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Insurtech Unscripted | with Ali Safavi

Author: Ali Safavi (CEO | COVU, Inc.)

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Welcome to COVU's Insurtech Unscripted, the ultimate podcast for insurtech enthusiasts. Join our host, Ali Safavi, as we dive deep into the world of insurtech – from its fascinating past to its current state and the exciting future ahead. This podcast is all about educating and engaging with the insurtech community.

We'll be discussing the ins and outs of insurtech, including the valuable insights, the lessons learned, the mistakes made, and the numerous opportunities it presents, particularly from a venture capital perspective. Our aim is to empower you with knowledge and understanding, so you can stay ahead in this dynamic industry.

If you're passionate about the innovation and disruption happening in the insurtech space, this podcast is tailor-made for you. So, tune in regularly and be part of the insurtech conversation. Don't miss any episode or update – subscribe to our podcast now! For more information, visit us at covu.com. Let's embark on this insurtech journey together! 🎙️

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In this Episode 10 of Insurtech Unscripted, Ali Safavi talks about innovations in the market. Did you know that the insurance industry saw its first technology wave back in the 1980s? Today's guest, Amir Kabir, general partner at AV8 and a well-known investor in the InsureTech space, is here to take us on a truly enlightening journey through the evolution of InsureTech. We'll start from the birth of big insurance companies in the early 1900s, moving into the tech infusion of the 80s and 90s, and finally arriving in the present day with a focus on the rise of venture capital funding and the birth of "InsureTech".We'll also venture into the world of the second wave of InsureTech - highlighting the critical issue that startups in the field are trying to solve: a lack of customer-centricity in the insurance industry. We will discuss intriguing opportunities in niche insurance categories like collectibles insurance and the power of B2B2C distribution channels. Get ready to navigate through the challenge of identifying large and back able markets for digital innovation in the industry. Finally, we'll ponder on the potential for monumental success in the InsureTech, discussing the prospects of a $50 billion exit and how it stands when compared to the market value of established insurance companies. We'll also touch on the role of tech in enhancing underwriting and profitability in niche insurance markets, and the potential of startups to become risk-bearing entities. Join us as we unravel these fascinating concepts and journey through the transformative world of InsureTech.COVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
In this Episode 9 of Insurtech Unscripted, Ali Safavi talks about what if the future of insurtech is not about eliminating offline brokers, but empowering them? Prepare to have your perceptions about insurance distribution challenged as we welcome TX-Zhuo, the general partner at Fika Ventures, on our podcast. In a landscape often dominated by digital disruption, he advocates for a unique approach - leveraging artificial intelligence to empower traditional brokers and enhance their customer service.As we navigate the evolving world of insurtech, we tackle the contentious debate between the embedded versus brokerage models, and the potential they hold. Drawing from TX-Zhuo's deep industry knowledge, we confront the prospect of bundling insurance with other financial products and how this could revolutionize the customer experience. We also delve into the complexities of the insurance market, discussing the potential for horizontal and vertical integration and the importance of focusing on customer demographics from the start.But we don't just stop at strategies and models, we also discuss the realities and challenges of selling multiple insurance policies. From personal relationships in cross-selling to instant policy creation through data integration, our conversation delves into the nuts and bolts of the insurance industry. We also ponder over emerging trends such as net revenue multiples and AI-driven services and their potential impact on the future of insurance. Join us as we explore the future of insurance distribution and insurtech through the lens of a veteran industry insider.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------COVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind. Sign up: https://covu.coCOVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
Join us in this riveting episode 7 of Insurtech Unscripted with Ali Safavi and our guest Charles Birnbaum from Bessemer Venture Partners. Charles sits down to dissect the ins and outs of the insurtech world. Dive deep into the fundamental issues challenging traditional business models and how innovative solutions are turning the tide. We explore emerging risks and the unparalleled opportunities that await for those who dare to venture.Charles brings a unique lens to the table as he discusses the latest products that have the industry buzzing and delves into the intricacies of cyber risk, an ever-present shadow in our increasingly digitalized world. Furthermore, the age-old debate is revisited: Insurance vs. Insurtech – where do we draw the line, and can the twain ever meet?But that's not all! One of the hottest topics in the insurance domain is the application of Artificial Intelligence. This episode promises a blend of expert insights, deep dives, and forward-thinking discussions. Don't miss out!  WATCH NOWCOVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
Welcome to Episode 6 of Insurtech Unscripted,  with Ali Safavi. In this episode, we dive deep into the burgeoning world of insurtech investments, risks, and future trends with none other than Marcus Ryu, an influential figure in the insurtech landscape.Marcus sheds light on the unprecedented levels of venture capital flowing into the insurtech industry, underscoring the reasons behind this investment boom. He provides insider perspectives on the current trends, strategies, and the potential implications for established insurance companies, startups, and investors alike.The conversation concludes with an insightful forecast of the future of insurtech. Marcus shares his thoughts on the trajectory of the market, upcoming trends, and what it means for both industry veterans and disruptive startups.————————COVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU’s mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind. Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/covu_inc/👍 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/covuinc🕊️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/covu_inc💡 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/covuinc/🫶 Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@covu_incCOVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
Our Insurtech Unscripted Episode 5 is out! In this episode Ali Safavi has a chat with Alexander Niehenke, where they explore the exciting reasons why this industry is a prime investment opportunity. Discover the importance of risk knowledge, identifying opportunities, cyber policy, and industry trends in the rapidly evolving insurtech landscape. Gain valuable insights into the fusion of insurance and technology, its potential for growth and innovation, and how it shapes the future of the insurance industry. #COVU #insuranceangency #insurance #insurtech  #podcast #technology #investment #InsurtechUnscripted #business #cyberinsurance ———————COVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU’s mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind. Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/covu_inc/👍 Facebook: COVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
On our episode 4 of Insurtech Unscripted “Is purely digital overrated compared to digital enabled in creating generational companies?" Ali Safavi talks to Rick Zullo about investment solutions, and how being a startup founder of long tale has given him big opportunities. They talk about the digitalization of insurance agencies, startups and much more...#COVU #insurance #insuranceagency #insuranceagent #insurtech #investment #business #agencies #podcasts #businesspodcast #technology #tech ————————COVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. Vero’s mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind. Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/covu_inc/👍 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/covuinc🕊️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/covu_inc💡 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/covuinc/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@covu_incCOVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
On this episode Ali talks with Dave about how underwriting has traditionally been a process done manually. However, with the advent of new technologies, underwriting can now be done in an embedded fashion and more quickly. This could help to manage risk and speed up the entire insurance process. How to use data to avoid risk. The startups that came and left the insurance industry, and much more...#COVU #Podcast #Insurance #Agencies #InsurtechUnscripted #insurtech #technology #underwritting #investment At COVU we believe insurance started as a noble concept – bringing together communities with a common goal of taking care of each other. Yet, like many novel ideas, motives shift, and intentions are blurred over time. COVU’s vision for the future is about managing the risk of individuals, as opposed to just insurance, and refocusing on what’s most important: The People. With that same goal in mind We started the COVU podcast. A way to help everyone from established agencies to first time customers navigate the turbulent world of insurance plans and premiums. We discuss everything from starting an agency to choosing the right home insurance plan [could be whatever examples work best] and have a bit of fun along the way. 🎙️Be sure to check out more of COVU podcasts and blogsPlease Subscribe to our podcast & that way you’ll never miss an episode or an update! Check out COVU’s YouTube Channel for more helpful content.⭐️Also, please take the time to rate & review this podcast episode! We absolutely love some feedback & our team is constantly doing what we can to improve the experience for you, our amazingly loyal clients & listenership. Try emailing us, at hi@covu.com and join in the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and  Twitter.---------------------------------------------------------------------------Interested in seeing what COVU can do for you? COVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
In this podcast Ali Safavi talks to Parker Beauchamp about the industry concerns, insurance agencies adopting technology, the new insurance model on the horizon that offers great potential for both consumers and agencies. Our second episode "A hybrid insurance model is the future"  will give you some insight on  what partnership and independent agencies look forward to. . Listen and learn more about it!#COVU #Podcast #Insurance #Agencies #InsurtechUnscripted #insurtechAt COVU we believe insurance started as a noble concept – bringing together communities with a common goal of taking care of each other. Yet, like many novel ideas, motives shift, and intentions are blurred over time. COVU’s vision for the future is about managing the risk of individuals, as opposed to just insurance, and refocusing on what’s most important: The People. With that same goal in mind We started the COVU podcast. A way to help everyone from established agencies to first time customers navigate the turbulent world of insurance plans and premiums. We discuss everything from starting an agency to choosing the right home insurance plan [could be whatever examples work best] and have a bit of fun along the way. 🎙️Be sure to check out more of COVU podcasts and blogsPlease Subscribe to our podcast & that way you’ll never miss an episode or an update! Check out COVU’s YouTube Channel for more helpful content.⭐️Also, please take the time to rate & review this podcast episode! We absolutely love some feedback & our team is constantly doing what we can to improve the experience for you, our amazingly loyal clients & listenership. Try emailing us, at hi@covu.com and join in the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and  Twitter.---------------------------------------------------------------------------Interested in seeing what COVU can do for you? Start your journey today and reach out to us at  https://covu.com/agencies?hsLang=enOur team can give you the tools to run your agency, and stop your agency running you!•COVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
On this first episode Ali Safavi talks to Eugenio Gonzalez, partner at Plug and Play. In a very interesting chat they go from Insurtech beginnings to the fundraising environment impact on 2023. The wins of embedded insurance, human connection with clients and so many other topics. #COVU #Podcast #Insurance #Agencies #InsurtechUnscripted At COVU we believe insurance started as a noble concept – bringing together communities with a common goal of taking care of each other. Yet, like many novel ideas, motives shift, and intentions are blurred over time. COVU’s vision for the future is about managing the risk of individuals, as opposed to just insurance, and refocusing on what’s most important: The People. With that same goal in mind We started the COVU podcast. A way to help everyone from established agencies to first time customers navigate the turbulent world of insurance plans and premiums. We discuss everything from starting an agency to choosing the right home insurance plan [could be whatever examples work best] and have a bit of fun along the way. 🎙️Be sure to check out more of COVU podcasts and blogsPlease Subscribe to our podcast & that way you’ll never miss an episode or an update! Check out COVU’s YouTube Channel for more helpful content.⭐️Also, please take the time to rate & review this podcast episode! We absolutely love some feedback & our team is constantly doing what we can to improve the experience for you, our amazingly loyal clients & listenership. Try emailing us, at hi@covu.com and join in the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and  Twitter.---------------------------------------------------------------------------Interested in seeing what COVU can do for you? Start your journey today and reach out to us at  https://covu.com/agencies?hsLang=enOur team can give you the tools to run your agency, and stop your agency running you!••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••­­­••••••••••▷ Find us on social media! Follow us on COVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
On this intro episode COVU's CEO Ali Safavi, interviews Tasos Chatzimichailidis COVU's CIE.  They had a great talk about risk solutions, the future of the insurance industry, the gaps, the way to enable the trust, also they give their views on the controversial issues to go to the mass markets. It's a great episode to start this series of podcast to come!  #COVU #Podcast #Insurance #Agencies At COVU we believe insurance started as a noble concept – bringing together communities with a common goal of taking care of each other. Yet, like many novel ideas, motives shift, and intentions are blurred over time. COVU’s vision for the future is about managing the risk of individuals, as opposed to just insurance, and refocusing on what’s most important: The People. With that same goal in mind We started the COVU podcast. A way to help everyone from established agencies to first time customers navigate the turbulent world of insurance plans and premiums. We discuss everything from starting an agency to choosing the right home insurance plan [could be whatever examples work best] and have a bit of fun along the way. 🎙️Be sure to check out more of COVU podcasts and blogsPlease Subscribe to our podcast & that way you’ll never miss an episode or an update! Check out COVU’s YouTube Channel for more helpful content.⭐️Also, please take the time to rate & review this podcast episode! We absolutely love some feedback & our team is constantly doing what we can to improve the experience for you, our amazingly loyal clients & listenership. Try emailing us, at hi@covu.com and join in the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and  Twitter.---------------------------------------------------------------------------Interested in seeing what COVU can do for you? Start your journey today and reach out to us at  https://covu.com/agencies?hsLang=enOur team can give you the tools to run your agency, and stop your agency running you!••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••­­­••••••••••▷ Find us onCOVU is founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU's mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.Sign up: https://covu.comLet’s stay connected!⚡ Instagram: / covu_inc 👍 Facebook: ...
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