AIP News RoundUp – EP 64 – Theresa Blissing and Michael Waitze – Insurance for Public Passenger Vehicles via Electronic Systems


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.

The Asia InsurTech Podcast team got together again to go over some of the biggest stories from the region in March 2023.

We started off with the news that Grab has partnered with Dhipaya Insurance to create Thailand’s first-ever pay-as-you-go insurance for ride-hailing drivers and their passengers.

We transitioned to a discussion of the nuances of both Roojai and Qoala’s funding announcements…with Roojai raising a significant USD $42MM and Qoala topping up their Series B with another USD $7.5MM.

India’s PhonePe announced an additional contribution of USD $200MM from Walmart, while Malaysia’s Lexasure noted it was going the SPAC route to list on the public markets.

Finally, we spoke about PolicyStreet’s new Australian license and why this matters.

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