How I Built This
Guy Raz, from NPR’s TED Radio Hour, interviews a wide range of inspiring founders, CEOs and entrepreneurs.
If you want to hear how many driven men and women went started their journey and went on to build massively successful companies, this is for you. In addition to being entertaining and easy to listen to, How I Built This offers up invaluable advice, tips and inspiration that would serve any business person well.
Some our favorite episodes include Sara Blakely (Spanx), Steve Madden, and John Zimmer (Lyft).
Masters of Scale
Reid Hoffman is a silicon valley icon and the founder of LinkedIn. Hoffman interviews founders like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and others and provides solid advice for building, growing, and sustaining a business.
You may think that this podcast is only applicable to silicon valley startups, but any business small and large can learn a lot from the mis-steps and successes of these founders.
Award for the most meta podcast goes to Startup, which is a show about what it’s really like to start a business. And that business, is a podcast company. The show is about the show. Still with us? Great, because Startup is a blindingly honest look at how businesses are built, so as a business owner, you really shouldn’t miss it.
Host Alex Blumberg, formerly the producer of This American Life and co-host of Planet Money, documents his experience launching the podcast company, Gimlet. The show, and the company, are now very popular. So popular that Netflix is making a series about this story starring Zach Braff.
Design Matters with Debbie Millman
In 2005, Debbie Millman started the Design Matters podcast. The same year, Apple added podcasts to the iTunes Store. Coincidence? Or is that the Debbie Millman effect? Being the first ever design podcast in iTunes is impressive enough, but even more impressive is that Millman’s Design Matters is still making episodes with creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, playwrights, authors — pretty much anyone in the creative field. With over 200 episodes, you have your commute covered for the next year or so.
Rocketship.fm is about all things startup. The episodes cover everything from growth, culture, management, funding, SaaS and so much more. There really is something for every business-minded professional. Rocketship.fm is part of The Product Collective, a place where people and products can connect.
Episodes are easy to listen to, and at under 30 minutes a piece, perfect for commutes or shorter attention spans. If you appreciate good music, you’ll like Rocketship.fm even more.