AIP News RoundUp – Episode 15 – Rahul Mathur and Theresa Blissing – COVID-19 Accelerates Digital Transformation


Michael Waitze has been podcasting with some of the best investors and business builders globally and discussing all things startup with them from an Asian perspective. Michael worked in Global Finance for more than 20 years, employed by firms like Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs, primarily in Tokyo. Michael always maintained a particular focus on how technology could be used successfully to make businesses more efficient and to drive P/L growth. Michael is quite skilled at connecting people and capital to innovative ideas and is a trusted advisor to both investors and founders. Michael is a leader in the digital media space, having pioneered the concept of a podcast network in Asia while building the biggest and fastest-growing listener base in the region. His flagship website,, has listeners in over 100 countries and is available on virtually every podcast player that supports RSS feeds.

Rahul Mathur

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.

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.

Like all news outlets at the moment, the AIP News Roundup Team covers the latest Corona News in insurance. Several insurers across Asia have rolled out COVID-19 coverages. Indian neo-insurer Digit has already sold out their Sandbox-powered COVID product and incumbents like AIA and MSIG rollout digital capabilities around claims and remote healthcare.  

In non-corona related news, JustInCase has partnered with Loyalty Marketing to offer reward-based “Ponta Insurance”. Ponta is a reward points system that now lets users turn their points into insurance coverage. Products start from 1-day coverage and are mainly around lifestyle insurance like bicycle or golf insurance. Find our latest episode with JustInCase CEO Kazy Hatta here.  

Another AIP alumni, GigaCover, has announced a partnership with Homage in Singapore. Homage is an on-demand caregiving services platform that works with micro-entrepreneur caregivers. Through the partnership with GigaCover, their Caregivers will get access to healthcare solutions for themselves and their dependents. 
In China, Group Insurance Platform Insgeek has raised USD 25 Million in Series C. While this is the largest amount raised so far in 2020, Chinese InsurTech Waterdrop has raised USD 144 Million in 2019.

Find the episodes with OneOneDay here and with The CareVoice here.

Other companies mentioned in this, FWD, WhiteCoat, OneOneDay, The CareVoice,

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