(Author of The Entrepreneur’s Paradox) Curtis Morley recommends entrepreneurship podcasts for Forbes and you.
There are a lot of entrepreneurship podcasts. In fact, there were over 1.95 million podcasts globally as of March 2021, many with a focus on entrepreneurship. It’s sometimes hard to sort through which are going to be most helpful in building your business. This is why I compiled this list. This list is an aggregation of the most-often-recommended entrepreneurship podcasts. I scoured dozens of sites and sorted more than 270 of the most frequently recommended podcasts, and this is how they ranked. Every recommending site had quite a different list, but these ten floated to the top pretty quickly.
When you are on the run, turn on one of these podcasts for inspiration and knowledge.
1. The Tim Ferriss Show. Not only did Tim Ferris come out on top as the most-recommended podcast on the list, but he is also one of my favorite thought leaders. He is real, he is raw and he is willing to be vulnerable in his own life. His show has had over 6 million downloads. His podcast has a wide variety of guests: Tim has interviewed top-tier scientists, athletes, actors and, of course, entrepreneurs. You’ll find business tips and strategies here, but also book recommendations, lifestyle hacks and just all-around fascinating conversations.
2. How I Built This with Guy Raz. The reason so many people recommend this podcast is because the stories are engaging and relatable. These are real entrepreneurs building incredible companies. They share how they built it in story format. NPR’s Guy Raz has really built a winner with his podcast about the stories behind some of the world’s best ideas. Guy Raz is an engaging host, unafraid to ask hard questions to really get to the bottom of what makes entrepreneurs tick. Every episode of the show is bound to leave you feeling more inspired to get your ideas off the ground. Check out the episodes on Canva, Strava, Kodiak Cakes and Tim Ferris (yes, the guy in the podcast above.)MORE FOR YOUWhy Intrapreneurs Are Not Just Entrepreneurs Working Inside Large CompaniesBuffett And Gates: The “Foundation” Of A Blue Chip PortfolioElon Musk Is Back At No. 1 Richest Person In The World After Tesla Stock Rebounds
3. Startup Stories – Mixergy. Andrew Warner has his own fascinating grit-driven story about starting his podcast and education business. Although he has a few big names, the majority of interviews are from lesser-known companies. I like this because their stories are new and fresh and haven’t been bounced around the internet 1,000 times. The Mixergy community is like having access to a college curriculum on entrepreneurship, taught by the best in the business. The Startup Stories podcast features relevant topics and answers all of the questions that business founders have.
4. StartUp. This podcast is pretty unique in its format. Created by Gimlet Media, it is also about Gimlet Media and was created in real-time as the founders started their company and learned what it takes to be entrepreneurs. The documentary style will hold your attention, and the look into the beginnings of what went on to be a hugely prosperous venture will remind you why you’re in business yourself. More recent seasons have focused on other companies, and every story is compelling.
5. Entrepreneurs on Fire. John Dumas has created a daily interview-based podcast that will motivate you to move toward your goals. John draws on his military and business experience to ask unique questions and get to the heart of why businesses succeed. You’ll never run out of inspiration.
6. Masters of Scale. Looking for big names? This is your show, with Richard Branson (Virgin), Susan Wojcicki (YouTube), Phil Knight (Nike), Bill and Melinda Gates (Gates Foundation/Microsoft), Brian Chesky (Airbnb) and every other business icon you can think of. This show is less for the brand new entrepreneur and more for the startup that has a few years underneath the belt.
7. This Week in Startups. This web series by Jason Calacanis focuses on the tech industry. Jason brings on experts from a variety of backgrounds. The show uses humor to dig into some pretty interesting stories. The show is a fun way to stay on top of startup news, find inspiration in others’ success and get actionable tips on how to keep your own startup thriving.
8. The GaryVee Audio Experience. Although this is one of the most popular podcasts, it’s not one of my favorites. Gary Vaynerchuk is an incredibly successful entrepreneur — having grown his family business to a $60 million empire, and then making smart investment and branding choices to build his own media empire. The GaryVEE Audio Experience is a revolving selection of his best speeches, interviews, Q&As and Gary’s thoughts on business. Gary is very real and very raw. Listener advisory on this one. I noticed the more recent the recommending site, the less likely they included Gary V.
9. Smart Passive Income. This is one of the longest-running podcasts out there. This one is for all of the internet gurus (and hopeful gurus) out there. Pat Flynn masterfully interviews marketing pros, YouTubers, e-commerce stars and entrepreneurs to hone in on strategies that work, telling plenty of compelling stories along the way. You can find interviews with both Tim Ferris and Gary V on this show, as well.
10. HBR IdeaCast. The Harvard Business Review weekly podcast features the leading thinkers in business and management. Hosts Alison Beard and Curt Nickish dig into topics like how CEOs can drive sales or kill deals, management issues, burnout, networking and family businesses. This 30-minute podcast comes from one of the most esteemed universities and hosts leading authors and thought leaders in business.
Tap into these stories to learn how others have done it before you. Enjoy!
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