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About Us

Founder Shield is a risk management partner for rapidly evolving, high-growth companies.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to create the most seamless, intuitive, and responsive experience for purchasing and administering insurance for your company.

What makes us different?

  • Tech-enabled

    We leverage technology to make the application process intuitive and understandable. A fully digital insurance purchasing process. Less paperwork, fewer problems.

  • Custom-Built

    We take a hands-on approach with our underwriter relationships, training them to understand the startup community’s culture, values, and organizational approach.

  • Lightning-fast

    We automate clerical tasks that plague traditional brokerages, giving us more time to be responsive and alert to clients’ needs regardless of the size of the company.

How it all began...

Founder Shield was launched in late 2012, inspired by experiences gained at a previous venture-backed startup in New York City. At a young age and as the most junior team member, the task of securing proper insurance for the company fell to one of our founders. This experience highlighted the inefficiencies and outdated practices prevalent in the insurance industry at the time, such as the reliance on fax machines for communication and application processes.

The inception of Founder Shield was driven by the realization that there had to be a better way to approach commercial insurance, especially in an environment as innovative and technologically advanced as New York’s venture community. Our mission is to provide the most seamless and intuitive insurance purchasing experience for high-growth and rapidly evolving companies. We achieve this through two main strategies:

  1. Developing technology that not only enhances the customer experience but also streamlines the back-end processes and paperwork, making the insurance purchasing process fully digital and more efficient.
  2. Focusing our expertise and product development on emerging markets that are ripe for growth and innovation, which are often neglected by traditional insurance brokers.

Our approach to technology development is centered on automating the labor-intensive, back-office aspects of insurance, freeing up our team to provide unparalleled service and responsiveness to our clients. This commitment to customer service stems from early challenges in receiving adequate attention from brokers due to perceived account size and potential.

At Founder Shield, we prioritize educating our clients and underwriters as a crucial component of the insurance purchasing process. We believe that innovation in insurance comes not only from technological advancements but also from creative and innovative product design. Our clients’ needs are diverse and unique, and so are the insurance products we develop and offer.

Our passion for innovation has positioned us at the forefront of creating and developing risk management products across various industries, including cryptocurrency, SaaS, micromobility, delivery, SPACs, and cannabis. Our team’s deep expertise has enabled us to establish unique and proprietary relationships within the underwriting community, allowing us to create and provide insurance products that were previously unavailable.

Our commitment to innovation and customer service has fueled our growth and led to industry-leading retention rates. If our approach resonates with you, we invite you to reach out to our team. We are eager to introduce you to the insurance experience of the future.

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Join our team

Looking to be a part of a great team that fully believes in ‘work hard play hard’? Do you have a growth mindset, positive personality and thrive working in teams? We’re always on the lookout for talent, check out our open positions.

Our partners

We’re able to focus on bespoke solutions within different industries due to our unique underwriting relationships & collaboration with A-rated carriers.

Lock Lord
RT Specialty
Secure Works

An experienced leadership team who eats, sleeps, & breathes risk management

Our team has 25+ years collective insurance and risk management experience, specializing in high growth, venture-backed businesses

Carl Niedbala Cofounder and COO

Carl Niedbala


Carl spent the first years of his career in roles across the venture ecosystem.  From venture due diligence at Originate Ventures to growth hacking and modeling for portfolio companies at Dreamit Ventures to M&A negotiations at Pepper Hamilton, he’s seen how companies succeed (and fail) from all angles. When Carl met Benji, he was instantly energized by the possibility of rethinking the way the insurance industry worked through technology, best in class customer service, and cutting-edge marketing and branding.

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Johnathan Selby

General Manager

Jonathan spent the first 5 years of his professional insurance career working as a generalist broker at a traditional firm. Intrigued by how technology can be leveraged in the industry, he joined the Founder Shield team in early 2016, and quickly grew into his current leadership role of General Manager.  He works to oversee client strategy and communication and has fostered a culture of providing unparalleled service and risk consulting for some of the fastest-growing companies in the world.

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Kyle Jeziorski

Broking Manager

Kyle is the market-facing leader at Founder Shield. He has been at Founder Shield for 4+ years and in the insurance industry for 9+ years. Prior to Founder Shield, Kyle worked at Marsh on the FINPRO team focusing on management liability in the large private and public space. A graduate of Saint Joseph’s University’s Risk Management and Insurance Program, Kyle has focused his entire career on helping clients to navigate through an ever-changing risk environment.

Founder Shield

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