A weak letter

Ah, the brain dump.  Sort of hope I didn’t mail this but I likely did.  All true, likely served the purpose of clearing some brain space, now it is clearing some disk space.

 

January 5th 2015

 

RE: Potential opportunity

 

To Whom It May Concern;

I have been and will continue to be an admirer of your company.  What I am particularly drawn to is your “Do Know Evil” philosophy and the millions you invest in positive causes.  For the last eleven years, I have been in the insurance industry.  Specifically the personal insurance market.  There is a bigger opportunity available than you are currently experiencing through advertising.

A letter to the Lizard

Most times it is easier to dump stuff out of my brain than keep it in.  Not sure if I mailed this or not but I likely did;

January 5, 2015

 

Billy Van Jura

Birchyard LLC

Box 2055

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

 

Dear Mr. Buffett:

Recently you released a letter to your employees that referenced how much you value the reputation of your company (ies).  Part of this letter also mentioned suggestions for successors.  Both of these were particularly interesting to me.  In this case, I did want to bring an ethical concern that on some level already negatively impacts your reputation.

Thoughts circa 2005

Doing an audit/ clean up of my computer.  Lots of satisfaction in finding goal list and projects that were successful but forgotten.  Also, find lots of thoughts that I am thankful I had then and are still valid today.  Some from a goal list I had put together;

My mission is to continually provide my clients with the service that I would expect, the best possible.  Each relationship will be treated as though it is priceless.  My professionalism must always be visible and I cannot sway from my principals.  Purely on principle, I must always give the client everything possible all while being the person who I would want to deal with.  I must be a reliable source for information and provide those who I deal with the utmost of professionalism…….

To Claim or Not to Claim

 

That is the question.

” Billy, a tree fell on my property. Is it covered?

“Well that depends, did it hit anything? A structure or your house?

Yes

Ok, now the real question is, how much will it cost to remove the tree and fix any damage? See you have a $1000 deductible so lets get an estimate before starting a claim…”

A very typical conversation had about once a month. True story; came home yesterday to find a large limb on my deck and a table. Now what? I get out the lopper and the saws and clean it up. I’ll probably repurpose most of it and compost the rest.

Insurance and Time math…again

So I get a call from someone at a fairly large, established agency.  Had a few questions, was trying to “help” someone out.  Nice enough, but not necessary.  I appreciate the effort, I really do.

About two hours later I was on the phone with a new friend(some say client/customer) and was binding their policies.  Could be coincidence that this person was with the same agency that the other agent worked at…or maybe it isn’t.  Lets dive a little deeper;

The most powerful paragraph in insurance

AKA  My and the Insurance/Banking industry’s simultaneous biggest problem and opportunity

AKA What #insurtech should be trying to solve but outside of me and maybe some people I have not found yet, is not.

Really it is two paragraphs.  One that comes from a standard document that you’ll find in your policy forms. Yes, I know you likely do not read them.  Also, the version in your state may be different.  The other is a direct quote via an email.  I see or hear variations of the second one every week.  So here goes;

Eough of the one sided white paper

So here is the bigger thought, also known as the cure to the industry that is directly “under your nose” ;  Before doing another white paper or survey or some other silly thing to get press, STOP AND THINK. Ok, now that you have done that go get your auto and home insurance plans.  ****This is geared towards the middle portion of America, the basic “vanilla” risk.  What is that?  You are a simple, easy to classify risk.  Meaning you own 1-3 cars and have one residence.  Simple, straightforward; no rentals, no crazy collections, no motorcylce, atv, etc.
Now, do a review of your plans so you have a baseline.  Now go to TheZebra, Coverhound, Compare.com, etc and see what their baseline is.  Do the same with a couple of directs; State Farm, Liberty Mutual, Esurance.  Do you see it now?  Should be right there, pretty simple.  Paradox of choice at its finest.  Now, you can take this a step further and actually call 2-5 human beings.  KEEP THE FOCUS on the coverage.  Watch what happens.  Now do you see?

Dear Microsoft,

Dear Satya,

YOU Ran An Update and it f’d my day up.  See at 6pm on Wednesday we were all good but when I got back on at noon Thursday we weren’t.   What happened?   Your update happened.   Now I am out 5 hours of time not to mention will pay $100+ toy support team.  Yup, double wammy.

Now I had to fix this but what dawned on me was this.  You screwing my computer up is a problem but not as big as this.  I work with insurance companies whose websites ONLY FUNCTION on Internet Explorer.   Not Edge not Chrome just an unsupported browser. Scary, scary stuff!!

When the system breaks

I lose some sleep and wake up thinking about yesterday’s “loss.”  Not really a loss more like a time where everything seems to match up but it just doesn’t.  Everything is there;

  • was referred by a trusted person(is there any better way)
  • has been with me a few years(yup, 98+% stay)
  • had actually met in person(shocking but happens)
  • helped with a non-insurance thing(helped get one a job)

So you go into the renewal time ready to follow the plan and this time it doesn’t work.  Factually the overall plan always works.  But, within that plan, sometimes the sub-plan doesn’t get the expected result.  Take the other set of circumstances;