There are hundreds — no, thousands — of business-related podcasts out there. NPR’s Planet Money and BBC Business Daily have racked up millions of listeners who crave the latest business trends and financial market insights. But what about people who are new to the world of business? Here are five of the very best podcasts for startup founders.
Entrepreneur Alex Blumberg and economics reporter Lisa Chow host StartUp, the podcast for anyone launching their own business. The show — now in its fifth season — runs the gamut from startup success stories to personal finance tips. There is also advice on how to name and value a new company. “StartUp is a podcast about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground,” says the show’s website. Listeners can enjoy a number of bonus episodes as well as the main content.
2. Self-Made Man
“Forge your destiny,” says the Self-Made Man website. This podcast — the No.1 self-help podcast on iTunes — provides male start-up entrepreneurs with some much-needed inspiration. Host Mike Dillard — an entrepreneur and investor — tackles subjects like finance, business relationships and health and interviews motivational speakers and business leaders. Tony Robbins, Tucker Max and many others have appeared as guests on the show. “Self-Made Man was created for men who want to achieve greatness,” says Dillard.
3. Entrepreneur on Fire
The road to becoming an entrepreneur is a bumpy one. Even the most successful business people suffered setbacks before they hit the big time. In Entrepreneur on Fire, John Lee Dumas talks with CEOs and CFOs about an entrepreneurial crisis — and the lesson they learned from their experience. Kevin Rogers, Nikki Elledge Brown and Sally Hogshead are just three of the guests who have appeared on this show. Entrepreneur on Fire is one of the top-rated business-related podcasts on iTunes.
4. This Is Your Life
“This Is Your Life is my weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership,” says host Michael Hyatt. “My goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus and lead with extraordinary influence.” This is Your Life covers a range of self-help topics for entrepreneurs, and there are plenty of insights that will help budding startup founders find their feet. Previous episode titles include “The Mindset That Will Limit Your Future,” “6 Strategies to Become a Better Conversationalist” and “The Easy Way to Avoid a Hiring Fail.” With more than 14 million downloads, it’s one of the most popular podcasts in the business world.
5. This Week in Startups
Host Jason Calacanis and his roundtable of guest experts shine a light on the hottest startup trends in the tech industry. Entrepreneurship, motivation, business news — all of it features on This Week in Startups. Each week, a special guest provides some perspective to budding business founders, with CEOs and innovators sharing invaluable insights. “Looking to start your own company?” asks the show’s website. “Need strategies for improving your business of motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.”
These five podcasts educate, entertain and inspire aspiring startup founders everywhere. Entrepreneurs-to-be can listen to these shows at home, on their way to work or at the gym and discover brand new business insights.