AIP News RoundUp – EP 01 – Rahul Mathur and Theresa Blissing – August 2019


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.

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.

Rahul is the Startup lead at Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab in London. Prior to joining Accenture, he was an Insurance Product Manager at Laka Insurance, a London headquartered early stage InsurTech start-up which recently won at the British Insurance Awards 2019.  Rahul holds a master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Warwick. He is an Ambassador at the Asia InsurTech podcast.

It’s difficult to keep up with all of the latest InsurTech news in Asia. DocDoc raised USD 13 million in funding to go global, MyDoc has partnered with Prudential, GRAB has launched a new MicroInsurance product for its drivers and Axinan has obtained a license to underwrite insurance in Malaysia. And this is only August in Singapore! What about the rest of Asia? 

In our AIP News Roundup, Michael Waitze is discussing the hottest Asian InsurTech news of the month with AIP founder Theresa Blissing and brand new AIP ambassador and product manager at Laka, Rahul Mathur. The three are reviewing the August news and are issuing their personal opinions on the latest developments in Asia. 

Are InsurTech partnerships may be a Trojan Horse enabling startups to disrupt the industry? Why are there so few InsurTech companies coming out of Japan while there seems to be a huge appetite for Japanese firms to invest in the Southeast Asian startups? And how will FWD manage the balance of expanding rapidly as an innovation driver in Asia and handling acquisition aftermaths that will most likely tie up lots of resources?  


Views expressed in this podcast episode are the views of the guest speakers and do not represent those of Laka, its management, its employees or its affiliates.

Other companies mentioned in this conversation:

Chiang Mai University Northern Health Revolution, JustInCase, Lemonade, AntFinancial, Xiang Hu Bao, Waterdrop, Tokio Marine, Plug and Play, Edelweiss Tokio, Mobikwik, NTUC Income, Singtel, GoJek, Paytm, AliPay, Igloo, Policy Bazaar, Coverfox

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