The Six Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Podcasts are outrageously popular in 2017. Whereas ten years ago, people would listen to iTunes playlists as they worked, and five years ago internet radio surpassed iTunes in popularity, now many people have caught onto the appeal of podcasts, playing them on the commute to work, over their lunch breaks, or even in the background as they complete low-concentration tasks. There is a podcast for just about everything, from cooking to finance to fiction. It’s ironic that as technology becomes more advanced, society looks to the old days of talk radio for inspiration, but history has a way of repeating itself and perhaps people came to realize they had more to gain from a talk show on startup advice than from the latest pop music release.

Podcasts are the perfect solution busy entrepreneurs didn’t know they needed. If you’d like to acquire new business skills and add to your professional development but just can’t seem to find the time to get through a book on entrepreneurship, consider one of these podcasts instead. They are quick and easy to digest, and can be seamlessly integrated into your overloaded schedule.

1. StartUp

As the name of this podcast implies, the show offers expert startup advice. Specifically, it teaches lessons based on the success story of Gimlet CEO and host, Alex Blumberg. Blumberg goes over everything one would need to know about starting a company, including the challenges he faced, choosing a name, seeking investors, and bringing on partners.

2. Entrepreneur on Fire

This award-winning podcast founded and hosted by John Lee Dumas features a different entrepreneur every day of the week. Dumas has published over 1,700 interviews so far with some of the most successful entrepreneurs across industries, including Tim Ferriss, Barbara Corcoran, and Tony Robbins. This may sound like a lot of work, but Dumas has made it his life’s mission to empower aspiring entrepreneurs.  

3. This Week in Startups

For the most current, up-to-date news in the startup world, this podcast can’t be beat. Host Jason Calacanis delivers a balanced combination of practical advice and current events through his weekly interviews with guest entrepreneurs.

4. Eventual Millionaire

Many people dream of becoming millionaires, but few actually achieve it. Eventual Millionaire demystifies the process by presenting each episode as an individual case study on a successful entrepreneur, examining the steps they took to get to where they are today.

5. The Tim Ferriss Show

Angel investor and educational activist Tim Ferriss is one of the biggest names in startup fandom for his bestselling book, The 4-Hour Workweek, encouraging people to escape the confines of the 9-5 lifestyle to live more fulfilling lives. In his talk show, which is the first business/interview podcast to surpass 100,000,000 downloads, Ferriss interviews leaders from all different industries, translating their success into actionable advice.

6. The Twenty Minute VC

Venture capitalists present a kind of mysterious aura to anyone who is not one, even though there is nothing shady or ambiguous about their work with startups. In his brief, 20-30 minute shows, host Harry Stebbings interviews two venture capitalists a week to shed some light on what they do and the qualities they look for in startups.

This list just skims the surface of all the entrepreneurship podcasts available for download. For even more great suggestions, check out these lists from Entrepreneur and Inc.

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