Entrepreneurs are always looking for something to give them an edge in business. That one spark or idea that helps them surge forward and throw fuel on the fire.

In recent years, podcasts have become a great source of advice combining actionable insights with big data that are unparalleled in other mediums.

I've spent my fair share of time working with podcasts streaming in the background while I work or exercise. I've compiled a list of my favorites. These are the ones you should tune into today for some fantastic startup and growth advice.

Startup is a tremendous podcast and at the top of my list because host Alex Blumberg took listeners through his own startup process when he launched podcast network Gimlet Media. There's a ton of insight and lessons to be pulled from his successes (and pivots).

After the first season he began following other startups through interviews that provide additional insight you shouldn't miss out on.

This podcast is a bit of a niche podcast, focusing on the idea of growing and selling a business. Host John Warrillow hosts this podcast, based on the concepts from his book Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You. On the show, Warrillow regularly interviews successful entrepreneurs who have cashed out and sold their businesses to share how they navigated the process.

If you're interested in topics such as practical advice on starting a business, sourcing funding, scaling companies and growth hacking then you want to tune into Startup School Radio. The show is hosted by Y Combinator's Aaron Harris, the company behind funding for businesses like Dropbox, Zenefits and Airbnb.

I, and many others, like Shark Tank for the concept but are less keen on watching it because of the reality TV drama that's generated and scripted into the show. If that sounds a little like you then you'll probably enjoy The Pitch. Early age startups are brought on to pitch their company to three investors, who then provide raw feedback about whether or not they would invest.

Unlike Shark Tank, The Pitch cycles investors as often as they cycle startups.

The number of female entrepreneurs is growing every year, which is fantastic. Today, 18% of startups have at least one female founder. This podcast brings in a necessary perspective, speaking with successful female entrepreneurs on a weekly basis. It's a terrific dive that gets away from all the tech podcasts that are out there, providing insight from a diverse group of startups and entrepreneurs.

One of the reasons I like traction is it's not focused on the macro. It looks at the steps it takes to go from nothing to one thing. That step from zero to one. Host Jay Acunzo regularly brings on guests to discuss concepts that may not scale in business, but play a small part in moving the business forward and getting results.

It's hard to have a list like this without a tech focused podcast. Mainly because SaaS is just getting massive right now and a lot of entrepreneurs are going that route. If you're a tech entrepreneur, this show provides insight into decisions made by some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs.

Venture Capital is something that might be alien to first time entrepreneurs seeking funding for the first time. The a16z podcast provides a portal view into the world of venture capital. Andreessen Horowitz hosts this show, talking with startup founders and analysts at his firm.

Not only do they deep dive into venture capital but in the regularly scheduled new content (sometimes 2 or 3 a week) they get into tech and industry trends as well.

Host Nathan Latka struck gold when he began leveraging Facebook advertising for other businesses in college. It wasn't long before turned his attention to helping startups succeed.

With hundreds of episodes already recorded and shared there's a ton of great information that any startup entrepreneur should be digging into (even content marketing), geared specifically to startup development and success.

I've had my encounters with podcasts that left me wishing there was something better; Mixergy is certainly not one of those. The in-depth interviews are fantastic, with a high production value that always leave you feeling satisfied. Their stories include interviews with thousands of entrepreneurs like Wikipedia founders, Pixar, Tim Ferriss, Elon Musk and more.

Speaking of Tim Ferriss, his podcast is one to follow. Known for his research with The 4 Hour Workweek, Tim is a go-to resource that entrepreneurs love to pay attention to. What I love most about Tim's podcast is that he doesn't get jargon heavy. The content is fun, engaging, and light in approach. He doesn't overwhelm you with seriousness.

When you want to try something new, it's always nice to connect with someone who has done it before to find out if you're making a stupid decision. Pat Flynn has your back. He considers himself to be a "crash test dummy of online business" and uses his podcast to share what he's learned. He tries, fails, tries again and succeeds to pass that wealth of information on to his listeners.

Conclusion

Whatever you do, keep learning! Whether it's with books, blogs, websites, courses, guides, downloads, seminars, conferences, Snapchats, Blabs, Hangouts, Scopes, meetups, networking events, mentoring, or...yes...podcasts, always be a learner.

It's the only way to get better at what you do

Have you started turning to podcasts for more information in startups and business growth? What's your favorite?

Published on: Jul 7, 2016