Case Studies

The Shepherd Blog

Explore the latest in commercial insurance with insights and industry wisdom directly from the Shepherd team.

Product & Engineering

Our Revised Engineering Recruiting Process

As the business matured, and the hiring market has shifted, so did our process.

Mo El Mahallawy

Mo El Mahallawy

Co-Founder & CTO

June 11, 2024

Company

Shepherd Savings: Preferred Insurance for the Best Builders

How Shepherd's in-depth analysis of Procore data enables upfront discounts and ushers in the next generation of risk engineering.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

May 15, 2024

Product & Engineering

Introducing Shepherd AI Compliance: Advancing Construction’s Insurance Technology

The first offering of Shepherd's free software platform for insureds

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

February 27, 2024

Company

Announcing Shepherd's $13.5M Series A

Today we’re thrilled to announce Shepherd has raised a Series A financing, led by Costanoa Ventures

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

February 7, 2024

Product & Engineering

Underwriting with superpowers: parsing claims data with OCR

Using technology to give underwriters a superpower

Danil Kolesnikov

Danil Kolesnikov

Founding Engineer

January 11, 2024

Company

Shepherd's 2023 Year in Review

A quick recap of Shepherd's top moments in 2023

Laura Watts

Laura Watts

Customer Experience Lead

December 21, 2023

Company

Major Update to Shepherd's Primary Offering

Shepherd has expanded its capabilities to include non-admitted primary casualty offerings on a countrywide basis, effective immediately.

Laura Watts

Laura Watts

Customer Experience Lead

December 11, 2023

Company

Announcing Our Partnership with Samsara

We’re thrilled to announce Samsara, the pioneer of the Connected Operations™ Cloud as our latest addition to Shepherd’s Casualty Pro program.

Mo El Mahallawy

Mo El Mahallawy

Co-Founder & CTO

August 30, 2023

Company

Shepherd Expands into Primary Casualty Lines, Unveiling New Opportunities for Contractors

Announcing our expansion into Primary Casualty lines

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

August 28, 2023

Company

Introducing Shepherd Rewards

A rewards program exclusive to Shepherd Insureds

Mo El Mahallawy

Mo El Mahallawy

Co-Founder & CTO

June 21, 2023

Company

Introducing Shepherd Insights: benchmarking US contractor performance

Maureen MacIsaac

Maureen MacIsaac

Product Lead

May 22, 2023

Company

Harnessing Artificial Intelligence: A New Era for Construction Underwriting

At Shepherd, we're thrilled by AI's potential to achieve a foundational company goal: the elimination of administrative underwriting.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

April 3, 2023

Product & Engineering

Don’t Fight Excel (You Won’t Win)

Notes on building software for spreadsheet-dominated domains

Sam Sheridan

Sam Sheridan

Software Engineer

February 23, 2023

Underwriting

The most underrated stakeholder in construction tech

Unlocking the true potential of new technologies will drive the next wave of industry progress, and shape how a new generation of risk managers will need to work cross functionally with their technology leadership counterparts.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

February 15, 2023

Company

2022 Shepherd Year in Review

A quick recap of Shepherd's first year since going live

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

December 19, 2022

Underwriting

My love letter to the Nerds

Surprisingly, the wildest thing about my journey with Shepherd has been obsessing over insurance with none other than my engineering colleagues.

Lindsay Plotkin

Lindsay Plotkin

Underwriting Lead

September 8, 2022

Product & Engineering

Hello, bonjour

3 lessons I learned building a commercial insurance product from zero to one

Maureen MacIsaac

Maureen MacIsaac

Product Lead

September 1, 2022

Company

Expanding Casualty Pro with Autodesk

Today we're announcing Shepherd's strategic relationship with Autodesk

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

August 25, 2022

Company

First 100 Days

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. ” - Mike Tyson

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

July 11, 2022

Company

Announcing our partnership with OpenSpace

Expanding Casualty Pro with the market leader in job site capture

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

June 21, 2022

Company

Announcing Casualty Pro - a partnership program to reward innovative contractors

Today we’re announcing Casualty Pro, a new Shepherd program that introduces technology usage data into our underwriting process.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

May 24, 2022

Product & Engineering

Be brave enough to suck at something new

Last year, around this time, I set my heart on taking a risk to go into software engineering.

Iris Jiang

Iris Jiang

Software Engineer

April 25, 2022

Product & Engineering

How we build our risk models

The process of taking Excel risk models and turning them into code

Mo El Mahallawy

Mo El Mahallawy

Co-Founder & CTO

April 14, 2022

Company

Launch Day

Shepherd’s first product, Excess Casualty, is live in the construction insurance marketplace

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

February 28, 2022

Company

How my first interview shaped my career in CS

This mindset and curiosity to learn was crucial as I grew into management. My team became my customer and my day was filled with questions and problems that I didn’t know how to answer.

Laura Watts

Laura Watts

Customer Experience Lead

February 9, 2022

Company

Building Insurtech in 2022

As a second wave insurtech startup, the learnings from Insurtech 1.0 have undoubtedly shaped a lot of how we approach Shepherd.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

January 4, 2022

Underwriting

Leadership in Underwriting

At Shepherd, we are building an underwriting approach that automates the science in order to enhance the art.

Costas Hadjipateras

Costas Hadjipateras

Head of Underwriting

September 30, 2021

Product & Engineering

How We Hire Engineers at Shepherd

Insights into our process and what candidates can expect as they get to know our team.

Mo El Mahallawy

Mo El Mahallawy

Co-Founder & CTO

September 23, 2021

Underwriting

The Insurance Industry’s Generational Talent Dispersion [Part 2]

Spend just a few hours within any insurtech company and you will immediately notice a few stark differences compared to the 1980's-decorated rows of cubicles still donning many office environments today, both culturally and practically.

Steve Buonpane

Steve Buonpane

Co-Founder & CIO

September 20, 2021

Underwriting

The Insurance Industry’s Generational Talent Dispersion [Part 1]

As professional growth opportunities wane in today’s Big-Corporate structures, traditional organizations will struggle to retain their Millennial and Gen Z talent.

Steve Buonpane

Steve Buonpane

Co-Founder & CIO

September 16, 2021

Company

We are the Product

If you’re anything like me, you wanted to be an inventor when you grew up.

Avi Banerjee

Avi Banerjee

Founding Engineer

September 13, 2021

Product & Engineering

Our Startup Stack

The tools we use to power our business

Mo El Mahallawy

Mo El Mahallawy

Co-Founder & CTO

September 8, 2021

Company

Announcing our Seed Financing

We’ve raised a $6.15M seed round, led by Spark Capital

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

September 2, 2021

Company

Why I Joined Shepherd

When a mutual friend introduced me to the Shepherd co-founders, I knew it was something very special - a rare sense of connection, thoughtfulness, and intention.

Danil Kolesnikov

Danil Kolesnikov

Founding Engineer

July 12, 2021

Company

Reflections from my Construction Tech Startup Journey

Today marks three years since we sold TradeTapp to the incredible team at BuildingConnected. Looking back, I can say without a doubt this was the right decision for us, our team, and for the industry.

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

June 29, 2021

Company

Day 1 of a New Journey

It’s been a dream of mine to build something from the ground up. Something purposeful and lasting.

Steve Buonpane

Steve Buonpane

Co-Founder & CIO

April 12, 2021

Company

Introducing Shepherd

A new type of insurance company for commercial construction

Justin Levine

Justin Levine

Co-Founder & CEO

March 31, 2021

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