Guidance and motivation for your business can come in all shapes and sizes. For those looking to broaden their points of view, learn from successful companies and industry giants, or get a daily dose of advice - consider listening to a business podcast. Podcasts are an excellent resource where you can have a front row seat to a conversation between investors, founders, and entrepreneurs.
Whether you're in the process of starting a business, self employed at home, or in the process of a company transition, or just want to stay in the know with what's going on in the economy and business, think of your favorite podcast as your own mentor. Listen on your commute, take a podcast for a walk, and return to your work refreshed. Here are some of our favorite business podcasts in 2020:
How I Built This: NPR's Guy Raz shares the stories of some of the world's best known companies. Both a narrative and informational take on the entrepreneurs and the movements that were built out of their companies. Episodes range from Khan Academy, Headspace, Glossier, to Airbnb, Kickstarter, Jetblue and more. Episodes range from 30 minutes to over an hour.
Planet Money: Another NPR podcast about the economy. And it's not boring or technical, it's as they describe it: like sitting at the bar having fun and talking about the economy. Episode topics range from Apple, The Post Office, doughnuts, milk, Hazard Pay and more. Episodes around 20 minutes in length.
The Indicator: A spin off from Planet Money, The Indicator mixes work, business, the economy and more with quick 10 minute episodes each weekday afternoon. They basically recap the day with a spin on business.
a16z: Andreessen Horowitz, investment firm founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, well known for funding late-stage tech companies, started a16z podcast, which discussed culture and tech, news and the future. With interview features from industry experts, business leaders.
Masters of Scale: Hosted by Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock, Masters of Scale shows how companies grow from zero to super successful. Each episode includes a conversation with a founder, such as John Foley of Peloton, Mary Barra of GM, Luis von Ahn of Duolingo, and more.
Entrepreneurs on Fire: John Lee Dumas created Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast to inspire and educate young entrepreneurs. Episodes feature interviews with people such as Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss.
Mixergy: Mixergy, created by Andrew Warner, provides listeners with advice, tips and strategies on how to overcome the various challenges associated with being an entrepreneur. Warner interviews founders of companies such as Pixar, Kiva, Corcoran Group and Wikipedia and offers courses that thousands of entrepreneurs have followed and found success.
HBR IdeaCast: A spin off from Harvard Business Review, HBR IdeaCast episodes include interviews with world leaders in business and management. Hosted by senior editors Alison Beard and Curt Nickish, episodes air weekly.
Rise and Grind: Daymond John of Shark Tank hosts RISE AND GRIND podcast, which features interviews on productivity, performance, and power. Episodes range to 40 minutes with motivational minute episodes as well.
Being Boss: Hosted by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon, this podcast is geared towards female leaders navigating self-employed life, covering both the challenges and benefits to working for yourself.
Not all podcasts will be for you, but there are a lot out there (way more than 10!). Find one that you like, and give some others a try. Once you get sucked into the podcast culture, you'll soon be swapping episodes and recommendations with other entrepreneurs.