In this golden age of podcasts, aspiring entrepreneurs have a wealth of stories, tips, and insights to guide them in their startup journey. However, the sheer abundance of podcasts covering pretty much any topic under the sun can be overwhelming. Where to start? Here are our recommendations.


StartUp Podcast

Hosted by the award-winning radio journalist Alex Blumberg, formerly of This American Life and Planet Money. Centered on "what it's really like to get a business off the ground", it uses an NPR-style of storytelling that makes listening to this podcast a treat.

Sample picks:

Know your Customer

Grow Big or Go Home


Traction

Produced by seed fund NextView Ventures and hosted by Jay Acunzo. Traction highlights the creative and clever ways founders do to gain initial traction for their companies. Focuses on startup growth stories between seed and round A funding.

Sample picks:

Hiring Tech Talent as a Non-Tech Founder (Dan Reich, Troops)

What's the Problem? (Nadia Boujarwah, Dia & Co)


Dorm Room Tycoon

Hosted by British designer and journalist, William Channer, the podcast features interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry. Interviewees include designers, developers, writers, investors, and founders.

Sample picks:

Funding the Next Visionary (Sam Altman, Y Combinator)

Running a Successful Company (David H. Hansson, Basecamp)


a16z

Produced by Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon-Valley based venture capital firm and hosted by a16z partners. The podcast covers common startup problems, tech trends in general, and gives a window into insights from a top VC firm.

Sample picks:

Software Programs the World

Startups, Pivots, Culture, and Timing

 

Inside Intercom

A corporate podcast by customer messaging platform, Intercom. The podcast features conversations with thought leaders and practitioners in product management, design, startups, and marketing.

Sample picks:

Jason Fried, CEO at Basecamp

Julie Zhuo, VP of Product Design at Facebook


Foundation

Hosted by the well-connected investor Kevin Rose, Foundation is a video podcast featuring interviews from influential founders in the tech community. The podcast is prized for its in-depth engaging conversations and one of the best lineup of guests among startup podcasts.

Sample picks:

Episode 7 with Chris Sacca, founder of Lowercase Capital

Episode 29 with Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube and founder of AVOS


This Week in Startups

A weekly podcast hosted by Jason Calacanis, podcasting pioneer, and legendary angel investor. This Week in Startups takes on the most interesting stories in the world of business and tech. Features a combo of a great guest lineup and Calacani's trademark style of bluntness and humor.

Sample picks:

E490: Legendary entrepreneur Reid Hoffman on his best strategies, valuable lessons, the PayPal mafia, and creating one of the first social networks

E651: Trello CEO Michael Pryor on scaling internationally to 1.1m daily users, benefits to hiring remote devs, and the future of work and communication


The Rocketship Podcast

The Rocketship covers interviews with successful entrepreneurs every week. It clocks in at 30-mins per episode, with topics on fundraising, product development, customer acquisition, sales strategy, MVP, and culture.

Sample picks:

Ryan Hoover on How Product Hunt launched in less than a week

Mike Belsito on Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of Us


The Startup Chat

Twice weekly podcasts at 22-min per episode, The Startup Chat is hosted by two startup pros, Steli Efti and Hiten Shah. A solid prolific podcast with a focus on actionable advice on startup metrics, growth, and SaaS.

Sample picks:

156: How to Grow From 100 to 1000 B2B Customers

094: What to Do When Moving to Silicon Valley


Tech.eu

Want to keep abreast of what's new or the next big thing in Europe's tech scene? Tech.eu specializes on a discussion of European startup news.

Sample picks:

EU tech funding report for  2016, Rocket Internet's $1 Billion Fund and more

European tech exits in 2016, interesting acquisitions and more


The Pitch

Called the "Shark Tank for podcasts", the Pitch can get quite addictive. The podcast features early stage startup founders pitching investors for funding. A set of investors then give live real feedback, whether or not they will invest, and why. New episode every two weeks.

Sample picks:

Cambridge pitches his South Africa-based startup Sun Exchange to Adam Draper of BoostVC and Sheel Mohnot

Matt Robinson pitches his UK real estate startup Nested to investors Philipp Moehring of AngelList and Suranga Chandratillake of Balderton Capital


Seedcamp

Seedcamp is a weekly podcast from Europe's leading acceleration fund. At 121 episodes and counting, it features a good guest list of European and American startups interviewed by Seedcamp partner, Carlos Espinal.

Sample picks:

Reshma and Carlos on Evaluating Interested and Existing Investors in your Startup

On Startup Boards: Best Practices and Getting the Most out of Them (Bill Earner, Connect Ventures)

 


 

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