AIP News RoundUp – Episode 23 – Rahul Mathur and Theresa Blissing – Pretty Good Lock-In Value

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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.

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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.

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.

InsurTech in India is not slowing down one bit and powerful US tech players are entering the market! While WhatsApp is currently piloting its insurance offerings, Amazon Pay has launched auto insurance in partnership with licensed InsurTech Acko. What is even more interesting, Amazon is offering extra benefits including additional discounts on premiums to Amazon Prime members. If you would like to learn more, Rahul discussed the topic in detail in his latest blog post.

In the Philippines, SingLife has partnered and launched life insurance products with Filipino mobile wallet platform GCash. The Philippines are the second market for Singaporean InsurTech that is turning into a super FinTech (read more about their story here). Will SingLife be the next Unicorn in Southeast Asia or are rumours fuelled by Lemonade’s IPO success story?

In Hong Kong YAS launched a new micro-insurance platform offering small-bite insurance. Leveraging blockchain and location-based technology, the InsurTech is offering on-demand insurance solutions for golfers and other outdoor enthusiasts. 

Malaysia is trying to return to normal and insurTECH Asia 2020 is making a brave inaugural entry to the Malaysian market this November. The conference will gather tech entrepreneurs, investors, insurance innovators, and insurance industry incumbents from across the globe and present InsurTech start-ups that have shaken up the industry. We are crossing fingers COVID will allow us to get back to face-to-face meetings. We are all missing real-world interactions. 

Other companies mentioned in this episode: Cover Genius, Digit, Alibaba, PingAn, Jio, Trov, Slice, PolicyStreet, FinancialLink, Claim Genius

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