Insights from Industry Leaders

Discover how leaders like you are using our Risk Data Platform to drive better outcomes:

"On Archipelago, we’re able to bring our properties’ differentiation to life and share these trusted data-driven insights with our partners across the insurance market."

Vahe Simitian,

SVP of Risk Management, Alexandria Real Estate Equities

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“For some time, we had been looking for a better way to connect and utilize all of our rich property and risk data.”

Jeff Bray,

SVP of Global Risk Management, Prologis

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"Archipelago has transformed our ability to source and share quality data with our insurers for our Property Insurance Program."

Ian Ascher,

Executive Director, Global Risk Management, JLL

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"Archipelago gave us the ability to streamline our renewals and deliver a new way to tell our portfolio story—virtually and securely."

VP Risk Management,

Top US Asset Owner

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What Went Wrong in Surfside? A Risk Engineer’s Perspective

Archipelago co-founder and CEO, Hemant Shah, interviews Erin Ashley, Director of Risk Engineering, on the condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida. Hemant and Erin discuss the meaning of a progressive collapse, potential causes of the condominium's deterioration, and how evolving building codes played a role in overlooking structural issues.

Erin Ashley

Director of Risk Engineering, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Seraina Macia, CEO & Co-Founder of Joyn Insurance

In this Q&A, Seraina shares her thoughts on what the insurance industry is capable of, remote work’s ability to make people more available, and the opportunity for innovation in middle-market insurance.

Seraina Macia

Seraina Macia, CEO & Co-Founder of Joyn Insurance

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12 Questions with Kate Stillwell, Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Insurance

In this Q&A, Kate shares her thoughts on the potential to embed insurance costs in the initial point of purchase, the core mission of insurance, and the re-imagination of a new generation of home parks – targeted towards remote professionals.

Kate Stillwell

Kate Stillwell, Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Insurance

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12 Questions with Justin Levine, Co-Founder & CEO at Shepherd

In this Q&A, Justin shares his thoughts on the increasing need for tech companies to focus on improving risk management, making clean and usable loss data available in the insurance space, and the perfect work music he has on in the Shepherd office.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine, Co-Founder & CEO at Shepherd

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On Demand RIMS Webinar: Harnessing Your Own Property Data to Improve Risk & Insurance Outcomes with Blackstone and Archipelago

Learn about common challenges and opportunities to better manage and maintain high-quality data on your properties, why this data matters for better risk management and insurance outcomes.


The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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There's A Way To Stop Climate Change Risk Pushing Up Premiums

How can property owners work with insurers to create an accurate picture that includes climate change risk?

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Kais Al-Rawi, AIA, Senior Associate at Walter P Moore

In this Q&A, Kais shares his thoughts on the world of 3D printing — its technological advancement, the potential to use it for making buildings, and the tools that his team uses for complex 3D models.

Kais Al-Rawi

Kais Al-Rawi, AIA, Senior Associate, Walter P Moore.

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Beat the Renewal Rush Using Archipelago to Manage Properties

Archipelago moves upstream with new capabilities for you and your team to add, update, or dispose of properties. Work confidently and beat the renewal rush.

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Christine Sullivan, SVP, Risk Control Director at Sompo Global Risk Solutions

In this Q&A, Christine discusses the use of drones in the insurance industry, the need for more focus on large-scale catastrophes, and her favorite hiking app.

Christine Sullivan

SVP, Risk Control Director, Sompo Global Risk Solutions

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InsTech London Podcast with Hemant Shah: Moving Upstream - Digitizing and Standardizing Customer Data at Source

Archipelago co-founder and CEO, Hemant Shah, joins Matthew Grant on InsTech London’s weekly podcast. Hemant discusses going upstream to digitize customer data, create insight, and connect large property owners, brokers, and insurers.

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Matthew Grant, Partner at InsTech London

In this Q&A, Matthew shares his thoughts on the concept of digital twins for property, insurance innovation teams, and an upcoming need for climate change risk analytical tools.

Matthew Grant

Partner, InsTech London

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The Rise of Parametric Insurance in an Increasingly Disaster-prone World

Natural disasters are now occurring with a greater frequency and severity than ever. At the same time, populations and businesses continue to move to cat-prone geographies most at risk...

Daniel Vetter

Head of North America, Descartes Underwriting

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12 Questions with Gary Kaplan, President of Construction at AXA XL

In this Q&A, Gary discusses new risk-reducing technologies, the ever-changing insurance industry, and getting back into writing limericks.

Gary Kaplan

President of Construction, AXA XL

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Accelerating CRE’s Digital Transformation Through Risk Management And Insurance

"Digital strategies are finally transforming commercial real estate. After decades of having a reputation for being slow to adopt technology, CRE enterprises are now empowering digital leaders and embracing proptech innovations. Across the board, CRE firms are re-envisioning everything..."

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Ronald T. Eguchi, CEO and Co-Founder of ImageCat

In this Q&A, Ronald shares his thoughts on access to smart data following natural disasters, transforming virtual meetings, and more.

Ronald T. Eguchi

CEO and Co-Founder of ImageCat

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12 Questions with Victor J. Sordillo,  EVP, Global Director of Risk Control Services, Sompo International Insurance

In this Q&A, Victor shares his thoughts on parametric insurance, emergent perils, and his favorite novels.

Victor J. Sordillo PE, CSP, MBA

EVP, Global Director of Risk Control Services, Sompo International Insurance

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White Paper: Demystifying How Your Property Data Drives Your Insurance Outcomes

Download our white paper to understand and take control of how your property risk data impacts your commercial property insurance renewals.

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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RIMSLIVE Recap: Property Data "Must-Haves" to Optimize Your Insurance Outcomes

Takeaways from a panel discussion with Marco Flores of Revantage (Blackstone) and Ian Ascher of JLL.

Adam Sandler

Chief Customer Officer, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth at the U.S. Green Building Council

In this Q&A, we talk with Roger about electrical overload, mutual respect across the industry supply chain, and the value of green buildings.

Roger Platt

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth, U.S. Green Building Council

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Accelerating Impact: Announcing Our Series B Venture Funding

It’s been just eight months since we launched Archipelago, and I’m excited to announce the successful close of our Series B financing...

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Ken Radigan, CEO at Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA)

In this Q&A, Ken shares his thoughts on the implications of country-level debt, risk management as a core discipline of modern business, and promptness as a virtue.

Ken Radigan

CEO, Professional Risk Manager’s International Association (PRMIA)

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Connecting Risk and Capital for Better Protection: Interview with Blueprint

Our CEO and co-founder, Hemant Shah recently spoke with Blueprint’s Vik Venkatraman for their Conversations with Champions video series. Hemant is excited to be one of the speakers at the Blueprint Conference 2021 coming up in October.

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Jeff Cohen, SVP at Zywave and former President of Advisen

In this Q&A, Jeff discusses rapidly occurring innovations in insurtech, maintaining relationships, and how proud he is to work in this industry.

Jeff Cohen

SVP at Zywave, and former President of Advisen

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12 Questions with Tim Wright, Senior Advisor & Director at Archipelago

In this Q&A, Tim discusses his trick for writing To-Do lists, how to translate great ideas into new businesses, and why the industry is anything but boring.

Tim Wright

Senior Advisor & Director, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Mark Cravens, Principal at Cravens Consulting

In this Q&A, Mark discusses 

new norms, the irreplaceable value of working together, and ponders the nature of the "right answer."

Mark Cravens

Principal at Cravens Consulting

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12 Questions with Murat Melek, Design Manager at Walter P Moore

In this Q&A, Murat discusses technological leaps in the construction industry, product innovation over the next year, and getting into flow with background music.

Murat Melek

Design Manager, Walter P Moore

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Inside Baseball: Lessons for Today’s Risk Managers from a Retired CUO

"In a recent conversation with Ken Jenkins, a long-time friend and former chief underwriting officer, I asked him about retirement and we ended up in a discussion related to lessons he learned over his 30+ year career as a property and casualty underwriter..."

Fred Kipperman

Managing Director, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Jack Gibson, President & CEO at International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), CEO at WebCE

In this Q&A, Jack shares his thoughts on virtual learning in small bites, the dimensions of cyber risk, and scheduling quiet time.

Jack Gibson

President & CEO, International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) & CEO, WebCE

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12 Questions with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group

In this Q&A, Greg Hendrick discusses catastrophe insurance, the iPad, and how the "Vantage vision" brings people together.

Greg Hendrick

Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Group

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Soften the Impact of a Hard Market: Underwriters Reveal Their Thoughts on Data Quality

We asked underwriters and executives at major insurance companies throughout North America to share their thoughts on the impact of data quality.

This infographic summarizes the biggest insights.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

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12 Questions with Alexandra Glickman, Senior Managing Director and Global Practice Leader in Real Estate & Hospitality at Gallagher

In this Q&A, we chat with Alexandra about commercial insurance as an "apprentice business," being an early riser, and the return of optimism.

Alexandra Glickman

Area Vice Chairman and Managing Director - Practice Leader, Real Estate & Hospitality at Gallagher

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CNA Taps Archipelago for Increased Data Analytics

To drive profitability and provide stability, the insurance industry must continue to digitize and maximize data and analytics, helping to quantify and better understand emerging risks.

Michael Nardiello

Head of Global Property, CNA Insurance

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12 Questions with Ibbi Almufti, Associate Principal at Arup’s Advanced Technology & Research Group

In this Q&A, we chat with Ibbi about climate-related risk, resilience, and design.

Ibbi Almufti

Associate Principal, Advanced Technology & Research, Arup

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12 Questions with Megan Miller, Executive Director of the Spencer Educational Foundation

In this Q&A, Megan Miller discusses the importance of leadership and supporting talent coming into the insurance industry.

Megan Miller

Executive Director of Spencer Educational Foundation

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Best-in-Class Risk Managers are Multilingual 

After working shoulder to shoulder with risk managers for more than twenty-five years, I both have tremendous respect for the importance of their Swiss Army Knife-like roles and find them to be often unsung, misunderstood, and underappreciated.

Scott Davis

President, National Specialty Group, EPIC Insurance Brokers

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12 Questions with Frank Nutter, President of the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)

In this Q&A, Frank shares his thoughts on underwriting, climate risk, and remote work.

Frank Nutter

President, The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)

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2021: A Year of Digital Convergence for Large Commercial Risks

"Over 25 years leading RMS, and now even more so with my new colleagues at Archipelago, I’ve developed an affinity for the built environment: the hazards and risks of these assets, the imperatives for resiliency...."

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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2020’s Most Viewed Articles

We thought it'd be fun to revisit the posts that you, our readers have found the most intriguing. Here are the five most popular posts of 2020.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

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2020 Trends Set to Shape 2021

Here are six topics that are top of mind for the team at Archipelago as we head into 2021.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

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Data Security is Paramount to Good Data Stewardship: How We Protect Data at Archipelago

"As an enterprise software company entrusted with storing and managing customer data, we consider data security of utmost importance. To help you formulate your data security practices, I'll share what we do at Archipelago to keep our data secure..."

Roger Bodamer

CTO & COO, Archipelago

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It’s Time for Transparency

"Insurance is a data-driven industry, and it’s time we deliver data-driven transparency on what the relationships are between inputs, and outputs."

Mike Korn

Managing Principal, Risk Management Property & Marine Practice Leader, EPIC

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Top Takeaways from Advisen’s 2020 Property Insights Conference

"Advisen orchestrated a virtual exploration of the hardening commercial property insurance market and the related impact on buyers, brokers, and insurers..."

Fred Kipperman

Managing Director, Archipelago

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Use Your Data to Get Proactive

"By harnessing this, data you can take control of your risk management, be proactive with your insurance partners and drive results that are reflective of your individual, ever-changing risk profile."

Kate Sampson

Managing Director, Anthemis Group

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In Trust We Data

"It’s understandable that many underwriters and their teams are skeptical of the information. It’s ironic: an industry built on trust lacks trust in the very data that defines what it does."

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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Blue Ocean Opportunities

"...the availability of digital twins for properties, and their risk characteristics, opens up new possibilities for insurance to help with the risk management of properties. Connected data and real-time analytics can improve..."

Sean Ringsted

Executive Vice President, Chubb Group Chief Digital and Risk Officer

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It’s Now Time for our Data to Catch-up

"I became a broker and ultimately, led the Real Estate and Hospitality practice for Willis Towers Watson. In this capacity, I saw CAT modeling transform commercial property insurance. As the models matured and advanced, reliance and acceptance grew significantly over the years. With hundreds of billions of dollars at risk..."

Steve Sachs

Advisor, Archipelago

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Standing out in the Hardening Market

"In our experience, accurate and plentiful data can be a great differentiator in this marketplace, separating quality customers from the rest of the market. Archipelago is a step ahead in the evolution of data and property insurance."

Jared Hanner

SVP and Executive Director, Gallagher Real Estate and Hospitality Practice

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Using Data to Unlock a Resiliency Dividend

"Today we launched Archipelago after 20 months in stealth. Archipelago uses AI to digitize risk for large owners of commercial property to increase their resiliency and lower their total cost of risk, including by improving their insurance outcomes. Our journey thus far…"

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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My Business is Digitizing, Why Not My Risk Management Too?

"Does this sound familiar - an enormous undertaking annually to collect property information from disparate reports and asset managers dodging your emails? Being limited to the cells on a spreadsheet for the information used by underwriters to price your risk? Meanwhile vast amounts of new data is available for risk managers..."

Jeff Bray

SVP, Global Risk Management, Prologis

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Differentiating Your Portfolio in a Hard Market

"As Risk Managers, now more than ever it’s crucial we take proactive steps to prepare for our next renewal. How are you planning to differentiate your portfolio to your markets?"

Vahe Simitian

SVP, Risk Management, Alexandria Properties

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Using Data to Drive Value to Our Stakeholders

"This is just the beginning of the new possibilities. Next steps for us include expanding utilization of the platform to our Asset Management business, and we believe there will be material cost savings in the future by us doing so."

Ian Ascher

Executive Director, Global Risk Management, JLL

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Using Data to Differentiate Our Assets

"When I had my first insurance renewal at a self storage company, I thought it would be pretty straightforward to insure some property and employees - I was wrong. As it turned out, most insurance carriers knew little about insuring the..."

Mark Marshall

Director, Risk Management, Extra Space Storage

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Two Huge Markets to Benefit from a Digital Transformation

"The commercial real estate sector holds over $25 trillion in assets and the global insurance industry writes $1 trillion in annual commercial insurance premiums – and yet, where these two massive industries interact much of the work is manual."

Rich Boyle

General Partner, Canaan Partners

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If It Were Easy...

"But, as CUO, I developed a healthy appreciation for the real-world challenges that underwriters face. Underwriters, particularly those in large account commercial lines, are in a difficult position. It’s where the ideology of The Data meets the reality of The Business."

Madhu Tadikonda

Co-Founder and Advisor, Archipelago

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No Risk Is an Island

"Property owners and operators are moving quickly to embrace digital, data-driven decision making. We believe Archipelago will serve as the platform of choice for risk mitigation and stakeholder alignment among the world's most sophisticated owners."

Dave Eisenberg

Founding Partner, Zigg Capital

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Things Go Slowly, Then They Go Quickly

"Perhaps the most lasting impact of the current capacity 'crunch' will be the changes in the way of working... a step-change in the capture and use of data, and the embracing of modern ways of working - digital and increasingly remote."

Tim Wright

Board Director, Archipelago

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Building a Shared System of Trust

"Data is the lifeblood for the insurance industry, yet gathering, curating and publishing that data is a hard problem. We’re all familiar with folders full of Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, images and so on. Before the data is useful, it needs to be transformed. We set out to build a platform to do just that!"

Roger Bodamer

Co-Founder, CTO & COO, Archipelago

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Transformation in the Large Commercial Insurance Sector Needs an Inside-Out Approach

"This requires an appreciation for the entire value-chain, with a healthy respect for why and how work currently gets done; not naively, as in 'I have an algorithm...' but how technology and data can slip comfortably into how the market currently works, and then drive change from the inside out."

Tom Hutton

Chairman, SoFi

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Know Your ‘Basis Risk’ in the Modeled Vulnerabilities of Your Customers' Exposures

"While [vulnerability curves] can work well in an aggregate analysis involving a diversity of property types and vulnerability classes, there are some cases where the default use of generalized vulnerability curves do not adequately address the performance of a particular construction style."

Scott Lawson

Chief Risk Engineer, Archipelago

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We Know We Have to Change, So Why Is It So Hard?

"One large deal today can involve 500 individuals across 100 organizations over 3 months, bogged down in preventable and duplicative data processing activity. And the process repeats every quarter as portfolio updates are disseminated through the chain."

Anthony Siggers

Co-Founder, CPO, Archipelago

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The Possibilities Are Just Extraordinary

"Now more than ever, it's time to modernize and simplify these dynamics... to create a platform that will make it simpler, clearer and more compelling to convey the critical information needed by underwriters..."

Mike McGavick

Former CEO, XL Group

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Using Applied ML to Solve Foundational Problems in the Insurance Industry

"AI is part of the solution to this semantic mess, but as I’ve learned through the course of investing in multiple analytics, AI and fin/insurtech start-ups, tech alone isn’t sufficient to change a business ecosystem..."

Nick Sturiale

Managing Partner, Ignition Partners

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600,000

Commercial Properties on Archipelago

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$5 Trillion

Unique TIV of Property Value on Platform

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4,000+

Active Platform Sessions Across Brokers and Underwriters

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38,000+

Documents & Images Ingested and Transformed on Platform

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1000s

Brokers and Underwriters Using the Platform

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151

Insurance Markets Experiencing Submission(s) on Archipelago

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"On Archipelago, we’re able to bring our properties’ differentiation to life and share these trusted data-driven insights with our partners across the insurance market."

Vahe Simitian,

SVP of Risk Management, Alexandria Real Estate Equities

View case study
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“For some time, we had been looking for a better way to connect and utilize all of our rich property and risk data.”

Jeff Bray,

SVP of Global Risk Management, Prologis

View case study
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"Archipelago has transformed our ability to source and share quality data with our insurers for our Property Insurance Program."

Ian Ascher,

Executive Director, Global Risk Management, JLL

View case study
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"Archipelago gave us the ability to streamline our renewals and deliver a new way to tell our portfolio story—virtually and securely."

VP Risk Management,

Top US Asset Owner

View case study
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What Went Wrong in Surfside? A Risk Engineer’s Perspective

Archipelago co-founder and CEO, Hemant Shah, interviews Erin Ashley, Director of Risk Engineering, on the condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida. Hemant and Erin discuss the meaning of a progressive collapse, potential causes of the condominium's deterioration, and how evolving building codes played a role in overlooking structural issues.

Erin Ashley

Director of Risk Engineering, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Seraina Macia, CEO & Co-Founder of Joyn Insurance

In this Q&A, Seraina shares her thoughts on what the insurance industry is capable of, remote work’s ability to make people more available, and the opportunity for innovation in middle-market insurance.

Seraina Macia

Seraina Macia, CEO & Co-Founder of Joyn Insurance

Read more
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12 Questions with Kate Stillwell, Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Insurance

In this Q&A, Kate shares her thoughts on the potential to embed insurance costs in the initial point of purchase, the core mission of insurance, and the re-imagination of a new generation of home parks – targeted towards remote professionals.

Kate Stillwell

Kate Stillwell, Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Insurance

Read more
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12 Questions with Justin Levine, Co-Founder & CEO at Shepherd

In this Q&A, Justin shares his thoughts on the increasing need for tech companies to focus on improving risk management, making clean and usable loss data available in the insurance space, and the perfect work music he has on in the Shepherd office.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine, Co-Founder & CEO at Shepherd

Read more
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On Demand RIMS Webinar: Harnessing Your Own Property Data to Improve Risk & Insurance Outcomes with Blackstone and Archipelago

Learn about common challenges and opportunities to better manage and maintain high-quality data on your properties, why this data matters for better risk management and insurance outcomes.


The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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There's A Way To Stop Climate Change Risk Pushing Up Premiums

How can property owners work with insurers to create an accurate picture that includes climate change risk?

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Kais Al-Rawi, AIA, Senior Associate at Walter P Moore

In this Q&A, Kais shares his thoughts on the world of 3D printing — its technological advancement, the potential to use it for making buildings, and the tools that his team uses for complex 3D models.

Kais Al-Rawi

Kais Al-Rawi, AIA, Senior Associate, Walter P Moore.

Read more
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Beat the Renewal Rush Using Archipelago to Manage Properties

Archipelago moves upstream with new capabilities for you and your team to add, update, or dispose of properties. Work confidently and beat the renewal rush.

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Christine Sullivan, SVP, Risk Control Director at Sompo Global Risk Solutions

In this Q&A, Christine discusses the use of drones in the insurance industry, the need for more focus on large-scale catastrophes, and her favorite hiking app.

Christine Sullivan

SVP, Risk Control Director, Sompo Global Risk Solutions

Read more
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InsTech London Podcast with Hemant Shah: Moving Upstream - Digitizing and Standardizing Customer Data at Source

Archipelago co-founder and CEO, Hemant Shah, joins Matthew Grant on InsTech London’s weekly podcast. Hemant discusses going upstream to digitize customer data, create insight, and connect large property owners, brokers, and insurers.

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Matthew Grant, Partner at InsTech London

In this Q&A, Matthew shares his thoughts on the concept of digital twins for property, insurance innovation teams, and an upcoming need for climate change risk analytical tools.

Matthew Grant

Partner, InsTech London

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The Rise of Parametric Insurance in an Increasingly Disaster-prone World

Natural disasters are now occurring with a greater frequency and severity than ever. At the same time, populations and businesses continue to move to cat-prone geographies most at risk...

Daniel Vetter

Head of North America, Descartes Underwriting

Read more
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12 Questions with Gary Kaplan, President of Construction at AXA XL

In this Q&A, Gary discusses new risk-reducing technologies, the ever-changing insurance industry, and getting back into writing limericks.

Gary Kaplan

President of Construction, AXA XL

Read more
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Accelerating CRE’s Digital Transformation Through Risk Management And Insurance

"Digital strategies are finally transforming commercial real estate. After decades of having a reputation for being slow to adopt technology, CRE enterprises are now empowering digital leaders and embracing proptech innovations. Across the board, CRE firms are re-envisioning everything..."

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Ronald T. Eguchi, CEO and Co-Founder of ImageCat

In this Q&A, Ronald shares his thoughts on access to smart data following natural disasters, transforming virtual meetings, and more.

Ronald T. Eguchi

CEO and Co-Founder of ImageCat

Read more
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12 Questions with Victor J. Sordillo,  EVP, Global Director of Risk Control Services, Sompo International Insurance

In this Q&A, Victor shares his thoughts on parametric insurance, emergent perils, and his favorite novels.

Victor J. Sordillo PE, CSP, MBA

EVP, Global Director of Risk Control Services, Sompo International Insurance

Read more
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White Paper: Demystifying How Your Property Data Drives Your Insurance Outcomes

Download our white paper to understand and take control of how your property risk data impacts your commercial property insurance renewals.

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

Read more
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RIMSLIVE Recap: Property Data "Must-Haves" to Optimize Your Insurance Outcomes

Takeaways from a panel discussion with Marco Flores of Revantage (Blackstone) and Ian Ascher of JLL.

Adam Sandler

Chief Customer Officer, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth at the U.S. Green Building Council

In this Q&A, we talk with Roger about electrical overload, mutual respect across the industry supply chain, and the value of green buildings.

Roger Platt

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth, U.S. Green Building Council

Read more
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Accelerating Impact: Announcing Our Series B Venture Funding

It’s been just eight months since we launched Archipelago, and I’m excited to announce the successful close of our Series B financing...

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Ken Radigan, CEO at Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA)

In this Q&A, Ken shares his thoughts on the implications of country-level debt, risk management as a core discipline of modern business, and promptness as a virtue.

Ken Radigan

CEO, Professional Risk Manager’s International Association (PRMIA)

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Connecting Risk and Capital for Better Protection: Interview with Blueprint

Our CEO and co-founder, Hemant Shah recently spoke with Blueprint’s Vik Venkatraman for their Conversations with Champions video series. Hemant is excited to be one of the speakers at the Blueprint Conference 2021 coming up in October.

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Jeff Cohen, SVP at Zywave and former President of Advisen

In this Q&A, Jeff discusses rapidly occurring innovations in insurtech, maintaining relationships, and how proud he is to work in this industry.

Jeff Cohen

SVP at Zywave, and former President of Advisen

Read more
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12 Questions with Tim Wright, Senior Advisor & Director at Archipelago

In this Q&A, Tim discusses his trick for writing To-Do lists, how to translate great ideas into new businesses, and why the industry is anything but boring.

Tim Wright

Senior Advisor & Director, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Mark Cravens, Principal at Cravens Consulting

In this Q&A, Mark discusses 

new norms, the irreplaceable value of working together, and ponders the nature of the "right answer."

Mark Cravens

Principal at Cravens Consulting

Read more
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12 Questions with Murat Melek, Design Manager at Walter P Moore

In this Q&A, Murat discusses technological leaps in the construction industry, product innovation over the next year, and getting into flow with background music.

Murat Melek

Design Manager, Walter P Moore

Read more
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Inside Baseball: Lessons for Today’s Risk Managers from a Retired CUO

"In a recent conversation with Ken Jenkins, a long-time friend and former chief underwriting officer, I asked him about retirement and we ended up in a discussion related to lessons he learned over his 30+ year career as a property and casualty underwriter..."

Fred Kipperman

Managing Director, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Jack Gibson, President & CEO at International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), CEO at WebCE

In this Q&A, Jack shares his thoughts on virtual learning in small bites, the dimensions of cyber risk, and scheduling quiet time.

Jack Gibson

President & CEO, International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) & CEO, WebCE

Read more
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12 Questions with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group

In this Q&A, Greg Hendrick discusses catastrophe insurance, the iPad, and how the "Vantage vision" brings people together.

Greg Hendrick

Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Group

Read more
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Soften the Impact of a Hard Market: Underwriters Reveal Their Thoughts on Data Quality

We asked underwriters and executives at major insurance companies throughout North America to share their thoughts on the impact of data quality.

This infographic summarizes the biggest insights.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

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12 Questions with Alexandra Glickman, Senior Managing Director and Global Practice Leader in Real Estate & Hospitality at Gallagher

In this Q&A, we chat with Alexandra about commercial insurance as an "apprentice business," being an early riser, and the return of optimism.

Alexandra Glickman

Area Vice Chairman and Managing Director - Practice Leader, Real Estate & Hospitality at Gallagher

Read more
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CNA Taps Archipelago for Increased Data Analytics

To drive profitability and provide stability, the insurance industry must continue to digitize and maximize data and analytics, helping to quantify and better understand emerging risks.

Michael Nardiello

Head of Global Property, CNA Insurance

Read more
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12 Questions with Ibbi Almufti, Associate Principal at Arup’s Advanced Technology & Research Group

In this Q&A, we chat with Ibbi about climate-related risk, resilience, and design.

Ibbi Almufti

Associate Principal, Advanced Technology & Research, Arup

Read more
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12 Questions with Megan Miller, Executive Director of the Spencer Educational Foundation

In this Q&A, Megan Miller discusses the importance of leadership and supporting talent coming into the insurance industry.

Megan Miller

Executive Director of Spencer Educational Foundation

Read more
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Best-in-Class Risk Managers are Multilingual 

After working shoulder to shoulder with risk managers for more than twenty-five years, I both have tremendous respect for the importance of their Swiss Army Knife-like roles and find them to be often unsung, misunderstood, and underappreciated.

Scott Davis

President, National Specialty Group, EPIC Insurance Brokers

Read more
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12 Questions with Frank Nutter, President of the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)

In this Q&A, Frank shares his thoughts on underwriting, climate risk, and remote work.

Frank Nutter

President, The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)

Read more
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2021: A Year of Digital Convergence for Large Commercial Risks

"Over 25 years leading RMS, and now even more so with my new colleagues at Archipelago, I’ve developed an affinity for the built environment: the hazards and risks of these assets, the imperatives for resiliency...."

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

Read more
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2020’s Most Viewed Articles

We thought it'd be fun to revisit the posts that you, our readers have found the most intriguing. Here are the five most popular posts of 2020.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

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2020 Trends Set to Shape 2021

Here are six topics that are top of mind for the team at Archipelago as we head into 2021.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

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Data Security is Paramount to Good Data Stewardship: How We Protect Data at Archipelago

"As an enterprise software company entrusted with storing and managing customer data, we consider data security of utmost importance. To help you formulate your data security practices, I'll share what we do at Archipelago to keep our data secure..."

Roger Bodamer

CTO & COO, Archipelago

Read more
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It’s Time for Transparency

"Insurance is a data-driven industry, and it’s time we deliver data-driven transparency on what the relationships are between inputs, and outputs."

Mike Korn

Managing Principal, Risk Management Property & Marine Practice Leader, EPIC

Read more
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Top Takeaways from Advisen’s 2020 Property Insights Conference

"Advisen orchestrated a virtual exploration of the hardening commercial property insurance market and the related impact on buyers, brokers, and insurers..."

Fred Kipperman

Managing Director, Archipelago

Read more
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Use Your Data to Get Proactive

"By harnessing this, data you can take control of your risk management, be proactive with your insurance partners and drive results that are reflective of your individual, ever-changing risk profile."

Kate Sampson

Managing Director, Anthemis Group

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In Trust We Data

"It’s understandable that many underwriters and their teams are skeptical of the information. It’s ironic: an industry built on trust lacks trust in the very data that defines what it does."

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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Blue Ocean Opportunities

"...the availability of digital twins for properties, and their risk characteristics, opens up new possibilities for insurance to help with the risk management of properties. Connected data and real-time analytics can improve..."

Sean Ringsted

Executive Vice President, Chubb Group Chief Digital and Risk Officer

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It’s Now Time for our Data to Catch-up

"I became a broker and ultimately, led the Real Estate and Hospitality practice for Willis Towers Watson. In this capacity, I saw CAT modeling transform commercial property insurance. As the models matured and advanced, reliance and acceptance grew significantly over the years. With hundreds of billions of dollars at risk..."

Steve Sachs

Advisor, Archipelago

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Standing out in the Hardening Market

"In our experience, accurate and plentiful data can be a great differentiator in this marketplace, separating quality customers from the rest of the market. Archipelago is a step ahead in the evolution of data and property insurance."

Jared Hanner

SVP and Executive Director, Gallagher Real Estate and Hospitality Practice

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Using Data to Unlock a Resiliency Dividend

"Today we launched Archipelago after 20 months in stealth. Archipelago uses AI to digitize risk for large owners of commercial property to increase their resiliency and lower their total cost of risk, including by improving their insurance outcomes. Our journey thus far…"

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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My Business is Digitizing, Why Not My Risk Management Too?

"Does this sound familiar - an enormous undertaking annually to collect property information from disparate reports and asset managers dodging your emails? Being limited to the cells on a spreadsheet for the information used by underwriters to price your risk? Meanwhile vast amounts of new data is available for risk managers..."

Jeff Bray

SVP, Global Risk Management, Prologis

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Differentiating Your Portfolio in a Hard Market

"As Risk Managers, now more than ever it’s crucial we take proactive steps to prepare for our next renewal. How are you planning to differentiate your portfolio to your markets?"

Vahe Simitian

SVP, Risk Management, Alexandria Properties

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Using Data to Drive Value to Our Stakeholders

"This is just the beginning of the new possibilities. Next steps for us include expanding utilization of the platform to our Asset Management business, and we believe there will be material cost savings in the future by us doing so."

Ian Ascher

Executive Director, Global Risk Management, JLL

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Using Data to Differentiate Our Assets

"When I had my first insurance renewal at a self storage company, I thought it would be pretty straightforward to insure some property and employees - I was wrong. As it turned out, most insurance carriers knew little about insuring the..."

Mark Marshall

Director, Risk Management, Extra Space Storage

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Two Huge Markets to Benefit from a Digital Transformation

"The commercial real estate sector holds over $25 trillion in assets and the global insurance industry writes $1 trillion in annual commercial insurance premiums – and yet, where these two massive industries interact much of the work is manual."

Rich Boyle

General Partner, Canaan Partners

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If It Were Easy...

"But, as CUO, I developed a healthy appreciation for the real-world challenges that underwriters face. Underwriters, particularly those in large account commercial lines, are in a difficult position. It’s where the ideology of The Data meets the reality of The Business."

Madhu Tadikonda

Co-Founder and Advisor, Archipelago

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No Risk Is an Island

"Property owners and operators are moving quickly to embrace digital, data-driven decision making. We believe Archipelago will serve as the platform of choice for risk mitigation and stakeholder alignment among the world's most sophisticated owners."

Dave Eisenberg

Founding Partner, Zigg Capital

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Things Go Slowly, Then They Go Quickly

"Perhaps the most lasting impact of the current capacity 'crunch' will be the changes in the way of working... a step-change in the capture and use of data, and the embracing of modern ways of working - digital and increasingly remote."

Tim Wright

Board Director, Archipelago

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Building a Shared System of Trust

"Data is the lifeblood for the insurance industry, yet gathering, curating and publishing that data is a hard problem. We’re all familiar with folders full of Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, images and so on. Before the data is useful, it needs to be transformed. We set out to build a platform to do just that!"

Roger Bodamer

Co-Founder, CTO & COO, Archipelago

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Transformation in the Large Commercial Insurance Sector Needs an Inside-Out Approach

"This requires an appreciation for the entire value-chain, with a healthy respect for why and how work currently gets done; not naively, as in 'I have an algorithm...' but how technology and data can slip comfortably into how the market currently works, and then drive change from the inside out."

Tom Hutton

Chairman, SoFi

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Know Your ‘Basis Risk’ in the Modeled Vulnerabilities of Your Customers' Exposures

"While [vulnerability curves] can work well in an aggregate analysis involving a diversity of property types and vulnerability classes, there are some cases where the default use of generalized vulnerability curves do not adequately address the performance of a particular construction style."

Scott Lawson

Chief Risk Engineer, Archipelago

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We Know We Have to Change, So Why Is It So Hard?

"One large deal today can involve 500 individuals across 100 organizations over 3 months, bogged down in preventable and duplicative data processing activity. And the process repeats every quarter as portfolio updates are disseminated through the chain."

Anthony Siggers

Co-Founder, CPO, Archipelago

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The Possibilities Are Just Extraordinary

"Now more than ever, it's time to modernize and simplify these dynamics... to create a platform that will make it simpler, clearer and more compelling to convey the critical information needed by underwriters..."

Mike McGavick

Former CEO, XL Group

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Using Applied ML to Solve Foundational Problems in the Insurance Industry

"AI is part of the solution to this semantic mess, but as I’ve learned through the course of investing in multiple analytics, AI and fin/insurtech start-ups, tech alone isn’t sufficient to change a business ecosystem..."

Nick Sturiale

Managing Partner, Ignition Partners

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600,000

Commercial Properties on Archipelago

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$5 Trillion

Unique TIV of Property Value on Platform

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4,000+

Active Platform Sessions Across Brokers and Underwriters

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38,000+

Documents & Images Ingested and Transformed on Platform

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1000s

Brokers and Underwriters Using the Platform

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151

Insurance Markets Experiencing Submission(s) on Archipelago

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"On Archipelago, we’re able to bring our properties’ differentiation to life and share these trusted data-driven insights with our partners across the insurance market."

Vahe Simitian,

SVP of Risk Management, Alexandria Real Estate Equities

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“For some time, we had been looking for a better way to connect and utilize all of our rich property and risk data.”

Jeff Bray,

SVP of Global Risk Management, Prologis

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"Archipelago has transformed our ability to source and share quality data with our insurers for our Property Insurance Program."

Ian Ascher,

Executive Director, Global Risk Management, JLL

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"Archipelago gave us the ability to streamline our renewals and deliver a new way to tell our portfolio story—virtually and securely."

VP Risk Management,

Top US Asset Owner

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What Went Wrong in Surfside? A Risk Engineer’s Perspective

Archipelago co-founder and CEO, Hemant Shah, interviews Erin Ashley, Director of Risk Engineering, on the condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida. Hemant and Erin discuss the meaning of a progressive collapse, potential causes of the condominium's deterioration, and how evolving building codes played a role in overlooking structural issues.

Erin Ashley

Director of Risk Engineering, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Seraina Macia, CEO & Co-Founder of Joyn Insurance

In this Q&A, Seraina shares her thoughts on what the insurance industry is capable of, remote work’s ability to make people more available, and the opportunity for innovation in middle-market insurance.

Seraina Macia

Seraina Macia, CEO & Co-Founder of Joyn Insurance

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12 Questions with Kate Stillwell, Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Insurance

In this Q&A, Kate shares her thoughts on the potential to embed insurance costs in the initial point of purchase, the core mission of insurance, and the re-imagination of a new generation of home parks – targeted towards remote professionals.

Kate Stillwell

Kate Stillwell, Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Insurance

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12 Questions with Justin Levine, Co-Founder & CEO at Shepherd

In this Q&A, Justin shares his thoughts on the increasing need for tech companies to focus on improving risk management, making clean and usable loss data available in the insurance space, and the perfect work music he has on in the Shepherd office.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine, Co-Founder & CEO at Shepherd

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On Demand RIMS Webinar: Harnessing Your Own Property Data to Improve Risk & Insurance Outcomes with Blackstone and Archipelago

Learn about common challenges and opportunities to better manage and maintain high-quality data on your properties, why this data matters for better risk management and insurance outcomes.


The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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There's A Way To Stop Climate Change Risk Pushing Up Premiums

How can property owners work with insurers to create an accurate picture that includes climate change risk?

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Kais Al-Rawi, AIA, Senior Associate at Walter P Moore

In this Q&A, Kais shares his thoughts on the world of 3D printing — its technological advancement, the potential to use it for making buildings, and the tools that his team uses for complex 3D models.

Kais Al-Rawi

Kais Al-Rawi, AIA, Senior Associate, Walter P Moore.

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Beat the Renewal Rush Using Archipelago to Manage Properties

Archipelago moves upstream with new capabilities for you and your team to add, update, or dispose of properties. Work confidently and beat the renewal rush.

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Christine Sullivan, SVP, Risk Control Director at Sompo Global Risk Solutions

In this Q&A, Christine discusses the use of drones in the insurance industry, the need for more focus on large-scale catastrophes, and her favorite hiking app.

Christine Sullivan

SVP, Risk Control Director, Sompo Global Risk Solutions

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InsTech London Podcast with Hemant Shah: Moving Upstream - Digitizing and Standardizing Customer Data at Source

Archipelago co-founder and CEO, Hemant Shah, joins Matthew Grant on InsTech London’s weekly podcast. Hemant discusses going upstream to digitize customer data, create insight, and connect large property owners, brokers, and insurers.

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Matthew Grant, Partner at InsTech London

In this Q&A, Matthew shares his thoughts on the concept of digital twins for property, insurance innovation teams, and an upcoming need for climate change risk analytical tools.

Matthew Grant

Partner, InsTech London

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The Rise of Parametric Insurance in an Increasingly Disaster-prone World

Natural disasters are now occurring with a greater frequency and severity than ever. At the same time, populations and businesses continue to move to cat-prone geographies most at risk...

Daniel Vetter

Head of North America, Descartes Underwriting

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12 Questions with Gary Kaplan, President of Construction at AXA XL

In this Q&A, Gary discusses new risk-reducing technologies, the ever-changing insurance industry, and getting back into writing limericks.

Gary Kaplan

President of Construction, AXA XL

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Accelerating CRE’s Digital Transformation Through Risk Management And Insurance

"Digital strategies are finally transforming commercial real estate. After decades of having a reputation for being slow to adopt technology, CRE enterprises are now empowering digital leaders and embracing proptech innovations. Across the board, CRE firms are re-envisioning everything..."

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Ronald T. Eguchi, CEO and Co-Founder of ImageCat

In this Q&A, Ronald shares his thoughts on access to smart data following natural disasters, transforming virtual meetings, and more.

Ronald T. Eguchi

CEO and Co-Founder of ImageCat

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12 Questions with Victor J. Sordillo,  EVP, Global Director of Risk Control Services, Sompo International Insurance

In this Q&A, Victor shares his thoughts on parametric insurance, emergent perils, and his favorite novels.

Victor J. Sordillo PE, CSP, MBA

EVP, Global Director of Risk Control Services, Sompo International Insurance

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White Paper: Demystifying How Your Property Data Drives Your Insurance Outcomes

Download our white paper to understand and take control of how your property risk data impacts your commercial property insurance renewals.

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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RIMSLIVE Recap: Property Data "Must-Haves" to Optimize Your Insurance Outcomes

Takeaways from a panel discussion with Marco Flores of Revantage (Blackstone) and Ian Ascher of JLL.

Adam Sandler

Chief Customer Officer, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth at the U.S. Green Building Council

In this Q&A, we talk with Roger about electrical overload, mutual respect across the industry supply chain, and the value of green buildings.

Roger Platt

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth, U.S. Green Building Council

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Accelerating Impact: Announcing Our Series B Venture Funding

It’s been just eight months since we launched Archipelago, and I’m excited to announce the successful close of our Series B financing...

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Ken Radigan, CEO at Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA)

In this Q&A, Ken shares his thoughts on the implications of country-level debt, risk management as a core discipline of modern business, and promptness as a virtue.

Ken Radigan

CEO, Professional Risk Manager’s International Association (PRMIA)

Read more
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Connecting Risk and Capital for Better Protection: Interview with Blueprint

Our CEO and co-founder, Hemant Shah recently spoke with Blueprint’s Vik Venkatraman for their Conversations with Champions video series. Hemant is excited to be one of the speakers at the Blueprint Conference 2021 coming up in October.

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Jeff Cohen, SVP at Zywave and former President of Advisen

In this Q&A, Jeff discusses rapidly occurring innovations in insurtech, maintaining relationships, and how proud he is to work in this industry.

Jeff Cohen

SVP at Zywave, and former President of Advisen

Read more
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12 Questions with Tim Wright, Senior Advisor & Director at Archipelago

In this Q&A, Tim discusses his trick for writing To-Do lists, how to translate great ideas into new businesses, and why the industry is anything but boring.

Tim Wright

Senior Advisor & Director, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Mark Cravens, Principal at Cravens Consulting

In this Q&A, Mark discusses 

new norms, the irreplaceable value of working together, and ponders the nature of the "right answer."

Mark Cravens

Principal at Cravens Consulting

Read more
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12 Questions with Murat Melek, Design Manager at Walter P Moore

In this Q&A, Murat discusses technological leaps in the construction industry, product innovation over the next year, and getting into flow with background music.

Murat Melek

Design Manager, Walter P Moore

Read more
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Inside Baseball: Lessons for Today’s Risk Managers from a Retired CUO

"In a recent conversation with Ken Jenkins, a long-time friend and former chief underwriting officer, I asked him about retirement and we ended up in a discussion related to lessons he learned over his 30+ year career as a property and casualty underwriter..."

Fred Kipperman

Managing Director, Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Jack Gibson, President & CEO at International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), CEO at WebCE

In this Q&A, Jack shares his thoughts on virtual learning in small bites, the dimensions of cyber risk, and scheduling quiet time.

Jack Gibson

President & CEO, International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) & CEO, WebCE

Read more
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12 Questions with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group

In this Q&A, Greg Hendrick discusses catastrophe insurance, the iPad, and how the "Vantage vision" brings people together.

Greg Hendrick

Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Group

Read more
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Soften the Impact of a Hard Market: Underwriters Reveal Their Thoughts on Data Quality

We asked underwriters and executives at major insurance companies throughout North America to share their thoughts on the impact of data quality.

This infographic summarizes the biggest insights.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

Read more
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12 Questions with Alexandra Glickman, Senior Managing Director and Global Practice Leader in Real Estate & Hospitality at Gallagher

In this Q&A, we chat with Alexandra about commercial insurance as an "apprentice business," being an early riser, and the return of optimism.

Alexandra Glickman

Area Vice Chairman and Managing Director - Practice Leader, Real Estate & Hospitality at Gallagher

Read more
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CNA Taps Archipelago for Increased Data Analytics

To drive profitability and provide stability, the insurance industry must continue to digitize and maximize data and analytics, helping to quantify and better understand emerging risks.

Michael Nardiello

Head of Global Property, CNA Insurance

Read more
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12 Questions with Ibbi Almufti, Associate Principal at Arup’s Advanced Technology & Research Group

In this Q&A, we chat with Ibbi about climate-related risk, resilience, and design.

Ibbi Almufti

Associate Principal, Advanced Technology & Research, Arup

Read more
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12 Questions with Megan Miller, Executive Director of the Spencer Educational Foundation

In this Q&A, Megan Miller discusses the importance of leadership and supporting talent coming into the insurance industry.

Megan Miller

Executive Director of Spencer Educational Foundation

Read more
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Best-in-Class Risk Managers are Multilingual 

After working shoulder to shoulder with risk managers for more than twenty-five years, I both have tremendous respect for the importance of their Swiss Army Knife-like roles and find them to be often unsung, misunderstood, and underappreciated.

Scott Davis

President, National Specialty Group, EPIC Insurance Brokers

Read more
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12 Questions with Frank Nutter, President of the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)

In this Q&A, Frank shares his thoughts on underwriting, climate risk, and remote work.

Frank Nutter

President, The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)

Read more
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2021: A Year of Digital Convergence for Large Commercial Risks

"Over 25 years leading RMS, and now even more so with my new colleagues at Archipelago, I’ve developed an affinity for the built environment: the hazards and risks of these assets, the imperatives for resiliency...."

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

Read more
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2020’s Most Viewed Articles

We thought it'd be fun to revisit the posts that you, our readers have found the most intriguing. Here are the five most popular posts of 2020.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

Read more
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2020 Trends Set to Shape 2021

Here are six topics that are top of mind for the team at Archipelago as we head into 2021.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

Read more
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Data Security is Paramount to Good Data Stewardship: How We Protect Data at Archipelago

"As an enterprise software company entrusted with storing and managing customer data, we consider data security of utmost importance. To help you formulate your data security practices, I'll share what we do at Archipelago to keep our data secure..."

Roger Bodamer

CTO & COO, Archipelago

Read more
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It’s Time for Transparency

"Insurance is a data-driven industry, and it’s time we deliver data-driven transparency on what the relationships are between inputs, and outputs."

Mike Korn

Managing Principal, Risk Management Property & Marine Practice Leader, EPIC

Read more
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Top Takeaways from Advisen’s 2020 Property Insights Conference

"Advisen orchestrated a virtual exploration of the hardening commercial property insurance market and the related impact on buyers, brokers, and insurers..."

Fred Kipperman

Managing Director, Archipelago

Read more
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Use Your Data to Get Proactive

"By harnessing this, data you can take control of your risk management, be proactive with your insurance partners and drive results that are reflective of your individual, ever-changing risk profile."

Kate Sampson

Managing Director, Anthemis Group

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In Trust We Data

"It’s understandable that many underwriters and their teams are skeptical of the information. It’s ironic: an industry built on trust lacks trust in the very data that defines what it does."

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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Blue Ocean Opportunities

"...the availability of digital twins for properties, and their risk characteristics, opens up new possibilities for insurance to help with the risk management of properties. Connected data and real-time analytics can improve..."

Sean Ringsted

Executive Vice President, Chubb Group Chief Digital and Risk Officer

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It’s Now Time for our Data to Catch-up

"I became a broker and ultimately, led the Real Estate and Hospitality practice for Willis Towers Watson. In this capacity, I saw CAT modeling transform commercial property insurance. As the models matured and advanced, reliance and acceptance grew significantly over the years. With hundreds of billions of dollars at risk..."

Steve Sachs

Advisor, Archipelago

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Standing out in the Hardening Market

"In our experience, accurate and plentiful data can be a great differentiator in this marketplace, separating quality customers from the rest of the market. Archipelago is a step ahead in the evolution of data and property insurance."

Jared Hanner

SVP and Executive Director, Gallagher Real Estate and Hospitality Practice

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Using Data to Unlock a Resiliency Dividend

"Today we launched Archipelago after 20 months in stealth. Archipelago uses AI to digitize risk for large owners of commercial property to increase their resiliency and lower their total cost of risk, including by improving their insurance outcomes. Our journey thus far…"

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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My Business is Digitizing, Why Not My Risk Management Too?

"Does this sound familiar - an enormous undertaking annually to collect property information from disparate reports and asset managers dodging your emails? Being limited to the cells on a spreadsheet for the information used by underwriters to price your risk? Meanwhile vast amounts of new data is available for risk managers..."

Jeff Bray

SVP, Global Risk Management, Prologis

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Differentiating Your Portfolio in a Hard Market

"As Risk Managers, now more than ever it’s crucial we take proactive steps to prepare for our next renewal. How are you planning to differentiate your portfolio to your markets?"

Vahe Simitian

SVP, Risk Management, Alexandria Properties

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Using Data to Drive Value to Our Stakeholders

"This is just the beginning of the new possibilities. Next steps for us include expanding utilization of the platform to our Asset Management business, and we believe there will be material cost savings in the future by us doing so."

Ian Ascher

Executive Director, Global Risk Management, JLL

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Using Data to Differentiate Our Assets

"When I had my first insurance renewal at a self storage company, I thought it would be pretty straightforward to insure some property and employees - I was wrong. As it turned out, most insurance carriers knew little about insuring the..."

Mark Marshall

Director, Risk Management, Extra Space Storage

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Two Huge Markets to Benefit from a Digital Transformation

"The commercial real estate sector holds over $25 trillion in assets and the global insurance industry writes $1 trillion in annual commercial insurance premiums – and yet, where these two massive industries interact much of the work is manual."

Rich Boyle

General Partner, Canaan Partners

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If It Were Easy...

"But, as CUO, I developed a healthy appreciation for the real-world challenges that underwriters face. Underwriters, particularly those in large account commercial lines, are in a difficult position. It’s where the ideology of The Data meets the reality of The Business."

Madhu Tadikonda

Co-Founder and Advisor, Archipelago

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No Risk Is an Island

"Property owners and operators are moving quickly to embrace digital, data-driven decision making. We believe Archipelago will serve as the platform of choice for risk mitigation and stakeholder alignment among the world's most sophisticated owners."

Dave Eisenberg

Founding Partner, Zigg Capital

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Things Go Slowly, Then They Go Quickly

"Perhaps the most lasting impact of the current capacity 'crunch' will be the changes in the way of working... a step-change in the capture and use of data, and the embracing of modern ways of working - digital and increasingly remote."

Tim Wright

Board Director, Archipelago

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Building a Shared System of Trust

"Data is the lifeblood for the insurance industry, yet gathering, curating and publishing that data is a hard problem. We’re all familiar with folders full of Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, images and so on. Before the data is useful, it needs to be transformed. We set out to build a platform to do just that!"

Roger Bodamer

Co-Founder, CTO & COO, Archipelago

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Transformation in the Large Commercial Insurance Sector Needs an Inside-Out Approach

"This requires an appreciation for the entire value-chain, with a healthy respect for why and how work currently gets done; not naively, as in 'I have an algorithm...' but how technology and data can slip comfortably into how the market currently works, and then drive change from the inside out."

Tom Hutton

Chairman, SoFi

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Know Your ‘Basis Risk’ in the Modeled Vulnerabilities of Your Customers' Exposures

"While [vulnerability curves] can work well in an aggregate analysis involving a diversity of property types and vulnerability classes, there are some cases where the default use of generalized vulnerability curves do not adequately address the performance of a particular construction style."

Scott Lawson

Chief Risk Engineer, Archipelago

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We Know We Have to Change, So Why Is It So Hard?

"One large deal today can involve 500 individuals across 100 organizations over 3 months, bogged down in preventable and duplicative data processing activity. And the process repeats every quarter as portfolio updates are disseminated through the chain."

Anthony Siggers

Co-Founder, CPO, Archipelago

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The Possibilities Are Just Extraordinary

"Now more than ever, it's time to modernize and simplify these dynamics... to create a platform that will make it simpler, clearer and more compelling to convey the critical information needed by underwriters..."

Mike McGavick

Former CEO, XL Group

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Using Applied ML to Solve Foundational Problems in the Insurance Industry

"AI is part of the solution to this semantic mess, but as I’ve learned through the course of investing in multiple analytics, AI and fin/insurtech start-ups, tech alone isn’t sufficient to change a business ecosystem..."

Nick Sturiale

Managing Partner, Ignition Partners

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Digitising and Standardising Customer Data at Source

InsTech London

Co-founder and CEO Hemant Shah, previously founder of catastrophe modeling company RMS, joins Matthew Grant of InsTech London to discuss how Archipelago is improving risk reduction and better access to reliable insights between all parties.

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Archipelago AI Platform Helps CRE Property Owners Determine Risk, Facilitate Insurance Underwriting

Bisnow

“Insurance buyers in the last 18 months are going through some of the most challenging insurance market conditions that have existed in 20 years,” Prologis Head of Global Risk Management Jeff Bray said.

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Archipelago Raises $34 Million To Connect The Scattered Risk Insurance Market

Forbes

San Francisco-based Archipelago announced an oversubscribed $34 million Series B round...

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Announcing Archipelago Analytics: Bringing Together the Commercial Property Insurance Market

Scale Venture Partners

I am excited to announce Scale Venture Partners is leading the Series B round for Archipelago.

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CNA adds Archipelago as submission platform for national property team

Insurance Insider

CNA has become the latest company to form a partnership with the analytics company Archipelago, agreeing to use the submission intake platform for new and renewing business for its national property accounts team in 2021 after a successful pilot last year.

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Archipelago CEO: Insurance Industry 'Spends Too Much Time Talking With Itself'

AMBestTV

"What I see as an opportunity for the industry that really wants to change is to go upstream and embed its proposition more deeply into its end customer."

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The 31 Hottest Proptech Startups, as Chosen by Leading VCs

Business Insider

Insider reached out to a varied set of venture investors that focus on real-estate and construction technology to ask for their nominations for proptech startups that will thrive in a new climate marked by swings in where employees live and what offices are even for, as well as increased digital adoption by real-estate and construction professionals. Behold, the hottest proptech companies right now.

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2021: A Year of Digital Convergence for Large Commercial Risks

Carrier Management

Over 25 years leading RMS, and now even more so with my new colleagues at Archipelago, I’ve developed an affinity for the built environment: the hazards and risks of these assets, the imperatives for resiliency, the value of insurance when it’s efficient, and the pain that occurs when it’s not.

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From RMS to Archipelago: Shah's Second Time Around

Carrier Management

As a CEO of a major insurance market shared with me the other day, 'Your timing is spot on.'

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Shah’s Archipelago Analytics Structuring $500bn of Property Data for Mega-insureds

Insurance Insider

Brokers at Marsh, Aon and Epic have all been using the platform, which has been deployed on around eight renewals so far in 2020.

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600,000

Commercial Properties on Archipelago

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$5 Trillion

Unique TIV of Property Value on Platform

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4,000+

Active Platform Sessions Across Brokers and Underwriters

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38,000+

Documents & Images Ingested and Transformed on Platform

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1000s

Brokers and Underwriters Using the Platform

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151

Insurance Markets Experiencing Submission(s) on Archipelago

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"On Archipelago, we’re able to bring our properties’ differentiation to life and share these trusted data-driven insights with our partners across the insurance market."

Vahe Simitian,

SVP of Risk Management, Alexandria Real Estate Equities

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“For some time, we had been looking for a better way to connect and utilize all of our rich property and risk data.”

Jeff Bray,

SVP of Global Risk Management, Prologis

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"Archipelago has transformed our ability to source and share quality data with our insurers for our Property Insurance Program."

Ian Ascher,

Executive Director, Global Risk Management, JLL

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"Archipelago gave us the ability to streamline our renewals and deliver a new way to tell our portfolio story—virtually and securely."

VP Risk Management,

Top US Asset Owner

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What Went Wrong in Surfside? A Risk Engineer’s Perspective

Archipelago co-founder and CEO, Hemant Shah, interviews Erin Ashley, Director of Risk Engineering, on the condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida. Hemant and Erin discuss the meaning of a progressive collapse, potential causes of the condominium's deterioration, and how evolving building codes played a role in overlooking structural issues.

Erin Ashley

Director of Risk Engineering, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Seraina Macia, CEO & Co-Founder of Joyn Insurance

In this Q&A, Seraina shares her thoughts on what the insurance industry is capable of, remote work’s ability to make people more available, and the opportunity for innovation in middle-market insurance.

Seraina Macia

Seraina Macia, CEO & Co-Founder of Joyn Insurance

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12 Questions with Kate Stillwell, Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Insurance

In this Q&A, Kate shares her thoughts on the potential to embed insurance costs in the initial point of purchase, the core mission of insurance, and the re-imagination of a new generation of home parks – targeted towards remote professionals.

Kate Stillwell

Kate Stillwell, Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Insurance

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12 Questions with Justin Levine, Co-Founder & CEO at Shepherd

In this Q&A, Justin shares his thoughts on the increasing need for tech companies to focus on improving risk management, making clean and usable loss data available in the insurance space, and the perfect work music he has on in the Shepherd office.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine, Co-Founder & CEO at Shepherd

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On Demand RIMS Webinar: Harnessing Your Own Property Data to Improve Risk & Insurance Outcomes with Blackstone and Archipelago

Learn about common challenges and opportunities to better manage and maintain high-quality data on your properties, why this data matters for better risk management and insurance outcomes.


The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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There's A Way To Stop Climate Change Risk Pushing Up Premiums

How can property owners work with insurers to create an accurate picture that includes climate change risk?

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Kais Al-Rawi, AIA, Senior Associate at Walter P Moore

In this Q&A, Kais shares his thoughts on the world of 3D printing — its technological advancement, the potential to use it for making buildings, and the tools that his team uses for complex 3D models.

Kais Al-Rawi

Kais Al-Rawi, AIA, Senior Associate, Walter P Moore.

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Beat the Renewal Rush Using Archipelago to Manage Properties

Archipelago moves upstream with new capabilities for you and your team to add, update, or dispose of properties. Work confidently and beat the renewal rush.

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Christine Sullivan, SVP, Risk Control Director at Sompo Global Risk Solutions

In this Q&A, Christine discusses the use of drones in the insurance industry, the need for more focus on large-scale catastrophes, and her favorite hiking app.

Christine Sullivan

SVP, Risk Control Director, Sompo Global Risk Solutions

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InsTech London Podcast with Hemant Shah: Moving Upstream - Digitizing and Standardizing Customer Data at Source

Archipelago co-founder and CEO, Hemant Shah, joins Matthew Grant on InsTech London’s weekly podcast. Hemant discusses going upstream to digitize customer data, create insight, and connect large property owners, brokers, and insurers.

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Matthew Grant, Partner at InsTech London

In this Q&A, Matthew shares his thoughts on the concept of digital twins for property, insurance innovation teams, and an upcoming need for climate change risk analytical tools.

Matthew Grant

Partner, InsTech London

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The Rise of Parametric Insurance in an Increasingly Disaster-prone World

Natural disasters are now occurring with a greater frequency and severity than ever. At the same time, populations and businesses continue to move to cat-prone geographies most at risk...

Daniel Vetter

Head of North America, Descartes Underwriting

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12 Questions with Gary Kaplan, President of Construction at AXA XL

In this Q&A, Gary discusses new risk-reducing technologies, the ever-changing insurance industry, and getting back into writing limericks.

Gary Kaplan

President of Construction, AXA XL

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Accelerating CRE’s Digital Transformation Through Risk Management And Insurance

"Digital strategies are finally transforming commercial real estate. After decades of having a reputation for being slow to adopt technology, CRE enterprises are now empowering digital leaders and embracing proptech innovations. Across the board, CRE firms are re-envisioning everything..."

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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12 Questions with Ronald T. Eguchi, CEO and Co-Founder of ImageCat

In this Q&A, Ronald shares his thoughts on access to smart data following natural disasters, transforming virtual meetings, and more.

Ronald T. Eguchi

CEO and Co-Founder of ImageCat

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12 Questions with Victor J. Sordillo,  EVP, Global Director of Risk Control Services, Sompo International Insurance

In this Q&A, Victor shares his thoughts on parametric insurance, emergent perils, and his favorite novels.

Victor J. Sordillo PE, CSP, MBA

EVP, Global Director of Risk Control Services, Sompo International Insurance

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White Paper: Demystifying How Your Property Data Drives Your Insurance Outcomes

Download our white paper to understand and take control of how your property risk data impacts your commercial property insurance renewals.

The Archipelago Team

The Archipelago Team

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RIMSLIVE Recap: Property Data "Must-Haves" to Optimize Your Insurance Outcomes

Takeaways from a panel discussion with Marco Flores of Revantage (Blackstone) and Ian Ascher of JLL.

Adam Sandler

Chief Customer Officer, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth at the U.S. Green Building Council

In this Q&A, we talk with Roger about electrical overload, mutual respect across the industry supply chain, and the value of green buildings.

Roger Platt

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth, U.S. Green Building Council

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Accelerating Impact: Announcing Our Series B Venture Funding

It’s been just eight months since we launched Archipelago, and I’m excited to announce the successful close of our Series B financing...

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Ken Radigan, CEO at Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA)

In this Q&A, Ken shares his thoughts on the implications of country-level debt, risk management as a core discipline of modern business, and promptness as a virtue.

Ken Radigan

CEO, Professional Risk Manager’s International Association (PRMIA)

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Connecting Risk and Capital for Better Protection: Interview with Blueprint

Our CEO and co-founder, Hemant Shah recently spoke with Blueprint’s Vik Venkatraman for their Conversations with Champions video series. Hemant is excited to be one of the speakers at the Blueprint Conference 2021 coming up in October.

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Jeff Cohen, SVP at Zywave and former President of Advisen

In this Q&A, Jeff discusses rapidly occurring innovations in insurtech, maintaining relationships, and how proud he is to work in this industry.

Jeff Cohen

SVP at Zywave, and former President of Advisen

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12 Questions with Tim Wright, Senior Advisor & Director at Archipelago

In this Q&A, Tim discusses his trick for writing To-Do lists, how to translate great ideas into new businesses, and why the industry is anything but boring.

Tim Wright

Senior Advisor & Director, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Mark Cravens, Principal at Cravens Consulting

In this Q&A, Mark discusses 

new norms, the irreplaceable value of working together, and ponders the nature of the "right answer."

Mark Cravens

Principal at Cravens Consulting

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12 Questions with Murat Melek, Design Manager at Walter P Moore

In this Q&A, Murat discusses technological leaps in the construction industry, product innovation over the next year, and getting into flow with background music.

Murat Melek

Design Manager, Walter P Moore

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Inside Baseball: Lessons for Today’s Risk Managers from a Retired CUO

"In a recent conversation with Ken Jenkins, a long-time friend and former chief underwriting officer, I asked him about retirement and we ended up in a discussion related to lessons he learned over his 30+ year career as a property and casualty underwriter..."

Fred Kipperman

Managing Director, Archipelago

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12 Questions with Jack Gibson, President & CEO at International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), CEO at WebCE

In this Q&A, Jack shares his thoughts on virtual learning in small bites, the dimensions of cyber risk, and scheduling quiet time.

Jack Gibson

President & CEO, International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) & CEO, WebCE

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12 Questions with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group

In this Q&A, Greg Hendrick discusses catastrophe insurance, the iPad, and how the "Vantage vision" brings people together.

Greg Hendrick

Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Group

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Soften the Impact of a Hard Market: Underwriters Reveal Their Thoughts on Data Quality

We asked underwriters and executives at major insurance companies throughout North America to share their thoughts on the impact of data quality.

This infographic summarizes the biggest insights.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

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12 Questions with Alexandra Glickman, Senior Managing Director and Global Practice Leader in Real Estate & Hospitality at Gallagher

In this Q&A, we chat with Alexandra about commercial insurance as an "apprentice business," being an early riser, and the return of optimism.

Alexandra Glickman

Area Vice Chairman and Managing Director - Practice Leader, Real Estate & Hospitality at Gallagher

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CNA Taps Archipelago for Increased Data Analytics

To drive profitability and provide stability, the insurance industry must continue to digitize and maximize data and analytics, helping to quantify and better understand emerging risks.

Michael Nardiello

Head of Global Property, CNA Insurance

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12 Questions with Ibbi Almufti, Associate Principal at Arup’s Advanced Technology & Research Group

In this Q&A, we chat with Ibbi about climate-related risk, resilience, and design.

Ibbi Almufti

Associate Principal, Advanced Technology & Research, Arup

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12 Questions with Megan Miller, Executive Director of the Spencer Educational Foundation

In this Q&A, Megan Miller discusses the importance of leadership and supporting talent coming into the insurance industry.

Megan Miller

Executive Director of Spencer Educational Foundation

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Best-in-Class Risk Managers are Multilingual 

After working shoulder to shoulder with risk managers for more than twenty-five years, I both have tremendous respect for the importance of their Swiss Army Knife-like roles and find them to be often unsung, misunderstood, and underappreciated.

Scott Davis

President, National Specialty Group, EPIC Insurance Brokers

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12 Questions with Frank Nutter, President of the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)

In this Q&A, Frank shares his thoughts on underwriting, climate risk, and remote work.

Frank Nutter

President, The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA)

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2021: A Year of Digital Convergence for Large Commercial Risks

"Over 25 years leading RMS, and now even more so with my new colleagues at Archipelago, I’ve developed an affinity for the built environment: the hazards and risks of these assets, the imperatives for resiliency...."

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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2020’s Most Viewed Articles

We thought it'd be fun to revisit the posts that you, our readers have found the most intriguing. Here are the five most popular posts of 2020.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

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2020 Trends Set to Shape 2021

Here are six topics that are top of mind for the team at Archipelago as we head into 2021.

The Archipelago Team

Archipelago

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Data Security is Paramount to Good Data Stewardship: How We Protect Data at Archipelago

"As an enterprise software company entrusted with storing and managing customer data, we consider data security of utmost importance. To help you formulate your data security practices, I'll share what we do at Archipelago to keep our data secure..."

Roger Bodamer

CTO & COO, Archipelago

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It’s Time for Transparency

"Insurance is a data-driven industry, and it’s time we deliver data-driven transparency on what the relationships are between inputs, and outputs."

Mike Korn

Managing Principal, Risk Management Property & Marine Practice Leader, EPIC

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Top Takeaways from Advisen’s 2020 Property Insights Conference

"Advisen orchestrated a virtual exploration of the hardening commercial property insurance market and the related impact on buyers, brokers, and insurers..."

Fred Kipperman

Managing Director, Archipelago

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Use Your Data to Get Proactive

"By harnessing this, data you can take control of your risk management, be proactive with your insurance partners and drive results that are reflective of your individual, ever-changing risk profile."

Kate Sampson

Managing Director, Anthemis Group

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In Trust We Data

"It’s understandable that many underwriters and their teams are skeptical of the information. It’s ironic: an industry built on trust lacks trust in the very data that defines what it does."

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

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Blue Ocean Opportunities

"...the availability of digital twins for properties, and their risk characteristics, opens up new possibilities for insurance to help with the risk management of properties. Connected data and real-time analytics can improve..."

Sean Ringsted

Executive Vice President, Chubb Group Chief Digital and Risk Officer

Read more
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It’s Now Time for our Data to Catch-up

"I became a broker and ultimately, led the Real Estate and Hospitality practice for Willis Towers Watson. In this capacity, I saw CAT modeling transform commercial property insurance. As the models matured and advanced, reliance and acceptance grew significantly over the years. With hundreds of billions of dollars at risk..."

Steve Sachs

Advisor, Archipelago

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Standing out in the Hardening Market

"In our experience, accurate and plentiful data can be a great differentiator in this marketplace, separating quality customers from the rest of the market. Archipelago is a step ahead in the evolution of data and property insurance."

Jared Hanner

SVP and Executive Director, Gallagher Real Estate and Hospitality Practice

Read more
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Using Data to Unlock a Resiliency Dividend

"Today we launched Archipelago after 20 months in stealth. Archipelago uses AI to digitize risk for large owners of commercial property to increase their resiliency and lower their total cost of risk, including by improving their insurance outcomes. Our journey thus far…"

Hemant Shah

Co-Founder and CEO, Archipelago

Read more
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My Business is Digitizing, Why Not My Risk Management Too?

"Does this sound familiar - an enormous undertaking annually to collect property information from disparate reports and asset managers dodging your emails? Being limited to the cells on a spreadsheet for the information used by underwriters to price your risk? Meanwhile vast amounts of new data is available for risk managers..."

Jeff Bray

SVP, Global Risk Management, Prologis

Read more
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Differentiating Your Portfolio in a Hard Market

"As Risk Managers, now more than ever it’s crucial we take proactive steps to prepare for our next renewal. How are you planning to differentiate your portfolio to your markets?"

Vahe Simitian

SVP, Risk Management, Alexandria Properties

Read more
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Using Data to Drive Value to Our Stakeholders

"This is just the beginning of the new possibilities. Next steps for us include expanding utilization of the platform to our Asset Management business, and we believe there will be material cost savings in the future by us doing so."

Ian Ascher

Executive Director, Global Risk Management, JLL

Read more
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Using Data to Differentiate Our Assets

"When I had my first insurance renewal at a self storage company, I thought it would be pretty straightforward to insure some property and employees - I was wrong. As it turned out, most insurance carriers knew little about insuring the..."

Mark Marshall

Director, Risk Management, Extra Space Storage

Read more
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Two Huge Markets to Benefit from a Digital Transformation

"The commercial real estate sector holds over $25 trillion in assets and the global insurance industry writes $1 trillion in annual commercial insurance premiums – and yet, where these two massive industries interact much of the work is manual."

Rich Boyle

General Partner, Canaan Partners

Read more
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If It Were Easy...

"But, as CUO, I developed a healthy appreciation for the real-world challenges that underwriters face. Underwriters, particularly those in large account commercial lines, are in a difficult position. It’s where the ideology of The Data meets the reality of The Business."

Madhu Tadikonda

Co-Founder and Advisor, Archipelago

Read more
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No Risk Is an Island

"Property owners and operators are moving quickly to embrace digital, data-driven decision making. We believe Archipelago will serve as the platform of choice for risk mitigation and stakeholder alignment among the world's most sophisticated owners."

Dave Eisenberg

Founding Partner, Zigg Capital

Read more
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Things Go Slowly, Then They Go Quickly

"Perhaps the most lasting impact of the current capacity 'crunch' will be the changes in the way of working... a step-change in the capture and use of data, and the embracing of modern ways of working - digital and increasingly remote."

Tim Wright

Board Director, Archipelago

Read more
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Building a Shared System of Trust

"Data is the lifeblood for the insurance industry, yet gathering, curating and publishing that data is a hard problem. We’re all familiar with folders full of Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, images and so on. Before the data is useful, it needs to be transformed. We set out to build a platform to do just that!"

Roger Bodamer

Co-Founder, CTO & COO, Archipelago

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Transformation in the Large Commercial Insurance Sector Needs an Inside-Out Approach

"This requires an appreciation for the entire value-chain, with a healthy respect for why and how work currently gets done; not naively, as in 'I have an algorithm...' but how technology and data can slip comfortably into how the market currently works, and then drive change from the inside out."

Tom Hutton

Chairman, SoFi

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Know Your ‘Basis Risk’ in the Modeled Vulnerabilities of Your Customers' Exposures

"While [vulnerability curves] can work well in an aggregate analysis involving a diversity of property types and vulnerability classes, there are some cases where the default use of generalized vulnerability curves do not adequately address the performance of a particular construction style."

Scott Lawson

Chief Risk Engineer, Archipelago

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We Know We Have to Change, So Why Is It So Hard?

"One large deal today can involve 500 individuals across 100 organizations over 3 months, bogged down in preventable and duplicative data processing activity. And the process repeats every quarter as portfolio updates are disseminated through the chain."

Anthony Siggers

Co-Founder, CPO, Archipelago

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The Possibilities Are Just Extraordinary

"Now more than ever, it's time to modernize and simplify these dynamics... to create a platform that will make it simpler, clearer and more compelling to convey the critical information needed by underwriters..."

Mike McGavick

Former CEO, XL Group

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Using Applied ML to Solve Foundational Problems in the Insurance Industry

"AI is part of the solution to this semantic mess, but as I’ve learned through the course of investing in multiple analytics, AI and fin/insurtech start-ups, tech alone isn’t sufficient to change a business ecosystem..."

Nick Sturiale

Managing Partner, Ignition Partners

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Connecting Risk and Capital for Better Protection

BluePrint

"We're reimagining and transforming this entire experience across the value chain, how the owners integrate and extract high-quality information from myriad source documents about their properties, how they share in permission access to that data to their insurance underwriters, all to help the process be not only far more efficient but help the owners get better outcomes from their insurance markets."

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Digitising and Standardising Customer Data at Source

InsTech London

Co-founder and CEO Hemant Shah, previously founder of catastrophe modeling company RMS, joins Matthew Grant of InsTech London to discuss how Archipelago is improving risk reduction and better access to reliable insights between all parties.

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Archipelago AI Platform Helps CRE Property Owners Determine Risk, Facilitate Insurance Underwriting

Bisnow

“Insurance buyers in the last 18 months are going through some of the most challenging insurance market conditions that have existed in 20 years,” Prologis Head of Global Risk Management Jeff Bray said.

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Archipelago Raises $34 Million To Connect The Scattered Risk Insurance Market

Forbes

San Francisco-based Archipelago announced an oversubscribed $34 million Series B round...

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Announcing Archipelago Analytics: Bringing Together the Commercial Property Insurance Market

Scale Venture Partners

I am excited to announce Scale Venture Partners is leading the Series B round for Archipelago.

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CNA adds Archipelago as submission platform for national property team

Insurance Insider

CNA has become the latest company to form a partnership with the analytics company Archipelago, agreeing to use the submission intake platform for new and renewing business for its national property accounts team in 2021 after a successful pilot last year.

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Archipelago CEO: Insurance Industry 'Spends Too Much Time Talking With Itself'

AMBestTV

"What I see as an opportunity for the industry that really wants to change is to go upstream and embed its proposition more deeply into its end customer."

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The 31 Hottest Proptech Startups, as Chosen by Leading VCs

Business Insider

Insider reached out to a varied set of venture investors that focus on real-estate and construction technology to ask for their nominations for proptech startups that will thrive in a new climate marked by swings in where employees live and what offices are even for, as well as increased digital adoption by real-estate and construction professionals. Behold, the hottest proptech companies right now.

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2021: A Year of Digital Convergence for Large Commercial Risks

Carrier Management

Over 25 years leading RMS, and now even more so with my new colleagues at Archipelago, I’ve developed an affinity for the built environment: the hazards and risks of these assets, the imperatives for resiliency, the value of insurance when it’s efficient, and the pain that occurs when it’s not.

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From RMS to Archipelago: Shah's Second Time Around

Carrier Management

As a CEO of a major insurance market shared with me the other day, 'Your timing is spot on.'

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Shah’s Archipelago Analytics Structuring $500bn of Property Data for Mega-insureds

Insurance Insider

Brokers at Marsh, Aon and Epic have all been using the platform, which has been deployed on around eight renewals so far in 2020.

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