Laura Hale is the co-founder and Head of Product at Ladder, a leader in life insurance that’s using technology to put customers at the center and make the experience smart, easy, and affordable. She is passionate about closing the $16T coverage gap, and believes protecting your financial life is just as important as building it. Laura was the first employee at Ebates, where she learned to build products that solve user problems while also building a strong business model. Prior to her work in technology, she was a private equity investor with Robert M. Bass and The Carlyle Group, as well as working in mergers and acquisitions at James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her MBA from Harvard Business School.