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I had the privilege to talk with the Silicon Valley Innovation Center about tools and tactics to innovate traditional insurers - taking the best practices from insurtech, fintech and wealthtech as well as other industries. 
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"The biggest hurdle is not necessarily a process or product. It’s the mindset" -Tim Kunde, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Friendsurance

Digital insurance projections, how it is connected to bancassurance and great potential opportunities for BigData and AI to automate the process.
Opinions shared by Tim Kunde, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Friendsurance.
Have a glimpse about Friendsurance and on how they are adapting to the new technologies of InsurTech.

"I’d recommend large traditional companies think heavily about how they can be disintermediated, because that’s what blockchain technology can do" -Gautam Ivatury

Gautam Ivatury, Co-Founder and CEO of LendLedger gave his opinions about micro-lending using blockchain.
How LendLeger is solving the credibility and credit history issues of the borrowers.customer positively - he underlined that he and his authority will not accept any black-box algorithms.

"BaFin neither protects incumbents nor fosters or unnecessarily hinders the use of new technologies." Dr. Frank Grund, Chief insurance supervisor of Germany

Dr. Frank Grund - as highest ranking executive director of the insurance supervision authority in Germany - underlines that he defines his role not in saving incumbents, but in protecting the customer.
He also shares his perspective on the tech giants like Amazon and Uber entering the industry. Despite the fact that Dr. Grund sees the change that delivers value to the customer positively - he underlined that he and his authority will not accept any black-box algorithms.

“It’s not the year of Cloud, it’s the decade – Cloud is the foundation of AI, BIgData, IOT and many more emerging technologies”.  -Ian Moyse 

Ian Moyse of Cloud Telephony Provider, Natterbox, shared his expert thoughts about the #Cloud Technology and how it supported other technologies such as #AI, #BigData, and #IOT.
He also noted that the #Insurance and #Finance industries should leave "the historical emotions and political barriers" to give the Cloud technology the opportunity to showcase its advantages for the businesses.

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Media partner of DIA 2018 munich - AND 200 EUr off

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Heads up! Digitalscouting media partnered with DKM 2018 

"The most important industry event of the year" set to happen on October 23 and 25, 2018.

"Lazy is dead in the fast-changing future"

-Warren Whitlock

Warren Whitlock shared his insights and suggestions about the current state of #cryptocurrency.
He encourages us to catch up with fast facing future for #blockchain, #AI, #nanotech, and demographics of global markets.

Free ticket for you - Digitalscouting is Media Partner of Insurtech Connect

Be with us and the rest of the world of insurance industry for The Insuretech Connect 2018 on October 2 to 3, 2018 at the great MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, USA. Opportunities would definitely stay only in Vegas if your miss this gigantic event.

"Why 5G Will Rock the Insurance World"

-Robin Kiera

Most insurers and banks are still busy with reacting to the digital change and change in customer behavior of the last decade.
Bad news: More is coming around. One of the - in my view - underestimated topics is the new mobile internet standard 5G.
Here an article in which I shared my views. Happy to hear what you think.

"Growth and innovation,

Growth and innovation,

Growth and innovation"

-Denise Garth

Denise Garth shares her expert views on how to leverage from Insurance Model 1.0, significant Digital Insurance 2.0 to the future of Digital Insurance 3.0
See the rest of the interview to learn her opinions, cases and expert advice on how to evolve from the traditional insurance business model to more updated and be ready for the future of insurtech. Read more.

"Our intimate use of technology makes us more vulnerable to its misuse." -Eric Vanderburg, Cybersecurity Expert"

We are proud to present an interview with Eric Vanderburg, Expert in Cybersecurity, Consultant, Author, and Investigator.


Know what is cyber insurance, the benefits, the effects on the traditional companies and how they accommodate the changes demanded by advancing business environment.


Be secured, read more here.

"WeChat - How to thrill millions through digital products"

An article in the Versicherungsbote in which we shared how WeChat dominates the homescreens of 1 billion users.


Why is WeChat technology leader? Read more here.

Digisurance was an exciting conference

Digisurance 18 with a motto "Numbers and Facts instead of Future and Fiction" attracted 160 spectators to the DBB Forum Berlin. Dr. Robin Kiera was the moderator.
See the highlights here. or here on YouTube.

"In the future, more complex jobs will be done by AI so we need to prepare ourselves for an AI-driven future.." -Mark van Rijmenam, Founder of Datafloq

Mark van Rijmenam, an expert in AI, Blockchain and Big Data shared the latest trends, visions, and projections for these technologies.
Even though they are now widely used and yet still young, he reminded us about the estimated effects and how the governments should carry the duties to inform the society.
One of the reasons why Digitalscouting is cultivating these expert insights, to spread information, not just the latest technological trends but also the associated effects.

"We have set up a completely new product landscape. It is a total paradigm shift in the insurance industry," Dr. Stefan Knoll, CEO DFV

When an insurance CEO and insurtech entrepreneur talks about the iPhone as one of the biggest invention of mankind and demands products as easy and simple as the iPhone for it's industry, it becomes interesting. Dr. Knoll, CEO and founder of the Deutsche Familienversicherung is known for his clear and concise statements. Read more...

Digitalscouting to London for Europe's Leading Insurtech Conference 2018

Dr. Robin Kiera will travel to London this coming 19th to 20th of June 2018 to represent Digitalscouting and to participate as one of the panel speakers for this epic event. He will battle out tech giants, no just kidding :) He will be sharing his expert notions about tech giants arrival and its influences on the insurance industry.
Article by: Raul Tolentino Jr.

Magic of Innovation in Vienna - Digitalscouting will be there.

Why are we thrilled about this year's upcoming Magic of Innovation conference? An Insurance Innovation Day happening this coming 19th and 20th of September in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria.
Article by: Raul Tolentino Jr.

One free and some discounted tickets for the Digisurance 2018

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Robin Kiera will be the moderator for the upcoming Digisurance18 happening on June 21, 2018.
Article by: Raul Tolentino Jr.

"Love your customers, not your product!" A podcast interview on Reach or Miss.

Dr. Robin Kiera was interviewed by Hayut Yogev of Reach or Miss previously guested by Guy Kawasaki, Gordon Tredgold, Dan Knowlton, Aman Advani, Madalyn Sklar, Carla Johnson, Ian Anderson Gray, Corey Poirier, Elizabeth Scherle, Douglas Burdett, Jeff Bullas, Erik Huberman, Jeremiah Gardner.
What Visitors Learn: Click Here
Written by: Raul Tolentino Jr.

Deep Dive: 3 Things to learn from the multi billion dollar Free2Play-Gaming industry

They give away their products for free and still make billions - the online gaming industry. Patrick Rose one of their thought leaders shares in his deep diving article three secrets of success that professionals of all industries could apply. See here for more. Article by Patrick Rose

The Deutsche Familienversicherung, a midsize German insurer, invited Digitalscouting to their insurtech showcase. The did not show a new green field division or nice-to-have-feature, but a fully digitalized insurance core with impressive realtime and near time processes and services for the customer. More info here.

I am so humbled. Thanks DesignMantic and all those who support Digitalscouting.

Agency Nation - a must see show for all insurance employees, agents and in the end professionals of all industries. I was happy to meet Ryan Hanley at the Global Insurance Symposium in Des Moines, USA - and say a few words about what concrete agents could to tomorrow to use the opportunities of the digital era.  See more here.

I had the pleasure to participate at the DENIM RIVET Podcast. We had a nice chat about insurance, innovation and disruption. 

The Financial Brand was so kind to publish my analysis of the Chinese Killer App WeChat. One Billion Active Monthly Users is more than impressive. But why are so many people inside and outside China using it? What kind of effect could WeChat have on the Banking and Insurance industry? See here.

"Finance needs innovation", Susanne Chishti, CEO of the Fintech Circle

Susanne Chishti, one of the most known experts in the fintech, insurtech and wealthtech world, shares her views on the status of the industries, what exactly needs to change, and why she publishes books on a crowdsourced base.

"It is a full shift of paradigm" Interview with Dr. Stefan Knoll, CEO & Founder of Germanys first Insurtech

"Digitalisierung ist Nichts für Doofe"


Hier ein kurzes Making-Off meines Blicks hinter die Kulissen der Deutschen Familienversicherung und eine kurze Zusammenfassung des Interviews mit CEO und Founder Dr. Stefan Knoll. Hier weitere Informationen.

"Digital Transformation is not for the stupid"

Here the making-off of my look behind the scenes of the Deutsche Familienversicherung, a midsize German insurer, founded and lead by Dr. Stefan Knoll and a short summary of an interview with him. For more Information see here.

Media Partnership with Blockchain Conferences around the world

I have the honor to announce that Digitalscouting became media partner of the Global Blockchain Summit Series - providing exciting conferences in Singapore, San Francisco, Dubai and Frankfurt. For more read here.

"To sell insurance is not like to sell smartphones", Matteo Carbone Insurance Thought Leader and Founder of the Connected Insurance Observatory

In this unplugged and very personal interview Matteo talks about his favorite gadgets, telematics and why he and Andrea Silvello wrote a book together.

"It is not enough to change the design" Daniel Schreiber, CEO of Lemonade Inc.


"It isn’t enough to change the design" Daniel Schreiber, CEO of Lemonade Inc, talks about his secret sauce of success, Lemonades plans for the future and how incumbents are reacting to one of the hottest insurtech startup.



Exclusive Sneak Preview into the new book of Matteo Carbone and Andrea Silvello. "All the insurance players will be Insurtech"

I am proud to publish exclusively an excerpt of Matteo Carbone and Andrea Silvello's new book: "All the Insurance Players Will Be Insurtech: A wave of innovation is finally reshaping the insurance industry" Read more...

Key-Note-Speaker at the Global Insurance Symposium in Des Moines, USA

I am happy to announce that I will be Key-Note-Speaker at the Global Insurance Symposium in Des Moines, USA - April 25th. I will speak about "Digital Disruption: Threat and Opportunity". I will focus on the fundamental tech-driven changes in customer behavior and the consequences for an industry not famous for the reinventing itself or its thrive for innovation - and trends like AI, Blockchain, Insurtech and Innovation.

“Innovation is not an App you can download from the Apple store”, Paolo Sironi, Best-Selling Fintech Author and IBM Industry Academy Member interviewed Paolo Sironi, Fintech Author and IBM Industry Academy Member. Paolo talks about his success as a best-selling author and about the future of finance, banking and fintech - and why he can't wait for the new Google Pixel Buds. Read more.

Start-Up-Judge at Insur-Star in Shanghai

I am honored to be invited as judge at the Insurstar 2017, taking place in Shanghai. I was really impressed by the high quality of the participating start-ups. We had aggregators with a specific target group, artificial intelligence driven assistants. There were B2B and B2C companies, some customer- some product centric. I am curious who will win the awards.

#IFOR2017 Exciting Twitter Chat with Chris Skinner, David Brear, Julie Lake, Ricardo Vidal, Devie Mohan and Amit Goel

A few weeks ago, I had the honor to participate in a live Twitter panel with role models such as David Brear and Chris Skinner - it was fantastic to participate with them - as well as Ricardo Vidal of Kreditech, Julie Lake of FinTechCity and Devie Mohan. Click here

"Only technology is not sufficient", Antonio Grasso, Digital Transformation Addict, Influencer and Founder

Antonio Grasso, Digital Transformation Addict, Influencer and Founder shares his views on the state of digital transformation in his home market Italy. He explains why telematics is so successful there - far more than in most Western markets. He also shares his view on artificial intelligence, blockchain and bitcoin. Click here.

UPdated: Intense debate of Amazon entering insurance business. Over 100.000 views of my articles in German and English. Most read insurance article in Germany 2017.

Within a few days my article "Amazon is Coming. Game Over for the Insurance Industry?" published on InsurtechNews in English and in the Versicherungsjournal in German was viewed over 100.000 times. We also saw a controversial debate starting on Linkedin and counter articles in the Versicherungsjournal. I believe this Amazon-Insurtech-Debate underlines the energy and strength of the insurance and insurtech ecosystem. So thank all for their participation.

10 Books Thought Leader, Influencers and Entrepreneurs really read

If you don't know what to buy your co-founder, senior VP or nerd friend, you will find here inspiration. Thought leader, influencers and entrepreneurs, I interviewed this year for Digitalscouting, reveal what books they love and read. More information here.

Market Insights into China: "Clear and simple" Tencent launches Wesure - its insurance platform has the honor to publish a article by Zarc Gin from our Chinese media partner Insurview: Tencent, China’s social network giant has released its proprietary insurance platform Wesure within its social app, Wechat on 2nd Nov. 2017. It is not the first move Tencent made in insurance, but it’s the most straightforward one so far. It is clear that Tencent does not want to fall behind in the Fintech race against its domestic rivalry Alibaba, who already launched an insurance... Read more.

ExecInsurtech Conference: Where to discover the state of the industry in Germany 


I had the honor of participating at EXEC.insurtech's 2017 conference in the historic city of Cologne, Germany. EXEC.isurtech is a series of conferences connecting our ever-growing Insurtech community. It focusses on promoting innovative ideas and facilitating relationships between the players in the game. I was lucky to be appointed startup judge, as well as moderate the panel on Blockchain in the insurance industry. It was great fun. Read more.

Sharing Best Practice from East and West: Media Partnership between China's InsurView and


Today I'm happy to announce a media partnership between and one of China's largest Insurtech sites, InsurView. InsurView is an insurance news platform whose goal is to connect the InsurTech industry and inform on the latest news and developments in the exciting insurance industry of China. Insights into eastern and western markets Our partnership will go both ways - we'll be bringing insights from InsurView's website over to and publish them in English. Read more.