• Lessons from Amazon

    Posted in InsurTech blog, MicroInsurance blog on Jun 15, 2019


    In the USA and China an increasing number of tech companies are bringing more in house. Is this the lesson for Insurance? In-source not Outsource? Is this a path for a digital insurer.

  • Hurricane Season & Global Warming

    Posted in MicroInsurance blog on Jun 07, 2019


    June is the start of the hurricane season, the world is warming up and yet it is predicted as a 'normal' season. Also what are these stripes all about....?

  • What is AI to Insurance?

    Posted in InsurTech blog on Jun 06, 2019


    What does it take to be a Digital Insurer? Well one of the basics is to have a deep and a sound understanding of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the capabilities to actually develop these for 'insurance' case studies.

  • Uber - new opportunity or just an algorithm

    Posted in InsurTech blog, Sharing economy on Jun 03, 2019


    Computer Vision is becoming the central tech behind insurance claims processing. The ability to process claims and rely on algorithms is at the core of this. How is this different to the platform businesses of the GIG economy? Not much it seems as the workers and the platforms are all driven by the algorithm too it seems.

  • Community Insurance

    Posted in Global Network Blog, MicroInsurance blog, Sharing economy on May 29, 2019


    The first methods of providing a form of insurance can be found in Chinese and Babylonian history from the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC. Chinese merchants traveling treacherous river rapids would redistribute their wares across many vessels to limit the loss due to any single vessel's capsizing. The Babylonians developed a system where a merchant received a loan to fund his shipment, he would pay the lender an additional sum in exchange for the lender's guarantee to cancel the loan should the shipment be stolen or lost at sea. These were systems built around communities sharing in hazardous activities. The idea of insurance and community support seems to be lost to the current insurance industry.......

  • Data left behind?

    Posted in Cyber Insurance blog on May 01, 2019


    vpnMentor’s research team recently (April 2019) discovered a hack affecting 80 million American households. Nothing new here you may say. Just another massive data breach. So lets wait for the apology and move on...... However this time there is a twist..........

  • Just in time?

    Posted in InsurTech blog, MicroInsurance blog on Apr 09, 2019


    When the produce being transported is fruit and vegetables, any disruption in the supply chain can lead to substantial losses because they are perishable goods. In these situations how can businesses know what decisions to make and how to deal with these issues? Real time tracking of supply chain is an answer.

  • Blockchain or Hashgraph?

    Posted in InsurTech blog, MicroInsurance blog on Mar 29, 2019


    Distributed ledger space is a huge talking point for insurance – smart contracts, security, cost reduction, trust – it all points to a move on to this tech. BUT blockchains come with limitations by design . In today's world SPEED is king and the slowness of blockchain is huge barrier. Even in the slow paced world of insurance its too slow really - how many applications are there that run on a database that can just do 5 transactions per second? None, I think. Hence blockchains have been all talk, to-date. Is there an alternative? Swirlds anyone?

  • Insurance innovation

    Posted in InsurTech blog, MicroInsurance blog on Mar 22, 2019


    Why should the insurance industry care about innovation? Their products are about claims, how can you stop those with innovation? they are part of the product, right? Well no, typically the insurance industry, as all businesses, cares about all its costs, the complete business model. Claims are part of these costs - in some cases the smaller part of the complete costs! Innovation should be focused on all areas of their business model.

  • Hurricane Insurance

    Posted in Blog, MicroInsurance blog on Feb 12, 2019


    The Atlantic coast hurricane season lasts from June through November, with the likelihood of storms peaking from August to October. The East Coast and Gulf Coast are most at risk, though damage from wind and rain can extend well inland. Make sure you read your insurance policy carefully to learn what it does and does not cover, and contact your local agent with questions or to discuss your insurance needs. This is really important.