Much of what entrepreneurs have learned about starting, maintaining and growing a business has come from networking, reading books, magazines and blogs and podcasts. Podcasts in particular are underrated tools for learning from those who have been there, done that, and are willing to shed light on the highs and lows of starting a company. In addition to keeping me entertained on long-haul flights while traveling for work, podcasts often spark a creative idea or get me inspired for an upcoming meeting or pitch. Here are a few of my all-time favorites, which will in turn hopefully inspire your own entrepreneurial endeavors:
In this highly educational video podcast, Google Ventures partner and Digg founder Kevin Rose attracts the highest caliber of all-star founders such as Jack Dorsey (Twitter/Square), Elon Musk (SpaceX/Tesla), Chad Hurley (YouTube) and Tony Hsieh (Zappos).
One of the things that I've always loved to do is brainstorm ideas with friends and get together and talk about what they're building... Essentially, my day-to-day is just going around and meeting entrepreneurs and talking to them about what they plan on launching.
- Kevin Rose
Foundation focuses deeply into the life of the entrepreneur - where they grew up, what they were like as a child, how they got their inspiration to get started and their journey to success. It's a high-quality, high-definition viewing experience that is recommended for all who choose business as their lifestyle.
Best-selling author and wildly successful investor/entrepreneur Tim Ferriss brings an incredibly diverse cast of hyper intelligent interviewees including chess masters, top doctors, critically acclaimed authors and highly accomplished scientists. The goal of the podcast is to deconstruct the tools and tricks of world-class performers to give the listener actionable advice. Tim’s books are extremely inspirational and educational, and his audio podcast is no different.
Every single day of the week, passionate host John Lee Dumas shares the journey of a successful entrepreneur. He highlights lessons learned and how they turned their "aha" moment into a successful business. In under two years, John has interviewed over 650 inspirational leaders such as Barbara Corcoran and Seth Godin. If you don’t know where to start, you can try their Podcast Match Maker tool to find the episodes most beneficial to you.
Twice a week, Jason Calacanis interviews big league founders, CEO’s and investors in the tech space. In depth interviews with Mark Cuban, Travis Kalanick (Uber), Aaron Levie (Box) and hundreds more give aspiring entrepreneurs priceless information. This Week in Startups is a valuable resource to those in Silicon Valley and beyond looking to start or grow a tech company.
Mixergy's mission is to introduce you to doers and thinkers whose ideas and stories are so powerful that just hearing them will change you. A slightly different twist on podcasts, Mixergy's uses a freemium model where most of the content is paid for at $25 a month. There are just under 1,000 proven entrepreneurs on the site that teach courses on their area of expertise, including founders from companies such as Wikipedia, Groupon, Y Combinator and VaynerMedia.