Ask Kodiak Integrates Coverage Search Platform with Bold Penguin

The company’s search engine capabilities specific to appetite, eligibility and product highlights have been integrated with Bold Penguin’s commercial lines agent portal.

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Ask Kodiak (Winchester, Mass.), provider of a cloud-based, coverage search platform for property/casualty insurers, has announced that the company’s search engine capabilities specific to appetite, eligibility and product highlights have been integrated with Bold Penguin’s (Columbus, Ohio) commercial lines agent portal.

Michael Albert, Co-founder, Ask Kodiak.

Michael Albert, Co-founder, Ask Kodiak.

“For Ask Kodiak, it has always been about creating market efficiency through transparency and insight,” comments Michael Albert, co-founder, Ask Kodiak. “The integration with Bold Penguin helps agents quote new business faster and gives insurers more desirable classes of risk by their own definition. It’s about putting the robust search functionality and appetite matching of Ask Kodiak where it is most useful and accessible for agents, and Bold Penguin is using our API to do just that.”

Ask Kodiak describes its offering as working with commercial lines P&C insurers to market products or coverages based on appetite to independent agents and brokers in real-time via a cloud-based technology platform. By automating key parts of the traditionally manual marketing process, Ask Kodiak says it is able to capture data which provides real-time visibility into search trends, product market opportunities, and product performance. The company says that the analytics insurers can access through its platform can inform decisions about product design and marketing of commercial insurance products, and provide a glimpse into which producers are placing the kind of business most desired at any given time.

Ilya Bodner, Chairman, Bold Penguin.

Ilya Bodner, Chairman, Bold Penguin.

The combination of Ask Kodiak and Bold Penguin introduces new opportunities for commercial lines agents, brokers and insurance companies to collaborate, according to the companies’ joint statement. As competition in the commercial lines market tightens, the insight into needed coverages and the best prices delivered via this integration mean speed-to-market and a better overall customer experience, the statement asserts.

Better Digital Marketplace for Agents

“Bold Penguin’s mission is to create a better, digital marketplace for agents trying to place commercial lines business,” comments Ilya Bodner, founder and CEO of Bold Penguin. “By simplifying the complex commercial lines underwriting process, we increase deal flow for agents and insurers. The agents using Bold Penguin are top producers, and we are pleased to be able to add Ask Kodiak as another data point within our portal which will ultimately improve the insurance customer experience.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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