AuthorMichael Waitze

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

104 Posts

EP 73 – Hung Phan – co-Founder and CEO, Papaya Insurtech – Focused On the Customer Experience

In this episode, Michael Waitze talks to Hung Phan, co-founder, and CEO of Vietnamese InsurTech Papaya. Coming from a banking background, Hung’s first experience with insurance was when he joined newly launched FWD Vietnam in 2017. In 2018, Hung started  Papaya and focuses on employee benefits and simplifying benefits administration for corporations.  Michael and Hung […]

AIP News RoundUp – Episode 22 – Rahul Mathur and Theresa Blissing – Have One Source of Truth

July started with major investment news coming out of India. SoftBank made another investment of USD 150 million into PolicyBazaar and holds now a 15% stake while CEO and co-founder Yashish Dahiya calls the investment a ‘mistake’.  (Listen to the podcast we recorded with Yashish in April 2020 here.) More international investment rumors coming from […]

EP 72 – Charles Hung – Blue Hong Kong – How to Unlock the Power of Data

In this episode, Michael Waizte talks to Charles Hung, the CEO & Executive Director of Blue Hong Kong, a joint venture between Hillhouse Capital, a leading investment management firm, Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading Internet value-added services provider, and insurance group Aviva. Blue focuses on providing simple, flexible, and valuable insurance solutions through online channels […]

EP 71 – Tim Attia – CEO Slice Labs – Insurance Being Part of Other Buying Experiences

In this episode, Michael Waitze speaks to Tim Attia, co-founder, and CEO of Slice Labs. Originally from the US, Slice has started expanding into Asia. While the US and Europe are well established in terms of insurance penetration and traditional distribution, Asia presents a chance to bypass analog distribution and leverage on the mobile-first economy. […]