So, while you're hitting the treadmill at your gym, tackling the morning commute, or taking the dog for a walk, why not listen to a great podcast to elevate your business?
Here's my recommended list, in no particular order, for startup founders and entrepreneurs riding on the fast track. Hit me in the comments with your own personal favorites.
1. HBR Ideacast
Put out by Harvard Business Review, this is a weekly smorgasbord featuring interviews with leading thinkers, luminaries, and entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos and Tim Sullivan. Topics you'll hear may include organizational change, leadership, productivity, social media, innovation, and much more.
If you want to know how to scale your business, keep your team motivated, fight fear and create your own success, these are just the topics from recent episodes featuring mega-successful entrepreneurs and best-selling authors like Patrick Bet-David, Scott Belsky, and Robert Herjavecs. EntreLeadership was created by Dave Ramsey and is hosted by Ken Coleman.
How do you grow a company? A movement? An idea? Put out by inbound marketing extraordinaires over at HubSpot, each week this podcast features someone who has achieved remarkable growth (or has tried to) and unpacks just how they did it. Recent guests have included Julie Zhuo, VP of design at Facebook, Bill Macaitis, chief marketing officer at Slack, and Amy Chang, founder/CEO of Accompany.
Hosted by entrepreneur, CEO, investor, vlogger, and public speaker Gary Vaynerchuk, you'll find an eclectic mix of his #AskGaryVee show episodes, keynote speeches on marketing and business, interviews and fireside chats with thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and sports figures, exploring all things social, company culture, personal branding, and productivity.
This podcast will blast your sales knowledge into another stratosphere with tips on how to use social media to engage prospects and clients. It's hosted by experienced social sellers Elyse Archer, Martin Brossman, and Greg Hyer.
Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you a weekly take from the world of entrepreneurship. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business of motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what's happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? This is the place.
Are you a bootstrapper? Contemplating how to take the next step or ways to scale your business? Join successful entrepreneurs Greg Hickman and Justin McGill in real-time, as they provide an undoctored, behind-the-scenes look at life as startup founders on their way to bootstrapping businesses from zero to $100k/month and beyond.
The Growth Everywhere podcast picks the brains of some of the industry's most successful growth hackers. You'll get "Growth Bites" -- short episodes that cover topics hiring, sales, marketing, productivity, startup growth, scaling, and more. It's hosted by Eric Siu.
Run by early stage investor Bowery Capital, the podcast series highlights the issues and pain points of early revenue generation. Interviews with startup heavyweights include Shopify, Dropbox, Yesware, and more.
StartUp bills itself as a "podcast about what it's really like to get a business off the ground." It's hosted by award-winning radio journalist Alex Blumberg, CEO, and co-founder of Gimlet.
The hosts have racked over 200 interviews with world-class entrepreneurs who give actionable insights into the issues that matter most to startups. From marketing and sales tactics to strategy and growth, culture and vision, and everything in between.
If your business is in the high-tech space, this podcast is focused on helping software entrepreneurs and companies to create products that sell. ConversionAid Founder Omer Khan interviews successful founders, entrepreneurs and marketing experts who share their strategies, insights, successes, and failures.
13. From Scratch
Produced by NPR, host Jessica Harris interviews fascinating entrepreneurs and other business people including the founders of Kickstarter, Partners in Health, PayPal, and more. Lots of relevant discussion on how they started, the issues they overcame, and where their businesses are today and will be in the future.
Stanford's podcasts focus strongly on thought-leadership and the bigger issues facing the world of business. Topics recently browsed included disruptive innovation, embracing uncertainty, and building a career. They bring on an impressive list of heavy-hitters, including leaders from Dropbox, Harper Collins, Spotify, the Gates Foundation, and more.