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5 Podcasts Every Entrepreneur Should Be Listening To

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Carve out some time in your busy schedule to listen to these 5 informative podcasts for entrepreneurs.

For some, podcasts have taken the place of listening to traditional radio or reading the morning paper. Some are funny, some are strange and some are inspiring or informative, but whichever way you like them, podcasts have become an integral part of our routines.

As entrepreneurs, I know your time is valuable. Perhaps you don’t think you have the time to sit down and listen to a whole podcast because you’re too busy trying to get that startup off the ground. Well, listen, if you’re sitting down to listen to a podcast, you’re doing it wrong. Podcasts are best enjoyed on the go, on the subway or during your morning commute.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I don’t need someone else’s voice in my head when I’m trying to work out an issue or dream up that next great idea, but I always try to reserve some time in the week to catch up on my favorite shows. Here is my curated list of my favorite podcasts for entrepreneurs.

5. This Week in Startups

Jason Calacanis got his start early in Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom publishing a weekly startup-focused magazine and becoming the de facto “yearbook editor” of the area. He sold his company, Weblogs, Inc., to AOL, joined up with lauded investment firm Sequoia Capital and is now one of the most well-known angel investors funding new entrepreneurs and their ideas. Needless to say, he knows his stuff.

For his podcast, he brings on a rotating group of experts and offers blunt advice tinged with humor. Apart from the free counsel, he also runs down the news you need when it comes to the vast world of tech startups. It might be the best way to start your week off right.

4. Entrepreneur on Fire

“EOFire” might be one of the best known entrepreneur podcasts if only for the charisma and enthusiasm of its host, John Lee Dumas. Apart from the host, the award-winning podcast features a roundtable of well-known and emerging entrepreneurs that are sure to give your inspiration a much-needed spark.

The podcast has also been spun into informative courses sorting through such topics as how to create illuminating webinars and even conversion funnels.

3. Bookworm

I know what you’re saying: Isn’t this supposed to be a list of podcasts for entrepreneurs? Then why is there a podcast called “Bookworm” on the list? I didn’t come here to listen to people talk about books!

Okay, fair enough. If you absolutely detest books, then move on to the next title. 

But consider this: There is a large contingent of billionaires who credit their successes to reading. Heck, Bill Gates regularly posts book reviews on his personal website, and there have been multiple scientific studies that suggest that reading literature can make us smarter and more empathic.

Got your attention back? Good.

Michael Silverblatt has been having conversations with authors on the radio since 1989 and might be one of the most knowledgeable interviewers you’ll come across. If you want to find the next (or current) great American author, this is a fantastic place to start.

2. How to Start a Startup

If you’re stuck in the planning phase, this is the podcast for you. Direct from Sam Altman’s eponymous Stanford business course, this podcast covers everything from the absolute basics – evaluating ideas in the planning phase – all the way to the nitty-gritty of running a startup such as operations and management and company culture.

It’s a pretty in-depth dive into what makes a great startup and should probably be recommended listening to even those of us who already have businesses up and running.

1. The Tim Ferriss Show

You might know Tim Ferriss as the “4 hour” guy. He wrote a book called “The 4 Hour Workweek,” followed by a dieting book called “The 4 Hour Body” and finally “The 4 Hour Chef.” All of which ended up atop the New York Time’s best-seller list for months if not years.

When he’s not doing things in four-hour increments, he’s hosting a funny and informative podcast aptly titled “The Tim Ferriss Show.”

Much like his books, he covers a range of subjects oftentimes interviewing entrepreneurs like Matt Mullenweg (creator of WordPress) or Seth Godin but also folks like Vince Vaughn and Shaun White. But no matter the subject, the shows are always entertaining and endlessly enlightening.

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to check out some of these fantastic podcasts instead eavesdropping on strangers on the subway. Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so do some exploring on your own and find one that you particularly like. Who knows, maybe after you’ve done some listening, you’ll finally come up with that million-dollar idea!

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