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ABOUT BREWER LANE

Brewer Lane Ventures is an early stage venture firm focused on Insurtech and Fintech companies. Using the team’s deep knowledge of the insurance and financial services industries, Brewer Lane invests in startups that will transform the market for companies and consumers alike. We bring together domain expertise from founding and scaling startups, venture investing, and running Fortune 100 companies.

PORTFOLIO COMPANIES

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OUR TEAM

Founder and Managing Partner

John Kim

Managing Partner

Martha Notaras

Investment Principal

Chris Choi Downer

Operating Principal

David Castellani

Associate

Stephen Sotiriou

Investment Principal

Rohan Malhotra

Business Manager

Courtney Howe

Founder and Managing Partner

John Kim

John Kim is Founder and Managing Partner of Brewer Lane Ventures. Prior to founding Brewer Lane Ventures, John was President and Chief Investment Officer of New York Life Insurance Company. During his 10 year career at New York Life, he led the growth of the Company’s assets from $213 billion to $582 billion, while managing the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

As a career investor, John started New York Life Ventures in 2012 which over the subsequent 6 years, produced top quartile performance. Previously, he held CEO roles in other insurance, retirement and asset management firms including Prudential Retirement, CIGNA Retirement and Investment Services, and Aeltus Investment Management, a subsidiary of VOYA.

He is currently a board director at three insurtech startups. Additionally, he is on the board of trustees of Eversource,  New England’s largest energy delivery company and a national leader in clean energy, and was previously on the board of FiServ, a global provider of financial services technology.

John received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Managing Partner

Martha Notaras

Martha Notaras is Managing Partner at Brewer Lane Ventures, investing in early stage insurtech and fintech companies focusing on delivering: full stack solutions; infrastructure to empower incumbents; innovative approaches to risk and distribution; and data.

Prior to joining Brewer Lane, Martha was a Partner at XL Innovate, investing in insurtech, including startups focused on new business models and data & analytics. XL Innovate’s investments include Lemonade, Embroker, Cape Analytics, Zendrive and Pillar Technologies.

Previously, Martha ran corporate development for the business data and analytics division of the Daily Mail. Of the 20 investments Martha made for the Daily Mail, two achieved valuations over $1 billion. Martha has served as board director for many early and growth stage companies, focusing on fintech, insurtech, proptech, edtech and digital media. Martha’s prior experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch and commercial banking at Credit Suisse.

Martha serves on the boards of directors of Palomar Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PLMR), which provides catastrophe insurance for personal and commercial property, and ATTOM Data Solutions, a leading provider of property data to the real estate, financial services and insurance markets.

Martha earned her A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, awarded for graduating in the top five percent of the class.

Investment Principal

Chris Choi Downer

Chris Downer is an Investment Principal at Brewer Lane Ventures. Prior to joining Brewer Lane, Chris was a Principal at Sorenson Ventures. At Sorenson, Chris partnered with innovators focused on solving large problems which could be tackled through the deployment of new technology and data sources.

Prior to joining Sorenson Ventures, Chris was a Principal at XL Innovate focusing on early-stage analytics and insurtech investments in North America, Europe and Asia. At XL Innovate, Chris was a board observer at Pillar Technologies, an end-to-end environmental monitoring solution for construction sites and a board member at Stonestep, which provides microinsurance as a service in emerging markets.

Before joining XL Innovate, Chris was an Associate in the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection Group of Goldman Sachs. During his five years at Goldman, he developed special expertise in emerging markets and Asia and worked in both the New York City and London offices.

Chris graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, with a BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in History.

Operating Principal

David Castellani

David is an Operating Principal at Brewer Lane Ventures, Previously, he was a Senior Vice President and head of Technology at New York Life, a Fortune 100 financial services company.  He also served as part of The Executive Management Committee of the company providing general oversight and strategic decision making on behalf of the company. While at New York Life, David successfully executed on the most significant technology transformation in the company’s history resulting in annual savings of nearly $100 million per year, as well as implementing the Digital, Data, Modernization and Cyber strategies.  Recently, he led the technology effort on a $6 billion acquisition of CIGNA’s Group Insurance Business.

Earlier in his career, David was the CEO of New York Life’s Retirement Services company, engaging in the successful turnaround of this important franchise. The success of this work led to a sale of the unit to John Hancock. In addition, he has co-founded two technology companies, Mi8 Corporation which was sold to Apptix in 2006 and most recently Qv21 Technologies, Inc. a software company located in Austin, TX.

David is a Director at Sagent, a network and telecommunications company in Dallas, TX, and a Director for Qv21 a software company located in Austin, TX.  He was on the Salesforce and Zoom Advisory Boards while at New York Life. David was also President of the Board at The Ethel Walker School from 2006 to 2011.

David received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1978 and completed The Entrepreneurial Leadership course at Harvard in 1995.

Associate

Stephen Sotiriou

Stephen Sotiriou is an Investment Associate at Brewer Lane Ventures. At BLV, Stephen focuses on sourcing and analyzing insurtech and fintech companies. Prior to Brewer Lane Ventures, Stephen worked for SenaHill Partners LP, a fintech-focused merchant bank where he aided companies in financing and merger & acquisition transactions and strategy. Stephen helped companies in all stages and industries including insurtech, capital markets, data analytics, payments, banking and lending, and business process outsourcing. Prior to SenaHill Partners, Stephen was a Senior Associate in the restructuring group of Grant Thornton LLP, helping companies through distressed situations both in and out of court. In those high stress situations, Stephen helped healthcare and insurance companies manage cash, analyze and execute on the best go-forward business strategy, and overhaul operations to achieve a sustainable and healthy business.

Stephen graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta business school concentrating in finance and information systems and operations management. During his time at Emory, he held an internship within the treasury and capital allocation group at Amgen Inc., one of the world’s largest independent biotechnology companies and with Hightower Advisors – Bapis Group, a Forbes top 150 national financial advisor. He was also a member of Emory University’s varsity baseball team, taking 2nd in the nation in 2014.

Stephen prides himself on being a chartered financial analyst (CFA) Charterholder, and Utah sports, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan.

Investment Principal

Rohan Malhotra

Rohan Malhotra is an Investment Principal at Brewer Lane Ventures. Previously, he led growth and expansion initiatives at Newfront Insurance, the fastest growing insurance brokerage in the country powered by technology. Prior to joining Newfront, Rohan was part of the founding investment team at Argo Ventures, a fintech-focused venture capital fund capitalized by Argo Group (NYSE: ARGO). He began his career in product strategy and design at a New York City-based innovation consultancy.

Rohan graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.A.S. in Computer Science from Penn Engineering as well as a B.S. in Economics from Wharton. He also earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Business Manager

Courtney Howe

Courtney Howe is the Business Manager at Brewer Lane Ventures. Courtney has previously worked as the Marketing Communications Manager and as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at The New England Center for Children, a non-profit organization serving children and families with autism around the globe. Courtney has also worked in media relations at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School) where her work focused primarily on scientific research related to the diseases of aging.

Courtney received her BA in Political Science from Trinity College and her MBA with a marketing concentration from The McCallum School of Business at Bentley University.

OUR ADVISORS

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Joan Lamm-Tennant

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Tom Hutton

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Fred Terrell

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Shrikant Dash

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Dick Mucci

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Douglas Kim

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Joan Lamm-Tennant

Joan Lamm-Tennant is the Founder and former CEO of Blue Marble Microinsurance, a corporation formed by a consortium of eight insurance entities for the purpose of developing service ventures enabling insurers to enter the microinsurance market. Previously, she was the Global Chief Economist and Risk Strategist of Guy Carpenter & Company, the reinsurance and risk advisory operating company of Marsh & McLennan Companies, where she served as an advisor to C-Suite executives and board members. Her expertise includes core insurance, specialty insurance, and risk. In 2009, she served as a Risk Strategist for Marsh & McLennan and formalized the enterprise wide risk oversight function.

Prior to joining Guy Carpenter in 2007, Joan was the Founding President of General Reinsurance Capital Consultants (GRCC). Prior to her executive positions in industry, she had a successful academic career. She was a prolific author in academic and business journals and an adjunct professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, holding the Laurence and Susan Hirsch Chair in International Business.

Joan serves on the boards of Hamilton Insurance Group, Ambac Financial Group, Equitable Holdings, and Element Financial Corporation. She previously served on the boards of Selective Insurance Group and Ivans. 

Joan brings significant insurance, risk, and Insurtech experience to her role as an advisor to Brewer Lane Ventures.

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Tom Hutton

Tom Hutton served for ten years as the first CEO of Risk Management Solutions, a pioneer and global leader in providing risk modeling software, data, and analytics related to catastrophic risks to the insurance industry. His insurance career continued as CEO of White Mountains Re and as board director of several insurance and reinsurance companies including XL Group, Safeco, Montpelier Re, Centre Cat, and Palomar Specialty. Tom also spent four years as a consultant at McKinsey and Company.

In 2011, Tom founded New Energy Risk in partnership with XL Group. Tom served as CEO until he founded XL Innovate in 2015, where he currently serves as Chairman. New Energy Risk addresses opportunities to apply insurance to support the development and financing of clean technology and renewable energy solutions and infrastructure, through an innovative form of insured technology performance.

Tom has been a board director of SoFi, a leader in consumer lending, since the formation of the company. He also serves as a board director for several other venture-backed companies, including Lemonade and Slice Labs.

Tom brings significant knowledge of venture capital and P&C insurance as well as deep entrepreneurial experience to his role as an advisor to Brewer Lane Ventures.

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Fred Terrell

Fred Terrell is a Senior Advisor at Centerbridge Partners, L.P. in New York City. He is the Retired Executive Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Credit Suisse. Fred was a member of Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Committee, its Managing Director Promotion Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of Provender Capital Group, LLC, which made private equity investments in emerging growth-oriented companies.

Fred is a member of the Investment Committee of the Rockefeller Foundation and is on the board of Viacom CBS, BNY Mellon and MoCaFi. He also serves as board member of the Partnership Fund for New York City, Planet Word Museum and is a member of the Economic Club of New York City and the Council on Foreign Relations. Fred is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New York Life Insurance Company, Wellchoice, Inc. and Carver Bancorp Inc., where he served as Chairman of the Board.

Fred brings significant investment banking, private equity, and board financial services expertise to his role as an advisor to Brewer Lane Ventures.

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Shrikant Dash

Shrikant Dash is a senior consumer finance executive with 25 years of experience in banking, credit cards, and lending in the US, UK, India, and China. He is currently Chief Risk Officer at Alliant Credit Union, leading credit and operations risk, advanced analytics, compliance, business controls, fraud and facilities. In this role, Shrikant ensures focus and visibility for enterprise risk ownership as a regulated financial institution.

Previously, Shrikant was Head of Analytics & Information Management at Citigroup, and a member of the executive committee of the Global Consumer Bank. Shrikant has prior executive leadership roles in consumer lending credit, analytics, CRM, and operations at Discover Financial Services, Morgan Stanley, and General Electric. 

Shrikant brings his many years of experience in building analytics and credit risk functions, as well as P&L and service operations to his role as an advisor to Brewer Lane Ventures.

Advisor

Dick Mucci

Dick Mucci is an experienced insurance industry executive and board director who is an expert in insurance business management. Dick’s leadership experiences have included driving several successful turn-arounds, developing new business models and strategies, guiding M&A, and building high performance teams while consistently achieving superior results.

Dick recently retired as the President of the Group Protection business for the Lincoln Financial Group. In this role, he was responsible for the strategy, operations, and financial management of a multi-billion-dollar non-medical employee benefit business. While at Lincoln, Dick successfully led an acquisition which doubled the size of the business.

Prior to Lincoln, he served as Chairman and CEO of New York Life International where he led their multinational insurance operation and served as a Board Director for several subsidiary companies including the joint ventures in India and China. His preceding experiences include leadership of the employee benefit business for The Hartford and the individual disability income business for MassMutual. Earlier in his career, he rose to the level of Chief Operating Officer and served as a Board Director for The Paul Revere Corporation, a public company. At Paul Revere, he led several businesses and served in major financial roles including Chief Actuary.

Dick serves as an advisor to several insurtech start-ups including Brella, Owl.co and Chiefofstaff.com.

Dick brings broad insurance, financial, risk, and operational knowledge to his role as an advisor to Brewer Lane Ventures. 

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Douglas Kim

Douglas Kim has almost 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operator, building and running category-leading enterprise software businesses in AI, customer engagement, and business process automation. He specializes in helping SaaS businesses achieve commercial success and grow revenues consistently at every stage, from seed to over half a billion dollars. He comes with deep industry expertise and relationships in the insurance, financial services, and healthcare sectors. He was the General Manager for the Cloud business at PEGA, a publicly-traded billion dollar leader in AI-enabled process automation technologies, founder of Talksender, the world’s first rich media email marketing company, and a founding member of NovaSoft, the category leader in cloud-based content management where he ran Europe and Latin America. 

He is a fellow at MIT’s Connection Science Institute bridging corporate partnerships with scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors, and is an active advisor and investor at over a dozen fast-growing enterprise software companies from seed stage to Series D, helping raise over $500MM in financing. 

Douglas brings an experienced and systematic approach to scaling enterprise businesses to his role as an advisor to Brewer Lane Ventures.

 

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