AIP News RoundUp – Episode 05 – Rahul Mathur and Theresa Blissing – October 30 – Jaw Dropping


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.

The second half of October wasn’t any less busy in terms of InsurTech news coming out of Asia. SingLife is in the news again with Walter de Oude, CEO and founder of SingLife, explaining on MoneyFM the SingLife account system and how they are combining savings, protection and spending into one account as well as the super quirky retrenchment insurance model. 

 PingAn with its different ventures is making news again as well. Rahul has just published an analysis on their business model here and PingAn’s Good Doctor is making noise with its partnership with Grab. They have launched GrabHealth in Indonesia providing O2O healthcare solutions. This seems like the answer to GoJek’s alliance with HaloDoc. The game between Grab and GoJek is definitely on. Even in terms of their financial services strategies. Who is going to win this battle?

And we have another tech company joining the insurance game. Kakao from South Korea. Kakao is a messaging app that is attempting to build a super app ecosystem. With its mobile wallet, Kakao Pay, the company has already entered the financial services sector and opened Kakao Bank, an online-only bank, in 2016/2017. Now Kakao has teamed up with Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance to launch a new internet-only non-life insurer by the middle of next year. The first internet-only insurer in Korea was a corporate venture developed by Hanwha General Insurance

And we have some news of our own. Theresa, Michael and Rahul recorded this episode live with Beachcity Media. You can find the video episode on our Facebook page.

Other companies mentioned in this episode:

Generali, The CareVoice (Listen to our episode with them here), JRNY, Artivatic (Listen to our episode with them here), Lemonade, Zhong An, Zhong An Technology, Shift Technology, Plug and Play, Toffee (Listen to our episode with them here), Acko (Listen to our episode with them here)

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