Check out our Plug and Play Event: Innovators Interview Series!

This past week I had the opportunity to join the Employee Benefits Reimagined event at Plug & Play. We are big fans of Plug & Play, they are investors in our B round and they have been a tremendous partner and have helped us make many valuable connections.

When we joined their 2nd batch of Insurtech startups in early 2017, Plug & Play was just getting into the insurance space. Fast forward two years and their footprint and influence in the Insurtech community is substantive.

During this event, I had the opportunity to sit down and have interviews with six amazing innovators. The fun and unique thing about this particular set of people is the breadth of perspective from the startup ecosystem that each of them brings to the table.

Who wouldn’t want a chance to learn from the following innovators:

Ali Safavi, who is head of venture investments and insurance at Plug & Play and built their program from the ground up.

Vinay Gidwaney, CTO & Co-Founder at Maxwell Health, who helped raise nearly $70M and got acquired by Sun Life.

Jane Wang, CEO & Co-Founder of Optimity, who has an amazing personal story about why she started this company and is doing her part to improve the industry.

Greg Yoder, Head of Business Development of Insurify, an industry veteran who retired from a very successful career in the brokerage industry only to restart as a tech pioneer.

Bharat Rajaram, Managing Director of Aflac Ventures. Just a couple years ago, Aflac, one of the largest and most well-known insurance carriers on the globe started a $100M investment fund. Bharat has been leading the charge and has looked at hundreds of startups.

Robert McIsaac, EVP of Novarica. Robert has decades of experience as a CIO at insurance carriers. He now is an executive at an analyst firm that helps startups and carriers connect around digital transformation. He also leads a “Silicon Valley tour” where he brings 20-40 insurance CIO’s to learn about innovation and has a wealth of insight around what is taking place in the insurtech ecosystem.

Over the next six weeks, we’ll release one of the above 5-10 minute interviews with a short article detailing my learnings in listening and talking with these innovators. Look for them each Thursday on our blog and social media channels!

–Jason Andrew, CEO