Entrepreneurship | episode 381

Sequoia Capital Partner Roelof Botha and Ethos Life Co-founder Peter Colis

Peter Colis is the Co-founder and CEO of Ethos Life. Ethos is an online life insurance startup focused on disrupting the life insurance industry by providing a frictionless and more affordable life insurance package. Prior to founding Ethos, Peter was the Co-founder of Ovid Corp. Roelof Botha is an investor in Ethos and a Partner at Sequoia focused on seed and early growth companies. Roelof has a long track record of success as his investment portfolio consists of companies such as YouTube, 23andMe, and Square. Prior to Sequoia, Roelof worked at PayPal after graduating from Stanford Business School. February 18, 2019

381: Sequoia Partner Roelof Botha and Ethos Life co-founder and CEO Peter Colis dive into the major issues with life insurance and how Ethos Life can make a difference. A great life insurance company has not been built for 150 years, and while the existing players have massive amounts of capital, Ethos is relying on their speed of execution and digital advantage. We also discuss how Ethos is using behavioral science and product testing for ease of use, how Ethos is able to overcome the faster process, Roelof’s take on AI and voice technologies, why Roelof was determined to immigrate to the United States, among other topics.

Moore's Law and the notion that change takes place far quicker than people anticipate makes the technology investment area exceedingly interesting. Therefore, part of the training is thinking about how technologies will compound in ways that will surprise you. The human brain did not evolve for compound interest to be natural and intuitive for us. We have to be careful not to misjudge ideas and companies that we believe are seven years away that are, in reality, only three years away.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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