AIP News RoundUp – Episode 16 – Rahul Mathur and Theresa Blissing – April 15 – Still Smashing Goals

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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, AsiaTechPodcast.com, has listeners in over 100 countries and is available on virtually every podcast player that supports RSS feeds.

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.

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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.

In this episode of the AIP news roundup we are taking a break from all the COVID-19 related news. And despite the global pandemic, we have lots of exciting InsurTech news coming out of Asia. The biggest news for this month so far is the first official media appearance of bolttech. The company is part of Pacific Century Group which is behind insurer FWD. While the announcement is around the appointment of bolttech’s CEO Rob Schimek, the real deal is bolttech itself. FWD and Pacific Century Group seem to have been building a tech and distribution venture behind the scenes for quite a while. 

In other news, investment in InsurTech is continuing. American AI player Two Sigma announced an investment and partnership with neo-insurer Avo in Hong Kong. Indian InsurTech Insurance Samadhanhas received an undisclosed seed funding from Venture Catalysts. And Aussie insurer IAG invests in  Arturo, an AI drone company, to improve their property assessment capabilities. 

We are also seeing movement in blockchain technology. Taiwanese blockchain startup BSOS has raised over USD 1mn in its angel funding round and Ping An’s OneConnect is set to develop a blockchain-based platform. It is said to be a joint program with the China Merchants Port Group to develop a logistics system for the Guandong-Hong Kong-Macau region.

Find our episode with Natalia Kozyura, the Head of Innovation Centre at FWD, here

Other companies mentioned in this episode: Frank.co.th, Asia Insurance, Hillhouse Capital, Blue, Ledgertech,

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