The 32 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

🎙 Podcasts · October 9, 2020 · Julie Navntoft

Entrepreneurs never stop learning. Curiosity and insatiable thirst for knowledge is what foster great ideas and drives entrepreneurs to do whatever it takes to bring them to life. For the longest time, reading books was the go-to activity for successful entrepreneurs. But reading books limits your ability to multitask and be on the move – two other frequent activities of most entrepreneurs.

If you’re always on the go, if you need a break from reading or you’re just more an audio person, podcasts are the answer to your prayers. Massively growing in popularity since they first saw the light of day back in 2004, podcasts are the go-to media for most people looking to get smarter, stay informed or be entertained. You can find a podcast about pretty much any subject you’re interested in, from knitting, industrial design or pens (yes, pens) to – you guessed it – entrepreneurship.

We want to help you find the best podcasts to train, educate and inspire you. So, below you’ll find a collection of top podcasts for entrepreneurs. We’ve already categorized them for you and written a short recap to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. And there’s something for everyone. No matter if you’re looking for VC podcasts for female entrepreneurs, product development podcasts for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build the next big thing, or inspirational podcasts for young entrepreneurs dreaming of taking the leap. From interviews with tech heavy hitters, to the latest growth strategies, to the ones that will help you grow your entrepreneurial mindset.

All you have to do is choose the one you like, put on a pair of headphones that make you look cool (just for your own sake) and press play.


Podcasts about Building Your Startup From Scratch

If you dream of starting a business, but don't know where to start, you are not alone. In fact, we're willing to bet most entrepreneurs have very little clue where to begin, when they get a new idea. But there are people, who've done it before, not just once, but many times. There are people, who've already built successful businesses, and people who have made all the mistakes in the book. Why not learn from them? This is a collection of great podcasts to get you started with building your startup.

This week in startups

Care for a start..update for your commute? A news update from the startup world, that is. Then This Week in Startups is your go-to podcast. Each week, serial entrepreneur and angel investor and podcast host, Jason Calacanis, is joined by well-known expert guests to discuss the most interesting, outstanding and outraging stories from Silicon Valley’s world of tech. Elegantly combined with in-depth expert interviews on everything from business strategy to leadership and interesting into angel investment, This Week In Startups will quickly become your weekly audio fix.

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How I built this

If you’ve listened to NPR podcasts, chances are you’ve heard Guy Raz dive into meaningful conversations with inspiring personalities on more than one occasion. This one is no exception. How I Built This tells the coming-of-age stories of all your favorite businesses and the founders behind them. Raz’ unique ability to explore details makes each episode of this podcast a unique insight into the ideas, thoughts, struggles, worries and successes of the founders and entrepreneurs you admire most.

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How to Start a Startup

If you want to start a business, but have no idea where to begin, this podcast is for you. How to Start a Startup is a collaboration between Y Combinator and Stanford University, two organizations we wouldn’t mind learning some tricks from. In How to Start a Startup, entrepreneur, investor and (now former) President of Y Combinator, Sam Altman, takes you through all the steps of building a startup from scratch. The podcast is a brilliant crash course in everything you need to know and every step you need to take to start and grow a startup. Throughout the 20 episodes, Altman shares his own knowledge and interviews clever minds like Reid Hoffmann, Adora Chung and Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham on everything from building brilliant products, to fostering amazing company cultures and scaling your startup to its full potential.

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Startup School Radio

Another Y Combinator creation, this time hosted by Aaron Harris, seeks to inspire and lead by example. With a track record of accelerating some of the world’s most successful startups – Dropbox, Airbnb and Stripe to name a few – listening to this podcast means learning from the absolute best. In each episode, Harris dives deep into the minds of successful founders to pick their brain on subjects like fundraising, failure and essential lessons learned.

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Recode Decode

Big ambitions, world-changing ideas, politics, celebrities, tech billionaires, ruthless questions and a no-bullshit host. This is not your regular conversational podcast. In Recode Decode, Silicon Valley’s queen of no-mercy journalism, Kara Swisher, challenges big tech leaders, plays hardball with prominent politicians, and summons famous celebrities. In one-on-one interviews, Recode Decode tells the stories of huge ambitions, alternative world views and the people behind the ideas. Swisher asks the questions no one else dares and successfully brings listeners deeper into the most interesting and progressive minds of the world.

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Mixergy

With an impressive 2.000 episodes and still counting, you can find answers the pretty much every startup related question you can think of in this podcast. This is a dream come true for podcast aficionados who just can’t get enough and a great place to look for enlightening interviews with proven entrepreneurs about all your favorite topics. Host Andrew Warner masters the art of digging deep into the failures and successes of his guests and through that gives listereners a unique opportunity to learn from the very best.

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Podcasts about Raising Money for Your Startup

To build a business, you need money. Sometimes just a little, sometimes a lot. But where do you find them? Do you side hustle forever, or do you find people who are willing to invest? These podcasts will all teach you valuable lessons about finding money for your startup. From bootstrapping to venture capital, there's a show for everyone.

Smart Passive Income

In the Smart Passive Income podcast, Pat Flynn lets us in on insightful conversations with online business experts and entrepreneurs, who succeeded in building online businesses to support the lives they want to lead. Flynn himself has been building online businesses since 2008, and he knows the drill. If you want to build passive income streams to support your dream life, listen closely to this podcast.

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A16z

A16z is a pioneer in the fields of tech and entrepreneurship. As the tech changes the world, it changes our work and our lives with it. This podcast discusses the changes technology brings to our lives now and in the future. From how we work, to what we eat and how we build relationships, A16z shows us the nuances of our lives now and in the future. In each episode, they invite knowledgable academics, thought leaders and tech experts to debate the impact of tech and innovation.
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Bootstrapped

Steve McLeod interviews startup founders about their businesses and discuss the different ways to make bootstrapping work.

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The Pitch

How do we sell our ideas? What inspires us? The Pitch, hosted by Josh Muccio, explores the ups and downs of entrepreneurial life, human relationships, and the search for venture capital. The podcast focuses on how we relate to people and have them bet on our visions.

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Equity by TechCrunch

Ever wonder how Silicon Valley became, well, Silicon Valley?Listening to Equity by TechCrunch is like going on a journey to The Promised Land, one that fascinates most entrepreneurs with unicorn dreams. Alex Wilhelm, Danny Crichton and Natasha Mascarenhas join forces and explore the stories behind Silicon Valley’s VC money and tech billionaires. Sometimes joined by prominent profiles from the VC industry, this podcast is bound to make you smarter on the forces behind startup capital.

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The Bootstrapped VC – A Backstage Capital Podcast

Arlan Hamilton is the founder of Backstage Capital, a VC fund on a quest to bring diversity and equality to the venture capital industry. Less than 10% of VC investments go to women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ founders combined, but in Backstage Capital, investing in underrepresented founders is big, meaningful business. In The Bootstrapped VC, Hamilton takes us behind the scenes of how she built her own VC fund from scratch and with her guests explore what investors are really on the lookout for.

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The Twenty Minute VC

Who says you need 20 years of entrepreneur experience and investment to make a podcast about it? This podcast is not only an inspirational resource because of its content, but because of its host too. Harry Stebbings hit Forbes’ 30 under 30 at age 24 as a result of The Twenty Minute VC, the largest media brand in venture capital. The podcast has over 100 million downloads and is worth a spot on the top of your podcast list. In each episode, Stebbings invite the world’s most famous and infamous VC’s for a talk the do’s and don’ts of the venture capital world.

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Podcasts about Building Amazing Products

There's one rule to follow if you want to make it as an entrepreneur: Build something your customers love. Building amazing products that make your customers fall in love and come back for more is the best business model there is. These podcasts explore how to build products customers will absolutely love.

Product People

There are not many things as wonderful as falling in love with a new product. Great products solve specific issues for you, they create joy, get you excited and ultimately make your life easier. Behind every great product are great people, and in this podcast, host Justin Jackson invites innovative masterminds in for a talk about how they built his (and your) favorite products.

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Product Hunt Radio

If you’re a tech geek, you probably already know and love Product Hunt. And if you love Product Hunt, you will love the podcast. Product Hunt Radio is your go-to place for a weekly fix of tech news. Join Ryan Hoover, Abadesi Osunsade and their guests when they discuss what’s new in tech and what products are the ones to watch right now.

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Rocketship.fm

If you’re a product manager, a tech entrepreneur or just someone who appreciate amazing products, this podcast will be quickly be an evergreen in your library. Rocketship.fm breaks down everything you need to know about building and growing great products, from product management to sales and funding. And as if that wasn’t enough, their Product Journey episodes take you behind the scenes of the products you wish you built yourself.

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The SaaS Podcast

The SaaS Podcast with Omar Khan is a welcome alternative to all the startup stories you’ve already heard.
You’ll get to hear stories about companies you probably don’t know yet, but that have still managed to build success.

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The Product Podcast

The Product Podcast is your chance to learn about Product Management from true industry heavy hitters. If product design, engineering, marketing or entrepreneurship is your jam, this podcast is for you. Learn once-in-a-lifetime lessons from the Product Managers of Twitter, Spotify, Etsy, Uber, Disney and Google and many more.

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Podcasts about Marketing and Growing Your Startup

One thing is starting a business, another is growing it into its full potential. 9 out of 10 startups fail, and growing businesses is hard. So why not learn from the best in the industry? These podcasts dive deep into tried, failed and succeeded growth strategies.

Masters of Scale

The brain behind LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, takes it upon himself to show how the most successful companies grew their businesses from “0 to gazillion”. Hofmann tests his own theories with his guests and gives listeners a unique insight into the best growth strategies there are. The podcast is progressive in its form, content and philosophy and, as the first American media program ever, commits to gender balance among its guests.

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The Growth Show

The line between business growth and business death is thinner than we might think. In this show, Meghan Keaney interviews people, who made a real change in the world and tells stories that inspire us to grow startups that make a difference.

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Business Wars

Business War takes you behind the scenes of the world's most successful and well-known companies. Host David Brown analyses the strategies they use to stand out and beat the competition.

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SuperFastBusiness

This podcast is for the entrepreneurs who dream of turning their online businesses into solid income streams while working less. A lot less. Host James Schramko, a self-made online business mastermind, invites inspiring experts to discuss how we can all build and grow businesses that support the lives we want.

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Smart Business Revolution

If the thought of the thought of doing marketing and selling yourself quite frankly scares the bejesus out of you, but you still dream of growing your business into something marvelous, the Smart Business Revolution podcast is the next thing you should listen to. John Corocan and his guests explore growth tactics and strategies to help you grow your startup, if you’re neither a marketing wizard, nor a sales genius.

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Marketing Over Coffee

If you’re serious about growing your startup to its full potential, there’s really no way around it. And you do like a challenge, don’t you? As a business owner, you will need to learn (and care) about marketing. Even if you know you’ll eventually hire someone for the job, you won’t get very far without marketing. Luckily, Marketing over Coffee exists. Each week, Christopher Penn and John Wall invites you for a cup of mocha while they discuss what’s new in marketing.

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Marketing School

When it comes to growing your business online, Neil Patel is a frontrunner. Every day, Neil and his equally genius colleague, Eric Siu, gives you 10 minutes of marketing advice you can put into use right away. For the fast-paced entrepreneur, Marketing School is the perfect podcast.

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Podcasts about Lifestyle and Growth for Entrepreneurs

Many entrepreneurs start out because they dream of freedom and of being their own bosses. In reality, getting to that point is difficult. But when you do, it's all worth it. When motivation fails, sometimes all you need is a splash of inspiration to remember why you started. These podcasts give you just that.

The James Altucher Show

In his popular, inspirational podcast, James Altucher invites a variety of different guests to talk about their lives and the roads that led them to where they are today. The podcast explores topics such as financial freedom, innovation and how to lead a fulfilled life. Diving into this show takes you behind the scenes of the successful and controversial lives of famous entrepreneurs, artists, rappers, astronauts, drug dealers and billionaires and will no doubt leave you both curious and inspired.

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Tim Ferriss Show

This podcast could easily be put in any one of the podcast categories above. It is one of the most popular lifestyle and entrepreneurship podcasts of our time and definitely worth a listen. Tim Ferris invites the World’s top performers in business, arts, sports and much more to share their stories, words of wisdom and the tips, tools and tricks that helped them get where they are today.

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The School of Greatness

What makes great people great? In this podcast, former football player Lewis Howes dives into the stories of some of the most successful people in the world to find out what made them succeed and pass on the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

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Entrepreneurs on Fire

Entrepreneurs on Fire is an award-winning inspirational podcast. In every episode, John Lee Dumas interviews one of the most successful founders out there and asks them an inspirational and current question about the entrepreneurial world.

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Hack the Entrepreneur

How do we define success and what does it take to be successful? Hack the entrepreneur explores the different concepts of success, what they mean and how to “get there”. In the podcast, he interviews tech giants, startup founders, solo entrepreneurs, digital nomads and professional side hustlers to find out how they built the lives they wanted.

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7-Figure Small

Need a shot of motivation? The most brilliant people on the startup scene joins Brian Clarc in this podcast to give you valuable tips and the latest trends in business.

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The GaryVee Audio Experience

The GaryVee Audio Experience is many things. It’s your modern-day advice columnist, your aha-moment, your source of inspiration, your go-to-place for exciting interviews and a space to find clever tips and tricks to apply to your business and life. There are plenty of things to learn from this podcast. All you have to do is dive in.

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