Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs
Proud of Australia, exploring ideas and building better individuals

35 - Index Funds, JFK and Hitch
Oct 6 • 53 min
On this episode we take things around the world, covering everything from Brexit and the late Christopher Hitchens to index funds and the common sense of JFK. Sorry it’s been a while in between drinks.
34 - Australia’s nearest neighbour – Papua New Guinea
Jun 21 • 58 min
Papua New Guinea (PNG) has 8 million people, 800-plus languages and over a thousand cultural groupings. Understandably, running the PNG state can be more than difficult, amplified by a swelling resource sector and huge challenges around health, education…
33 - Warren Buffett primer - A Dollar for Fifty Cents
Jun 12 • 59 min
Warren Buffett - investment and business titan, man of steady temperament and, as Whig Capital’s Jordan Shopov explains, a ‘learning machine’. As someone who knew only a little about Buffett I learnt a lot from this discussion with Jordan, who has read…
32 – Post-election wrap, musings and observations
May 22 • 63 min
Join Jordan and I for a casual post-election wrap up. From franking credits to betting odds, and inner-city politics to Q-exit, we unpack the Labor leadership, the background noise of the ‘culture wars’, and talk next steps for ScoMo. We even find time…
31 - A primer on the coming republican debate
Apr 18 • 67 min
In any national election the stakes are high. But if Labor wins they have committed to holding a referendum on an Australian republic. This issue was put to the Australian people in 1999 but lost. Yet, as I explain, it is an issue that will always be with…
30 - How To Avoid Consumer Politics And Be A Good Citizen
Mar 20 • 40 min
For this episode I’m joined by Sam Rebecchi - a Melbourne-based communications adviser and part-time writer for the Spectator Blog. I saw his recent Spectator article - ‘Shock News: politics and consumer goods are two different things’ - as a good…
29 - Bastion Collective CEO Jack Watts
Feb 18 • 36 min
For this episode I’m fortunate to be joined by Bastion CEO Jack Watts ( Jack and I met over a decade ago on a leadership course in China, and he has since grown a small sports marketing opportunity into a firm with…
28 – Public vs Private - When Should Government Run Things?
Feb 9 • 38 min
On this episode economist Will Witheridge and I discuss the philosophy behind privatisation, the wisdom of Adam Smith, and cartels and monopolies. We also talk about the challenges of the privatisation journey in the West (Australia’s Two Airlines Policy…
27 – Old Head Young Shoulders: The Parallel University with Richard Krohn
Jan 22 • 56 min
To start 2019 we are putting an ‘older head on younger shoulders’ with Richard Krohn – author of The Parallel University: Create A Balanced Life And Have It All. From superannuation to resilience, we talk about the importance of creating a plan, avoiding…
26 - 2018 Year in Review
Dec 22, 2018 • 55 min
From bitcoin to Australian federalism, I like to think The Jacobs Podcast, which I started in early 2018, has been a very small contribution to good old fashioned ‘long form’ discussion. Jordan Shopov, Will Witheridge and I reflect on our favourite…
25 - Role Models and Anti-Role Models
Nov 26, 2018 • 56 min
Who are your role models? Who are your anti-role models? We all have both. Join Will Witheridge, Jordan Shopov and I as we discuss economists, politicians, writers, sports stars, financiers, military leaders and many others. Sometimes the best role models…
24 - Advance Australia with Gerard Benedet
Nov 20, 2018 • 10 min
On this episode I’m joined by Gerard Benedet for a very brief chat on Advance Australia - a new organisation challenging the dominance of progressive advocacy groups like Get Up. This is a shorter episode but it comes at an informative time. Hope you…
23 – Safe As Houses
Nov 12, 2018 • 72 min
A dollar today, a dollar tomorrow. Join Whig Capital’s Jordan Shopov and economist Will Witheridge for a discussion on the state of housing in Australia. From lending practices to the Banking Royal Commission, and the difference between ‘value’ and…
22 - The South Pacific with Ambassador James Batley
Nov 7, 2018 • 45 min
My guest is former Australian Ambassador and regional trouble-shooter James Batley, who has taken on some of our most challenging foreign policy roles – from Bougainville and East Timor to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
21 - Dr Anthony Dillon: Individuals, identity and the modern world
Oct 17, 2018 • 39 min
After meeting for the first time at the recent Liberty Fest 2018, Dr Dillon and I thought a podcast would be a good idea. Anthony’s work is available at We discuss a range of topics, from symbolism and Aboriginal history to…
20 - Networks and Hierarchies
Oct 10, 2018 • 59 min
Squares or Towers? Join economist Will Witheridge, businessman Jordan Shopov and I for a discussion on how networks and hierarchies have worked throughout history and in the modern age. We look at this by basing the discussion around Niall Ferguson’s…
19 - Twelve Books Every Young Australian Should Read
Sep 27, 2018 • 21 min
For this episode it’s just me ‘running solo’ and talking about my recent article on books that I think young Aussies should read. Check out the article at and leave a message with your thoughts. Happy listening!
18 - Wellness and Avoiding Burnout with Enoch Li
Sep 4, 2018 • 49 min
For this conversation I’m joined by the Beijing-based Enoch Li – founder of Bearapy ( – to talk about avoiding burnout, the nature of depression, mindfulness and how ‘play’ can lead to good outcomes in staying fresh and fulfilled.
17 - Book Interview: Winners Don’t Cheat
Aug 21, 2018 • 60 min
Although I feel slightly indulgent speaking about my new book, I pass the interviewer’s mic to good friend Jordan Shopov. We talk about the lessons in my book, in particular, how an intolerance of your circumstances, developing focus, improving your…
16 – Identity Politics with Dr Jeremy Sammut
Aug 14, 2018 • 46 min
On this episode I talk to Dr Sammut from the Centre for Independent Studies. We start a little differently by discussing personal history but then move onto the (re)emergence of identity politics, the state of universities and building cultural confidence…
15 - Lifeguarding with Luke Ingwersen
Aug 7, 2018 • 35 min
For something slightly different, I talk to Gold Coast Lifeguard Luke Ingwersen on the range of roles a lifeguard plays, from local tour guide to first responder. It’s a great discussion on rips, some general water safety, the changing nature of…
14 - Please Keep The Cow And Do The Milking - Australian Federalism
Aug 1, 2018 • 69 min
This episode’s title is borrowed from Robert Garran’s satire of the Australia’s State Premiers in 1934. While we oftentimes hear that the States should collect your income tax (the Feds currently do) they historically haven’t been too keen on it.…
13 - Us vs Them: The Failure of Globalism
Jul 19, 2018 • 41 min
It’s not all about the United States, Trump or Brexit. All states and governments are under pressure, from technology and ‘automation’ to a new generation bringing all new grievances. Are robots really going to wipe out our workforce? And, in a more…
12 - Renewable Energy with Lauren Timms
Jul 3, 2018 • 50 min
Renewable energy targets, power bills, nuclear power, Paris agreements and a ‘carbon constrained environment’. Join energy policy specialist Lauren Timms and I as we come at the energy discussion from different angles. I even manage to throw Adam Smith in…
11 - Could a Hawke, Keating or Howard survive today?
Jun 13, 2018 • 64 min
From social media to our need for 24 hour news, we know that the world has changed. But how would past leaders survive today? And do we put our current political leaders under so much pressure, despite being able to do only so much? Talking through these…
10 - Staying SAFER with Stephen Foote
Jun 7, 2018 • 40 min
My interesting discussion with Stephen Foote on public safety and staying resilient in a complex world. Steve is a co-founder of the International Safer Institute at
9 - Australian Exceptionalism with Professor David Flint
May 31, 2018 • 48 min
How unique is Australia’s past? From the rule of law to civil society, and from Australia’s first Governor to the slim prospects of the Australian Republican movement, Professor Flint and I look at the benefits of Australian history.
8 - This Bitcoin Thing?
May 17, 2018 • 37 min
Like most I don’t understand or really ‘get’ Blockchain? Or is it Bitcoin? Join Jordan Shopov and I as we discuss (in basic terms) what it is, how it works and if the hype is all worth it.
7 - The Uber of Tutoring with Sam Robertson
May 10, 2018 • 21 min
Joining me on this episode is my long-time friend from water polo Sam Robertson, founder of Scooter Tutor, who talks about his Australia-wide start-up and his thoughts on education, persistence and sharing ideas.
6 - Building Wealth In Your 20s
Apr 28, 2018 • 47 min
Not all about less avocados! After a quick Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day debrief we move onto the idea of shares over real estate, the concept of stocks and the important idea of values and wealth.
5 - Andrew Cripps
Apr 19, 2018 • 41 min
Andrew Cripps is a former Minister for Natural Resources and Mines in the Queensland Government. He shares his motivations for getting involved in politics at a young age, approaching policy, and staying principled in a challenging world.
4 - BOOK INTERVIEW: Manus Days
Apr 11, 2018 • 24 min
In this episode I speak to Michael Coates, author of Manus Days: The Untold Story of Manus Island. His book is available at Connor Court Publishing. Happy listening.
3 - What I Wish I Knew In My 20s
Apr 11, 2018 • 51 min
Who do we think we are offering ‘wisdom’ in our early thirties? Jordan Shopov and I discuss what we wish we knew a decade ago around career, happiness and decision-making. Warren Buffett once again features heavily in terms of advice but also Steve Jobs…
2 - People Are Looking For Depth
Apr 11, 2018 • 43 min
Episode 2 – People Are Looking For Depth What to talk about on the second podcast? Well, podcasts. In this episode we talk about the shows Jordan and I enjoy but also why people are tuning out of mainstream current affairs broadcasts. Our thoughts are…
1 - Pilot
Apr 11, 2018 • 35 min
The inaugural episode of the Jacobs Podcast. It took me a while but we’re finally here. In the first episode I talk to Jordan Shopov – friend and founder of Whig Capital Management – about the benefits of reading. We touch on some pretty decent figures –…