#WeAreArity Wednesday: Janet Platcow
When my friend asks me what it is that I do again, I say…
At Arity, we collect and model actual safe driving skills like avoiding sudden braking, speeding, and texting while driving. I help us show insurance executives how they can price their customers more profitably with this information than with demographic and other info alone, and how we do it better than any other company that says they do what we do.
In your own words, what is Arity?
Arity collects and measures the way we drive and get around in general (trip summaries plus speed, braking, phone use) to predict all sorts of things, but most importantly our actual risk of getting in a costly accident. We apply these data and models to help insurers better price and serve their customers – but that is just the beginning – so many other use-cases and companies can benefit from our expertise.
My favorite mode of transportation is…
Walking! I’m all about ‘the steps’ – as long as I’m geared up for the distance and weather.
On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me…
Listening to a podcast or book on a long walk or just reading an actual book. I am a fan of paper and pens. Book and stationery stores are dangerous for me.
If you could volunteer for any cause, what would it be and why?
Providing respite care for families of special needs children. These parents need time to re-charge. Many don’t know there are options.
Most people don’t know…
I hiked to the top of Colorado’s Mount of the Holy Cross – and back down again – in a single day. It took 12 hours and gave me temporary cankles. Beyond worth it.
The theme song of my life is…
Admiral Halsey by Paul and Linda McCartney. It’s an old, weird silly mash-up of a song that some people love to hate. To me it symbolizes life’s unpredictability – roll with the changing tune, you can’t stop singing.
Talk to your rideshare driver or silent ride?
If I sense my driver is chatty and I’m feeling it too, I chat!
Would you get in a self-driving car? Why or why not?
Yes – I may not get back in for a while afterward, depending on the experience, but, yes!
Favorite innovation pioneer?