GOP Lawmaker Sidetracks Disaster Bill Including Flood Insurance Extension

Insurancejournal | May 27, 2019

A single Republican House member temporarily blocked fast-track passage Friday of a $19 billion disaster-aid plan, likely meaning lawmakers will vote when they return in early June from a week-long recess.Freshman Representative Chip Roy of Texas objected to the House’s plan to pass the measure without a recorded vote, a day after almost all members left Washington for their home districts. The House is scheduled to return on June 3 and will be able to hold a roll-call vote.

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Content—and how brands use it to interact with buyers at all stages of the engagement journey—has fundamentally reshaped every business’ go-to-market strategy. This shift has been particularly challenging for “top-of-the-funnel” demand generation marketers, most of who are under tremendous pressure to produce results. One study found that 70% of marketers surveyed expect their demand generation budgets to increase in 2018, with one-third expecting them to increase by more than 20%.1 Of course, generating demand is the job of marketing writ large. Marketers make markets. They work to create groups of viable buyers where none existed before.

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Content—and how brands use it to interact with buyers at all stages of the engagement journey—has fundamentally reshaped every business’ go-to-market strategy. This shift has been particularly challenging for “top-of-the-funnel” demand generation marketers, most of who are under tremendous pressure to produce results. One study found that 70% of marketers surveyed expect their demand generation budgets to increase in 2018, with one-third expecting them to increase by more than 20%.1 Of course, generating demand is the job of marketing writ large. Marketers make markets. They work to create groups of viable buyers where none existed before.

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First Connect Adds Cowbell Cyber Prime 100 to Insurtech Marketplace

Hippo, Cowbell Cyber, First Connect | July 14, 2022

First Connect Insurance Services, a digital platform designed to provide independent agents with access to the nation's top carriers, announced today the addition of Cowbell Cyber, the leading provider of cyber insurance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Cowbell Cyber offers stand-alone coverage to enterprise customers for security breach expenses, extortion threats, the replacement or restoration of data, loss of business income, security breach liability, computer fraud, ransom payments and more. First Connect, a subsidiary of the Hippo Insurance Group, provides independent agencies with access to national carriers with zero access fees. First Connect and Cowbell are teaming up to provide those agencies with a modern cyber insurance product designed to help SMEs safeguard their digital operations. "Every business faces cyber risk nowadays," said First Connect President Aviad Pinkovezky. "By partnering with Cowbell Cyber we are continuing to broaden our portfolio of leading insurtech carriers and general agents, and providing independent agencies access to cyber insurance that assesses their clients’ unique cybersecurity risks.” Cowbell Cyber offers a Prime 100 insurance product that provides robust financial protection against cyber threats. The digital-first cyber insurance provider leverages an API that allows customers to quickly apply online and delivers instant bindable quotes to SMEs. Additional features include continuous risk assessment, risk engineering consultations, cyber awareness training and in-house claims handling by dedicated cyber experts. "Cowbell Cyber identifies in real-time each organization’s unique risk level and determines the ideal coverage package to mitigate potential losses from a cyberattack," said Jack Kudale, Founder and CEO of Cowbell Cyber. "Cowbell Cyber identifies in real-time each organization’s unique risk level and determines the ideal coverage package to mitigate potential losses from a cyberattack," said Jack Kudale, Founder and CEO of Cowbell Cyber. "Partnering with a fully digital platform like First Connect is ideal to easily and rapidly give SMEs financial protection for the variety of threats businesses face every day.” To learn more about how First Connect provides independent agencies with access to the leading insurtech carriers or to sign up, visit firstconnectinsurance.com. About Hippo Hippo is protecting the joy of homeownership, helping to safeguard customers’ most important financial asset by harnessing the power of real-time data, smart home technology, and a growing suite of home services to deliver proactive home protection. Hippo Holdings Inc.’s (NYSE: HIPO) operating subsidiaries include Hippo Insurance Services, Hippo Home Care, First Connect Insurance Services, Spinnaker Insurance Company, Spinnaker Specialty Insurance Company, and Mainsail Insurance Company. First Connect Insurance Services is a licensed property casualty insurance agent with products underwritten by various insurance companies. For more information, including licensing details, visit http://www.hippo.com. About Cowbell Cyber Cowbell Cyber offers standalone, individualized, and easy-to-understand cyber insurance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In its unique AI-based approach to risk selection and pricing, Cowbell’s continuous underwriting platform, powered by Cowbell Factors, compresses the insurance process from submission to issue to less than 5 minutes. Cowbell Insurance Agency is currently licensed in 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Cowbell Reinsurance Company is a licensed insurance captive in the State of Vermont. For more information, please visit www.cowbell.insure.

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BriteCore Platform Launch Expands Core Capabilities for P&C insurers

BriteCore | September 19, 2022

BriteCore, a next-generation provider of cloud-native core administration solutions for property and casualty (P&C) insurers, today announced the launch of the BriteCore Platform, a comprehensive suite for managing policies, billing, and claims complete with advanced analytics, a ratings engine, and agent and policyholder portals. As the insurance industry trends toward greater levels of customer-centricity, BriteCore is redefining the traditional boundaries and capabilities of policy administration systems (PAS) with the BriteCore Platform by enabling small to mid-size insurers and managing general agents (MGAs) to gain a competitive edge against larger companies. In fact, recent BriteCore research into current technology and industry trends in North America found 94 percent of survey respondents rely on core systems to support business growth initiatives, improve efficiency and productivity, and modernize operations. Further, the BriteCore P&C Core Systems Survey confirmed industry leaders see modern, cloud-native core systems as a solution to the challenges driving a continuous need for enhanced business operations and customer experiences. “When we decided to move away from the legacy system which had been running our business for years, we chose the BriteCore Platform since it enabled us to establish new business processes that deliver exceptional agent and policyholder experiences, all while providing options to better manage cost and grow our business, In addition, the BriteCore Platform decreased our dependency on on-prem solutions and future-proofed our IT environment by allowing us to easily integrate with existing and emerging technologies going forward.” -Nancy Newmister, President and CEO for Frederick Mutual Insurance Company In addition to the BriteCore Platform’s comprehensive digital core functionality, new and enhanced features available immediately include: E-Signature – Through a new partnership with DocuSign, the BriteCore Platform provides agents and policyholders with the option of signing documents electronically during the quoting and underwriting process. E-signature delivers faster time to revenue, greater ROI and cost savings, and reduced risk through improved compliance. Advanced Analytics & Reporting – BriteCore extended the core platform to deliver persona-based executive dashboards, advanced analytics and reporting. Now agents, executives, and line-of-business leaders (underwriting, claims, billing) can easily create custom and standard reports, identify new business opportunities for growth or cost savings, and translate their data into actionable insight. UI Enhancements – BriteCore performed a major update to the platform user interface to ensure the experience for agents, policyholders, and insurance carrier staff benefits from a simple, modern design that is easy to learn and use while delivering a consistent look-and-feel. Enhanced Comprehensive IT Environment – Backed by AWS for reliability, scalability, and enterprise-grade security, the BriteCore Platform is relied upon to provide a comprehensive IT environment for completion of mission-critical insurance processes. BriteCore added to the range of Amazon Web Services (AWS) services and technologies used to support the BriteCore platform in such areas as delivering fast and responsive query performance through a robust in-memory engine. The BriteCore Platform redefines and expands the capabilities P&C insurers industry-wide, and our ever-growing number of insurer customers, can expect from a core system, Historically, core systems focused on automating internal processes and workflows. The BriteCore Platform automates internal AND external processes, provide superior underwriting and claims processing experiences for agents and policyholders, and integrates a wide range of external services and data sources to improve the competitiveness of insurers. Today and into the future, the BriteCore Platform can be relied upon to provide a comprehensive IT environment for completion of mission-critical insurance processes,said Ray Villeneuve, CEO for BriteCore. About BriteCore BriteCore is a cloud-native platform for P&C insurers that unlocks business growth, enhances the customer experience, and delivers great efficiency gains. BriteCore provides end-to-end support for insurance operations that includes policy administration, an agent and policyholder portal, rapid product configuration, underwriting rules and rating, billing management, claims management, document management, and reporting. As a cloud-native solution, BriteCore is continually updated for maximum security, efficiency, and durability at scale.

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Greater Than listed in AIFinTech100 list as one of world's most innovative AI solution providers

Greater Than | July 12, 2022

Greater Than the global provider of DriverDNA for real-time insurance and predictive risk insights, is listed in AIFinTech100, in recognition of its next-generation pattern AI technology providing real-time predictions of car crashes and CO2 emissions. The AIFinTech100 list, published today, highlights the world's most innovative solution providers developing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to solve challenges or improve efficiency in financial services. These are the companies every financial institution needs to know about as they consider and develop their digital transformation strategies and new customer propositions. "We're extremely proud that our unique patented AI technology has been recognized in the prestigious AIFinTech100 list. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of our team, our AI can find micropatterns in people's behavior, enabling us to create a DriverDNA for every trip, with a crash probability, cost and CO2 impact attached to it. This is transforming the risk forecasting landscape for insurance, mobility providers and fleets, and incentivizing safer, cleaner driving behaviors for the benefit of the wider community," Sten Forseke, Founder of Greater Than The adoption of AI and data analytics solutions by financial institutions has exploded over the last two years accelerated by technological advancements, increased use of digital channels, and shifting regulatory frameworks. Additionally, the potential cost savings for banks from AI applications is estimated to reach $447bn over the next 12 months. As a result, the number of tech providers employing AI or data solutions to solve challenges in areas such as banking, insurance, customer experience, investment & trading and compliance has skyrocketed. This made the selection process for this year's AIFinTech100 list extremely competitive as the finalists were selected by a panel of industry experts and analysts based on research produced by FinTech Global on over 2,000 FinTech companies. "Now, more than ever, established financial institutions need to be aware of the latest AI and data analytics technology in the market to deliver competitive financial products and reach new customers. The AIFinTech100 list helps senior decision-makers in the industry filter through all the vendors in the market by identifying the market-leading AI innovators which will have lasting impact on the industry," - says Richard Sachar, Director of FinTech Global.

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