Chintai | August 13, 2021
Chintai, a Singapore-based SaaS company that leads in compliant blockchain technology for capital markets, has partnered with iTrust, a decentralized finance insurance protocol. iTrust will provide insurance coverage for deposits, smart contracts, and impermanent loss protection for liquidity providers on the Chintai network, creating a more dependable ecosystem for all users.
The partnership solidified ahead of Chintai's private institutional beta release, which gives financial institutions a no-cost opportunity to test compliant digital asset issuance and secondary trading for traditional assets such as equities, bonds, real estate, and debt. Multiple institutional participants have joined the beta by testing the tokenization of traditional assets on the platform, including investing leaders such as Collective Capital, Chimera Wealth, B1, and Cryptology Asset Group.
iTrust will work to provide syndicated cover on the Chintai network. But what sets iTrust apart is their ability to both provide 'reinsurance' while maximizing the staking benefits for decentralized finance products such as Nexus Mutual, InsurAce, and others.
In an industry that lacks insurance for crypto assets, iTrust is playing an important role for companies like Chintai, which aims to provide an easy-to-use bridge that allows traditional financial institutions to easily port regulated assets to a fully compliant blockchain environment.
"Chintai is an industry leader in providing much-needed professional, regulatory compliant services and platforms to the financial services sector. We are extremely excited to work with Chintai to source and supply syndicated cover to protect its users," said Robert Cooke, Co-Founder & Director of Partnerships for iTrust.
"iTrust fills a gap in the blockchain industry which will enable traditional financial institutions to work with the same industry standards in regards to risk management," said David Packham, CEO of Chintai. "We are delighted to work with iTrust to revolutionize capital markets with our compliant digital asset technology".
The Chintai institutional beta program provides financial institutions with a comprehensive digital asset product suite for compliant issuance, secondary trading, algorithmic market making, and custody. Participants will trial the platform with no up-front cost, which enables experimentation and customizations to suit their specific needs.
Chintai is a Singapore-based company with offices in Germany that uses blockchain technology to modernize capital markets for asset managers, banks, and enterprises. Our core product suite streamlines the life cycle of regulated assets by automating compliance, reporting, data reconciliation, cap table management, corporate actions, liquidity, and more. The technology can be white-labeled to allow anyone to become their own regulated issuer and market operator. Chintai is currently accepting clients into our pilot program for tokenized real estate, funds, debt, and other financial instruments.
TrustLayer | August 19, 2021
TrustLayer, a collaborative risk management platform, today announced it has closed a Series A funding round of $15.1 million. Craft Ventures led the round with participation from returning investors Abstract Ventures, Box Group, Propel Venture Partners, NFP Ventures, Sure Ventures, and new investor PruVen Capital. As part of the funding round, Brian Murray, Partner and COO at Craft Ventures, will join TrustLayer's Board of Directors.
In just two years, TrustLayer has established itself as the preferred solution to replace the insurance industry's antiquated, paper-based methods for verifying coverage, which introduce significant risk to supplier-driven sectors such as construction, banking, property management, and sports entertainment. TrustLayer is backed by 20 of the top 100 leading brokerages, including the Graham Company, Holmes Murphy, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, M3, and BrokerTech Ventures.
Research shows that 75 percent of U.S. businesses are underinsured. In addition to risk, the current process is costly for insurers and the companies requesting verification: 200,000 proof of coverage requests are made daily in the U.S., causing significant resource strain and administrative cost. TrustLayer uses robotic process automation (RPA) and AI to automate this process securely, so companies can automatically verify the insurance and licenses of their vendors, suppliers, borrowers, and tenants.
Following several successful pilots in 2020, leading insurance brokers both invested in the company and elected to become sales channel partners, reselling the service to their own customers. BrokerTech Ventures, a group made up of 13 of the most innovative insurance agencies in the U.S. and 11 top-tier insurance companies, made TrustLayer their first investment in a company that completed their accelerator program. TrustLayer is the only solution with this level of industry support.
"It's clear that verification of insurance and business credentials is a pain point for millions of businesses, which is why we have seen such enthusiastic support for TrustLayer's secure, automated solution," said John Fohr, co-founder and CEO of TrustLayer. "We are especially proud to have such significant backing from a top-tier SaaS fund like Craft Ventures as well as some of the top insurance brokers in the country, a tremendous industry validation for our technology. We look forward to continuing this momentum with the support of our investors." The Series A financing comes after an impressive year for TrustLayer that included considerable growth in industries such as construction, property management, sports, and hospitality. The company is actively hiring top talent across its sales, marketing, and engineering teams to support the high demand for its solution. The new capital will also fuel the development of its live digital proof of coverage solution, and integrations with many insurance carrier systems of record, building upon pilots with major carriers such as Liberty Mutual, and Nationwide. TrustLayer's real-time digital certificate will unlock even more value, enabling brokers to more easily sell the right policy to vendors with inadequate coverage and helping insurance carriers more accurately assess potential risks.
"Insurance helps mitigate risk. For businesses, insurance plays a critical role in the durability of its operations. The problem is no one is exactly sure who's covered and by how much -- we're still swapping poorly scanned PDFs and faxes to prove outdated coverage," said Brian Murray, Partner and COO at Craft Ventures. "TrustLayer fixes this. Their technology automates the collection and verification of insurance, helping companies and their partners accurately assess risk and avoid business interruption."
Over the past year, TrustLayer has announced significant partnerships with associations and broker partners, including a recent partnership with Graham Company, one of the country's largest insurance brokers and employee benefits consultants, and with Procore.
TrustLayer is an AI-powered collaborative risk management platform working to digitize the highly manual, error-prone, and paper-based process of insurance verification. With TrustLayer, companies can securely automate the verification of insurance, licenses, and compliance documents of their business partners (i.e., vendors, subcontractors, suppliers, borrowers, tenants, ridesharing, and franchisees) in an easy-to-use digital dashboard. TrustLayer is working with dozens of the largest brokers and carriers in the U.S. to build out a fully digital proof of insurance solution so companies will be able to validate in real-time that their business partners have the correct coverage. Founded by John Fohr and Vincenzo Acinapura, the company is backed by leading investors, including Craft Ventures, Abstract Ventures, Box Group, Propel Ventures, Sure Ventures and PruVen Capital, and has also received investments from more than 20 of the top 100 insurance brokers.
Farmers Insurance | September 21, 2021
Farmers Insurance® today announced plans to use a digitally controlled mobile robot to assist with in-field catastrophe claims handling and non-catastrophe property inspections, helping to improve the safety and efficiency of both while becoming one of the first national P&C insurers to deploy a robotic quadruped.
Created by Boston Dynamics and customized for Farmers®, "Spot" will join claims personnel beginning as early as fall 2021 to help assess damage from catastrophes such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and wildfires. The robot's agility, advanced mobility, and perception to navigate various rough terrain will allow it to access spaces and environments inaccessible for claims employees. Spot will be equipped with a variety of sensors and cameras, including a 360-degree camera and site documentation software to help reduce the time required to capture data and augment the in-field claims review process.
Spot may also help claims adjusters collect critical data and assist with claims handling optimization to serve impacted customers more efficiently. Additionally, the robot may be utilized to handle non-catastrophic events such as structure fires, collapsed structures, water loss, or other potentially hazardous environments in the future.
Farmers focus on enhancing human-powered technology has led the organization to this very exciting milestone where we're able to utilize new and emerging technology like a robot to further strengthen our commitment to our customers, all while helping to keep our employees safe. Adding such a dynamic robot to our stock of evolving tech such as drones and satellite imagery will help us build on our legacy and deepen our commitment to customers.
- Samantha Santiago, Head of Claims Strategy and Automation at Farmers
Farmers efforts in the area of technology are driven by its long history of innovating for the customer and its employees. In recent years, the organization introduced a robust aerial imagery program leveraging drones, manned aircraft and satellite technology to help enhance claims operational efficiencies. Farmers also announced in late 2017 the deployment of a virtual reality (VR) program to help train claims representatives for home damage assessments. The VR program is still being used today and has been a vital technological asset to continue to train claims adjusters during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to utilizing Spot for in-field claims use, Farmers will explore applications that could help first-responder organizations during scenarios such as post-event search and rescue operations, accessing areas to assess danger for first responders or others, and/or pre-inspections to assess safety for anyone in the general vicinity.
About Farmers Insurance
"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are tradenames for a group of insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance Exchange®, the largest of the three primary insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2021 Fortune 500 list.