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Insuring their Survival

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Founder and CEO of Simplesurance Robin von Hein, is taking up the opportunities of digitalizaiton.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Insurance is undergoing a major overhaul. Two executives argue it will be cooperation rather than rivalry between traditional and startup insurers that will keep the industry afloat.

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    • Robin von Hein founded the upstart insurtech startup Simplesurance in 2012 and now has more than 120 employees in 30 countries.
    • Thomas Blunck has been a board member of Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurer, since 2005.
    • Simplesurance uses traditional insurance companies such as Munich Re subsidiary Ergo or Allianz to underwrite policies and products it sells online.
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They do have one common interest – kite surfing – and both in South Africa no less. But when it comes to their day jobs as insurance salesmen, Thomas Blunck and Robin von Hein seem to come from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Mr. Blunck is a 55-year-old executive who works for a long-established global industry player, while Mr. von Hein is the 33-year-old head of a tech company that’s just four years old.

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