AIP News RoundUp – EP 63 – Theresa Blissing, David Gritz and Michael Waitze – The Tourists in InsurTech Are Gone


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.

David Gritz

David Gritz is an InsurTech community leader, public speaker, and InsurTech advisor. He has been featured in recognized Insurance media including Carrier Management, Digital Insurance, IIR, AM Best TV, and the Re/Image Podcast. David is the co-founder of InsurTech NY, the largest InsurTech community in the NY metro area. David also serves as a strategic advisor to high-growth InsurTechs to help them go from concept to scale. Previously David has served as the Director of Innovation for the Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator (SVIA) and has led product at Zero, a behavioral safety focused InsurTech acquired by EverestRe. He holds a J.D. from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and business and industrial engineering degrees from Lehigh University.

The biggest news in InsurTech in February?

The Asia InsurTech Podcast published its 200th episode! A lot has changed since Michael Waitze and Theresa Blissing started the Asia InsurTech Podcast in May 2019.

The InsurTech landscape has matured and many Asian InsurTechs have become global players. InsurTech funding, however, has declined by 50% in 2022 according to a report from CB Insights. 

The AIP News Roundup team invited David Gritz, a co-founder of InsurTech NY, to discuss the current state of InsurTech funding and its impact on the insurance industry in the US and globally. What are some of the reasons for the decline in InsurTech funding and what can we expect for 2023? 

If you are in New York in March, make sure to join the 4th annual InsurTech Spring Conference held on March 29-30, 2023. Find out more here.

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