Category Archives: thoughts-from-beam

5 Takeaways from InsureTech Connect 2018

By Alex Frommeyer | benefits, insurance, Thoughts from beam® | No Comments

I attended InsureTech Connect 2018 in Las Vegas recently and found it to be the most dynamic and interesting one yet. Here are 5 thematic takeaways from ITC 2018.

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Beam Dental Takeaways from EBN Benefit Forum & Expo 2018

By Hailey Major | benefits, Brokers, employee benefits, beam perks, Group benefits, Insurance, Thoughts from beam® | No Comments

Before I get started, I have to emphasize how great of a time I had at the EBN Expo.  It was fantastic meeting with both brokers from across the country and prospective partners.  Even though the first night was capped off with an incredible performance by the New Orleans Street Band, The...

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Why Beam is Making Dental Benefits Better

By Alex Frommeyer | dental insurance, perks, prevention, uninsured, beam perks, dental benefits, Insurance, Thoughts from beam® | No Comments

One of the most common questions I get when doing an interview or introducing Beam dental to a new person is ‘how the heck did you get into dental benefits?’ Fair question. There is nothing in my background, nor the backgrounds of our co-founders, that suggests that we would be the perfect...

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A Modern Approach to Data Transfer and Security for Insurance Enrollment

By Patrick Read | data, EDI, software development, technology, 834, API, SOA, Thoughts from beam® | No Comments

In most cases, B2B data transfer solutions are bloated, insecure, and lacking in prompt feedback. This is especially true in the insurance industry. At Beam®, we have concentrated on solving these issues to the benefit of both our partners and our members.

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Chicago Midwinter Recap: Dental Industry Themes for 2016

By Alex Frommeyer | dental, chicago, dentist, beam dental, Chicago Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society midwinter meeting, dental industry, Thoughts from beam® | No Comments

I attended the 2016 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting recently, and though it wasn’t my first time attending, there were a handful of observations and conversations that I think highlight the state of the industry today, and the direction it’s heading over the next few years.

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How Having, and Articulating, Core Values Attracts the Right People to Your Startup

By Alex Frommeyer | Thoughts from beam® | 2 Comments

When my co-founders and I came together in 2012 to found Beam around an idea to use sensors and mobile technology to usher in the era of data-driven dentistry, we connected around our mutual interest in hardware startups and the future of medicine. We never ‘vetted’ each other or interviewed...

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Creating Experience For The All New Beam Brush

By Alex Frommeyer | Thoughts from beam® | No Comments

In the past year, we have seen a huge shift in how the tech industry, investors, and the public perceive, and act upon, hardware products.  In large part, this shift has been led by the impressive growth of wearables, which contain the popular FitBit, Jawbone UP, and now the Apple Watch and are...

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Google CEO's Crazy Toothbrush Test

By Alex Frommeyer | Thoughts from beam® | No Comments

A couple weeks ago, a headline from Inc. caught my attention: Why Google's CEO Only Buys Companies That Pass His Crazy Toothbrush Test. Larry Page talking about toothbrushes? Count me in.

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The Case for the Mass Market Hardware Device

By Alex Frommeyer | Thoughts from beam® | 1 Comment

I recently overhead a phone conversation between two venture capitalists who were comparing Google and Samsung, specifically their newest hardware sales numbers.  The key difference between Google's rising market share in this category versus Samsung's stagnation was, as one VC put it, 'because...

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