In another sign that InsurTech is one of the fastest growing and exciting FinTech sectors, the first InsurTech firm went public recently. ZhongAn Online Property and Casualty Insurance, floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange at HK$59.70, raising US$1.5bn, valuing the firm at US$10bn.
According to the Financial Times, Zhongan is backed with venture capital and equity finance by some of China’s largest finance groups and the public floatation has helped bring in prominent investors including the Japanese firm, SoftBank. Additionally, the big Chinese online firm, Ant Financial (an affiliate of Alibaba), is also a large shareholder in the online insurance firm.
The always-connected ecosystem in everyday lives has gained further traction with more and more sensor embedded wireless connected devices. Connected cars, smart healthcare wearables, and smart homes, are some of the active components of an IoT network today. Together with the hyper-mobility adoption, more data is being generated seamlessly in real-time. Increases in computing power and cloud deployments have also enabled this big data to be stored, processed and analysed at great speeds.