AIP News RoundUp – Episode 11 – Rahul Mathur and Lyndon Reid – January 31 – There Is Probably a Monkey Exclusion


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.

Lyndon Reid

Lyndon has worked in and around the insurance industry for the past 25 years with extensive experience in underwriting, distribution and business development across Asia Pacific and the USA.

Lyndon Reid came back to join Rahul Mathur and Michael Waitze on our bi-weekly trip through the most important news in the Insurance and InsurTech space in Asia.  The three started with an announcement from Slice and Sompo Holdings, Asia about a roll-out of an on-demand travel insurance product.  They determined that this product did not seem much different from most other travel insurance and that there was not much of an on-demand component to it.

We were all more excited about justInCase’s launch of Japan’s first peer to peer insurance product after working closely with the regulators to get it to happen.  The team moved on to discuss Anapi’s partnership with Luma Health to expand into the market in Thailand.

India’s payment startups continue to look for new revenue sources and PhonePe is no different.  With all of the money flowing through its app, PhonePe is also trying to enter the insurance space with its first travel product.  We stayed in India for a bit to cover some updates on the IRDA and its regulatory sandbox.  We closed our update with a focus on Mass Mutual‘s announcement of a new $100MM Southeast Asia fund focused on investing in digital health care, fintech and enterprise software startups.  A fund of this size shows a real commitment to the region and the sectors we care about the most.  Wow!

Related Podcasts

Episode 60