Entrepreneurship isn’t an easy road. Navigating the launch and continuing growth of a company is an endless process of trial and error that results in as many failures—let’s actually call them learning opportunities—as it does successes. Podcasts provide you with a place to plug in, hear from like-minded entrepreneurs, and learn from the wins and losses of those who have walked the path before you. We put together our list of best podcasts for entrepreneurs. But first:
Why yet another “Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs” list?
There are so many “best podcast lists” out there and while we love lists like this one for the Huffington Post or this one for Inc.com (we even have a few of their picks on our own list), we felt that the “best of” lists we’ve seen thus far didn’t tick all of our boxes in a few different areas such as diversity and specific topics and content we craved. So, we’ve put together our own list that includes the voices of entrepreneurs with backgrounds as varied as their business ventures. Whether you’ve already launched your company or you’re still in the idea stage, add these podcasts to your queue to stay inspired and learn from your peers.
If entrepreneurship is an island, female entrepreneurship feels a lot like living on this one. GirlBoss radio brings awesome women leaders, makers, creators, tinkerers, and pioneers onto the show to share their unique journeys. Every episode discusses their individual trials and tribulations and is packed with actionable advice for women entrepreneurs who are busy growing their empires.
Hosted by Josh Muccio and Sheel Mohnot, this Shark Tank inspired podcast pairs entrepreneurs with investors and allows founders the opportunity to pitch to a live panel. If you’re currently working on your pitch, wondering what kind of questions to expect from prospective investors, or just interested in learning about other awesome up-and-coming startups, this podcast is a great resource.
Building a company doesn’t exclusively consist of cork-popping moments. Every day brings a series of new challenges to overcome and sometimes the endless struggle can be exhausting both physically and emotionally. The Reboot podcast with Jerry Colonna is—at its core—startup catharsis. Every episode features a new entrepreneur who discusses the psychological challenges of leading a growing company and the difficulties specific to their journey. It’s raw, emotional, and absolutely honest which makes it a great tool if you need to relax and reboot (see what we did there?).
With over 13.5k subscribers, Startup Podcast is certainly one of the most popular in its genre. Season one followed entrepreneur Alex Blumberg through the launch of his company, Gimlet Media. It’s an awesome resource for business owners who want to get a sense of what the process is like and what kinds of challenges you may face along the way. We highly recommend checking out Episode 9 of Season 1: We Made a Mistake because learning how to graciously accept and respond to those less-than-perfect moments is a necessity for every entrepreneur.
In the interest of full disclosure, we’ll admit that our CEO, Krista Morgan, co-hosts Women Who Startup Radio alongside Lizelle Van Vuuren, Women Who Startup founder and CEO of Effectively. Thus, we are somewhat biased when we say we love this podcast. That said, Krista isn’t even our favorite part of the show (sorry, Krista). Women Who Startup Radio stands out because of its focus on community and tendency to get very raw, honest, and even emotional. This podcast gets down into the nitty gritty of what it is to be a female entrepreneur across all facets, and the hosts (and guests) aren’t afraid to tackle tough questions about bias, expectations, stereotypes, and the hard truths that exist for women entrepreneurs. At the same time, the show celebrates each guest’s story—her challenges, lessons learned, and victories. The masterful editing by sound engineer Alison Reitz, a newcomer to the show in season 2, has bumped the podcast up several notches.
Are drones monitoring your every move? Should you put a post-it note over your laptop camera to keep Big Brother from watching you? In today’s tech-obsessed environment where people willing walk around with wearables that trace their every move, how do you preserve your humanity? Note to Self host Manoush Zomorodi brings many interesting questions to his show surrounding the moral and societal implications of increasingly-advanced technology.
Ever wished you could get inside the mind of your potential investors and learn what makes them decide to give their money to one startup over another? The Full Ratchet seeks to provide guidance to investors who are newer to the Venture Capital scene and is your ticket to learning what makes them tick.
If you need a podcast to enjoy post-work with cocktail in hand, this is the one for you. Heben and Tracy cover everything from gender to race to mangos (yes mangos) and are incredibly entertaining. They’ve hosted guests like Anil Dash, Queen Latifah, and oh ya… Hillary Clinton. While they don’t exclusively market to entrepreneurs, many of their shows touch on journeys of makers, creators, and disruptors. One of our favorite episodes is You’re Gonna Be Your Own Boss One Day (with Kaya Thomas) who talks about why it’s important for women in technology to reach back down the ladder and help others follow in their footsteps.
If you’re a fan of podcasts in general, you’ve probably already heard of the Tim Ferriss Show. It was selected for Itunes “Best of 2015” and “Best of 2014” lists. Tim hosts top-of-industry performers in everything from sports to business and hones-in on the tips and tools that listeners can apply to be successful in their own lives. The all-star guest list includes names like Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Seth Godin. This one is a must.
Perfect for makers who want to nerd-out about hot, up-and-coming products. Host Ryan Hoover chats with creators and shares their stories, backgrounds, and products. His entrepreneurial guests range from folks who are reimagining everything from the shoelaces on your sneakers to porn. Yes, really.
Broad Mic is a bit newer to the podcast scene but is quickly becoming a favorite among entrepreneurs. It’s hosted by angel investor and Inc.com columnist Kelly Hoey and was founded by angel investor and president of PuraVida Productions, Sarah Weinheimer. Who better than two active angel investors to champion women entrepreneurs? Be sure to check out their first episode and learn more about why it’s important that we all #ThinkBroad.
If you’re a tech startup, be sure to check out Startups for the Rest of Us. Hosts Mike Taber and Rob Walling are both experienced software entrepreneurs who want listeners to avoid some of the pitfalls they each experienced in the course of their own careers. Every episode highlights topics that seek to help developers, designers, and entrepreneurs be awesome at launching products. They even have a list of products that have launched successfully with the help of their podcast.
Good entrepreneurs know that speed is a strategy. VC’s want to invest in startups that can scale. If you’re working on growing a business and aiming for that hockey-stick curve, The Growth Show contains awesome content that will help you understand how to harness your company’s strengths as fuel.
SheDoes features female entrepreneurs producing art in every medium. If you’ve got a creator in you that is in need of inspiration, this podcast is sure to ignite the spark. The hosts, Elaine Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg, treat each session as a mini-documentary. Every show features a new guest who discusses how they got to where they are today and the challenges they faced during their journey.
It’s hard to believe anyone could earn a six-figure salary working only a few hours a week, but host of the Smart Passive Income podcast Pat Flynn claims to have accomplished just that. The show is all about automating passive income streams online so you have more time to do what you love. Pat often hosts guests who have expertise in their niche which means lots of great tools for listeners growing their own online-empire.
Kara Swisher, a prominent technology columnist, interviews key players in tech and design. She also chats with leaders in politics, the media, and more. Kara is a journalist by trade and a gifted interviewer which makes these sessions highly valuable and packed with insight. Check out the recent episode she did with venture capitalist and long-time entrepreneur Keith Rabois. Keith has an impressive resume and has worked for big-name companies like PayPal, Google, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square. His thoughts on the current venture capital climate is a must-listen for startup entrepreneurs.
A lot can happen between a company’s seed round and their series A, B, C etc. This podcast is all about how to focus-in during those early stages and get that all-important proof which shows future investors that you have what it takes to make it big. Traction dives into the gritty, early-stage stories with some of the top tech entrepreneurs around. It’s a great resource for entrepreneurs who are navigating the waters of operating a company that’s just launched.
While this series isn’t technically a podcast and doesn’t fit the mold of the other shows we’ve included, the content is so valuable we couldn’t leave it off our list. Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures put together a series of lectures which they originally presented at Stanford University in Fall 2014. They are now available online as a video series and are an immensely useful resource for any entrepreneur who thinks they would like to try building a company from the ground up.