Feb 16, 2022
EP25 Samir Chaïbi - Insignia Ventures Partners - We do need banking, but we don’t need banks
“We do need banking, but we don’t need banks.”
_Samir Chaïbi_, Principal at _Insignia Ventures Partners_, talked to us about the fintech landscape in Southeast Asia, from banking API, lending, to insurance business.
Samir, a French Algerian, went to the U.S. to explore the startup and VC landscape before joining Insignia, a $450M+ AUM SEA-based VC fund, to help improve the startup ecosystem in SEA. At Insignia, he leads investments in fintech, insurtech, and proptech. Prior to this, Samir was a VC at STRIVE, a Tokyo-based VC fund.
We covered all about the fintech landscape in SEA and more:
*Fintech revolution in SEA
*The holy trinity of consumer fintech companies
*Why consumer fintech companies should be a media company
*Community as the new approach for marketing
*Regulatory hurdles for fintech vs banks
*Market gap Samir wishes someone would tackle: lending for healthcare and personal financial management app for debt
*Insurance exclusions and opportunities in insurtech
About Insignia Ventures
_Insignia Ventures Partners_ is an early-stage technology venture capital firm with US$450 million+ AUM partnering with unstoppable founders to build great companies in Southeast Asia. Since 2017, we have invested in 70+ emerging technology companies across industries and geographies in the region, including unicorns Carro, Ajaib, GoTo, and Appier, and category leaders including Payfazz, Shipper, tonik, and Flip. We partner early with founders and support them from seed through growth stage as their companies create meaningful impact for millions of people in Southeast Asia and beyond. With our team of 30+ investment and operating professionals who bring together decades of experience and proprietary networks, we equip our founders with the tools they need for growth. Learn more on our _website_ and _Insignia Business Review_. Follow us on _LinkedIn_, _Instagram_, and _Twitter_.