AIP News RoundUp – EP 43 – Theresa Blissing and Michael Waitze – Ain’t Misbehavin’


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.

Money, fund raising and IPOs…where does it all end?

We started with a conversation about FWD, the InsurTech arm of Pacific Century Group, and its planned IPO in New York. This would make it the largest Hong Kong or China-based insurance IPO in New York since 2003. This is just indicative of the amount of money that keeps flowing into the insurance innovation sector.

That was only the beginning. The market was also discussing One Concern‘s $45MM raise from SOMPO, Australia’s Honey Insurance raising a $12MM seed round…seed round!, Malaysia’s Oyen raising a mode modest seed round, and Carro raising $360MM from Softbank’s Vision Fund 2. did I hear someone whisper the words WeWork?

During a busy news month for the InsurTech space (Aren’t they all?), we finished with a discussion about the announced partnership between Coherent (You can listen to John Brisco‘s episode here.) and Unqork.

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