AIP News RoundUp – Episode 37 – Theresa Blissing and Michael Waitze – We Tried Clubhouse, Have You?


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.

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.

For a while now, we have been looking for a way to make the AIP News RoundUp more interactive. That’s why we have joined Clubhouse! On Clubhouse we will discuss the latest news with InsurTech peers live and on the podcast we will still publish the summary of the news. Feel free to join us live next time for a deep dive into the news! 

The news items we discussed in our latest session were all about IPOs and funding rounds. WeDoctor, a Tencent backed Health/InsurTech is planning its IPO in Hong Kong with a valuation near $7 billion. In India, PolicyBazaar has invited proposals from investment banks and is preparing an IPO with an approximate $3.5 billion valuation. Listen to our episode with co-founder Yashish Dahiya

In Thailand, AppMan closed a Series A round of over $4.6 million. We had co-founder Amarit Franssen join us live on Clubhouse to share some insights. We also had Tunde Salako from Africa InsurTech Rising live on Clubhouse to talk about Kenyan insurtech Pula and its expansion plans for Asia after raising $6 million in funding. 

Join us in mid-March for our next AIP News RoundUp live on Clubhouse. Make sure to follow @theresablissing and @michaelwaitze on Clubhouse to get the updates.

Other companies mentioned in this episode: Kakao, SmallTicket, JustInCase, Riskwolf

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