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Insurtech Insider is a fortnightly show from 11:FS, hosted by 11:FS' Head of Research, Sarah Kocianski and co-hosted by Deloitte's Nigel Walsh. Each show they pair are joined by a range of very special guests and experts in the insurtech space to talk about breaking news and hot industry topics. Whether you are an insurance beginner or an industry expert, the team will bring you right up to date on all things insurtech.
 
Welcome to InsurTech Bytes, the podcast for the future of insurance. We are bringing you the latest developments in insurance with exclusive interviews with the industry’s trailblazers. No hype, no ‘pie in the sky’. We want to know what’s on your mind; tweet us at @InsurTechRising. Brought to you by InsurTech Rising.
 
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Sarah Kocianski and Nigel Walsh are joined by a panel of great guests to talk about wedding insurance and how this industry has been affected by the pandemic. Joining us today are: Heidi McCormack, CEO & Founder of Emerald Life Mark Brown, CEO & Founder of Insuremore Kicking off the show, we talk about wedding insurance as a product, and how it is …
 
November ends with more news from Singlife. The newly formed holding company Aviva Singlife issues S$550m subordinated notes to be listed on the Singapore Exchange. The money collected will be used for funding the purchase of Aviva Singapore operations and the capital requirements. In India, InsurTech startup Turtlemint raises $30 million. Turtlemi…
 
Asia InsurTech Podcast spoke with Harprem Doowa, the CEO and Co-Founder of Frank.co.th. Before starting Frank.co.th, Harprem was working in the e-commerce space and co-founded e-commerce company WhatsNew and Moxy. The lessons he learned about selling products online helped Harprem to start the successful online distribution platform Frank.co.th whi…
 
The Asia InsurTech Podcast talked to Andy Ann, co-founder of YAS Digital. Andy is a serial entrepreneur who has won numerous awards and brings a wealth of big data, digital media and entrepreneurship expertise. He is the founder and Chairman of NDN Group, a digital conglomerate focusing on data, mobile and media technologies and founded Klarity Ana…
 
Nigel Walsh is joined by a panel of guests to talk about the latest news in the insurance and insurtech sphere! Joining him today are: Sophie Winwood, Investor at Anthemis Michael Lewis, CEO of Claim Technology Mike Roy, CEO of Dark Matter Insurtech We cover the following newstories: Does your car insurance policy cover you during the second lock d…
 
The Asia InsurTech Podcast spoke to Ruth Haller, the CEO and co-Founder of Anapi, an insurtech platform that helps startups and entrepreneurs get key insurance coverage to cover new and emerging risks. Ruth is a very experienced insurance executive who started her career with incumbent Zurich Insurance. Ruth and the team at Anapi are focused on sma…
 
November started with some exciting blockchain news. Singlife Philippines adopts Galileo’s blockchain solution as their insurance core policy administration system. After years of proof-of-concept projects, this is Galileo’s first implementation and possibly the first time ever a blockchain platform is used by an insurer as a core system. Blockchai…
 
The Asia InsurTech Podcast spoke to Victor Roy, the Founder of Bindcover. Victor has almost two decades of experience in the insurance industry. He has worked in brokerage firms, did some marketing and also opened his own agency, which is still active. Running his own agency at the beginning was difficult because all of the processes were manual. E…
 
Sarah Kocianski and Nigel Walsh are joined by a panel of great guests to talk about travel insurance, and how the pandemic has changed the needs and expectations from customers. Joing us today are: Jason Wilby - Co-Founder of Open Sasha Gainullin - CEO of Battleface Kicking off the show, the panel discuss whether or not people are buying travel ins…
 
We talked to Melissa Wong, the Group Chief Digital Officer at bolttech. Like insurer FWD, bolttech is part of Pacific Century Group (PCG) and the group’s latest international InsurTech business. It was launched in Asia in 2020 and is integrating three capabilities including device protection, insurtech exchange, and digital insurance. Melissa comes…
 
October ends with the theme of conglomerates entering insurance. Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent is applying for a re-insurance license which seems to be part of their overall strategy all along. In 2017, Tencent has already launched its insurance platform WeSure and has invested in a number of InsurTechs including Zhong An, Waterdrop, Policy Baz…
 
We spoke to Ashish Kenath, the Regional Lead – New Markets and Business Development at Prudential Insurance Growth Markets. Ashish has 15 years of experience in the insurance industry including a posting in the US where he worked for Aetna in Hartford, CT. He received his MBA in HK and then joined Prudential. He posited that one of the current tren…
 
Sarah Kocianski and Nigel Walsh are joined by two awesome guests to talk about the most interesting news stories from the insurance and insurtech sphere! Joining us today are: Pranjal Arya, Commercial Director, Hometree Rajasree Variyar, Head of Insurance Product, New Products, Simply Business We cover the following news stories: Lloyd’s of London …
 
The Asia InsurTech Podcast had the pleasure of speaking with Amit Ghosh, the Head of Asia Pacific for R3. R3 is an enterprise software company that provides purpose-built distributed ledger technology across industries to foster digital transformation. AIP was excited to have a DLT platform on the show to discuss ways in which this developing techn…
 
Mid-October is seeing some very interesting developments in the Asian InsurTech space. The product and services space is bursting with innovative offerings. This week’s News RoundUp started with a discussion of CoverGenius’ $12M capital raise that in our view is a bridge round. We expect them to come back with bigger news soon. Next we […] The post…
 
We had the pleasure of speaking with Raghav Murali-Ganesh, the Founder of CancerAid, a leading Australian health technology startup empowering cancer patients and improving the provision of care. Raghav is a radiation oncologist and cares deeply about his patients’ physical health and mental health. He did his training as a medical doctor and suppl…
 
Sarah Kocianski and Nigel Walsh are joined by a panel of amazing guests to talk about health insurance and how the industry might change after the pandemic. Joining us today are: Katie Crook-Davies - Managing Director, Tabei Mathilda Ström - Deputy CEO, BIMA Mark Allan - Chief Commercial Officer, Bupa Kicking off the show, the panel talk about the …
 
In this episode, we talked to Hassan Karim, Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Marketing Officer at Adira Insurance, Indonesia. Adira is an acquisition made by Zurich Insurance in November 2019. Indonesia has seen a rapid transformation towards digital distribution, especially after the outbreak of the global pandemic. Hassan explains the impli…
 
September ends with more investment news. GirnarSoft will invest $20 million in its omnichannel insurance subsidiary InsuranceDekho. The funds will be used to strengthen InsuranceDekho’s transaction businesses and expand deeper into the country with its B2C platform. Singaporean InsurTech Igloo is in the news again with the launch of PandaCare toge…
 
Sarah Kocianski is joined by Louise Smith, Chief Digital Officer at Lloyd's of London. Louise gives us her thoughts on digital transformation in the insurance industry, what changes she has seen nin the famous underwriting rooms since they reopened and how she becames Lloyd's first digital... well, anything! All that and much more on this week's ep…
 
In this episode, we spoke to Naby Mariyam, the founder and CEO of Coverhero and gig economy insurance platform Hustle. The platform offers income protection in case of an accident for gig workers and business owners in partnership with Agile Underwriting. Naby has a background in academia and academic research. With Hustle she is now […] The post E…
 
David Brear and Nigel Walsh are joined by some great guests to talk about the most interesting news stories of the week just gone! Joining us today are: Nikki Daniels - Board Advisor for Honcho Markets and Founder & Director of e-Zee Insurance Solutions Esben Seyffart Sørensen - Head of Sales at Penni.io Oliver Ralph - Insurance Correspondent at Fi…
 
In this episode, we talk to Cindy Kua, a co-Founder, and CEO of Thai-based InsurTech Sunday. The startup serves individuals and businesses as the “one-stop insurance shop” for digital healthcare, electronics, automotive and travel. Launched in Thailand in 2017, Sunday is now looking to expand into other markets in Southeast Asia. With the latest fu…
 
This week’s News Roundup is all about new rounds of funding and how InsurTechs are looking at the opportunity to capture new markets. We covered the announced merger of Singlife and Aviva Singapore. The combined entity will initially be known as Aviva Singlife. This merger creates one of the largest in the Southeast Asian insurance […] The post AIP…
 
We talked to Abhishek Poddar, the co-founder, and CEO of Plum, an Indian InsurTech aiming to re-imagine and co-create group health insurance products from the ground-up. While the retail health insurance space has been digitised thanks to players like PolicyBazaar, group health insurance is still widely manual. Plum is planning to change that. Mich…
 
Sarah Kocianski and Nigel Walsh are joined by some amazing guests to talk about digital transformation in the insurance industry. During COVID, the industry has had to adapt to new ways of working, be it on the front end working with customers or managing internal processes and regulations. The panel asks themselves if we lost something as an indus…
 
In this episode, we talked to the two co-founders of Australian InsurTech Upcover, Skye Theodorou, who is the CEO, and Anish Sinha, the COO. UpCover is an InsurTech building tailored, simple, and pay-as-you-go insurance protection and benefits products for the gig economy, the fastest growing workforce in the world. The way we work is changing […] …
 
August has seen some exciting developments with Insurtech and marked developments in digital adoption by Asian Insurers. The theme continues to be digital adoption to reach a traditionally untapped customer base. We start this episode with Chinese InsurTech Waterdrop who has raised US$230M Series D led by reinsurance giant SwissRe, alongside China-…
 
In this episode, we talked to Dipu KV, the President and Head of Operations, Communities & Customer Service at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance which has won a number of awards for its digitization activities and its mobile app has over a million downloads. However, like all insurers around the globe, Bajaj Allianz has experienced a […] The post EP …
 
Sarah Kocianski and Nigel Walsh are joined by some great guests to talk about the most interesting news stories of the week just gone! Joining us today are: Malcolm Ferguson - Partner at Octopus Ventures Alex Zukerman - CMO & Chief Strategy Officer at Sapiens We cover the following stories from the insurance and insurtech space: Lemonade publishes …
 
In this episode, we talked to Vincent Kasten, the Head of Intelligent Operations at Prudential Asia. Vincent has a diverse and quite interesting background. He has worked in the US, Africa and Asia and has witnessed innovation and disruption across a range of industries. During his exceptional career, Vincent has accommodated a number of major […] …
 
In this episode, we spoke to Ravi Saraogi, the co-founder and President of Asia at Uniphore Software Systems. Ravi is a software engineer by training and after graduation from university, Ravi and his co-Founder Umesh Sachdev entered an incubator program at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. It was here that Uniphore, a company…
 
The month started again with investment news from Indian unicorn PolicyBazaar. In July, Softbank invested USD 150 million and PolicyBazaar CEO called it a “mistake”. This month, Google is looking to do the same as part of the company’s India investment strategy. Meanwhile, Tesla has set up its first overseas insurance brokerage in mainland China. […
 
Sarah and Nigel are joined by Sten Saar, CEO and Co-Founder of Zego; and Kelly Barnes , VP of Marketing at Laka to discuss insurance for e-scooters and e-bikes. According to Google Trends data, since the start of lockdown there has been a surge in interest in electric scooters – with a 376% increase in searches. In the UK at least they can only be …
 
In this episode, we talk to Timo Uustal, co-founder and CEO of Nursebeam, a HealthTech startup that helps people manage their health while traveling. For example, when suffering from a mild illness, the integrated chatbot suggests over the counter medication available in a foreign country and even recommends trustworthy pharmacies close by. By inte…
 
In this episode, Michael Waitze talks to Aurora Voss, the co-Founder, and CEO of ClaimSpace. The startup was founded in Australia in 2017 and Aurora gives some insights into the Australian InsurTech landscape and how insurers are responding to the current global pandemic. Like in other parts of the world, insurers in Australia are accelerating […] …
 
InsurTech in India is not slowing down one bit and powerful US tech players are entering the market! While WhatsApp is currently piloting its insurance offerings, Amazon Pay has launched auto insurance in partnership with licensed InsurTech Acko. What is even more interesting, Amazon is offering extra benefits including additional discounts on prem…
 
Sarah Kocianski and Nigel Walsh are joined by some amazing guests to talk through some of the most interesting news stories from the week just gone. Joining us today are: Dylan Bourguignon, CEO of So-Sure Sam White, CEO of Freedom Services Group and CEO of Stella insurance Alessandro Spadoni, Founding partner and Chief Architect at B3i We cover the…
 
In this episode, Michael Waitze talks to Firras Sabbah, the founder of Go! Insurance. Firras started his career in insurance with German insurer Allianz and was the CIO of Allianz General Insurance Thailand. Experiencing the problems insurance incumbents are facing first hand, he decided to start Go! Insurance. While Go!’s first concept was around …
 
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