AIP News RoundUp – Episode 20 – Rahul Mathur and Theresa Blissing – June 15 – It Becomes Like a Behavioral Nudge

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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.

June started with lots of InsurTech news from familiar faces. Go! Insurance announced pre-seed funding and the launch of Thailand’s first insurance platform that allows purchasing health insurance online with automated underwriting. DocDoc has announced a new partnership with a Chinese insurance risk control company Kaitaiming Technology (KTM). KTM will give access to DocDoc’s doctor discovery services to clients from major insurers including Ping An, China Pacific, China Continent, TK.CN, Alltrust. 

NTUC Income’s has launched its new micro-insurance product Snack which will be an interesting one to watch. Income is using triggers to help customers build an insurance portfolio in PA, critical illness, and term life. Last year the company rolled out micro-insurance products with super app Grab. Grab and Singlife also had their share in the news announcing impressive numbers for assets under management and policies sold, but a lack of details leaves the team unsure how impressive the numbers actually are. 

More micro-insurance news coming from Democrance. The Dubai InsurTech has partnered with AXA and money transfer service Hello Paisa to offer complimentary access to the personal accident insurance to  Hello Paisa’s existing customers. This might be a great way to introduce foreign domestic workers sending money home to their loved ones to the concept of MicroInsurance. Stay tuned for more from Democrance. Our episode with them will be published soon.
Other news about Acko and its partnership with Shadowfax, PhonePe launch of domestic trip insurance with ICICI Lombard, and MetLife’s adoption of Shift Technologies AI solution “Force” for fraudulent claim detection in Japan as well as the acquisition of PolicyPal by AMTD.

Listen to our episodes with:

DocDoc, Singlife, Grab, Acko, Shift Technology and Metlife

Other companies mentioned in this episode:

The CareVoice, Roojai, Bolttech, PayTM, PolicyBazaar

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