AIP News RoundUp – Episode 38 – Theresa Blissing and Michael Waitze – Financial Literacy Remains Important


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.

March starts with news from Symbo. The InsurTech secured another funding round and collected $9.4M to expand across India and Southeast Asia. In China, Xiaobangguihua has raised new funding as well. The startup focuses on online insurance sonultation and offer online courses to increase financial literacy.

In Hong Kong, OneDegree es expanding beyong pet insurance. The virtual insurers is aiming to disrupt the market offering 70-80% cheaper home fire insurance compared to insurance incumbents. In addition to being a licensed virtual insurer, OneDegree is operating a SaaS model and secured a new partnership with Ciga in Taiwan.

In Australia, gig econoomy InsurTech Upcover is working in the background to get behind a NSW Governments proposal to impose a levy to make sure every food delivery rider has the right insurance in place. And in Indonesia, Grab and PFI Mega Life are offering a new critical illness micro-insurance coverage.

Other companies mentioned in this episode: Tokopodia, Tencent,

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