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017 – Insurance Regulation, Startups & Google

Nick Gerhart is the Iowa Insurance Commissioner and he is our guest on this episode of Denim Rivet. Nick has more than 10 years experience in government and the industry with a focus on insurance, health care and securities.

016 – 4 Steps to Cultivate Innovation

Justin Brady is back on today’s episode where we talk about the connection between creativity and innovation, the Wall Street Journal article he wrote and many other topics innovators will want to make note of. Get your pencil ready, you’ll want to take notes as you listen to this episode.

015 – Special Announcement from the Global Insurance Accelerator

Tune in to today’s episode where Brian Hemesath announces the second cohort of the Global Insurance Accelerator! Six insurance startups will make their way to the insurance capital of the U.S. (Des Moines, Iowa) to take part in the 100-day accelerator.

014 – Will 23andMe Disrupt Life Insurance Underwriting?

Let us know what you think! Tweet at us using #denimrivet and let us know if you believe 23andMe will disrupt life insurance underwriting as we know it.

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013 – Could Siri Sell Insurance?

Cultivate is where crazy ideas grow to become profitable business. Justin Brady and his newly branded business help companies cultivate innovation and translate that innovation into marketing strategies. On this episode, Justin and I discuss several topics including:

012 – Health Insurance Simplified

In our first episode of 2016, we’re joined by Jason Andrew, Co-Founder and CEO of Limelight Health, based in Silicon Valley. Investors in Limelight Health include Launchpad Digital Health, AXA Strategic Ventures and MassMutual Ventures. Jason and Gregory discuss these investors and much more in today’s episode.

011 – A Few Thoughts on Insurance Innovation

In the final episode of 2015, Gregory offers a few year-end thoughts on the state of insurance innovation. Through stories and examples, he challenges us and provides insight into much needed areas of innovation and disruption throughout the global insurance industry.

010 – Dan Reed, American Family Ventures

Dan Reed is Managing Director of American Family Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund of American Family Insurance. Listen and learn how Dan went from Stanford, to Chicago Booth for business school, to consultant and now strategic investor. In this far ranging discussion, we talk about the types of insurance startups AmFam Ventures invests in, home automation, IoT, data analytics and more.

009 – A Destination for P&C Agents and Brokers

Ask Kodiak keeps property and casualty (P&C) agents and brokers up-to-date with carriers’ risk appetite. On today’s show, I sit down with Allan Egbert, co-founder of Ask Kodiak.

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Thank you to our episode sponsor Melius.

008 – Silicon Valley Venture Capital and Insurance Disruption

Christian Jensen is a principal at Silicon Valley based venture capital firm, Accel. He joined Accel in 2012 and focuses on growth-stage technology companies in enterprise software and SaaS. Prior to Accel, he worked at AEA Investors, Aetos Capital and Merrill Lynch.