Date: Tuesday 24 Sep 2019
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Macquarie, 50 Martin Place Sydney
We’re thrilled to host our second Guest Moderator series, this time featuring AirTree’s partner, James Cameron (moderator), and Jason Wilby (special guest), the co-founder of portfolio startup, Huddle!
Huddle applies AI, machine learning and community thinking to the insurance company model, allowing customers to submit claim forms and pictures online, and to receive money or vouchers for replacement items within minutes.
Last year, they raised a huge $19.25 Series A round, led by AirTree along with Alium Capital, SevenWest Media, and a repeat investment from Hollard Insurance (who previously led their $6M seed round).
Founded in 2016 by Jason Wilby and Jonathan Buck, Huddle was born after realising there was a gap in the market for an insurance provider which could be trusted, and that had values aligned with those of its clients. Since its launch that same year, Huddle has seen a 700% revenue growth, and in last November, reported that they’ve provided $1 billion in insurance coverage for about 50,000 members.
We’re excited to have James deep dive into Jason’s successful journey so far and hear some invaluable insights into how Huddle is shaking up the insurance industry.
Hope to see you there!
Jason is the Co-founder of Huddle Insurance, a purpose driven and technology-enabled challenger in Australia’s $18bn car, home and travel insurance markets.
Huddle has re-defined insurance. Using AI technology they have created a more reliable and lower-cost customer experience, and shifted power to customers. In addition Huddle uses business model innovations to align commercial interests with those of their customers and communities. That model is now proving itself as a way to drive greater trust, brand loyalty and improved returns from an insurance business.
Jason’s background in Fintech includes managing strategy and risk for Bravura Solutions, an ASX-listed provider of financial services software to the superannuation and life insurance industries. During this time, he managed the integration of a technology liftout from Bank of New York Mellon (UK) and the establishment of a new offshore development centre in India.
After completing an MBA with the University of Sydney and Stanford University, Jason spent 5 years consulting to Australia’s leading banks and insurance brands, on strategy and product design. His consulting practice had him regularly advise C-suite executives and career highlights include the development of IAG Ventures and the design of Westpac’s digital employee experience.
Jason is a regular speaker and contributor on technology and ethical business, most recently speaking alongside Rachel Botsman at the Purpose Conference in Sydney.
James is a Canberra boy at heart but has only recently returned to Australia after 13 years living in the Valley and London.
James joined the AirTree team from Accel Partners, the West Coast headquartered fund behind companies like Facebook, Dropbox, Slack, Etsy and Atlassian. At Accel his focus was on early stage companies in software, infrastructure, fintech and marketplaces, including Weaveworks, Simplivity (acquired by HP), Semmle, E8 Storage and Skipjaq.
Before joining Accel, James was based in Silicon Valley and founded and ran BipSync, a research management software that enhances investor productivity and simplifies hedge fund compliance, where he still serves as an Advisor.
James began his career in M&A law (@Freshfields) and also spent some time in tech banking (@ Morgan Stanley). He studied law and comp sci at UNSW, and also has an MBA from Stanford.
So far at AirTree, James has been leading investments in Prospa, Paxata and 90Seconds.