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The Acuity podcast will explore and expand on relevant and important issues that affect listeners in business, economics and finance. Each episode, our host Mike Lynch and guest hosts will speak to experts, journalists, professionals and business leaders about trending topics and provide a fresh perspective that is informative and entertaining.








There’s a continent of consumers coming your way, are you ready? – Ep. 13 - Acuity Podcast

China is expected to boast 850 million new middle-class consumers by 2030. It’s as if a new continent was emerging in the Asia-Pacific, but is the region ready to handle the growing demand for goods and services? Is there a downside? Are we about to lose access to our own resources? The Honourable Bob Carr, former premier of New South Wales and Australian foreign minister, is the director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology in Sydney. He joins...

Duration: 00:21:48

Big Data is a Weapon of Math Destruction – Ep. 12 - Acuity Podcast

Big data is bandied about as the silver bullet to countless problems. From helping us make smarter business decisions through to choosing which suburb we should live in, big data is a catch-all solution to issues around the world. Mix in a little artificial intelligence and Bob’s your uncle, right? Not necessarily. Cathy O’Neil, an American mathematician, data scientist, Ted Talk speaker and author (her latest book is called Weapons of Math Destruction), argues big data contains more human...

Duration: 00:38:15

Don’t Pull the Trigger Until You Red Team It – Ep. 11 - Acuity Podcast

We make important decisions daily, in business, some of those decisions have a high dollar value. Executing a new strategy naturally comes with risk, but have you considered all the possible outcomes? Is there a way to mitigate potential failures and loss to your business? Bryce Hoffman, author of the book "Red Teaming: Transform Your Business by Thinking Like the Enemy", joins host Mike Lynch and Leigh Sujanto to discuss a new way businesses can begin to make better decisions. [powerpress...

Duration: 00:20:24

When it comes to retirement…you should get excited! – Ep. 10 - Acuity Podcast

Retirement is considered, by most of us, as something that just happens at the end of our working life...but it doesn’t have to be. It can be a time of living by the seaside, travelling the world, or ticking items off your bucket list, it’s all up to you. A little preparation and planning now can make all the difference. Claire MacKay, Director and Head of Advice at Quantum Financial, talks with Mike Lynch and co-host Kylie Kwong about how retirement can be the most exciting and fulfilling...

Duration: 00:20:06

Need a business advisor? There’s an app for that – Ep. 9 - Acuity Podcast

In this episode, we talk with award-winning technology entrepreneur, speaker, and author, Dale Beaumont, who has spent the past decade helping small to medium enterprises become more prosperous. His latest venture...BRiN…a mobile app, powered by artificial intelligence, takes his quest to help sme’s to the next level. Dale also tackles some of BRiN's more popular questions that the app receives from its subscribers. [powerpress channel="acuity-podcast"]

Duration: 00:25:24

Keep it Simple for Success – Ep. 8 - Acuity Podcast

He’s the guy who put the “i” in iPhone. Ken Segall is the Former Creative Director at Apple...working side by side with Steve Jobs for almost 12 years...and he’s also the author of the best-selling books “Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success” and “Think Simple: How Smart Leaders Defeat Complexity” At the recent World Business Forum held in Sydney...Former CEO of Chartered Accountants ANZ...Lee White...sat down with Ken a private members session…to discuss...

Duration: 00:25:08

Get Out Of the Box and Apply Wisdom – Ep.7 - Acuity Podcast

In this episode of the Acuity podcast, host Mike Lynch and co-host Leigh Sujanto speak with Ricardo Semler the CEO of Brazilian company Semco Partners about why he refuses to have an organisational chart, why “terminal days” are so important and how staying in the box is stifling innovation. [powerpress channel="acuity-podcast"]

Duration: 00:32:01

In Business…A Little Romance Goes A Long Way – Ep. 6 - Acuity Podcast

Big Data and AI are part of our everyday lexicon. We're inundated with so many stories about how our lives will be changed for the better, and at the same time, we're told that big data and AI will adversely affect and threaten our very livelihood. The mixed messages in the media are confusing, to say the least. Many industries and professions alike are predicted to be non-existent or shrink into irrelevancy in the next decade. Sounds pretty bleak, right? In this episode, Ted Talk Speaker...

Duration: 00:22:25

Who Knew – Ethics & Business Equals Profit – Ep. 4 - Acuity Podcast

Are you doing the right thing by your customers and employees? In this episode of the Acuity Podcast, hosts Mike Lynch and Jennifer Black talk with John Neil, Co-Head Advice and Education at the Ethics Centre in Sydney, about the importance of business ethics and how doing the right thing can add to your bottom line. [powerpress channel="acuity-podcast"]

Duration: 00:21:55

There’s A Storm Coming, And Its Name Is Amazon – EP.3 - Acuity Podcast

In this episode of the Acuity podcast, host Mike Lynch is joined by Acuity publishing supervisor Leigh Sujanto. [01m:36s] They chat with Tonya Garcia from Market Watch, [19m:59s] and the CEO of the Australian National Online Retailers Association (NORA) , Paul Greenberg about the possible ramifications for retailers and consumers when Amazon sets up shop in Australia and New Zealand. [powerpress channel="acuity-podcast"]

Duration: 00:36:18

Will French & US Nationalism Ruin Our Economic Stew? – Ep.2 - Acuity Podcast

In episode 2 of Acuity podcast, host Mike Lynch is joined by Acuity publisher Leigh Sujanto and they speak with Adam Creighton from The Australian about his time on secondment at The Wall Street Journal and his thoughts on US and French nationalism. PC Magazine’s Assistant Business Editor, Rob Marvin discusses the future of blockchain, and AVCAL CEO Yasser El-Ansary talks about venture capital funding and why it might, or might not, be the answer for your business. [powerpress...

Duration: 00:47:53

Would You Like Some A.I. With Your Fake News? – Ep. 1 - Acuity Podcast

In the first episode of Acuity podcast, host Mike Lynch is joined by Acuity publisher Andy McLean and they speak with President of industry analyst firm Intellyx, Jason Bloomberg about the surge of fake news and their flow-on effect in social media, politics and business. The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) president Rachel Grimes FCA drops in to talk to us about the ethics of base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), and we catch up with Dr Patricia Ranald, professor of...

Duration: 00:43:23