EP 10 – Theresa Blissing and Bryan Falchuk – The Future of Insurance, Volume IV – Asia Rising


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

Theresa Blissing is a seasoned insurance professional with a strong background in operational roles with insurers, innovation consulting and academic research and the author of the #1 best-selling book The Future of Insurance, Volume IV. Asia Rising. She started her insurance career in 2004 when she joined Italian insurer Generali in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2015, fascinated by the potential of new technologies and their impact on the insurance industry, she decided to delve into a new challenge and pursue a master's program with a research component, focusing her study on the adoption of big data in the Southeast Asian insurance industry. During that time, Theresa also transitioned her career to management consulting. She worked with a range of consulting firms and started her own consulting and research practice, Accelerating Insurance. In 2019, Theresa co-founded the Asia InsurTech Podcast to bring Asia’s insurance success stories to a global audience. Currently based in New York, Theresa continues to push the boundaries of insurance innovation and has launched a new global podcast – InsurTech Amplified.

Bryan Falchuk is the Founder and Managing Partner of Insurance Evolution Partners, which advises carriers and their partners on how to navigate an evolving industry facing disruption and change. He is also the President & CEO of Insurance industry trade group, PLRB, that is dedicated to helping adjusters to make expert decisions on Property and Liability claims. Bryan spent 20+ years in the insurance industry, including serving as Head of Claims for Hiscox USA and leading Growth for insurtech communications solution, Hi Marley. Bryan has also held leadership roles in corporate strategy, operations and distribution at carriers like Liberty Mutual and Beazley. He was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s insurance practice and is on the advisory boards of several startups focused on the insurance industry. Bryan is a best-selling author and public speaker, including several TEDx Talks. His best-selling book series, The Future of Insurance, shares case studies of legacy and startup carriers overcoming the barriers to change we all face in the industry and working together to innovate to help Insurance move forward and evolve.

InsurTech Amplified spoke with Bryan Falchuk, the creative force behind the “Future of Insurance” series, and Theresa Blissing, the mind behind the Asia InsurTech Podcast, InsurTech Amplified, and author of the series’ fourth installment, “The Future of Insurance – Asia Rising“.

Bryan’s third entry in the series, launched in June 2023, underscores inter-industry collaboration’s vital role. Find out more here. Meanwhile, Theresa’s recent contribution zooms into Asia’s dynamic insurance industry transformation.

As the episode unfolds, the trio delves into the relevance of financial literacy amidst rapid technological evolution in developing countries in Asia. They further explore regional nuances in addressing business setbacks, emphasizing the significance of valuing lessons over fault—a perspective drawn from Theresa’s analysis of eight case studies.

The podcast wraps up with Theresa highlighting three core principles extracted from examining eight varied case studies, from early-stage startups to global insurance titans. These universal principles illuminate the consistent challenges and tactics across the insurance sector, emphasizing the industry’s shared foundation irrespective of company size or operational region. This universal relevance makes the book a valuable resource for insurance professionals globally.

The Future of Insurance – Asia Rising” will be released on October 17th, 2023. Find out more here.

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