SPATIALKEY RANKED ON 2017 TOP COMPANY CULTURES LIST

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Jen Smoldt

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SpatialKey was recently ranked on Entrepreneur's Top Company Cultures 2017 list, a comprehensive ranking of U.S.-based businesses exhibiting high-performance cultures created in partnership with culture management software and service provider CultureIQ®. SpatialKey secured 15th place in the Small Company category of Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures list. SpatialKey is recognized for creating an exceptional culture that drives employee engagement, exceeds employee expectations, and directly impacts company success.

SpatialKey builds technology that simplifies how insurers gain insights from information, and is a  pioneer of geospatial insurance analytics in the InsurTech space. Employees and leaders alike value SpatialKey’s unique remote culture, dedication to autonomy, mastery, and purpose; as well as relentless commitment to empowering insight through making data and analytics accessible to their clients.

“Being culture-led is central to our success at SpatialKey and we’re honored to receive this esteemed recognition.” Tom Link, Founder and CEO of SpatialKey explains. “Early on, our founders sought to understand why we had such a tight-knit and dedicated team. It was important for us to discover, articulate, and institutionalize the ways of being that we felt contributed to our satisfaction and success. In doing so, we could maintain our culture as we grew, knowing where to look when we inevitably stumbled along the way."

"Great company cultures don’t happen on their own. They’re the result of great leadership, and a conscious effort to make everyone on a team feel engaged and important,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “The honorees on our 2017 list are proof that strong cultures make even stronger companies. Entrepreneurs at all levels can draw inspiration from them.”

Mr. Link goes on to say, "Our values organically came about by recognizing the things that we have always been when we are at our best—courageous, supportive, smart, and collaborative. From these core behaviors, our values were born: come from a place of courage, stand for one another’s success, keep things smart and simple, and play well with others. That’s what we believe in and live as a company.”

The full list, presenting a total of 153 companies categorized as small, medium or large, is available on Entrepreneur.com. Core insights, behaviors and attributes that have helped to shape the high-performing cultures presented by the top companies are shared alongside practices to help other companies develop their own workplace environments.

"A high-performance culture leads not only to employee engagement but also to measurable business results," says Greg Besner, founder and CEO of CultureIQ.  “These organizations show us that great companies start with great culture.”

The rankings for all companies were determined using CultureIQ's methodology for measuring high-performance cultures. Employees at each company received a survey of multiple-choice questions and the answers were used to assess a company's strength across 10 core components of culture, such as collaboration, innovation and communication. The companies with the highest scores earned a place on the Top Company Culture list in ranking order. To be considered for the ranking, a company must have at least 25 employees, have been founded before January 1, 2015, and be headquartered in the U.S.

To view SpatialKey in the full ranking, visit entm.ag/TopCultures

About SpatialKey

We build technology that simplifies how insurers gain insights from information. We bundle everything insurers need—the best data, mapping, and analytics—in apps that help them streamline their decision-making. More than 100 insurers trust our innovative, off-the-shelf solutions for underwriting, exposure management, and claims to help them achieve healthier portfolios, operations, and profits. Learn more at https://www.spatialkey.com.

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SpatialKey Names Insurance Industry Expert Bret Stone as President

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Jen Smoldt

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SpatialKey Inc. (SpatialKey) is pleased to announce Bret Stone has recently been named President of SpatialKey. Mr. Stone previously held the position of COO at SpatialKey. An industry expert in catastrophe risk management and insurance operations, he is a long-time veteran of the insurance industry holding analytic and product management roles at RMS, Willis Re, and Allstate prior to joining SpatialKey in 2012.

Mr. Stone has been instrumental in the delivery of SpatialKey products, overseeing marketing, service, product, and design during his tenure at the company. In his new role, he will be directly responsible for the company’s strategic direction and day-to-day operations.

Mr. Stone states, “I'm excited about this new role and advancing SpatialKey’s presence and leadership in the InsurTech space.” He adds, “I am passionate about solving insurers' analytic challenges and driving innovation to market. Through well-designed analytics, workflow, and expert content, our solutions empower decision makers with insight. In this way, SpatialKey has redefined geospatial analytics for the insurance industry.”

Over the past five years, Mr. Stone has actively worked to move risk intelligence out of the back office and into the hands of the business. He explains, “SpatialKey is all about providing tangible value to insurers. And, the way to do that is through the collaboration of data, analytics, and technology. Collaboration will yield more and faster innovation, enabling insurers to put advancements in InsurTech into action.”

Tom Link, Founder and CEO of SpatialKey adds, “Bret was at the forefront of InsurTech before it was “InsurTech”—before it became a movement. It just makes sense to have an industry expert of his caliber, experience, and with his passion at the helm of SpatialKey.” Mr. Link continues, “I’m grateful for Bret's service and leadership over the past five years. Working together, we’ve established a level of trust and camaraderie that makes this a good fit and a natural progression for the company. With Bret’s leadership, I’m confident we’ll continue to drive innovation in the geospatial insurance analytics space.”

About SpatialKey 
We build technology that simplifies how insurers gain insights from information. We bundle everything insurers need—the best data, mapping, and analytics—in apps that help them streamline their decision-making. More than 100 insurers trust our innovative, off-the-shelf solutions for underwriting, exposure management, and claims to help them achieve healthier portfolios, operations, and profits. Learn more at https://www.spatialkey.com.

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SpatialKey® and Location, Inc. give underwriters access to crime risk data, enabling data-driven underwriting decisions and risk-based pricing

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Sarah Stadler

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SpatialKey Inc. (SpatialKey) is pleased to offer its insurance clients access to crime risk data from Location, Inc., a leading provider of U.S. location based analytics. Location, Inc. specializes in providing hyperlocal crime risk data to help underwriters understand, measure and select risk, and calculate premiums with greater accuracy. Exposure managers can also use Location Inc.’s crime risk data to quickly identify and manage adverse portfolio accumulations.

“The Location, Inc. team is excited to be partnering with an innovative geospatial insurance analytics company like SpatialKey,” said Dr. Andrew Schiller, CEO and Founder of Location, Inc. “Making our SecurityGauge® crime risk data available via the SpatialKey platform allows underwriters to visualize and gauge hyperlocal crime risk at the time they are making binding decisions. SpatialKey clients will gain access to another layer of intelligence, enabling their underwriters to more quickly and effectively assess risk and manage exposure.”

Location, Inc. provides a deep-market view of human behavior risks (fire, liability, and theft and vandalism) at the policy address level. Its geospatial behavioral crime indices leverage data collected from over 18,000 authoritative sources and model risk for the entire U.S. landscape, down to an unprecedented 33-foot resolution. This fine-grained assessment of intelligent crime risk data enables insurers to streamline operations by eliminating risks in the early stages of the underwriting process. Insurers can pinpoint pockets of low risk within regions often thought of as high risk and, conversely, locate pockets of high risk within regions often considered low risk, resulting in segmentation and premium advantage over competitors.

“SpatialKey is a valuable risk assessment solution for our underwriting teams,” said RLI Insurance Company President & COO Craig W. Kliethermes. “We rely on sophisticated data to assess and underwrite risks, so having the ability to seamlessly access and analyze Location, Inc.’s crime risk data within SpatialKey will allow us to expand our use of the platform.”

The SpatialKey Underwriting application already gives insurers the expert data and advanced analytics they need to assess other man-made and natural catastrophe perils. Now underwriters and exposure managers can access crime data within the solution to form a more comprehensive view of risk in one convenient platform.

“RLI’s commitment to innovation and reputation for underwriting excellence has made them a great partner to work with in delivering an analytic solution tailored to visualizing and analyzing crime risk,” said Bret Stone, COO, SpatialKey. “We’re excited to take this solution to market with the experts at Location, Inc. as we believe our shared goal to deliver real and actionable insights to the insurance market will help improve risk selection, lower costs and drive results to the bottom line.”

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SpatialKey® and HazardHub collaborate to give insurers easier access to hazard data

Posted on November 1, 2016 by Sarah Stadler

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SpatialKey Inc. (SpatialKey) is pleased to offer its insurance clients access to hazard data from HazardHub, a risk data provider. HazardHub specializes in developing proprietary models and processing past event data to help underwriters and exposure managers better understand the probability of future property damage, in order to write profitable business and maintain a strong portfolio.

HazardHub’s expert data is the latest to be seamlessly integrated into SpatialKey’s geospatial analytics solution. The integration complements SpatialKey’s applications designed specifically for insurers, and helps underwriters and exposure managers better visualize risk and understand exposure alongside hazard data. Clients can now easily layer on the HazardHub data from straight-line wind, hail, and tornado to new policy submissions during the risk analysis process and make more informed decisions. Additional hazards from HazardHub, such as wildfire, earthquake and hurricane, will be added to SpatialKey Underwriting and Hazard Analyst applications within the next few months.

HazardHub’s team of experienced data scientists translate, create, and deploy large volumes of geospatial data from past events that are translated into scores that represent future risk potential.

“Working with SpatialKey offers insurers a seamless way to visualize and analyze our data without the heavy lifting of having to integrate it into their own systems,” said Bob Frady, CEO and Founder, HazardHub. “This collaboration offers the marketplace an innovative approach to consuming and understanding hazard data without the need for internal GIS systems or expertise."

With Insurance Journal reporting that catastrophes contributed to increased underwriting losses during the first half of 2016, high-quality hazard data is increasingly valuable to insurers. The partnership between SpatialKey and HazardHub simplifies the process of deriving meaningful insights from hazard data for insurers so they can focus on driving underwriting profits.

“We’re delighted to expand SpatialKey’s hazard data offerings for underwriters and exposure managers in the U.S.,” said Bret Stone, COO, SpatialKey. “With HazardHub data seamlessly integrated within SpatialKey, our clients can easily access and analyze relevant data to better pinpoint new business opportunities in an increasingly competitive market.”

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Willis Re and SpatialKey® collaborate to bring EuroTempest data to insurers

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Sarah Stadler

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New European Windstorm event response app available now

Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the global advisory, broking and solutions company has collaborated with SpatialKey Inc. to launch a new European Windstorm app. This powerful new event response application integrates data from multiple data sources, including EuroTempest—insurance industry experts in forecasting and reporting on European windstorm activity.

Accessible through a web browser, SpatialKey’s European Windstorm application provides seamless, real-time access to both forecast and historical event data. This enables insurance claims managers to perform geospatial analysis across an entire portfolio of insured properties exposed to a windstorm, making it easier to assess damage and to respond to claims as quickly as possible. Claims teams can also use the app to track windstorms as they happen, accessing forecast data and event footprints to understand their exposure and manage potential claims costs.

“We’re delighted to give our clients access to valuable windstorm data from EuroTempest through the powerful SpatialKey platform,” said Tim Edwards, Head of Europe Catastrophe Analytics, Willis Re International. “Now, Willis Re clients can easily access, visualize, and analyze the windstorm data they need to better respond to catastrophes as they occur.”

Nick Wood, Commercial Director, EuroTempest, said: “We’re pleased to partner with SpatialKey and Willis Re to offer insurers a way to visualize and better utilize our unique windstorm data through SpatialKey’s geospatial insurance analytics platform,” said Wood.

SpatialKey, which established a full-time presence in London earlier this year, is releasing the new app at a time when insured losses due to European windstorms average €3 billion per year, according to PERILS AG. During a typical season, which begins in November and ends in March, an average of six windstorms threaten Europe, affecting insured properties across multiple countries. European Windstorm is the newest event response app from SpatialKey.

“We’re excited to offer our European clients the expert data and advanced analytics they need to proactively prepare for incoming windstorm claims,” said Derek Blum, Vice President, Product Marketing, SpatialKey. “Insurers rely on contextualized expert content to manage their response, and using SpatialKey’s European Windstorm solution simplifies and speeds up that process during events, when every minute counts.”

 

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SpatialKey and Impact Forecasting are giving insurers greater access to global peril data

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Sarah Stadler

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SpatialKey to include hazard data for more countries

SpatialKey now offers its insurance clients access to global peril data from Impact Forecasting, a catastrophe model development center within Aon Benfield. Designed to highlight potential risks for underwriters and exposure managers, SpatialKey geospatial analytic solutions now seamlessly integrate with expert content from Impact Forecasting. Insurers can now access the same, expert hazard data across both underwriting and exposure management disciplines, enabling them to make more confident business decisions.

“We’re excited to offer our clients access to a greater breadth of global hazard and risk data,” said Bret Stone, COO of SpatialKey. “Insurers rely on expert content to write and manage their exposure. Working with Impact Forecasting means our clients can easily access the information they need to inform their risk management strategies across the globe.”

In 2015, insured catastrophe losses totaled roughly $27 billion, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Risk experts, like Impact Forecasting, and geospatial insurance analytics providers, like SpatialKey, play an increasingly strategic role in helping insurers improve their bottom line. Both companies help insurers perform more accurate underwriting and risk assessment—two key factors in keeping insurers profitable.

Impact Forecasting provides data for eight kinds of perils in more than 60 countries, including emerging markets. With that data integrated into SpatialKey, insurers can identify new market opportunities and gain insights where their competitors lack understanding.

“We’re delighted to make our risk and hazard data models available to SpatialKey clients for the first time,” commented Adam Podlaha, CEO of Impact Forecasting. “Now, underserved markets can easily access, visualize, and analyze the data they need to better manage risk and write more profitable business.”

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Hazard data from Willis Re View of Risk now available to Willis Re clients via SpatialKey

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Heather Munro

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Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the global advisory, broking and solutions company, today announces the availability of proprietary Willis Re hazard data to its clients via partnership with SpatialKey.

The Willis Re View of Risk assists Willis Re clients in developing their own view of risk, through a combination of enhancing and evaluating existing models, and developing new models where there are none. Constantly advancing Willis Re’s in-house modelling solutions by combining insurance industry experience with expert knowledge, Willis Re Catastrophe Analytics teams help quantify the financial impact of natural and man-made catastrophes on their clients’ portfolios across the world. 

Data developed by the team specifically focuses on gaps in the market for global perils where no reliable risk quantification tools exist, or where Willis Re can help clients enhance limited coverage or improve less detailed information.

Willis Re’s partnership with SpatialKey enables Willis Re clients to access this proprietary Willis Re information alongside data that clients may license from other industry sources, via a powerful and user-friendly geospatial platform. 

The territories and perils covered are broad in scope, ranging from volcanic risk in Italy, to tsunamis in Japan, to flood and storm event assessments in Europe and flood in Australia and New Zealand.

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Karl Jones, Managing Director, Willis Re said: “It’s important for us to help clients understand their risk, especially for perils and regions that get less attention from the commercial vendors.  The expertise of our analysts around the globe, combined with the resources of the Willis Research Network and the power of the SpatialKey platform, puts the latest science at our clients’ fingertips.”

Tom Link, CEO of SpatialKey, said:  “We’re pleased to broaden the range of information that Willis Re clients can access through our platform.  SpatialKey’s vision is to empower insurers with all the information they need, enabling them to make optimal use of their risk capital to enhance profitability and resiliency.”

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SpatialKey Hires Product Marketing VP to Expand Insurance Analytics Offerings

Posted on April 12, 2016 by Sarah Stadler

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We’re delighted to welcome Derek Blum as our new Vice President of Product Marketing.

In this newly developed role, Derek will ensure SpatialKey delivers high-quality, relevant insurance analytics products, expanding existing capabilities and developing new offerings to meet our clients’ changing needs.

Derek’s background made him a natural choice for SpatialKey. For most of his 20-year career, he has helped insurers—and reinsurers—use technology to mitigate, manage, and transfer catastrophe risk.

“Derek’s extensive experience in the definition and development of insurance analytics products makes him the ideal person to help us identify innovative product opportunities,” explains SpatialKey COO Bret Stone. “He’ll be instrumental in further developing our product strategy and reinforcing our presence and commitment within the insurance industry.”

In addition, Derek is committed to innovation and will be drawing on his experience in bringing natural and man-made catastrophe risk and exposure analysis products for multiple insurance lines and segments to market.

“Over the years, it has been fascinating to watch insurers embrace analytics and use those insights to shape their risk management, underwriting, and claims decisions,” explains Derek. “I’m excited to join SpatialKey’s smart, innovative team and to continue identifying ways to make the business of writing risk easier—and more profitable—for insurers.”

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SpatialKey Establishes Full-Time Presence in London

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Sarah Stadler

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Client Services Director Louise Braybrooke will help SpatialKey expand our organization in the U.K.

We’re excited to welcome our first team member based in London: Louise Braybrooke.

As our new Client Services Director, Louise will be responsible for securing and expanding our valuable client relationships there, while helping us further develop our presence in the U.K.

“Hiring Louise is just the start of SpatialKey’s plan to grow its business in London and across Europe,” explains Martyn Sutton, Chief Client Officer. “As part of her new role, Louise will help us build a U.K.-based team to support those efforts.”

With 15 years working within the insurance/reinsurance industry, Louise is the ideal person to help us broaden our efforts outside of the States. Louise’s enthusiasm certainly reflects our own as she explains why she wanted to come over to SpatialKey.

I was looking for a new opportunity that allowed me to be instrumental in growing a business from the ground up, and SpatialKey presented exactly that,” she explains. “I thrive on solving challenges faced by the industry’s exposure management and underwriting communities, and I was keen to work with a company that had the agility and momentum to rise to the challenge. I look forward to working with the market to drive new ideas and seeing them come to fruition.”

SpatialKey is thrilled to have a growing presence in the U.K.—it means we can build on our expertise and accelerate our ability to bring analytic solutions to the insurance market.

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SpatialKey Selected by ProSight Specialty to Advance Underwriting Practices Through Data Analytics and Visualization

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Sarah Stadler

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London, October 20, 2015 – SpatialKey Inc. (SpatialKey) is providing ProSight Specialty Underwriters Ltd. (ProSight) with intuitive, geospatial analytics and visualization for its underwriting team and coverholders.

SpatialKey’s Underwriting solution provides analytics and visualizations tailored to the underwriting workflow, enabling ProSight and its coverholders to consistently and confidently underwrite across multiple commercial programs. Specifically, ProSight is accessing rich data analytics, coupled with high quality data from natural hazard experts, JBA Risk Management (JBA), to select and price risks, manage accumulations and calibrate underwriting strategy.

“Developing a complete understanding of risk when evaluating prospective insureds is an essential component of our underwriting practice as we proactively manage our portfolio at the point of sale. SpatialKey and JBA provide an integrated solution we can trust and help us gain competitive advantage, deliver underwriting profit and reduce downstream claims and reinsurance costs.” Rob Saxon, Underwriting Control Manager, ProSight

“We are delighted to have been adopted by ProSight and their coverholders as a best practice to enhance ProSight’s profitability and execute their underwriting strategy. We look forward to driving continued innovation through our products and partnerships as a result of the work we are doing with ProSight.“ Bret Stone, COO, SpatialKey

About SpatialKey

SpatialKey is reinventing the way insurers transform data into actionable intelligence. SpatialKey solutions amplify the value of insured data and expert content through unmatched user experiences and breakthrough geospatial business intelligence. Through focused analytics and agile visualizations, SpatialKey helps more than 100 insurers understand global risk accumulations and composition, respond to live catastrophe events, and manage exposure proactively at the point of underwriting. For more information visit spatialkey.com.

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