Reading articles is great. Blogs are wonderful. Yes, we know it, you are doing that right now, as a matter of fact, and we appreciate it. But sometimes you just can’t read, either because you are doing other stuff, like driving, or because you are just tired of being in front of a screen all day and would enjoy doing something that doesn’t involve focusing your eyesight too much. Fortunately, podcasts exist. So you can go for a morning run or have a lunch break and still be able to learn new things regarding your one true passion. If you are reading this, it’s very likely that your passion involves technology, startups or entrepreneurship, so we thought of giving you some recommendations on podcasts on these subjects. We hope you add at least some of these to your playlists!
This one is a no brainer. You will find recommendations on this almost everywhere, and with good reason. Masters of Scale is hosted by Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock. In it, Hoffman talks about several topics, like leadership, fundraising, strategy, and puts to test theories of why stuff works. The best thing about it, though, is that it’s not only Hoffman speaking. Some of the most known guests in the show have been Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel. So you know it’s the real deal. Don’t sleep on it.
If last recommendation was full of practical, theoretical and hands-on information, this one is more of an abstract and introspective journey. Don’t get me wrong, it still is hosted by super successful AngelList founders Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi, and it deals with topics like wealth and tech, but it also tackles more intangible themes, from optimism and happiness, to probability and the multiverse. So if you are one curious entrepreneur, who wants to get to know more about, well, lots of stuff without getting too far from shore, this might be the podcast for you.
One thing we have come to learn in the last decade is that representation matters. It is important to see a vast landscape of backgrounds and stories out there, to show people all over the world that you don’t have to be a white guy in Silicon Valley in order to achieve something big (you might end up there if you do things right, though). She Did It Her Way is the perfect example of it. In this podcast, host Amanda Boleyn talks with several successful business women like Amy Porterfield or Julie Solomon about productivity hacks, pricing, creating content, and more.
Much like Masters of Scale, The Tim Ferriss Show has made a name for itself as one of the ‘musts’ in business related podcasts. As a successful entrepreneur himself, Ferriss talks with guests not only from the business or tech world, but with personalities from very diverse backgrounds, from LeBron James to Malcolm Gladwell, while trying to get the most out of what made each of them successful. If you want to take a break from numbers or business concepts but still learn from others' experiences, you will most likely enjoy this podcast.
The amount of it should speak for itself, in this one. Mixergy, hosted by Andrew Warner, has over 1,500 interviews with entrepreneurs, so if there is a topic you are interested in, it is extremely likely that you will find something about it in this podcast. Warner not only speaks with his guests about their triumphs, but also their defeats and asks the tough questions, which in many cases might be even more useful than to listen to how things did go well.
Those are our podcast recommendations for the business savvy. Do you listen to podcasts? Do you listen to any of these podcasts? Which one did we miss? Let us know!