AIP News RoundUp – EP 42 – Theresa Blissing and Michael Waitze – Hopefully, We Are Getting Into a More Normal World


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.

Another month, another regional expansion for bolttech in Southeast Asia. In May, bolttech announced its partnership with Vietnam’s e-commerce platform Tiki to offer device protection plans. The Asia InsurTech Podcast has been following the trend of alternative distribution channels for a while and bolttech is certainly one of the major ecosystem players in the region. 

InsurTech in general is not slowing down and this has been confirmed by an S&P Global report. Frontrunner China and India show the most InsurTechs and the highest levels of funding. However, Southeast Asia sees as many InsurTech ventures as India, just not the same level of funding. 

Talking about China and India, Indian health insurance startup Plum raised $15.6 million, BimaPe is part of Y Combinator’s winter cohort and Chinese Insurtech Yuanbao secured USD 155 million while Waterdrop successfully IPOed in the US in early May. 

In New Zealand, the Australian InsurTech Open is teaming up with Tower Insurance to launch their consumer-facing brand Huddle. And HSBC Life partnered with dacadoo to integrate their Digital Health Engagement Platform into HSBC’s recently launched health and wellbeing platforms. Listen to our episode with Thomas Dijohn, the SVP Asia-Pacific at dacadoo. 

Other companies mentioned in this episode: Upstream Security, Onsurity

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