Top Podcasts for Startups Founders

Why re-invent the wheel? Even if you have a product or service that’s truly original and has never been seen before, you still have plenty to learn from fellow entrepreneurs and startup founders.

There are experts who have been there, done that, and many of them talk about their strategies and secrets on podcasts. From the logistics of starting a business to elements that you may not have considered yet—like how to become a podcast guest or implement SEO—there’s plenty to learn. Here are some of the top podcasts to subscribe to for startup founders like you:

1. Masters of Scale

This podcast is designed for those with a high-growth business and features interviews from industry leaders, CEOs, and managers from corporations around the globe. Think Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel. Most interviews have themes so you can select episodes that focus on particular aspects of entrepreneurship.

2. The Tim Ferriss Show

Ferriss is an entrepreneur and investor who packs his podcast with high-quality content. He holds the title of the most-downloaded business podcast, so you know you’re in good company. Ferriss features guests from fellow investors to athletes, ensuring diversity with every episode.

3. Business Wars

This popular and one of a kind podcast talks about the wars that take place between companies, such as Nintendo and Sony. They tout this podcast as getting behind the headlines and delving into the real stories of these companies and their leaders, executives, and investors.

4. How I Built This

This NPR favorite is full of interviews with founders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who built the most well-known and iconic businesses around the globe. You’ll find the founders of Chipotle, Whole Foods, VICE, and more on here. Discover how these mega corporations started out and how they got where they are today.

5. Inside Intercom

Intercom disseminates their knowledge in operating and working within a majorly high-growth company (Salesflare). You’ll find both technical and utilitarian tips here from just about everyone involved in the company including developers, investors, and designers. If your main interest is figuring out how to approach various roles in a company, this is the podcast for you.

6. She Did it Her Way

This podcast is all about a woman’s perspective in founding and growing companies. You’ll get interviews with successful entrepreneurs from around the world as they detail the pros and cons, and ups and downs, of their journey. Although the primary audience for this podcast is unsurprisingly females, it’s an important podcast for anyone to check out.

7. Mixergy—Startup Stories with 1,000+ Entrepreneurs and Businesses

You know exactly what you’re getting with this podcast. Currently with over 1,600 interviews, host Andrew Warner asks the questions you really want to know so you can uncover how entrepreneurs really succeeded. It focuses on the “street smarts” behind businesses, and it’s where you’ll have access to hundreds of thought leaders sharing what they’ve learned (sometimes the hard way).

8. Nathan Latka: The Top

Latka interviews founders and entrepreneurs who dish up their advice while sometimes being questioned about how much money they’re really making (and other nitty gritty details). Here you’ll find some incredible CEOs and entrepreneurs who aren’t scared of sharing the lesser-known facts about what it means to start a successful business. 

9. Re/code Decode with Kara Swisher

The tech journalism expert offers incredible interviews every week with folks like Elon Musk. Discussions run deep and you’ll discover a wide range of guests in the media, politics, and much more.

These are just a few podcasts to get started. Swap out some screen time while you sit back, relax, and learn from the pros.

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