Nick Martin is the manager of the Polar Capital Global Insurance Fund. The London-based fund has more than $500 million in assets and invests exclusively in the global insurance industry. It was founded by Alec Foster at Hiscox in 1998. Martin joined Foster in 2001, and the two have worked together ever since.
Martin is active in the growing InsurTech community, which is set to be a driver of exciting innovation within the global insurance industry — now, and in the years ahead. Martin is a mentor on the Startupbootcamp InsurTech program as he is keen on helping startups navigate what can be a complex industry for outsiders.
In my post last month, I discussed why the insurtech revolution should be focusing more on addressing the protection gap, thereby growing the pool of insurable risks, rather than figuring out how best to eat the insurance incumbents’ lunch. At a conference in February, Tom Bolt of Lloyd’s noted that an increase of 1% in […]
A podcast I enjoy listening to is “Revisionist History” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers” (http://revisionisthistory.com/). Episode 6 discussed educational philanthropy and the $100 million gift by American Hank Rowan in the early 1990s to an almost bankrupt school in South Jersey, which at the […]
This summer, I have attended a number of disruption/innovation insurance industry conferences in London that often, to varying degrees, come down to a debate regarding the extent to which InsurTech startups will be able to come and eat the lunch of industry incumbents. There is little argument that, should the insurance industry fail to better engage […]