As an entrepreneur you will never stop learning. While there are plenty of articles, webinars, infographics, eBooks, etc. out there to assist with helping your startup grow, too many people are overlooking one of the most convenient types of content- podcasts. Recently, this format designed specifically for one the go people has had a huge comeback. As podcasting becomes a hot trend, more and more industry leaders are sharing their knowledge and advice via podcasts.
If you are looking to make the most of your daily commute, daily work out , or flight, there is nothing better than listening to an entertaining, inspiring, and informative podcast. But, with so many options, which podcasts should you follow? I rounded up the top 15 podcasts so you can dive right in.
1. This Week in Startups
When it comes to podcasting heavyweights, it doesn't get any bigger than Jason Calacanis' "This Week in Startups". Twice a week this entrepreneur turned investor interviews some of the most influential names in the entrepreneur and startup communities. Over the years he's interviewed everyone from Mark Cuban to Travis Kalanick (Uber) to Steve Huffman (Redditt) in order to provide inspiration and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to grow their startup.
Launched by Andrew Warner, Mixergy isn't your run-of-the mill podcast. While there are interviews--almost 1,100 in fact--the real genius behind Mixergy is that founders from companies like Wikipedia or Groupon to teach courses. Why? Because Mixergy is on a mission to " to introduce you to doers and thinkers whose ideas and stories are so powerful that just hearing them will change you".
While there is access to some of this amazing content, if you select a subscription plan--such as the Premium Content plan--you'll be allowed to listen to hundreds of interviews with established entrepreneurs and be a part of dozens of courses.
3. Startups for the Rest of Us
Hosted by software entrepreneurs Mike Taber and Rob Walling, this podcast focuses mainly on developers, designers, and entrepreneurs involved in the software industry. However, that doesn't mean that their experience can't be used for anyone launching their own startup. The last couple of episodes, for example, have included interviews and advice aimed to help improve SEO, host a successful seminar, and successfully balance your personal life and work.
4. Startup Grind
Startup Grind was founded by Derek Andersen in 2010 and has interviewed over 1000 entrepreneurs who have "made it". When I went to my first SG event in 2011 I was amazed at the amazing content that came out of the event. Since that first event I have attended 50+ events. Now I'm involved with these guys on a more formal basis but think they deserve to be on the list none the less.
This podcast is a veteran in the space and something everyone should listen too!
5. 500--Startup Founders Podcast
This is another relatively new podcast, but it's also worth your time. The show is run by Silicon Valley seed fund and accelerator 500 Startups and features interviews with startup founders, influencers, and entrepreneurs. What I like most about this podcast is that interviews are usually only around 17 to 24 minutes, which makes them perfect to listen to while commuting to work or during a lunch break.
6. The Tim Ferriss Show
Not only is Tim Ferriss a best-selling author and extremely successful investor/entrepreneur, he also hosts the top-ranked business podcast on iTunes. Why? Because Ferriss sits down with an eclectic group of people ranging from athletes to musicians to chess prodigies to businessmen to investors so you can learn their tricks and tools for startup success.
7. Lean Startup
Since 2005 Mark Graban has been operating a website aimed at helping startups remain "lean"--meaning to produce products that are safe, high quality, cost-effective, moral, and delivered on time without overspending. While many of his podcasts discuss health care, there are also exciting podcasts discussing CEO and leadership techniques.
8. The Full Ratchet
Have you ever wanted to get inside the minds of Angel and Venture Capital experts? If so, then you need to keep tabs on the Full Ratchet podcast. This podcast is pretty reliable on publishing two episodes a week and features interviews with investors that discuss how they selected startups to fund, exit strategies, portfolio strategies, and other tidbits from these investing veterans.
9. Entrepreneur on Fire
In 2013, iTunes awarded John Leed Dumas and his podcast Entrepreneur on Fire as one of the best podcasts of the year. What makes this a top-notch podcast is the format. Dumas begins his podcasts by asking his guests about their biggest failures. From there, they discuss their Aha! moments and conclude the episode with a Lightning Round--which consists of five rapid questions. Since the launch of the podcast over 700 entrepreneurs, like Seth Godin, Barbara Corcoran, and Tim Ferriss, have partaken in the fun.
10. Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner
Weekly podcasts from Stanford University regarding entrepreneurship? Enough said. This is podcast you can't miss. Guests include Geoff Donaker from Yelp, Leah Busque from Task Rabbit, and many others.
11. How to Build a Rocketship
Every week this podcast chats with successful entrepreneurs, like Brain Balfour of HubSpot and Gabriel Weinberg of Duck Duck Go, on how to grow a startup. Topics include self-funding, raising capital, product development, and customer acquisition. These podcasts are packed with informative content that every startup founder needs.
This video podcast was launched by Ventures partner and Digg founder Kevin Rose where he sits down with some high-profile guests--such as Elon Musk (Tulsa), Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square), Biz Stone (Twitter, Jelly) and Tony Hsieh (Zappos). What's unique about the Foundation podcast is that it explores the personal lives of entrepreneurs, like what their child was like and what inspired them to become entrepreneurs.
13. Product People
Hosts Kyle Fox and Justin Jackson discuss how great products are developed, designed, and marketed. While most of the episodes revolve around software products, web-based products, and mobile apps, nearly anyone can find inspiration following the Product People podcast.
14. Duct Tape Marketing Podcast
This podcast may not be a strictly about entrepreneurs and startups, but it's a top-notch podcast for all of your marketing needs. Founder John Jantsch and his guests discuss everything from creating incredible content, figuring out the rules of sales and service, and the importance of referrals. A worthwhile podcast if you want to learn techniques on how to market your product.
15. Product Hunt Radio
Since Ryan Hoover has a "passion for startups, product design, and personal growth," it only makes sense that he launch a podcast discussing products. For example, the latest episode featured Ryan and his guests discussed the characteristics investment firm Sherpa looks for in startups and time saving productivity hacks. A neat podcast if you want to discover new products to help with your startup or improve your growth.