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


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 AsiaTechPodcast.com show has listeners in more than 170 countries and his company, Michael Waitze Media produces some of Asia’s most popular podcasts.

Tim Attia

Tim Attia is the CEO & Co-founder of Slice Labs, a technology startup and leading on-demand insurance cloud platform provider. The company’s Insurance Cloud Services (ICS) & Slice Mind capabilities are transforming traditional insurers into digitally-driven carriers by providing them with a platform that enables them to quickly ideate, experiment, test and deploy new, on-demand insurance products. Tim began his career with a large technology and management consulting firm, and continues to work with major global insurance carriers.

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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. Tim shares what opportunities he sees coming out of Southeast Asia. 

Through their investor Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of Hong Kong business magnate Mr. Li Ka-Shing, the American startup has ties to the Asian market. Early on in their global expansion, Slice partnered with Japanese insurer Sompo. The first product they launched with Sompo was a travel insurance product in Thailand offered through the popular messenger app LINE

Tim and Michael talk about the buying process and the role of ecosystems for alternative distribution. Tim believes Uber has built one of the largest insurers in the USA without being an actual insurance company or with anyone noticing. He shares how Slice is partnering with ecosystems and superapps across the globe, and therefore are covering a global market with their on-demand platform solutions.  

Other companies mentioned in this episode: Traveloka, Amazon, AirBnB, OneConnect, Zhong AN Technology, PingAN, Tesla

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The music on this episode was created by Jay Man and is called “Soaring”.

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