The Hottest Fintech Companies in Singapore in 2017


Singapore has had quite an amazing year with regard to fintech. (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Insurance, p2p-payments, Payment processors/providers/gateways, Security, Singapore, SME

January 10, 2017

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Insurers tap cyber security ratings to limit liabilities

By  for Financial Times

New breed of start-ups aims to assess strength of companies’ defences against hackers. (more…)

Insurance, news, Security

January 8, 2017



The Top Financings And Partnerships In Insurance Tech — 2016 Recap

By CB Insights

From the rise of insurers starting strategic venture arms to a record amount of early-stage deal activity to new partnerships in smart home, distribution, and elsewhere, it’s been a busy year in the world of insurance tech. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance

December 26, 2016



5 Cs of Opportunity in InsurTech

By Shwetank Verma for LTP

Insurance globally is an industry with scale, with USD 4.1 trillion dollars of premium written in 2015 alone.  It is also an industry on the cusp of change – attracting investor interest in record numbers with investments totaling USD 1.4 billion on InsurTech firms in just the first three-quarters of 2016. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Insurance

December 24, 2016



Asia’s Own Lemonade: Neosurance & KLCC Runners Group Partner To Offer The First “Push” Micro Insurance To Malaysian Runners


Neosurance  and KLCC Runners Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the distribution of microinsurance to KLCC Runners Group growing community members. The microinsurance product will be provided ad hoc by a leading reinsurer and insurer who will be disclosed later, together with the price and features of the microinsurance. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Insurance, Malaysia

December 23, 2016



The rise of insurtech in the age of algorithms

By  for Dataconomy

In the internet era, giants of the digital age like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA) in Western markets and Chinese powerhouses like Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and Xiaomi (BATX) in Eastern markets have been increasingly straying away from their bread-and-butter products and testing the waters in large, established industries like banking. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance

December 22, 2016



Pay Only What You Use: Trov On Demand Insurance Shaking Up $1.2tr Industry

By Freddie Dawson for Forbes

No one wants to pay for something while they’re not using it. Yet that is exactly what happens with out-of-the-house contents cover. You pay a premium to insure a device but then that device might sit at home covered by home insurance whenever it’s not in transit or use – wasting money through redundancy. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Insurance, Mobile payments/banking

December 21, 2016



IoT-Powered Transformation in the Insurance Industry

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

Being one of the most exciting areas of innovation, the insurance industry by-product, InsurTech, attracted more than $1.2 billion in investments in 2015 – six times the amount invested in 2010. According to a 2015 report from WEF,“The most imminent effects of disruption will be felt in the banking sector; however, the greatest impact of disruption is likely to be felt in the insurance sector.” (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Insurance

December 20, 2016



Hippo gets $14 million to disrupt home insurance market

By  for VentureBeat

We’ve got smartphones and smart homes. Why not smart insurance? Hippo has raised $14 million to disrupt the home insurance market with smarter online service. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Insurance

December 15, 2016

Lemonade Raises $34m in Series B Funding

By FinSMEs


Lemonade, a New York-based renters and homeowners apartment insurance startup, raised $34m in Series B funding.

The round was led by General Catalyst with participation from GV (formerly Google Ventures), Thrive Capital and Tusk Ventures, as well as existing investors Aleph, Sequoia, and XL Innovate. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Insurance

December 6, 2016



Neosurance Ramps up After the MEDICI Top 21 – Insurtech


Starting from today, a low-cost injury coverage with a daily allowance in case of accident plus medical assistance is available via smartphone. This has been made possible by the recent partnership established between an important international insurance group and the Italian startup Neosurance – winner of the Insurance IoT Newcomer Award in London and the MEDICI Top 21 InsurTech Award. More details about the partnership and the price of the insurance policies will be revealed shortly. (more…)

Fintech news, Insurance

December 4, 2016



MAS Unveils New Moves To Boost Fintech Sector in Singapore


The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced a series of moves to boost fintech development in the city-state and strengthen ties with other Asian countries. (more…)

Fintech news, Government activities, Insurance, Security, Singapore

December 2, 2016



Car Insurance Pricing Is Broken, But Your Phone Could Fix It

By David R. Martin for Wired

AS THE COMMERCIALS make clear, shopping for car insurance can be frustrating. That’s in part because auto insurance pricing is largely a black box for consumers. While the price a consumer pays for insurance is based on a risk estimate derived from demographics, past traffic violations, and claims history, each carrier uses the data in a unique, closely guarded way to calculate a price, and the number of prices for a given risk is as large as the number of insurers. Thus, it is difficult to be sure that you have the best price, or even a decent price, and many consumers are skeptical of the fairness of the entire process. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Insurance

November 29, 2016



Blockchain Startup Bluzelle Eyes New Blockchain Markets With KPMG Digital Village Partnership


Bluzelle Networks, a Singaporean company specializing in blockchain applications for the financial services industry, has been named as an Emerging Star in KPMG and H2 Ventures’ notorious Fintech 100 list. The company plans to tap into new markets with its partnership with KPMG Digital Village. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Fintech news, Insurance, Singapore

November 29, 2016



Zenefits reaches a $7M settlement with California

By Cale Guthrie Weissman for FastCompany

Zenefits has reached a deal with California regulators to the tune of $7 million, BuzzFeed News reports, citing a “person briefed on the deal.” The insurance company has spent the last nine months trying to rebuild its business after revelations arose that the company systematically skirted insurance laws and regulations.  (more…)

Fintech news, Insurance

November 29, 2016



InsurTech in Asia: 10 things to know

By Philip P. for e27

InsurTech is blossoming, thanks largely to passionate ecosystem builders contributing their networks and expertise to invigorating and future-proofing the insurance industry. I feel extremely fortunate to be at the epicentre of this movement, and deeply inspired to foster InsurTech ventures to achieve increasing quality and scale. (more…)

About, InspirAsia, Insurance

November 28, 2016



The Strongest Transformative Forces in the Insurance Industry

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

No other industry has a bigger impact on the improvement of national welfare than insurance. In 2015, insurance premium volume worldwide reached $5.265 trillion, attracting ever-expanding attention to insurance business from across the field. In the years ahead, insurance landscape will no longer be an oligopoly as transformative forces will reach the level of impact enough to reimagine traditional business models. But what are those forces and how will they change insurance? An interesting opinion on the matter has been shared a week ago in the publication called Driving FinTech Innovation in Financial Services by Deloitte in collaboration with All Street, which emphasizes important external and internal forces that will impact general insurance landscape transformation, some of which we have notedbefore. (more…)

About, Analytics, Insurance

November 26, 2016



AXA partners with Silicon Valley startup Trov to launch insurance ‘as simple as Tinder’ for British millennials

By  for Business Insider

California-based Trov lets people buy flexible insurance for single items through their smartphones. If, for example, you have got an expensive camera sitting in your cupboard that you only occasionally use, you can use Trov to get temporary insurance for the times when you do actually take it out and use it.


AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, Insurance

November 24, 2016



101 InsurTech Startups Revolutionizing the $4.5-Trillion-Dollar Insurance Industry

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

The young, but extremely vibrant history of InsurTech proves it to be one of the most electric industries to follow in 2017 and beyond. An ever-expanding list of outstanding InsurTech startups is already shaking up the $4.5-trillion-dollar industry by leveraging technological capabilities. The use of disruptive technologies like big data, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile technology, AI, social network and blockchain are gaining momentum and InsurTech firms are looking for a scope to capitalize it. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Insurance

November 24, 2016



Are Auto Insurers On The Road To Nowhere?

By Morgan StanleyVoice for Forbes

Personal transportation is on the verge of disruption from several different directions: New technology is reducing the number of accidents; data makes it easier to track driver behavior; ride-sharing is replacing car ownership.


Analytics, Global trends, Insurance

November 24, 2016



Tencent, partners ready 1.5b yuan online Chinese insurer HeTai

By The Business Times

Chinese internet services giant Tencent Holdings Ltd and a group of seven investors have moved closer to launching a 1.5 billion yuan (S$310.1 million) online life insurer in China, putting up funds and signing an agreement to form the venture. (more…)

China, Deals, Fintech news, Insurance

November 23, 2016



Don’t understand the blockchain hype? Look at smart contracts.

By  for TechInAsia

Ask a bank about bitcoin, and you will get skepticism. Understandable, considering that the cryptocurrency scene is riddled with volatility and distrust. But ask about the blockchain, and the experts will tell you that it is “the biggest innovation since the internet.” (more…)

About, Blockchain, Fintech news, Insurance

November 21, 2016



The Future of Insurance Is InsurTech

By Matteo Carbone for LTP

The insurance sector has entered a phase of profound transformation. Numerous InsurTech startups have popped up to challenge the traditional model by generating more than 16 billion dollars in the last year from insurance companies. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance

November 15, 2016

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Five New Types of Insurance In Asia: From Revenge Porn To Drones

Vladislav Solodkiy, managing partner at Life.SREDA VC

Source: LetsTalkPayments

Insurance offers a huge opportunity that has yet to see real innovation. The major players have some of the lowest Net Promoter Score (NPS) ratings of any industry, meaning the companies do not inspire satisfaction or loyalty in their customers. People do not like or trust insurance companies. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Hotnews, Insurance

November 13, 2016



China’s Online Insurer ZhongAn Launches Blockchain and AI Incubator

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

As China continues applying the pressure of becoming the number one FinTech country, ZhongAn, an online property and casualty insurance company has announced the creation of an incubator designed to focus on blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), further boosting the country’s intentions of becoming number one. (more…)

Blockchain, China, Fintech news, Government activities, Insurance

November 12, 2016



Millennials Driving Digital Shift in Insurance SectorFrom Wikipedia


The insurance industry is undergoing a shift in the way it operates in order to satisfy a new generation of customers – the millennial market. Millennials are demanding more high-tech processes when it comes to insurance, looking for digital interaction at all touch points. Insurance providers are rushing to adopt technology in all aspects of their operations in order to attract millennial customers and keep them engaged. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Insurance, Singapore

November 11, 2016



Blockchain-Powered Revolution in the Insurance Industry

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

Last year, >$1.2 billion was invested in InsurTech startups – six times the amount invested in 2010, making the insurance industry one of the most exciting areas of innovation with the highest disruption potential for tech-powered startups. According to a 2015 report from WEF, “The most imminent effects of disruption will be felt in the banking sector; however, the greatest impact of disruption is likely to be felt in the insurance sector.” (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Insurance, Security

November 3, 2016

Indio Secures $2M in Seed Financing

By FinSMEs

Indio, a San Francisco, CA-based commercial insurance platform for brokers, secured $2m in seed financing. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Insurance

November 3, 2016



Admiral looks at social media to gauge risk in younger drivers

By  for Financial Times

Insurer to crunch through Facebook posts to work out who merits a lower premium. (more…)

Fintech news, Insurance

November 2, 2016

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Blockchain is empowering the future of insurance

By ,  for TechCrunch

The embers of innovation are beginning to char the massive $1.2 trillion underbelly of the largest industry in the world. Every segment of insurance is under competition by entrepreneurs touting new ways to underprice risk, creating new types of premiums and servicing consumers in a tightly regulated on-demand economy. While most startups attempting to gain traction in the insurance market fall under incremental innovation, Blockchain for insurance could be characterized as disruptive. (more…)

About, Blockchain, Global trends, Insurance

October 30, 2016