I've been listening to podcasts since my friend Todd Henry launched The Accidental Creative podcast 10+ years ago (check out his recent episode about legacy...incredible). And as you may have heard, podcasts are finally having their day. According to recent research, 26% of Americans have listened to a podcast in the last month. And those that identify as weekly podcast listeners consume an average of seven podcasts per week.
Podcast creators, along with their stories and guests, have challenged my thinking, provided inspiration and broadened my understanding of critical trends and topics. Whether you are a fan of podcasts already or have been considering taking the plunge, here are my top 5 podcast recommendations for business owners and entrepreneurs:
- How I Built This with Guy Raz: Show description: "Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built." Accessibility: Easy Listening What I love: First person stories about early efforts to build something great and practical insights into the ideas and efforts that led to breakthroughs. Favorite episodes: Tom Chappell of Tom's of Maine & Sara Blakely of Spanx. How to Start: At the beginning...episode #1. The catalog is getting longer, but if you like this podcast you'll have no problem listening to them all.
- a16z: Show description: "The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future -- especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world." Accessibility: Buckle In What I love: incredibly smart people sharing what they know about cutting edge topics. It is a low risk way to dive into the deep end of the pool on complex technology and innovation trends. Favorite episodes: The API Economy & Building Companies in Crypto How to Start: Find a recent topic that interests you and then start listening to the new episodes that interest you.
- The Learning Leader Show w/ Ryan Hawk: Show description: "The Learning Leader Show is a top rated business podcast that focuses on learning from the smartest, most creative leaders in the world...Forbes has called The Learning Leader Show 'The most dynamic leadership podcast out there.'" Accessibility: Easy Listening What I love: I've had a front row seat as Ryan has grown this podcast from idea to one of the top ranked, most impactful podcasts in the business. I love the energy he brings as well as the practical advice he distills with leaders from every walk of life Favorite episodes: #265 Clay Mathile and #216 Jim Collins How to Start: Scroll the list of guests, identify someone that resonates and dive in.
- EconTalk: Show description: "Economics podcasts for daily life. Conversations with guests ranging from business owners to Nobel laureates. Hosted by Russ Roberts of the Hoover Institution." Accessibility: Buckle In What I love: forces busy practitioners to consider big ideas, transformational trends and economic theory Favorite episodes: Michael Munger on Permissionless Innovation & Benedict Evans on the Future of Cars How to Start: Start with Michael Munger on Permissionless Innovation and it will give a real taste for the types of conversations that happen each episode. From there, find topics that are of interest and go deep.
- The Moment with Brian Koppelman: Show description: "Interviews about the pivotal moments that fueled fascinating creative careers." Accessibility: Easy Listening What I love: Koppelman is the best interviewer alive today. The Moment show will challenge anyone, but especially start-up entrepreneurs, to better prepare for the obstacles you are sure to face. Favorite episodes: Eric Heisserer 5/16/18 & Amy Koppelman: 11/3/15 How to Start: Start with Eric Heisserer (every entrepreneur needs to hear and learn from the story Heisserer tells at the 16 minute mark) and then sample the consistently strong catalog of episodes.
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