Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO and founder of Tapoly, talks with John Bensalhia about the insurtech and the background to her desperately needed on-demand insurance platform
“It is hard to ignore or not take any interest in technology. It is the greatest recent phenomenon that has transformed and continues to transform pretty much every industry.”
So says Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO and founder of Tapoly, the first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy in Europe. Janthana is ranked by Forbes as number six in the ‘top 100 women founders to watch’ rankings, and is among the top ten insurtech female influencers, according to The Insurance Institute.
“I am a chartered accountant by profession and have worked at top-tier investment banks for over ten years, with my last role being an internal audit director at UBS, before setting up Tapoly in 2016.”
Tapoly – a member of Lloyd’s insurance market – provides flexible on-demand commercial insurance tailor made for SMEs, freelancers, contractors, the self-employed and anyone in the gig/sharing economy. It also provides data-driven software-as-a-service for insurers, brokers and corporate partners who wish to offer on-demand and bespoke products at low cost.
On the way in which technology has changed our lives in recent years, Janthana says:
“The ways we travel, work, communicate, shop and live today have all been affected by technology in one way or another. If you look at the rise of the gig economy for example, there is a massive shift towards flexible working with the number of self-employed accounting for 45 percent of all UK employment growth since 2008. We like flexibility and having everything on- demand.”