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Elisa Choy on Big Data, Autoimmune Disease and Family Estrangement

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In this episode, we’re joined by Elisa Choy: economist, advisor, global speaker and founder of Australia's first AI-powered market research agency called Maven Data

She’s been able to scarily and accurately predict the most recent federal election, the rise of Greta Thunberg, COVID vaccine hesitancy, the 2020 US election, and has even predicted the winners of the Voice for the last 3 years as well as Masterchef Australia 2020 just for fun.

Elisa opens up about her experiences dealing with an autoimmune disease, reconnecting with her mum after a family estrangement and also shares a few amusing clubbing stories from when she was younger.


00:00 - Intro

01:31 - How Elisa Got into Big Data & AI

05:01 - The Spark Behind Elisa’s Interest in Data

07:23 - From Hong Kong to Australia

11:57 - Navigating Through a Male-Dominated Industry

20:30 - Elisa’s Beijing Experience

25:07 - Finding a Workaround with Asian Parents

28:23 - “Coming Out” with her Family

39:39 - Elisa’s Autoimmune Journey

45:34 - Asian-Australian Media Representation 

49:05 - Asian-Australian Trends 

53:26 - Elisa’s Hopes for The Australian & Chinese Government

58:52 - Defining Happiness & Success

01:01:57 - Elisa’s Public Speaking Background

01:04:47 - Elisa’s Advice for the Younger Generation 

01:07:38 - Outro

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