AIP News RoundUp – EP 41 – Theresa Blissing and Michael Waitze – It Just Doesn’t Stop, Does It?


Michael Waitze worked in Global Finance for more than 20 years, employed by firms like Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, primarily in Tokyo.  Michael lived and worked in Tokyo from February 1990 until December 2011.  Michael always maintained a particular focus on how technology could be used to make businesses more efficient and to drive P/L growth. Michael is a leader in the digital media space, building one of the biggest and fastest-growing podcast listener bases in the region.  His show has listeners in more than 170 countries and his company, Michael Waitze Media produces some of Asia’s most popular podcasts.

Theresa is the founder of the Asia InsurTech Podcast and a Thought Leader on innovation in insurance in Asia. She has worked for ten years for leading multinational insurers in Europe and Asia before turning to management consulting and venture building with the goal of transforming the insurance industry and helping shape its future in the region.

No slowing down in InsurTech in Asia. Despite the ongoing pandemic we see new funding rounds every month. This time, Hong Kong-based InsurTech Ignatica secured US$7 million in a pre-series A. Listen to our episode with CEO Manuel San Miguel here

In Malaysia, Bolttech continues its expansion across Asia and announced another partnership with Samsung. The device protection coverage is now available in 7 countries. Bundling insurance with smartphone offerings is a trend we are seeing across Asia. In Hong Kong, Avo Insurance has partnered with SmarTone to offer mobile plan fee reimbursement in case of unemployment or contraction of COVID-19. 

Chinese InsurTech Waterdrop, the crowdfunding platform and a medical insurance marketplace backed by SwissRe and Tencent, files for a $100 million US IPO but faces pushback from Chinese regulators. 

Other companies mentioned in this episode: Leapstack, Coherent, FWD, JustInCase, PingAn

Episode 164