On Wrisk: Simon Devonshire OBE (Investor and Entrepreneur)

Oct 30, 2017
Wrisk Advisor Simon Devonshire
For me, insurance is not an industry I want to disrupt - it’s an industry I want to help. I think it needs to reinvent itself, I think it needs to evolve, and I think that Wrisk is at the forefront of that.

In preparations for our crowdfunding campaign we asked some of our key stakeholders: "What does Wrisk mean to you?" After publishing the thoughts of our advisor David Groom last week, we now have some thoughts from advisor and investor Simon Devonshire OBE.

 

Transcript: 

"Hello, I’m Simon Devonshire. I’m an angel investor and a non-executive director of several companies - I have a portfolio. In terms of my background: previously a mixture of working for both very big corporates and also startups. With regards to my involvement in Wrisk, I’m both an investor in it and I’m also an advisor in it and a shareholder in it.

I chose to invest in Wrisk because I think it’s a very special business. I think that I’ve long held a passion for the opportunity to innovate in the insurance industry. For me, insurance is not an industry I want to disrupt; it’s an industry I want to help. I think it needs to reinvent itself, I think it needs to evolve, and I think that Wrisk is at the forefront of that.

So I think that Wrisk is a phenomenal company, and the reason I think it’s going to succeed is because of the quality and endeavour of the founders. One of the key attributes that I’m looking for is a proven track record of achievement, and they have that in abundance. I’m also looking for intuition, which they have evidenced demonstrably.

And I’m looking for what I call ‘inevitability’. When I listen to a team talk about their vision, I want to hear and see that its manifestation is totally believable, i.e. that it’s inevitable, that it’s as real as the buildings are around us. And I have no doubt about Wrisk’s ability to deliver. That’s why I invested in it.

I think now is a great time to invest in Wrisk because they have established real traction and momentum, both in terms of the technology build and what it is they’re trying to do. And what they’re trying to do is actually really special. It’s not one thing, it’s three things.

So they’re creating a fantastic digital interface. It’s much more than just the superficial UX skin, but also reinventing the guts of the actual insurance itself, which is something that’s technically very challenging to do. And then thirdly, they’re creating this idea of a personal Wrisk Score, in the same way that the financial services has credit scores. They’re enabling the transaction to be a transparent one, where the customer is ultimately in control.

And for those reasons, I think about of all of the ventures that I’ve been involved in, having run and created Wayra Europe over three-and-a-half years. On behalf of Telefónica I invested in 234 businesses. In my own personal portfolio I only have eight, and one of those that I’m most proud of is Wrisk."

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