What we do matters

Socotra provides global insurers with a modern, enterprise-grade core system that enables them to accelerate product development, reduce maintenance costs, and improve customer experiences.

A modern platform for technology-driven insurers

Founded in 2014 and based in San Francisco, Socotra is the first cloud-native core platform for insurance and the first core system to believe its APIs and configuration formats should be open to the world.


The industry has seen Socotra, and it wants more! Our ongoing mission is to meet this demand and liberate a critical industry from the rigid, fragile, over-customized technologies of the past.

Our leadership team

Socotra’s team has deep experience delivering complex platforms at some of the world’s most renowned software companies.

  • Dan Woods CEO and Founder

    Dan Woods is the founder and CEO of Socotra, the first modern, cloud-based platform for technology-driven insurers. Dan previously managed partnerships at Palantir and IT investing at Formation 8. He holds a MS in Computer Science from Stanford.

  • Ekine Akuiyibo VP of Business Development and Deployments

    Ekine Akuiyibo is the Vice President of Business Development and Deployments at Socotra, where he oversees field engineering, product delivery, partnerships, training, and support. Prior to Socotra, Ekine spent 15 years in enterprise software development, sales, and services at Sun Microsystems, BAE Systems, and Oracle. Most recently, Ekine worked on large scale ML problems at Oracle. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.

  • Heidi Friedrikson Director of Operations

    Heidi Friedrikson is the Director of Operations at Socotra, where she oversees finance, human resources, operations, and recruiting. Before Socotra, Heidi worked on operations at Addepar, SkyFire, and Cisco Systems.

  • Matt Hamilton Director of Product

    Matt Hamilton is Socotra’s Director of Product and is responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and implementing the next wave of product capabilities for Socotra. Matt comes to Socotra from Guidewire in product management. He has a BA in computer science from UCSD and an MBA from Stanford.

  • Ken Holmes VP of Sales

    Ken Holmes is Socotra's Vice President of Sales. Ken is responsible for new customer acquisition as well as existing customer growth and renewal. Prior to Socotra, Ken led all North American sales at Tubular Labs, the leader in social video measurement, and prior to that led international sales at NetBase, the leading social listening solution. He holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco.

  • Harsh Shah Head of Marketing

    Harsh Shah is Socotra’s Head of Marketing responsible for overseeing marketing strategy, positioning, customer acquisition, and growth efforts. Before Socotra, Harsh worked on mobile products at Google and AdMob. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Richard Vistnes VP of Engineering

    Richard Vistnes is Socotra’s Vice President of Engineering, where he leads a large team of engineers and developers who are building the company’s technology solutions and next-generation products. Prior to Socotra, Richard held senior engineering leadership roles at Salesforce and Sentient Technologies. Richard holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford.

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