Blocksure expands executive team
Blocksure, one of the first blockchain platforms to go live with a major insurer, has boosted its management team, attracting a number of high-profile experts from the insurance and technology industries.
The heightened interest in Blocksure OS has created a need to upscale the business and the new hires will allow the company to increase the speed at which it can grow the business and meet increased broker and insurer demand.
Blocksure is at a pivotal stage where broker and insurer interactions are driving product innovation and opportunity. All six hires have a long-established track record and reputation.
“At Blocksure we are building a transformative insurance platform embracing the needs of policyholders, intermediaries and insurers. Blocksure OS has re-imagined the way multiple parties connect within the insurance ecosystem. This delivery of exceptional policy administration and processing removes legacy system issues and moves the customer experience towards an environment of frictionless inter-actions previously not possible.
Blockchain is cutting edge technology that creates an opportunity for the insurance industry to transform the way it trades and rebuild trust with policyholders. Blocksure OS delivers an outstanding value proposition that drastically reduce costs, enables the effective development of new insurance models (e.g. sharing economy, microinsurance, schemes) and position the customer’s needs at the heart of the solution.
Having a team of talented and experienced people who deeply understand the sector will accelerate this progress.”
Ranvir Saggu, CEO, Blocksure
MEET THE NEW MEMBERS OF BLOCKSURE
Chris Alba Hamilton – Chief Technology Officer. Chris works alongside founder Jay Carey and leads a number of key aspects of Blocksure’s technology infrastructure. Before joining Blocksure, Chris was CTO of iXledger where he launched insurance contracts on blockchain. Prior to that, he was technology lead at Nexmo where he had responsibility for payments technology and a variety of customer-facing APIs. Chris has the remit of making our technology scalable across geographies and business lines. He will be establishing a developer relations strategy to enable clients to use our APIs. Chris has over 17 years’ experience in various software engineering roles.
Dorota Zimnoch – Chief Commercial Officer. Dorota’s responsibility is to drive growth and commercial strategy by developing strong business relationships and strategic partnerships in Europe. Dorota brings over 20 years’ international experience, gained at Citi, AIG, MetLife, 4Finance in building successful digital businesses, driving innovation and digital transformation in Financial Services. She was recognized as the Global Top50 women in tech, and leading digital transformation expert in the UK. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Oxford, MIT, Columbia (Program Emeritus) and author of many articles and publications, including The Insurtech Book.
Kevan Aubrey – Managing Director UK. Kevan is looking to grow business across the UK insurance sector. His initial focus is on radically improving how brokers manage schemes and affinity groups in conjunction with their insurer partners where he feels that there are major benefits to be delivered by Blocksure OS. Kevan brings a wealth of experience and insurance relationships, which he acquired while working in leadership roles at Aviva, RBS, LV Commercial.
Anthony Chrumka – Senior Business Analyst. Tapping into his consultancy experience Anthony is focussed on building a delivery framework that allows our clients to implement Blocksure OS in an agile environment. Anthony brings over 20 years’ experience working with a range of organisations across Life & Pensions, Health and General insurance.
Martyna Zydzik – UX Designer. Martyna is designing a great customer experience across the full value chain, including brokers, MGAs, insurers and reinsurers, ensuring that our products reach their full potential by applying user- centric best practices and methodologies. She brings extensive experience in designing functional products gained at Pink Parrot Media and an insurtech, iXledger.
Malini Nagaria – Head of Discovery. Malini leads the Discovery proposition for Blocksure. Discovery’s main objective is to educate and inspire the insurance industry by promoting the opportunity to learn about blockchain technology and its usability. By creating and connecting a community of likeminded insurance practitioners, Discovery will offer practical and tangible knowledge sharing opportunities about blockchain. Malini has 18 years of global multi-disciplinary experience working for and within multiple large businesses, including KPMG and RBS Group. More recently she has been working with startups and smaller businesses advising in the areas of growth strategy, marketing and operations.
Blocksure is selected to be showcased by the APPG Blockchain
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain (APPG Blockchain) has selected Blocksure as 1 of 10 blockchain applications to be showcased in its Blockchain Showcase Mini Film series. See our CEO Ranvir Saggu live!
More details can be found here
Blocksure is a Finalist for EMEA in Startup Tournament by Zurich
After winning the Zurich International nomination in its global Startup Tournament, we were selected as a regional finalist for the EMEA region.
Watch Blocksure’s CEO discussing top insurance industry issues today
0:13 How much InsurTech is hype versus reality?
01:11 Are there any interesting use cases that illustrate blockchain’s advantage?
02:08 What is holding blockchain back from a more widespread adoption?
03:46 Do you see cryptocurrencies being incorporated by insurers in the future?
05:43 Do you see the role of broker changing as a result of technology?
Blocksure is at the Intelligent Insurer 2018
Many thanks to everyone who joined us at
#IITECH18. We had a fantastic day demonstrating Blocksure’s capabilities to the community of insurance experts and innovators. In the photo: Ranvir Saggu is making a presentation about real use cases of blockchain in insurance (including gig economy and microinsurance) made possible with Blocksure OS.
Blocksure in top 100 world’s most innovative InsurTech companies
We have been selected as one of the Top 100 global Insurtechs by a major research firm in the Fintech Space. See the full list here.
Blocksure’s Power Pitch at Digital Insurance World
Blocksure’s CEO, Ranvir Saggu, demonstrates how Blocksure OS allows the insurance industry think differently about customers and products during his Power Pitch at DIW.
Blocksure at Byte Night by Action for Children
Our team has raised £2,063 towards ByteNight initiative by sleeping out to raise awareness about youth homelessness in the UK. You can still contribute to the cause by donating here
Blocksure OS showcased at Warsaw BlockchainTech Congress
“We are connecting the insurance industry using blockchain, aiming to solve problems between the insurer and broker via digital identity by using distributed ledger technology.” See live updates from the event here.
Blocksure OS demos @Cordablockchain meetup
Head of Technology Strategy, Richard Green, and engineer, Dimash Danabek, share top tips for migrating a live CorDapp with all its java dependencies at @Cordablockchain meetup.
Blocksure on the road with Pen Undewriting
Blocksure has been invited by Pen Underwriting to join their roadshow and educate the brokers community about real blockchain use cases and its benefits for the insurance industry. We expect to see 350+ brokers from all over the UK. Learn more about it here.
Blocksure presented its OS live at CordaCon
We have been overwhelmed by a great response from the industry experts and technology peers who had the opportunity to see the Bloсksure OS live during the CordaCon by R3 that took place in London September 12-13.
Blocksure OS launched on R3 Marketplace
We are delighted to become a R3 technology partner and part of its newly-launched marketplace. A web platform that brings R3 members + partners together to discover solutions built on Corda. Check it out here.
Blocksure sponsors InsTech London Summer Party
Blocksure’s team had a great time at the Instech Summer Party with their London community of insurance innovators.
Podcast with first customer outlining the benefits of Blocksure OS
Listen to the Insureblocks podcast to learn more about the challenges facing the industry in blockchain adoption, our journey to launch and how blockchain will change the future of the insurance industry – for the better! Full episode here.
Blocksure growing up and moving to a new office
Blocksure gets a new home at 3 Lloyd’s Avenue. Stop by for a demo or a coffee!
Commercial & General and Covea launch first product on Blocksure OS
Blocksure launches a new blockchain platform for the insurance industry. The first product is underwritten by insurance group Covéa Insurance and in partnership with broker Commercial and General. Read the full story about our journey here.
Ranvir Saggu pitches at World Global Summit for Insurance Innovation
Blocksure is one of the 18 top insurtech selected to pitch at the World Global Summit for Insurance Innovation.
Blocksure selected by PWC for its global Scale Up programme
Nine of the brightest international InsurTech businesses have been identified to undertake a 12-week programme, helping them to raise their profiles, identify commercial opportunities and prepare their business to scale. Read more.
Exclusive roundtable discussion on blockchain in insurance
Blocksure takes part in an exclusive roundtable event to debate whether Blockchain will drive a wedge through insurance intermediation. Read the main discussion points and the conclusions the group reached here.
Blocksure – Top 10 finalist at global blockchain startups competition
The Blockchain Summit brings together the local blockchain community, the cream-of-the-crop in international blockchain startups as well as industry leaders in a first-of-its-kind event. The culmination of the Summit is the presentation of the Top 10 teams from the Blockchain Competition 2017 in Zug where Blocksure was named one of them. Watch the full pitch by our CEO Ranvir Saggu here.
Ranvir Saggu & Blocksure featured in the New Statesman
“Insurtech: underwriting a revolution” The conservative insurance industry is set to be hit by a wave of technological disruption. Can tech restore consumer trust? Read Ranvir’s take on it.
Areiel Wolanow joins Blocksure as Technology Advisor
Areiel brings over 25 years’ business transformation delivery experience, and has brought projects live in over 40 countries around the world. He has successfully implemented trade finance blockchain solutions for global banks, developed IBM’s blockchain services capability in ASEAN, and advised central banks on blockchain adoption. Areiel is passionate about financial inclusion, and has addressed the G20 on the impact that emerging technologies will have on making financial services more broadly available worldwide.
Blocksure gets its own office!
Peter Temperley joins Blocksure
With over 30 years working in the London insurance, reinsurance and broking markets, including senior roles in financial control, technology, process improvement, MI and change management, Peter brings a unique blend of competencies to Blocksure.
Welcome aboard, Peter!
Disrupt.com features Blocksure
Disrupt.com talks about ‘Diffused Disruption’ rather than ‘Direct Disruption.’ The competitive advantage the technology delivers is spread across the companies who (choose) to adopt it, rather than being centralised by a single Uberesque winner takes all competitor. See the full interview here.
Jay Carey on building a GDPR compliant platform on Blockchain
“At Blocksure we have built an operating system for the insurance industry (Blocksure OS) which has been designed with GDPR and data privacy in mind from the start. The customer is in control of their own information and all sensitive data is protected by methods such as encryption, pseudonymisation and data minimisation.” Read the full article here
Robert Zilg joins Blocksure as US Strategy and Business Development Advisor
Robert brings over 40 years experience, including over 20 years with MetLife’s international operations where he held a number of key positions focusing on distribution, business development and implementing strategic growth initiatives.
Blocksure joins ACORD
Blocksure is pleased to announce its membership with ACORD. We are completely aligned to Acord’s commitment to help the industry achieve the goal of straight-through processing. Blocksure OS provides a genuinely revolutionary platform for customers, intermediaries (including brokers, MGAs, MGUs) and insurers to achieve this.
Gary Nuttall joins Blocksure as Insurance and Technology Advisor
Gary is a keen InsurTech specialist who enjoys exploiting new technologies to drive value improvement. He was responsible for driving investigatory work as part of the London Market Target Operating Model (including Lloyd’s of London, Brokers and Underwriters).
Welcome aboard Gary!
Jay Carey, Blocksure founder, featured in The Fintech Times
“Blockchain will dramatically improve the working processes between all parties and across most areas in the insurance value chain. The process of buying or amending a policy, making a claim and all supporting activities should be much simpler and more efficiently completed.” Read the full story here.
Joe Whittles joins Blocksure as Software Engineer
Joe Whittles has joined Blocksure as its first full time technical hire. His experience spans over 6 years as a developer in fintech and mission-critical systems, previously working at Aire; an FCA-regulated credit scoring startup helping people improve their access to credit products.
Blocksure is hiring
Blocksure are looking to hire its first full time developer to help build out Blocksure OS to MVP and to provide input and steer into how it will look in the future. Interested? Head over to the careers page
Blocksure in Copenhagen with FinTech Times
Blocksure and The FinTech Times presented to Tryg in Copenhagen about the benefits and opportunities presented to insurers by blockchain technology. Read Blocksure’s contribution here.
First Iteration of Blocksure OS PoC
The first port of call for the Blocksure team was to create a PoC to materialise our vision of how insurance can benefit from the application of blockchain technology. The PoC was demonstrated to various players in the insurance and blockchain industry and received very positive feedback.
Blocksure is founded
Blocksure founded by Ranvir Saggu, Joseph Goulden and Jay Carey, bringing together a great pedigree of both insurance and technical expertise. Read more.