OpenSpace | June 23, 2022
OpenSpace, the global leader in 360° Jobsite capture and AI-powered analytics, announced a new collaboration with Shepherd, a commercial insurance provider for the construction industry, today. Based on their usage, OpenSpace customers will have access to the Casualty Pro excess liability insurance offering, which provides qualified contractors with underwriting credits and improved coverage on their Shepherd insurance policies. In addition, the simple-to-use Capture product from OpenSpace thoroughly documents the site, assisting in resolving disputes and speeding up claims processes. As a result, customers who use OpenSpace typically have a lower risk profile due to their ability to detect potential safety issues and costly errors before they occur.
We view the application of jobsite capture as one of the most exciting frontiers in construction risk management, and OpenSpace is the clear category leader, Our partnership allows customers to benefit from their OpenSpace usage by introducing data from the platform as a new category in our underwriting approach. Our fundamental belief is that contractors who leverage technology to be safer deserve to be rewarded by their insurance providers."
Shepherd's CEO and co-founder Justin Levine.
Builders use OpenSpace Capture to attach a consumer 360° camera to their hardhat and walk around the site as they usually would. Once the video from the walk is uploaded to the cloud, OpenSpace's computer vision technology stitches the images together and pins them to the floor plan, resulting in a reliable visual record of site status. The site's image map, powered by the company's Vision Engine, is typically ready to view about 15 minutes after upload. Better site documentation fosters stronger stakeholder collaboration, reduces the need for project managers to travel to the site, provides a historical record of progress, and can lower insurance premiums.
Surefire Cyber | June 01, 2022
Surefire Cyber, a new incident response company, debuted today to assist cyber insurers, brokers, legal firms, and the enterprises they support in better managing cyber events like ransomware, email hacking, and other cybercrimes. The firm received a $10 million Series A round of funding from Forgepoint Capital.
Surefire Cyber's goal is to work with our clients and partners to swiftly manage a cyber incident and then bring forward capabilities to help them become more cyber resilient. Our delivery of end-to-end digital forensics and incident response capabilities is built on a tech-enabled framework and delivered through a platform that aligns and connects an organization's executives, technical team, insurance carrier, and legal counsel."
Billy Gouveia, the CEO and Founder of Surefire Cyber.
Surefire Cyber is committed to being great partners to carriers, brokers, Breach Coaches®, and the clients they work together to support. We are pleased to welcome them as new contributors to the cyber insurance ecosystem who offer deep experience and a valuable perspective."
Mark Greisiger, President and Founder of NetDiligence®.
Based on two long-term trends: the rising cost of cyber incidents and the growing adoption of cyber insurance, industry veterans found Surefire Cyber as a purpose-built response firm that leverages a proven team and a tech-enabled platform to improve transparency, improve decision making, minimize business interruption, and guide organizations from recovery to long-term resilience.
Forgepoint Capital, the world's most active early-stage cybersecurity venture capital firm, is backing Surefire Cyber. Before he started Surefire Cyber, Gouveia worked as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Forgepoint. There, he helped develop the company's strategy, business model, technology, and team, as well as build important partnerships with companies across the firm's portfolio.
Vertafore | June 30, 2022
The latest acquisition by the InsurTech industry leader, Vertafore, brings top-tier industry talent and two market-leading MGA solutions into the fold.
Vertafore, the industry standard in cutting-edge insurance technology, announced that it had acquired MGA Systems, the industry's preeminent developer of MGA-specific software.
MGAs need solutions that can keep up with their fast-paced business needs as they seek to diversify into new niche markets and keep their current client. Vertafore's suite will be expanded to include policy administration and rating solutions thanks to MGA Systems' acquisition. This enhances Vertafore's existing MGA offering and gives these critical players in the independent insurance channel a leg up in entering the new markets and rapidly deploying products for their customers.
MGA Systems offers two industry-leading solutions. IMS is a management system with policy administration and back-office functionality, and NetRate is an ISO-based rating platform. These solutions have helped MGA Systems customers accelerate product time to market by integrating industry and technology knowledge. Vertafore is committed to expanding MGA Systems' customization and open architecture, which are key to customer success.
As the MGA market continues to grow, it is more important than ever for MGAs to have integrated technology solutions that strengthen their ability to make informed risk and pricing decisions, MGA Systems has been at the forefront of the industry's work in this area, I am very pleased to welcome the MGA Systems team into the Vertafore family, along with the wealth of talent, passion, and expertise they bring."
Vertafore's CEO Amy Zupon.
Together, MGA Systems and Vertafore's already-extensive MGA management system (AIM™) form the industry's most robust and feature-rich software suite.
After acquiring AgencyZoom™, Vertafore has taken the next step toward its goal of simplifying and automating its products and services across the entire insurance distribution channel by acquiring MGA Systems.