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Rick Huckstep

Rick Huckstep

Rick Huckstep is a keynote speaker, adviser and consultant in the world of digital insurance innovation. Huckstep is the European MD for the Digital Insurer and published more than 40 research notes in 2015 on the emergence of InsurTech across all classes of insurance.

Recent Articles by Rick Huckstep

Lemonade: Insurance Is Changed Forever

On Sept. 21, 2016, at 7 a.m. EDT in New York, Lemonade issued a press release. Paraphrased, it said: We’re open for business! Only time will tell the true impact that Lemonade can have on the insurance industry. Or if we will look back at 2016 in the same way we trace the origins of […]

3rd Wave of P2P Insurance

The P2P insurance model promises to change the conflict dynamic between insured and the insurer. From Friendsurance to Guevara and the eagerly anticipated Lemonade, P2P insurance has already evolved two generations in six years. Now, we see the emergence of the next generation of P2P insurance; the self-governing model. People-to-People Insurance The jury may be out on the […]

Fortune Telling for Insurance Industry

In the world of InsurTech, there are distribution players and there are data players. The data players are essentially doing two things: First, they are enabling and exploiting new sources of data, such as telematics, wearables and social listening. Second, they are processing data in completely new ways by applying data science, machine learning, artificial […]

The 7 Colors of Digital Innovation

InsurTech is now established in a class of its own, no longer a sub category of Fintech. In 2015, $2.65 billion of venture capital was invested in InsurTech. We now have InsurTech-focused accelerators, with the excellent Startupbootcamp in London, the Global Insurance Accelerator in Des Moines, Iowa, (about to start its second cohort) and Mundi Lab announcing its start-ups for its […]

P2P Start-Ups From Around the World

Before the advent of underwriting in London’s coffee houses in the 1600s, civilizations used various mechanisms to provide financial protection within their communities. For example, in the Middle Ages, tradesmen learned their skills through apprenticeships in the guild system. These guilds collected fees, and the wealthier guilds used these fees as a kind of insurance […]

LiveMed Brings Digital Human Touch

Many tasks and actions have been replaced by digital solutions. This is nothing new. However, sometimes nothing beats a face-to-face with a customer. Now, using a VideoTech platform, Silicon Valley start-up LiveMed replicates the physical face-to-face with a digital one. I’ll start with an event that happened to me last year. I’ll skip the details, […]

What’s in Store for Blockchain?

Blockchain, blockchain, blockchain! What does that mean for insurance? No one knows yet, but that doesn’t stop blockchain from being one of the hottest topics in the insurance industry right now. This week, I take a look at the direction this puck is heading. Hype or reality? Last September, the World Economic Forum published a report titled, Deep Shift – […]

Top 10 InsurTech Predictions for 2016

2015 was the year that InsurTech emerged from the shadow of Fintech. This story has been told through my last 40 research notes published on DailyFintech.com over the past eight months. Including 28 interviews with the CEOs and founders of InsurTechs, this story spans the globe from the U.S. to China, from South Africa to […]

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