The insurance industry has a long history of providing vital support for major leaps in innovation. It’s no coincidence that the modern insurance industry and the industrial revolution arose in parallel. Indeed, it has been convincingly argued that the invention of fire and property insurance – in response to the Great Fire of London – lubricated the gears of capital investment that powered the industrial revolution and is likely the reason why it started in London. Through that first and each subsequent technological revolution, insurance has offered innovators and investors a safety net and served as an outside, objective validator of risk – thereby acting as a source of both the encouragement and the security needed to confidently test and break barriers.
Today, we are in the midst of a new digital financial revolution, and the case for this new technology is clear and compelling. The recent White House executive order on “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets” further underscored this and was a watershed moment for the industry, elevating the discussion around the importance of technology to the national stage and acknowledging its importance to the United States strategy, interests and global competitiveness.
Sofia Arend is currently the director of communications and content lead at the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). Prior to joining the GBBC, Sofia worked for the Atlantic Council, a top 10 global think tank for defense and national security. Sofia received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Studies with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she competed as an NCAA Division-I-recruited rower.
J. Gdanski is a privacy, security and risk-management expert, a key leader in the enterprise blockchain space and the CEO and founder of Evertas – the first company dedicated to insurance of crypto assets and blockchain systems.