Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

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No matter what your industry or interest, it’s always important to make sure you stay up to date with what’s happening. Sometimes, working in the start-up community can make it slightly harder; good people often change jobs and projects on a pretty regular basis, companies seem to grow and pivot all the time. Thankfully, there’s more than a range of start-up related podcasts to help you keep on top of things! There’s plenty to choose from, but if you’re just starting to listen to them, here’s a few that make it on regular rotation of some of the folks here at BugHerd.

This Week in Startups
Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style and good humour. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business or motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.

The a16z Podcast discusses trends, news, and the future of a world being shaped by technology, especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next great consumer and enterprise companies. Multiple podcasts are released every week and sometimes on weekends.

How to Start a Startup – Y Combinator / Stanford
Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up an amazing course in “How To Start A Startup” at Stanford. Course includes lectures from: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Aaron Levie, Marissa Mayer, Hosian Rahman, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, and more

How to Start a Startup – Stanford course
This collection is designed to be a sort of one-class business course for people who want to start startups. They cover how to come up with ideas and evaluate them, how to get users and grow, how to do sales and marketing, how to hire, how to raise money, company culture, operations and management, business strategy, and more.

Start Up
StartUp is a podcast series about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. In Season 1, Alex Blumberg told the story of launching this business, Gimlet Media, a podcast network. In Season 2, Alex is joined by co-Host Lisa Chow, to follow an entirely new company. One of my personal favourites.

Ask Gary Vee Show
Don’t let the tagline of “Let Gary Vee punch out the entrepreneur out of you” scare you off, this is a great interactive podcast. Gary answers a bunch of questions from people about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship. Just tweet your question with #AskGaryVee and he’ll explain all! Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @GaryVee!

Women Who Startup Radio
Women Who Startup Radio is a podcast production hosted in Denver, Colorado. They celebrate, connect, and empower women who startup, women founders, women who code, women in tech and women entrepreneurs. Women Who Startup Radio is co-hosted by Lizelle van Vuuren (@lizellevv), Founder and CEO of Effectively and Women Who Startup, and Krista Morgan (@krismtl), Co-founder and CEO of P2Binvestor, a crowdfunding platform for business lending.

Founder Calls
This is a great podcast for both founders (obviously), but also for those of us who aren’t quite privvy to daily interactions that we may otherwise not be involved in. On Founder Calls, Aaron Levie (Box.com CEO & Co-Founder) talks to CEOs, founders, and investors about their stories building, selling, and scaling in the enterprise.

The Pitch
The podcast where founders pitch to a live panel of investors. Listen as entrepreneurs pitch their idea and ask for feedback and investment from angel investors and VC’s. Listen to The Pitch and learn the honest truth about starting a business.

Product Hunt Radio
Product Hunt Radio (PHR) is for the product geeks, and is a favourite amongst a few people here at BugHerd. Each week Ryan Hoover and Erik Torenberg are joined by founders, investors, and product people in the startup community & beyond to chat about products, technology, and the people who make them.


There are always new podcasts popping up every day, and this list is certainly a very tiny example of the dozens of podcasts. Did we not list your favourite one? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!

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