fortunately, we don’t have to do […]

How AI Can Vanquish Bias

This article by Lemonade co-founder and CEO Daniel Schreiber tackles a profound issue for insurance and offers an innovative solution. The article suggests a smart way to watch for bias hidden in algorithms and to correct for it. In the process, Daniel provides an opening toward a holy grail: being able to price risk accurately for […]

How AI Can Vanquish Bias

This article by Lemonade co-founder and CEO Daniel Schreiber tackles a profound issue for insurance and offers an innovative solution. The article suggests a smart way to watch for bias hidden in algorithms and to correct for it. In the process, Daniel provides an opening toward a holy grail: being able to price risk accurately for […]

10 Tips That Your Innovation Program Is Failing

The saying in journalism is that there are no new stories, just new reporters. It seems the same is true of mistakes in innovation programs: There are no new errors, just new companies making them. I say that having spent years watching innovation programs at established companies fail for almost the same reasons, time after […]

Embracing Risk Management As a Driver of Value

We have been telling everyone who would listen for a long time that the future of the insurance industry will be dictated, not by the insurers, but by the clients. We have also been telling you that this reorientation will manifest itself first on the commercial side of things, if for no other reason than […]

Workers Comp: Tip of the Spear on Innovation

Participating in a panel last week in Orlando at the WCI360 event brought into focus two ideas about innovation in insurance that aren’t understood fully enough yet. One is that workers comp will lead the way, because innovation can happen in so many more ways than is true for other parts of the insurance industry. […]

Coaching to Win at Innovation

With August approaching, football training camps (American football) are opening, and I can’t wait. I am reminded of a conversation I recently had with a sports agent about what makes some coaches consistently successful.  My conversation with Bruce Tollner, a founder of Rep 1 Sports who works with college and professional coaches, focused on the […]

Why Assumptions Are Dangerous

You know what happens when you assume? That’s right, you’ve heard the line before. But it’s true. So, why do we continue to assume so many things that we just don’t know will hold up?  People who study these things tell us that we all have to make assumptions to a certain point, or we’d […]

Aim for More Than a Passing Grade on Innovation

A little-known part of my professional career was a four-year stint as an entrepreneurship professor at a private university. All my students fell into one of three buckets: those who wanted to actually learn and were always prepared; those who just didn’t care; and those (the majority) who wanted to know what they needed to […]

Some Hope in the Face of the Wildfire Threat

In 2018, there were over 6,000 wildfires in California alone, destroying well over 10,000 structures, producing over $9 billion in property damage and claiming the lives of at least 88 people. Horrific. But there’s hope. More than 95% of the wildfires in California are controlled within the first 24 hours and are contained to 10 […]

Treading Water is Not a Strategy

In the wake of A.M. Best’s announcement that it will include a formal innovation assessment as part of its rating procedure for insurance companies, ITL Chief Innovation Officer Guy Fraker and I attended Best’s “Review and Preview” event in Scottsdale last week. Guy’s session was super well-attended, about twice as many folks as we expected. […]

Catastrophe Insurers Have a ‘Pinto Moment’

Over the past couple of weeks, we have used this commentary to shine a light on and begin a discourse regarding what we believe are the avoidable consequences of certain catastrophic events. As our takeoff point, we’ve focused on PG&E’s announcement that it plans to file for bankruptcy protection following massive liabilities from California’s wildfires […]

Will insurance avoid its own Blockbuster moment?

Now, more than ever, insurance executives should be seeking out opportunities to have their assumptions challenged, to understand how technologies can be applied, to embrace the idea that even the most incomprehensibly advanced innovations are easily grasped through the lens of consumers.  Conferences such as the recently concluded Global Insurance Symposium in Des Moines have […]

Seizing the opportunity to take a broader view of risk tech

“My light bulb moment was when I realized that as important as insurance—and by extension insurtech—is, ‘risktech’ is the future of technology that will be the most helpful to risk leaders going forward. “I am not talking about today’s popular governance, risk management and compliance systems framework, but rather the technology solutions that will help […]

2017 Innovators to Watch List

The complete list of 2017 Innovators to Watch follows: Agent Ave AOC Insurance Broker AppBus Aquaai Atidot Bold Penguin Care Bridge International Carpe Data Casentric, LLC CASPER Security Clear-Cut Medical Ltd Click2Sure Coastal Risk Consulting, LLC DataCubes DataRobot Digital Fineprint Driveway elevateBenefits Gain Compliance GAPro System GeneYouIn Goqii HazardHub Inc Hello ZUM Infinilytics Inc Instanda […]

Predicting innovation and transformation for insurance in 2018

While 2017 saw lots of progress in insurance, as the year winds down we’re going to put a stake in the ground and predict that 2018 will be the year that ushers in the amazing season of innovation and transformation that so many of us are hoping to produce.  For the last few years, the […]

How Google Is Wrong About the Internet

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, said this week that the Internet will disappear — “There will be so many IP addresses, so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with, that you won’t even sense it,” he said. Now, Eric is a very smart fellow; he’s worth several billion dollars […]

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