The curse of the aspiring entrepreneur is that they want to learn everything, but are never sure where to start. And once their product gets rolling, it’s hard to slow it down and make sure you’re guiding it in the right direction.
That’s why we love podcasts – you can learn something new whenever you want, including while running down the hill and yelling ‘Make sure that product keeps its success track!’
We put together for you a selection of podcasts that will help you become a better entrepreneur. Some are newer, some are older, yet relevant – all of them are in the list because we hope that in-between the high-stakes tasks on your to-do list, you’ll take the time to mix quiet times with a bit of audio storytelling. Now what are you waiting for? Start listening.
If you ever wondered what’s it like starting a company when you have no heads or tails with running a business, StartUp is for you. The first season covers Alex Bloomberg, experienced radio producer, creating his own podcast company, Gimlet. The following seasons give us inside looks into various startup companies and how they make it through their day-to-day challenges.
Another production of Gimlet, The Pitch hears like a reality show peeking into what happens when real founders meet real, big name investors. Listen to the founders pitch their products and investors asking the difficult questions. And finally, see if the founder gets the investment or not, and what lessons they take away.
Andreessen Horowitz became in the last years quite the media company, besides its main activity of backing bold entrepreneurs who move fast, think big, and are committed to building the next major franchises in technology. Some of the tech companies that got their stamp of approval is AirBnB, Transferwise, and Udacity.
The company’s podcast gives insight to current trends, innovation in tech, as well as running a game-changing app, with topics varied from tech in healthcare to managing a communication crisis.
How to start a startup
In what is probably the first attempt to bring together Silicon Valley experience into an accessible series of lectures, How to start a startup features big name investors, founders and mentors talking about the mindset and the priorities of startups in 2014. Keep in mind the context of the lectures (Silicon Valley, hyper-growth oriented startups), and you’ll have a great filter to keep an ear out for valuable lessons that you can apply with your own company.
Out of the startup world and jumping into understanding humans and what makes them tick, try out Hidden Brain. With the right mix of science and storytelling, the podcast reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. And it might make you just a little bit more insightful when trying to understand your audience.
Freakonomics Radio is the result of the unexpected partnership between an economist and a journalist. Listen to them talk to Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs, set out on a journey to explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird expressions of human nature.
Ever wondered what’s going on in the minds of industry-leading designers, artists, or writers? Well, you’re not alone. Debbie Millman sits down every week with household names in the field of design, art and writing and offers us the thought-provoking inside-look we all yearn for.
Design is really interesting, so we couldn’t stop at one recommendation. We’re sure Design Details will be a hit with app entrepreneurs of every background, because it’s a show about the people who design our favorite products. Aren’t you curious what’s it like to design for Facebook? Twitter? Or creating a design system for Dropbox? Design Details goes right for the most interesting conversation points, so you can satisfy your curiosity and get out there and apply it for your own products.