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8 business podcasts you need to know about

By Emily Handlin

3 min read

For entrepreneurs and business owners looking for an efficient way to improve their skills or get new ideas for their businesses, podcasts really fit the bill.

What could be easier than popping in some headphones during the morning commute or listening via your car stereo as you drive to the office?

But with so much choice, deciding which series is best for you and your business can be a challenge.

To help, we’ve waded through some of the better ones to come up with 8 recommendations divided into your needs – ‘startups’, ‘growth’, ‘management’ and ‘personal development’.

And because business people are notoriously busy, we’ve tried to look for shorter podcasts, with most under the 30 min mark.

 

STARTUPS

 

Podcast: How to Start a Startup

 
Average episode time: 45min

Stanford University has made available a phenomenal resource in this slightly unorthodox 20-part podcast, which was originally a series of lectures delivered to students by Sam Altman, from startup accelerator Y Combinator, in 2014. Even the transcripts are available, as well as links to plenty of further reading. Altman draws on his impressive Silicon Valley network to pull in high profile guest lecturers like LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman and Airbnb’s Brian Chesky.

 

Podcast: The Twenty Minute VC

 
Average episode time: Despite the name, about 30 mins

For many new entrepreneurs the most pressing question is where to get startup funding. For those who think venture capital might be the answer, this is a must-listen. Partners from some of the top VC funds in the United States give the down low on what they are looking for in a potential investment. That is, how to get their money!

 

GROWTH

 

Podcast: Hubspot’s The Growth Show

Average episode time: 30 mins

Sales and marketing software provider Hubspot seeks out the entrepreneurs behind successful ventures to learn from their successes and their mistakes. The series is also not afraid to question tired old ways of doing business. An interview with the chief technology officer of Basecamp rails against workaholism, while a chat with Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp rips apart your office brainstorming session.

 

Podcast: Duct Tape Marketing

 
Average episode time: 30 mins

For most established businesses, getting to the next level is probably a question of better or more effective marketing. Duct Tape Marketing is predominantly aimed at small businesses and is focused on first identifying the ideal customer and then crafting specific messages to make them more sticky (hence the moniker).

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Podcast: Manager Tools

 
Average episode time: 30 mins

This series has been running for more than a decade, but hosts Mike Auzenne and Mark Horstman, who have long corporate careers (but actually met at military school!), still manage each week to come up with really practical lessons for managers, from running sharper meetings to giving more effective feedback. There is also a related series: Career Tools.

 

Podcast: HBR IdeaCast

 
Average episode time: 25 mins

If you only have a limited amount of time, you might as well learn from the experts. Long-running management magazine Harvard Business Review pulls in the big guns for this podcast, such as former Nike CEO Phil Knight and a range of business academics, to discuss a range of leadership themes.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Podcast: The Economist: Money Talks

 
Average episode time: 25mins

On a weekly basis editors and correspondents from The Economist deep dive into a big global business story and then touch on two smaller stories of interest. It’s an easy way for business owners to stop feeling guilty about never being across the news. Recent topics to get The Economist treatment include why financial markets are so far not fazed by North Korea’s nuclear threat, the challenges faced by Uber’s new CEO and how fidget spinners have disrupted the toy industry.

 

Podcast: The Art of Charm

 
Average episode time: 30min to 1h

This series is all about connecting – with a possible mentor, a potential new client, or your next employee. Learn how to shake off that cloak of anxiety the moment you walk into a room and instead use an arsenal of new tools after listening to interviews with networking pros. The ‘Monday minisodes’ that come in under 10 minutes are a great way to pick up a new idea that you can implement immediately, like a new way to reconnect with an old acquaintance or five tips for remembering names and faces.

Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete. This document/information does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.

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