Episode List

Ep.10. DeadHappy: Building an Insurance Brand Full of Life

July 16, 2021

This week on the Talent Equals Podcast, we are joined by Phil Zeidler and Andy Knott, Co-Founders of the unconventional insurtech disrupter, DeadHappy. This was a deeply interesting interview and it was a pleasure having the…

Ep.9. The Lionised & Evangelised Life of the Entrepreneur With William Laitinen and Guests

July 9, 2021

Join William Laitinen for this special edition clip episode featuring previous guests on the show. In this episode we explore the realities of entrepreneurship and running your own business. Don't forget to subscribe and lea…

Ep.8. Leadership Under Stress with Sarah Hill, Author of 'Where did you Learn to Behave Like That?'

June 25, 2021

In this episode of the Talent Equals series we welcome Sarah Hill, acclaimed author and international expert in reading the room behaviourally and equipping people to make change happen. Sarah authored the deeply inspiring …

Ep.7. Supercede: Creating a New Reinsurance Ecosystem. With Co-founders Ben Rose & Jerad Leigh

June 11, 2021

So we've been on a bit of a break for a couple of weeks, but we're are back up and running with some excellent guests. The first of which is Ben Rose and Jerad Leigh, co-founders of Supercede. Supercede has an ambitious visi…

Ep.6. David Katz, CEO & Founder of Plastic Bank. Changing the Story of Plastic

April 30, 2021

On the podcast this week, I am thrilled to welcome David Katz, CEO and Founder of Plastic Bank - a company who's seeking to redefine the value of plastic, in order to help combat the world's growing plastic crisis and empowe…

Ep.5. Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, Author of "What's Your Problem?" Take Their Perspective; The Art of Problem Solving

April 16, 2021

Episode 5 of the Talent Equals series welcomes acclaimed author and globally recognized expert on problem solving. Thomas wrote the spectacular books "Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life" a…

Ep.4. Steven Mendel, CEO & Co-Founder of Bought by Many. Focus for Success.

April 2, 2021

In episode 4 of the Talent Equals series, I am joined by the fantastic Steven Mendel, who is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bought by Many, a company which has gone from strength to strength since focusing on pet insurance. Steve…

Ep.3. Lisa Lahey, Co-Author of "Immunity to Change". Adaptive versus Technical Challenges.

March 19, 2021

In episode 3 of the Talent Equals series, it is my privilege to welcome Lisa Lahey co-author of a book which has been pivotal in my own professional and personal development - "Immunity to Change". Lisa is also the Co-Direct…

Ep.2. Andrew Engler, Co-founder and CEO of Kettle. Using Machine Learning to Predict Wildfire

March 5, 2021

In the second episode of the new series, I was honoured to be joined by the inspirational entrepreneur Andrew Engler, CEO and co-founder of the insurtech Kettle. Andrew is a fantastically intelligent human being, and has ama…

Ep.1. Sheila Heen, 2 times NY Times Best Selling Co-Author - Thanks for the Feedback

Feb. 18, 2021

Welcome to Talent Equals! We are starting our new series with an amazing guest - Sheila Heen, Author of 2 New York Times best sellers "Thanks for the Feedback" and "Difficult Conversations". Sheila is a Lecturer on Law at Ha…

Introducing Talent Equals

Feb. 18, 2021

Introducing Talent Equals! A fresh new look and focus driving us into a new series. Looking ahead to having some amazing authors, business leaders and modern thinkers from the world of insurtech and fintech and beyond, shari…

Ep.13 Andy Rear, founder of Munich Re's Digital Partners. The skills you don't have.

Feb. 5, 2021

Andy Rear, founder of Munich Re's Digital Partners. The skills you don't have. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Andy Rear who is a insurtech board director and adviser and founder and former-CEO of Munich Re's …

Ep12. Tanguy Touffut, CEO & Co-founder of Descartes Underwriting. A Business Based on Values.

Dec. 11, 2020

Tanguy Touffut, CEO & Co-founder of Descartes Underwriting. A Business Based on Values. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Tanguy Touffut of Descartes Underwriting to share how Descartes is building a business ba…

Ep.11. Nikolaus Sühr & Matthew Wardle, of KASKO insurtech. The Co-founders' Journey.

Nov. 20, 2020

Nikolaus Sühr & Matthew Wardle, of KASKO insurtech. The Co-founders' Journey. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Nikolaus Sühr & Matthew Wardle the CEO and CTO of KASKO insurtech to explore their journey, how the…

Ep.10. Julian Teicke, CEO of wefox: Lessons learnt in getting to a 1 billion valuation

Nov. 6, 2020

Julian Teicke, CEO of wefox: Lessons learnt in getting to a 1 billion valuation. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Julian Teicke, CEO and Founder of wefox Group, who shares the lessons he learnt building this hu…

Ep9. Dr Marcus Schmalbach: Rethinking Risk Transfer

Oct. 23, 2020

Marcus Schmalbach: Rethinking Risk Transfer. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Dr. Marcus Schmalbach, CEO of RYSKEX, who shares how RYSKEX is thinking about insurance and risk in different ways, considering incr…

Ep. 8. Luke Hohmann: Innovation through games, Agile doing vs Agile being and teaching kids financial skills.

Oct. 9, 2020

Luke Hohmann: Innovation through games, Agile doing vs Agile being and teaching kids financial skills. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Luke Hohmann, Founder and CEO at Tilliden, internationally recognized expe…

Ep. 7. Digital Insurance at Scale in India with KV Dipu at Bajaj Allianz.

Sept. 24, 2020

Digital Insurance at Scale in India with KV Dipu at Bajaj Allianz. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by KV Dipu (otherwise know as Dipu) who is Head of Operations, Communities & Customer Service at Bajaj Allianz. T…

Ep. 6. Driving Digital Transformation at the World's Largest Reinsurer - Swiss Re - with Pravina Ladva

Sept. 9, 2020

Driving Digital Transformation at the World's Largest Reinsurer - Swiss Re - with Pravina Ladva. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Pravina Ladva, a key part of Swiss Re's leadership team delivering digital trans…

Ep. 5. A Conversation with Richard Leftley: The Godfather of Micro Insurance

Aug. 26, 2020

A Conversation with Richard Leftley: The Godfather of Micro Insurance. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by the remarkable Richard Leftley, a pioneer in Micro Insurance, to discuss working in the poorest parts of t…

Ep. 4. Building Businesses From Data - with David Soloff of OTTRSK & Premise Data

July 22, 2020

Building Businesses From Data. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by David Soloff, California Entrepreneur and Founder of OTTRSK & Premise Data about building businesses based on data, and his foray into insurance a…

Ep. 3. Dungeons & Dragons, Dojos and the Qualities of Leadership - with Guy Duncan, CTO of Tide

July 1, 2020

Dungeons & Dragons, Dojos and the Qualities of Leadership. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Guy Duncan from the FinTech, Tide, to discuss, among other things, how being a Dungeon Master can help in the workpla…

Ep. 2. Achieving Innovation through Creativity and Play - Tendayi Viki from Strategyzer

June 17, 2020

Achieving Innovation through Creativity and Play. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Tendayi Viki, Academic, Associate Partner of Strategyzer and Author of Pirates in the Navy to discuss innovation in teams and a…

Ep. 1. Parametric Insurance and Preparing for the next Pandemic - Patrick Kelahan

May 6, 2020

Parametric Insurance and Preparing for the next Pandemic. In this episode, William Laitinen is joined by Patrick Kelahan of H2M Architects and Engineers, to talk about what part insurance has to play in during business inter…