Dan Reed of American Family Ventures talks to Tearsheet’s Zack Miller about his career path, through strategy and business development roles, to working with a 90-year-old insurance company.

We’re continuing our series of interviewing some of the smartest corporate investors at some of the largest firms in the financial industry. I’m trying to understand their processes – the ‘why’ behind their investment strategies, and how their firms use investing as part of their innovation programmes.

This week’s guest on the podcast is Dan Reed, managing director of American Family Ventures. As a corporate investor at insurer American Family, he’s looking for early stage technology firms that can help the firm modernise its distribution while remaining true to the legacy of the agents who helped build his business. We also discuss how his career path, through strategy and business development roles, informs his investing practice at a 90-year-old insurance company.

You can listen to more episodes of the Tearsheet Podcast, and other fintech shows, on the BankNXT podcast page. Enjoy!

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About the author

Zack Miller

Zack Miller is founder of Tearsheet (formerly Tradestreaming), a vertical media company focused on the digital finance and fintech industries. Zack has worked with and consulted to many top venture-backed fintech companies, including Lending Club, Behalf, SigFig, OurCrowd and Seeking Alpha.

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