December 2023, Amplified – SEO Heists, The Suez Canal, 2023’s Top Ten and InsurTech Slopes


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 130 countries and his company, Michael Waitze Media produces some of Asia’s most popular podcasts.

David Gritz

David Gritz is an InsurTech community leader, public speaker, and InsurTech advisor. He has been featured in recognized Insurance media including Carrier Management, Digital Insurance, IIR, AM Best TV, and the Re/Image Podcast. David is the co-founder of InsurTech NY, the largest InsurTech community in the NY metro area. David also serves as a strategic advisor to high-growth InsurTechs to help them go from concept to scale. Previously David has served as the Director of Innovation for the Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator (SVIA) and has led product at Zero, a behavioral safety focused InsurTech acquired by EverestRe. He holds a J.D. from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and business and industrial engineering degrees from Lehigh University.

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In our final episode for 2023 of “This Month, Amplified” we welcome ⁠David Gritz⁠, a co-founder of ⁠InsurTech NY⁠ back to the show. David embarks on a journey through the realms of global trade dynamics and InsurTech innovations. As December 2023 winds down, David delved into topics that resonate across borders and industries.

David examined the strategic importance of the Suez Canal in global shipping and its impact on world trade, especially considering recent tensions in the Middle East involving the Houthi group in Yemen.

Further, David shifted to Israel’s InsurTech sector. Despite regional conflicts, Israeli InsurTech firms are growing and expanding into European and North American markets, demonstrating resilience and the need for innovation.

The conversation also delved into the challenges of digital content creation and cybersecurity in the age of AI, highlighting ethical considerations and the potential for content manipulation.

Finally, David addressed the changing investment climate in InsurTech, noting the significance of specialized investors and the evolving strategies startups must adopt to secure funding.

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