EP 21 – Amerson Lin – co-Founder gigacover – Adopt an Ecosystem Approach


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.

Amerson Lin

Amerson graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 with a BSc and MEng in Computer Science. As a Singapore government scholar, he returned to Singapore to serve as an airborne surveillance officer with the Air Force. He left in 2011 for Silicon Valley where he first worked as a consultant in Pivotal, which helped scale early-stage startups like Twitter. He then moved to Palantir Technologies to run business development for data analytics contracts across banking, government and media MNC customers in Singapore and New York.

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In this episode, Michael Waitze talks to Amerson Lin co-Founder of gigacover. Prior to gigacover, Amerson joined the Singapore military and then worked with data analytics company Palantir. With the rise of FinTech, Amerson and his friend Cheng Xun Chua founded gigacover. 

gigacover is serving the flourishing gig economy with a suite of flexible and affordable insurance products designed specifically for freelancers. The company is the first to introduce an on-demand, income protection insurance product. Amerson explains how he wants to bring benefits to the huge group of people in the workforce in SouthEast Asia, who had no access to these benefits before. gigacover co-works with licensed insurance companies for underwriting, and co-create the products together. 

Amerson also touches on how gigacover is linked to companies like Go-Jek and Grab. gigacover provides coverage to insure micro-entrepreneurs and their product is available in different tiers so it’s much more versatile and flexible for the user to add extra insurance for family members. gigacover is also planning to add healthcare benefits in the future.

Other companies we mentioned in this conversation:

ZhongAnGo-Jek, GRAB, Palantir, UberLyftDeliveroo, Helpster, Seekster

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