Agency Intelligence

Agency Intelligence


Agency intelligence podcast, is your top insurance podcast with two unique series that let you hear from and learn from both agency owners and industry influencers. Agents Influence is your weekly guide to the latest and greatest thought leaders the industry has to offer. Agency Intelligence covers real data from real agents in real agencies.

In this episode of Agents Influence podcast, host Jason Cass interviews Caribou Honig, General Partner at SemperVirens Venture Capital, Chairman, and Co-founder of InsureTech Connect. Caribou talks about what Venture Capital is all about and how InsureTech Connect was found.

Episode Highlights:

  • What has attributed to Caribou’s success, skill or luck? (5:25)
  • Caribou explains why it’s significant to invest in Venture Capital at the early stage. (8:33)
  • Caribou shares what characteristics a person must have to be a Venture Capitalist. (10:32)
  • Caribou explains why pattern matching is beneficial. (12:11)
  • Does Caribou think this year has been tougher for InsureTech startups than in previous years? (14:26)
  • Caribou explains what Venture Capital is. (17:42)
  • Caribou shares how InsureTech Connect started. (22:39)
  • Does Caribou think that the lack of funding is the main reason that’s limiting the agents from scaling and growing? (27:39)
  • Caribou mentions that he’s reading the book entitled Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi. (33:44)

Key Quotes:

  • “Keeping an open mind around the online stores is very important. There’s been a lot discussed and written about diversity and inclusion, particularly in the venture capital space. I think one of those things is making sure that we don’t overfit pattern matching.” – Caribou Honig
  • “I think that as long as you have that, success begets more success. At least that success begets more funding in hopes that there will be another iteration or to have additional success.” – Caribou Honig
  • “I think we did the best we could in terms of some digital content and virtual content. But, I think we also all know that’s not quite the same as gathering together seven or eight thousand people, right? To get the serendipity out of the bee!” – Caribou Honig

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