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The Insurance Software Company
Built by Insurance People


Because there's nothing like building what you know best

In 2005, Chris Ewing and Tim Tyannikov met at Cost-U-Less Insurance, a multiline insurer with an emphasis on auto insurance. Chris was CIO and General Counsel, and Tim served in an engineering role, initially hired to build out a point-of-sale system.

Over the next few years, they decided to found their own insurance companies. What they discovered along the way was that typical insurance software suffered from some major problems.

It too often lacked the features, the right process flow, and time-to-market capabilities needed for real-world insurance operations.

They concluded that insurance software needs to be built by people with first-hand experience running insurance companies.

So, they sold their insurance companies, and One Inc was born. From the beginning, they applied everything they learned running insurance companies to the design of insurance technology platforms.

 

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And it worked

Since then, One Inc has grown to serve the insurance platform needs of close to 100 insurance companies, processing over $2.5 billion in premiums per year. 

With investments of $52.2M to date, investors in One Inc include AXA Strategic Ventures, MassMutual Financial Group, H&Q Asia Pacific, Camp One Ventures, AGI Partners, American Family Ventures, and Centana Growth Partners. 

Leadership

Christopher Ewing

President, CEO, & Co-Founder 

Leveraging previous roles, including as a CEO, founder of several successful companies, and a securities attorney, Chris began his insurance industry career in 2003 as the President and CEO of Keenan Holdings.

He also served as the CTO and General Counsel of Cost-U-Less Insurance Center, growing the company from 32 locations to more than 100. After increasing the written premium to over $500M, he spearheaded the sale of the company. Chris was the Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Stonewood Insurance Services and drove written premium per employee to $2M before orchestrating the company's sale. He was also Co-Founder and CTO of ClearSide General Insurance Services and Co-Founder, General Counsel, and Executive VP of GreenPath Insurance Company.

Based on these experiences, Chris founded One Inc with a goal of helping other insurance companies grow their business by transforming the way they interact with their customers. 

Chris received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of California, Riverside, and his Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Tim Tyannikov

COO & Co-Founder

Tim has decades of experience in software engineering and is a veteran of the insurance industry. He was the CTO of Cost-U-Less Insurance Center where he built the enterprise systems that helped the company triple in size. He was also the CIO, managing an IT department that supported more than 600 employees. He has held technology leadership positions at ClearSide General Insurance Services, which is now part of GMAC, and GreenPath Insurance Company, which is now part of Aspire General Insurance.

Immediately prior to co-founding One Inc, Tim was an architect at Active Networks where he built multiple enterprise-level systems for online registration for recreation management, facility management and reservations, health club membership management, and a multi-language IVR solution.

Tim also ran a software development company that has created multiple systems including CRM, forms management, restaurant chain point-of-sale, and a document generation and management system for Standard Register, a national printing company. He has been active in the technology community, teaching multiple courses to help others gain certification in various programming languages. Many of his students have gone on to become architects, CIOs, and CTOs of companies.  

Foster Geng

CFO & Executive VP

Foster spent the past decade in leadership roles at SaaS companies in both early and growth stage. Prior to joining One Inc, Foster was the CFO of Cantaloupe Systems, a venture-backed enterprise SaaS company that provided logistics management software and payment technologies to the unattended retail industry. He led the company to a successful sale to USA Technologies in 2017. Before that, Foster was the VP of Business Operations at HackerOne, a high-growth venture-backed SaaS company that enabled companies to improve security by leveraging a community of skilled white-hat hackers. Before HackerOne, Foster was the Head of Business Operations and Strategy at Demandforce (acquired by Intuit in 2012 for $424M), a SaaS company that helped small businesses automate customer communication and manage reputation.

Foster received Masters of Science degree from UC Berkeley in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from UCLA in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Josh Merritt

Executive VP, Customer Success

Responsible for optimizing the end-to-end customer experience, Josh comes to One Inc with 20 years of experience building and managing services teams within enterprise SaaS-based organizations in startup, turnaround, and accelerated growth phases. In his prior role as Chief Services Officer for Decideware, he worked with the world’s largest advertisers to drive product expansion of a software suite that enabled optimization of marketing spend and agency partner relationships. In his Senior Director role at ACI Worldwide (business unit acquired by Fiserv), Josh led functional teams responsible for the delivery, customization, consulting, and add-on sales of a complex internet banking SaaS platform. Prior to that he played an integral role at Online Resources (acquired by ACI Worldwide) in expanding the banking business unit from $1.5M to $20M in annual revenue over a seven-year period with year-over-year increasing margins. 

Josh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Applied Science from University of California, Los Angeles.

Kevin Ostrander

Executive VP, Sales

Kevin served as Director of Sales at Thunderhead (acquired by Accel-KKR). He spent six years within their insurance practice focused on providing enterprise solutions to carriers, transforming operations through digital engagement. In addition to direct sales activities, he was responsible for the creation and rollout of the company's indirect revenue channel and first global reseller agreement. He has also held sales leadership positions at 170 Systems (acquired by Kofax).

Kevin has a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Bentley University.

Jera Shive

VP of Finance

Jera worked over 10 years in leadership roles in operations, acquisitions, and finance at Duck Creek Technologies. While there, she oversaw the finance and accounting functions, budgeting, forecasting, cash management, and financial reporting. In 2010, she managed the acquisition of a wholly-owned European subsidiary, Duck Creek Europe. Jera helped lead the acquisition of Duck Creek by Accenture, managing the due diligence team for Duck Creek and integrating the operations of Duck Creek into the Accenture systems during the first year post-acquisition.

Jera earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Butler University.

Melinda Burnett

VP, Sales Operations & Field Support

Melinda's experience includes more than 10 years in the P&C insurance technology industry, focusing on sales strategy for commercial, personal, and specialty lines suite products for large insurance carriers and MGAs. She was Global Sales Operation Lead in charge of US and worldwide sales operations management at Accenture Software (formerly Duck Creek Technologies).

Melinda holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Purdue University Global. 

Board

Christopher Ewing

President, CEO, & Co-Founder | One Inc

Leveraging previous roles, including as a CEO, founder of several successful companies, and a securities attorney, Chris began his insurance industry career in 2003 as the President and CEO of Keenan Holdings.

He also served as the CTO and General Counsel of Cost-U-Less Insurance Center, growing the company from 32 locations to more than 100. After increasing the written premium to over $500M, he spearheaded the sale of the company. Chris was the Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Stonewood Insurance Services and drove written premium per employee to $2M before orchestrating the company's sale. He was also Co-Founder and CTO of ClearSide General Insurance Services and Co-Founder, General Counsel, and Executive VP of Greenpath Insurance Company.

Based on these experiences, Chris founded One Inc with a goal of helping other insurance companies grow their business by transforming the way they interact with their customers. 

Chris received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of California, Riverside, and his Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Mark Hsu

Board Member | H&Q Asia Pacific

Mark Hsu is a Managing Director at H&Q Asia Pacific, bringing more than 14 years of investment experiences in Silicon Valley and Asia to the firm. Prior to joining H&QAP in 2001, Mr. Hsu was Director of Business Development for Sina.com. From 1997 to 1999, he was an attorney with Simpson, Thacher, & Bartlett where he focused on securities and M&A transactions, principally working with The Blackstone Group. Mr. Hsu was also founding Vice Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander American Leadership Council at the Democratic National Committee in 2004.

Mr. Hsu received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor from Columbia University.

Ta-Lin Hsu

Board Member | H&Q Asia Pacific

Dr. Ta-lin Hsu is Founder and Chairman of H&Q Asia Pacific and has been investing in Asia for over two decades. He joined Hambrecht & Quist Group in 1985 as a General Partner and founded H&Q Asia Pacific (“H&QAP”) in 1986. H&QAP has managed over $2.7 billion in capital and has invested in more than 400 companies. In recognition of his role in helping turn around a major Korean financial institution affected by the Asian financial crisis, Dr. Hsu was named one of the top financiers in Asia in BusinessWeek's "The Stars of Asia" and ranked as a top 15 Venture Capitalist by Forbes's Midas List in 2007.

Dr. Hsu received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Science degree in Electrophysics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from National Taiwan University.

Robert Claassen

Board Member | Camp One Ventures, LLC

Robert Claassen is a founding partner at Camp One Ventures, LLC, a Palo Alto, California-based venture capital firm. Mr. Claassen managed the Silicon Valley corporate practice for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky, & Walker. Prior to that was a senior partner at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati where he was co-chair of their Capital Markets group. 

Mr. Claassen holds a BS in Mathematical Economics and a JD order of the coif from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Alex Scherbakovsky

Board Member | AXA Strategic Ventures

Prior to AXA Strategic Ventures, Alex was a Principal at New Enterprise Associates, where his investments included Braintree (online and mobile payments) and Box (enterprise collaboration SaaS). Previously, Alex invested in enterprise software, fintech, and internet companies at Silver Lake, 3i, and FTV Capital, where his portfolio included Trustwave (security SaaS), Coremetrics (web analytics SaaS) and Actimize (risk management software).

Prior to becoming an investor, Alex held operating roles at Microsoft and Trilogy, and was a management consultant at Monitor Group. Alex graduated with Distinction from Stanford with an MS in Engineering and AB in Economics, and received an MBA from Harvard, where he was named a Baker Scholar.

Francois Robinet

Board Member | AXA Strategic Ventures

François Robinet is Managing Director of AXA Strategic Ventures, AXA Group's venture capital fund. He spent most of his career within AXA in risk management, asset management, and life insurance. He has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the global investment management firm AXA Rosenberg and as Chief Risk Officer of AXA Group. François Robinet is also Chief Executive Officer of AXA Life Invest, a company specializing in retirement solutions.

He holds master's degrees from Stanford University and the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et d'Administration Economique--National School of Statistics and Economic Administration, as well as a PhD from the Centre des Hautes Etudes d'Assurance--Center for Advance Insurance Studies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of AXA companies, and of the Microcred> Group, a portfolio company that expands the reach of financial services to micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs. François is also a member of the Advisory Board of FTV Capital, a San Francisco investment company that specializes in late-stage Fintech investments.

Eric Byunn

Board Member | Centana Growth

Eric Byunn founded Centana Growth in 2015 and is one of its Partners. Before founding Centana Growth, Mr. Byunn spent over 20 years in growth equity and technology. He currently serves on the Boards of Blueprint Systems, Jumio, Vena, Catalyst Repository Systems, and Cloudmark. He previously led investments in companies including Centro, Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), Covario (acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network), GMI (acquired by WPP), KVS (acquired by Veritas), MarketShare Partners (acquired by Neustar), PSS Systems (acquired by IBM), Sourcecode/K2, and Varicent (acquired by IBM).

Mr. Byunn spent 13 years at FTV Capital, a $ 2 billion growth equity fund, where he was a partner, served on the management committee, and led investments in enterprise technology. Prior to FTV, he served as Director of Online Services at myCFO, a startup wealth management firm. He held several positions at Netscape/AOL, including management of Netscape’s Personal Finance Channel and product management for the Netscape Navigator browser. He also has worked at Microsoft and McKinsey & Company. He received an AB summa cum laude in economics with additional focus in computer science from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Mr. Byunn is also a CFA Charterholder.

Doug Russell

Board Observer | MassMutual Ventures

Mr. Russell has served as Managing Director of MassMutual Ventures, since its formation in July, 2014. Prior to that, he also served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development from 2009 to 2017. Mr. Russell joined MassMutual in 2007, as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer for the company’s Retirement Income unit, and has 30 years of broadly diversified experience in the financial services industry.

Prior to MassMutual, Mr. Russell was Senior Vice President and Head of Client Services for Prudential Retirement, a post he held from 2004 through the firm’s acquisition of CIGNA’s Retirement and Investment Services business, which he joined in 2001 as Senior Vice President in its Corporate Insurance unit. Mr. Russell, from 1995-2001, was with Aetna Inc./ING Financial Services, primarily with the company’s Aetna International, Inc., business, including more than two years as its CFO, and three years as the CEO overseeing Aetna Philippines in Manila.

Mr. Russell received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brown University, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

 

 

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