- Distribution: About 30% of all insurtech startups are, in some way, connected with the distribution space. These companies are born digital; often create an innovative customer experience; and leverage mobile, artificial intelligence, gamification and other technologies. Distribution is a prime area for partnering, and all of these new distribution firms are looking for insurer partners.
- Risk: The rapidly expanding availability of data on perils (especially real-time data) offers new possibilities for improved risk selection and pricing. New predictive models and scores; more location-based data with greater levels of precision; and new real-time behavioral data all create differentiating opportunities for insurers. Much of this new capability is available through firms that could be great partners.
- Product: Innovation is the name of the game with products. There are many insurtech firms that are creating ideas for micro-insurance, usage-based insurance, behavior-based insurance and parametric insurance. Many innovators are seeking insurers with underwriting capacity and a solid distribution network.
- Customer service: New options are emerging for areas such as billing, claims and other areas related to customer service. New and emerging technologies are especially relevant here, with drones, blockchain, mobile payments, AI, wearables and other tech creating new options. Many of the insurtech firms have innovative offerings in very specific areas and look for proof-of-concept and piloting opportunities with insurers.
- Operations: Many tech companies — both incumbent and new firms — offer solutions to take operational efficiency to the next level. Robotic process automation and other AI techs lead the way, but other technologies offer improvements, as well. Video streaming and smart glasses for claims can improve claim operations. Again, the companies that are creating these new solutions are eager to partner with insurers.
When Insurers and Insurtech Collide
We foresee a convergence that will create an updated generation rather than the disruption (and perhaps destruction) that some predict.