AIP News RoundUp – Episode 07 – Rahul Mathur and Theresa Blissing – December 3 – Is This Just Startup Hype?


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 November was again filled with InsurTech news and the largest InsurTech conference in Asia of 2019, InsurTech Insights, took place in Hong Kong. AIP founder Theresa Blissing was at the conference together with several AIP alumni and shares some of the stories from the two-day conference. 

In the news in the second half of November is Chinese startup Waterdrop which has surpassed 100M yuan in one-month premiums and Ant Financial’s mutual aid platform Xiang Hu Bao attracting 100 Million participants in one year. 

Theresa, Rahul and Michael also talk about the shocking annual results of PolicyBazaar, which just got a major investment from Tencent, and about the trend of senior insurance executives to join and co-found InsurTech startups.  

Other companies mentioned in this episode:

 Acko (listen to our episode with them here), Alibaba, and Softbank, WeWork,, DocDoc, Blue, Aviva, MetLife, and WeFox

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