Dave Wechsler

OMERS Ventures
As one of the first Insurtech operators turned investor, Dave leads OMERS Ventures Insurtech portfolio which includes investments in well-known players such as Clearcover, Foresight and Wefox. Most recently at Hippo as VP of Growth, Dave oversaw the company's execution and strategy around Smart Home and emerging products. Dave's journey in Insurtech started in 2017 while at Comcast Xfinity where he designed a distribution partnership with Hippo to sell homeowners insurance to Comcast’s 30M+ customers. In that role Dave secured his P&C license and set up a national agency. Dave was also part of the team at Comcast that led Hippo’s $25M Series B in 2018. Additionally, Dave has founded and led several technology startups giving him a deep understanding of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Dave is passionate about the intersection of technology and insurance and is a firm believer that we are in the early stages of what will be a watershed moment for the sector. He is an active writer and speaker on the industry. Dave also is a Board Observer for Clearcover and Foresight. Dave has a BA in Policy Studies from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He is also a licensed P&C insurance agent.

Sessions by Dave Wechsler

03:35 PM - 03:55 PM
Cyber Track: Islander A 

The Risky World of Commercial Cyber Risk

Cyber is the fastest growing segment of the P&C market and is expected to be larger than the homeowners’ market within years. Yet there is no standardized, or proven, approach to underwriting and managing the risk. Significant venture capital bets have been made across a spectrum of approaches, from assuming the insured will figure it out to highly prescriptive risk prevention services associated with coverage. Will the dynamic nature of this risk require a heavier hand with risk prevention and loss controls requirements? Will the market accommodate the demand for coverage where risks and losses are so heterogenous?

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