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Insurance and Risk Management Challenges for Collaborative Consumption Firms

September 30, 2011

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Julie Davis, Vice President of Heffernan Insurance Brokers, provided a keynote speech at Stanford University during the quarterly California Women’s Network meeting in July 2011.

She spoke about the growing area of Collaborative Consumption. Latitude and Shareable Magazine released findings of “The New Sharing Economy Study,” which uncovered new opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and established companies in the growing area of “shared services.”

The study points to top opportunities for new sharing services. They include firms that have an operating model that share physical spaces, tangible assets and property, intellectual property, household goods, online communities and network and more. It is predicted that shared service firms will continue to drive growth in our economy, and related investment opportunities will continue to be aligned, but shared service firms have special business, insurance and risk management needs.

But sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting and swapping have insurance and risk management challenges. “Firms face a wide range of business insurance and risk management concerns associated with operating a shared service business. Essentially, risk management concerns surround the areas of shared ownership, responsibility, maintenance and usage. The collaboration and sharing of physical assets create unique insurance and risk management challenges for many of these firms. The insurance industry has been slow to adapt to these changes. This creates the need for customization and specialization,” said Davis.

Davis is the founder of RiskCommunities (http://www.riskcommunities.com), a popular blog for technology firms and their special business advisors. The blog site hosts popular video interviews with experts on a wide range of business and risk management topics important to the technology sector.

1. Overview of Network, Security & Privacy Exposures and Risks: http://www.youtube.com/user/riskcommunities#p/u/6/6lzxg56JGSw

2. Overview of Litigation and Trends in Network, Security & Privacy Risks: http://www.youtube.com/user/riskcommunities#p/u/5/s1E2y5BKs1I

3. Interviews with Technology Executives on Managing Risks: http://www.youtube.com/user/riskcommunities#p/u/5/t5L9NOU9SEg

4. Intellectual Property Strategy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKXhszwtoeI

5. Update on Patent Litigation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YgkZsrPddU

6. Update on Patent Markings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSDCZmVa1Mo

7. Update on Bilski Patent Case and Impact on Tech Sector: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M7U6Nixqnw

8. Changes in Venture Capital: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFLH1Pg10ac

9. Business Valuations from Venture Capital Perspective: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rdTLagLj28

10. Economy and Changes in Business Valuations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYEmobfOxpk

11. Perspective on 409A, Valuation, Purchase Price: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNL-4XStk_8

12. Launching New Ideas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40BItg9tq7E

Media Contact: Anna Smith, President, California Women’s Network, californiawomensnetwork@gmail.com

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