Directory of the Ultimate Podcasts for Entrepreneurs
If you’re serious about being an entrepreneur, grab whatever opportunity that comes your way to expand your entrepreneurial knowledge.
Fortunately, there are podcasts these days, which means you don’t have to spend serious amounts of cash to gain insider knowledge into how the greats have done it. All you need is time to listen and the discipline to put the knowledge you gain into action.
Below, we’ve organized 76 of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs to help you get started, arranged in alphabetical order:
1) #girlboss Radio
One great podcast that is all about the ladies is #girlboss. Hosted by Sophia Amoruso, a legitimate powerhouse in her own right, guests come from all kinds of industries and interviews are always hilarious.
2) 33 Voices
33 Voices is about finding more than just work/life balance but also meaning in both. Influential entrepreneurs and thinkers come together to discuss what it takes to succeed and whether or not that truly matters.
3) 350 Third
350 Third is about all things business. However, the show often focuses on the world of software and tech. Every two weeks, hosts Anders Brownworth and Scott Barstow talk about how the digital age has affected the way we do business.
4) 500 Startups Podcast
The 500 Startups Podcast brings you information through interviews with founders, entrepreneurs, and influencers who discuss what it’s like to have their own company.
Founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz is a venture capital firm.
The A16z site, which also hosts their podcast, talks about tech topics and regularly provides advice on a variety of things – from big company innovation to hiring, from market sizing to disruption theory.
6) Accelerate Your Business Growth
The Accelerate Your Business Growth show airs twice a month: every second and fourth Mondays.
The podcast focuses on a wide range of topics. From customer service to SEO, from employee issues to social media and technology, there’s something for everyone, no matter what kind of business you run.
7) Back to Work
Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin cover a whole array of work-related topics on the Back to Work podcast.
From meditation to GTD techniques, from mobile devices to various software types, the hosts have great rapport, taking the driest of subjects and turning them into anecdotes you’ll want to tell your friends (even the ones who aren’t entrepreneurs).
8) Bootstrapped Web
As its name suggests, Bootstrapped Web is a show for those bootstrapping their online businesses, as Brian Casel and Jordan Gal talk about real-world scenarios on what works and what doesn’t in their pursuit of success.
9) Bootstrapped with Kids (BWK)
Trying to get your company off the ground while embracing the challenge of being a parent?
If it seems impossible to do both, BWK is for you. The podcast covers no-fluff business talk, from goal setting to client dumping, and launch and timing.
10) Breaking Down Your Business
In the Breaking Down Your Business podcast, Jill Salzman and Brad Farris tackle important, even the most complex, questions every small business owner asks with wit and humor.
They onboard real entrepreneurs to shed light on challenges actual business owners contend with.
11) Build and Launch
Build and Launch is aimed at helping people get off the couch and into the game.
Whatever product you want to build—a side project, an app, a book—the podcast provides listeners with helpful, actionable advice to help you get going.
12) Built to Sell Radio
Some entrepreneurs have one goal in mind: build a company or product for the sole purpose of selling it.
To many, this runs counter to their dreams of having a brand all their own, but if this is exactly where you’re headed, Built to Sell Radio is the podcast for you.
13) Chasing Product
If you’re a freelancer or consultant transitioning from client work to creating your own bootstrapped software product, Christopher Hawkins chronicles his own experiences and calls on established experts to also share their thoughts in the Chasing Product podcast.
14) Collective Wisdom for Tech Startups
Want to know what venture capitalists that invest in companies like Uber, MakerBot, BuzzFeed, and Hotel Tonight consider important in a prospect? Listen to Founder Collective’s podcast for insights on this topic.
15) Dorm Room Tycoon
Dorm Room Tycoon is no humble podcast. Renowned business, design, and technology thinkers have guested on the show, and episodes are categorized according to subject or guests for your convenience.
Guests have included Guy Kawasaki, Malcolm Gladwell, Tobias van Schneider, Alexander Ljung, James Beshara, and Gary Vaynerchuk.
16) Duct Tape Marketing Podcast
Duct Tape Marketing is a website started by John Jantsch, a leader in the world of small business marketing.
The site includes a blog and a podcast that talk about all things business such as Facebook advertising, getting clients, building high-quality links, and taxes.
17) Duke Entrepreneurship Education Series (DEES) by Duke University
DEES is meant for students, but there’s no reason you can’t benefit from it, too.
Whether your goal is to start a business, be a serial entrepreneur or venture capitalist, the podcast introduces key concepts to better prepare you for various entrepreneurial activities.
18) Entrepreneur on Fire
John Lee Dumas hosts the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast and also founded the company it was named after, EOFire.
This top-ranked business program features interviews with entrepreneurs from all walks of life. A new episode comes out every day.
If you’re a developer dreaming of creating your own product and being your own boss one day, the Entreprogrammers podcast sheds light on the challenges of moving from developer to entrepreneur.
20) Eventual Millionaire
If you aspire to become a millionaire, it won’t hurt to hear about how others did it. Eventual Millionaire has so far amassed interviews with over 100 millionaires from every industry imaginable.
21) Excellence Expected
The Excellence Expected podcast is part of Mark Asquith’s mission to help small businesses succeed.
He has an entire website dedicated to this market, touching on subjects like efficiently using one’s time and making the most out of Twitter.
22) Foundation by Kevin Rose
In the Foundation podcast, Kevin Rose interviews successful entrepreneurs, influential founders, and savvy business leaders.
Rose himself is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Internet businesses Digg, Revision3, Milk, and Pownce. His experience also includes television and a stint as senior product manager at Google.
23) Founder’s Journey Podcast
Founder’s Journey: Building a Startup from the Ground Up is a podcast hosted by Baremetrics’ Josh Pigford.
The podcast details the journey of a startup and the lessons learned along the way. Episodes are to the point and relatively short.
24) Founders Talk
Hosted by Adam Stacoviak, Founders Talk is a podcast about, well, founders. Episodes feature comprehensive on-on-one conversations between two entrepreneurs.
25) Hack the Entrepreneur
Hack the Entrepreneur by Jon Nastor discusses the habits, mindset, and fears of entrepreneurs who have successfully built a name for themselves and those headed toward the same path.
Podcast episodes are divided into five categories: being wrong, fears, habits, mindset, and ideas.
26) Hack to Start
Recent guests on Hack to Start have included Jorge Soto, Kyle Braatz, and Steli Efti, all successful startup founders.
The podcast, as its tagline illustrates, focuses on “interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success.” New episodes are released every Tuesday.
Hatching is a podcast by Need/Want founders Jon Wheatley and Marshall Haas.
Both fun and educational, it discusses the hosts’ entrepreneurial endeavors, the inner workings of the company, including a review of the apps they use.
Rocketship.fm is a podcast where entrepreneurs talk about growth, strategy, raising capital, product development, customer acquisition, culture, and more.
It features a new host for every episode, and episodes can be filtered according to popularity, release date, host name, or company name. Brands that have graced the show include HubSpot, HouseCall, MailChimp, DuckDuckGo, and Product Hunt.
29) How to Start a Startup
The name pretty much says it all. If you want to build a startup, the How to Start a Startup podcast offers valuable insights. It includes lectures from Sam Altman, Paul Graham, Dustin Moskovitz, and Peter Thiel, among others.
Lectures can also be found on YouTube, where each one lasts about 45 to 50 minutes and contain plenty of visuals.
30) Launch: A Startup Documentary
Rob Walling is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and startup mentor. Derrick Reimer is a full-stack developer.
Launch is a compilation of conversations between them over a nine-month period that documents their progress on email marketing startup Drip, from the early days of development, through many months of writing code and dealing with database failures, to wondering whether anyone would even dare use their product.
31) Lean Blog Podcast
Hosted by Mark Graban, an author and keynote speaker widely known as an expert in lean healthcare, Lean Blog Podcast is a podcast about taking a lean mindset to every area of your life.
Podcast guests have so far included John Toussaint and Ted Stiles who talked about lean transformation, Sam MacPherson on the Toyota way and lean leadership, and Mitch Cahn on lean manufacturing.
32) Marketing for Founders
Marketing for Founders hosts Tim Conley and Jack Zerby share an abundance of entrepreneurial experience between them.
The former has coached over 400 businesses that include software startups, while the latter is design director at Vimeo and founder of startups Goodsie and Flavors.me.
Topics discussed in the podcast include apps and advertising, focus and the shiny object syndrome, and the entrepreneurial mindset, among other things.
Andrew Warner’s Mixergy has an impressive list of past guests on the show, including big names in the entrepreneurial community like Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, Tony Hsieh, Neil Patel, Noah Kagan, and Seth Godin.
Episodes are available for free only for a limited time. To access over 1,000 interviews and 150 courses, monthly membership is priced at $49 per month.
34) Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs
The 24 in “Monocle 24” stands for “24 hours a day.” It’s a 24-hour radio delivering business analysis and industry reports covering a host of topics from aviation to media, technology to retail.
Monocle 24: Entrepreneurs is a weekly podcast where each episode showcases business ideas, inspiring companies and people, and technological breakthroughs.
A podcast where hosts Drew Wilson and Keiran Flanigan share their experiences building products and making a living out of it, Narwhals is for people who design and code, and manage the business end of it.
Previous episodes cover a variety of talking points that include WordPress as a business, app building, numbers and dollars, legal business practices, fitness, iPhone apps, and launching offline businesses.
36) Nights and Weekends Podcast
A show hosted by Craig Hewitt and Ken Wallace, Nights and Weekends is a podcast about finding time outside of your day job to bootstrap a business on the side.
The hosts show you where to start, what to do, and how to keep your sanity intact while working your way to a viable side business despite limited time and resources.
37) Planet Money
Planet Money is a podcast where economists, regular folks, and big spenders attempt to explain economics and the politics of money.
Recent episodes include the strategy that kept the Birkin bag an “it” fashion item for over three decades despite its $60,000 price tag, insider trader secrets, a lawsuit over a Santa Claus suit, and the mind games that gyms play to make you want to buy a membership but never actually use it.
38) Product Hunt Radio
Product Hunt Radio is a podcast for product builders. Episodes are released weekly and guests include investors, designers, product makers, and founders who share their stories and insights to the startup community.
Guests have so far included Tucker Max, Matt Mullenweg, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Eric Ries, Tony Robbins, and James Altucher.
39) Product People
A podcast that celebrates great products and the people behind them, Product People is for designers, developers, product managers, startup founders, and entrepreneurs looking for ideas they can turn into profitable products.
Hosted by Kyle Fox and Justin Jackson, topics include creation of web apps, launching Kickstarter campaigns, building productized services, and more.
40) Re/code Decode
Hosted by tech journalist Kara Swisher, Re/code Decode is a show where tech pundits, business leaders, media personalities, and political figures are interviewed.
Not every episode may resonate with you, but in general, the podcast offers a wealth of information from industry experts.
In the Reboot podcast, Jerry Colonna interviews CEOs and gets them to tell their stories, their struggles and triumphs.
Recent episodes include interviews with Tracy Lawrence of Chewse, Zoe Weintraub of Opus for Work, Hugh MacLeod of Gapingvoid, Sherman Lee of Good Audience, and Bijan Sabet, a general partner at Spark Capital.
Tech entrepreneurs Dave Rodenbaugh and Craig Hewitt host RogueStartups, a podcast for startup founders bootstrapping their way to success.
Dave and Craig talk about a host of things on the show – from decision fatigue to the psychology of pricing, from website due diligence to potential asset acquisitions.
Experts in online marketing, SaaS, and even WordPress are also invited to help provide content.
A podcast from Europe’s foremost acceleration fund, Seedcamp is a podcast where fund partner Carlos Espinal and other members of the Seedcamp team speak to founders, investors, and mentors in the Seedcamp network.
Recent guests to the show include Gerard Grech of Tech City UK, Ben Drury of 7Digital, Rob Moffat of Balderton, Phil Libin of General Catalyst Partners, and Sheila Marcelo of Care.com.
44) Seth Godin’s Startup School
If you don’t know who Seth Godin is, stop what you’re doing and look him up.
Godin’s website and books are mandatory reading for modern entrepreneurs, so it comes as no surprise that his podcast, Seth Godin’s Startup School, is also packed with valuable information.
45) She Did It Her Way
Although She Did It Her Way is a collection of interviews with leading female entrepreneurs, advice from guests applies to everyone.
Guests have included Samantha Thomas, Heidi Bartlett, Kit Graham, Melissa Jones, and Sidonia Swarm.
46) Slack Variety Pack
The Slack Variety Pack podcast is about life and work, people who’ve discovered their purpose, modern culture, ideas, and innovation.
Topics that have already been covered are new worlds and societal evolution, HR problems, meetings, social media, coping with stress, and more.
47) Small Business Unstuck
Host Barry Moltz specializes in helping small businesses, particularly when they get stuck. Moltz brings over 15 years of small business experience—some good, some bad—to the table.
Small Business Unstuck topics cover everything from dress codes to copywriting, to legal matters specific to small business owners.
48) Smart Companies Radio
Kelly Scanlon, owner of Thinking Bigger Business Media, focuses on small businesses. Smart Companies Radio is a weekly show, and Scanlon interviews small business owners about their successes, including best-selling business authors and renowned business experts.
Being a business owner herself, Scanlon, even when speaking on the show alone, is worth listening to.
49) Smart Passive Income Podcast
In 2008, after getting laid off his job at an architectural firm, Pat Flynn decided to work from home for himself.
The Smart Passive Income blog was born to document his experiments, even his monthly earnings, and the next thing we know, a podcast, which now totals over 18 million downloads, has been added to the repertoire.
Episodes talk about passive income and business strategies, and Flynn also interviews other entrepreneurial greats who share their stories every week.
50) Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner
Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner is a series of lectures facilitated by thought leaders that include Jeff Seibert of Twitter, Scott Cook of Intuit, Elon Musk of SpaceX, Joshua Reeves of ZenPayroll, and Drew Houston of Dropbox.
Previous episodes tackled topics like accounting, creativity, acquisitions, the future of technology, design and entrepreneurship, motivation, innovation, prioritization, niches, and a whole slew of others.
The entire database can be accessed for free.
StartUp is a podcast hosted by Alex Blumberg and Lisa Chow, both of whom have plenty of real-world startup experiences.
Blumberg launched Gimlet Media, a podcast network and digital media company. Chow joined the show in its second season, and together, they followed the progress of Dating Ring, a business focused on the dating market.
52) Startup Grind
More of a community than just a podcast, Startup Grind works to give new entrepreneurs all the possible information they need to succeed.
Besides a podcast, the site offers a successful blog and a popular newsletter. Startup Grind has chapters in 175 cities and 80 countries, and has a member pool that totals approximately 215,000.
53) Startup School Radio
Every week, join Y Combinator partner Aaron Harris on Startup School Radio for insider tips on how to launch a successful startup off the ground.
Guests talk about getting started, the mistakes they made, the events that took them by surprise, and what transpired as their businesses grew.
54) Startup Slingshot
A podcast that aims to slingshot your startup’s way to success, Startup Slingshot provides listeners with relevant, actionable insights that you can immediately implement.
Guests to the show have lived the startup lives themselves, and host and founder William Griggs is himself an entrepreneur and marketing expert.
55) Startups for the Rest of Us
Hosted by Rob Walling and Mike Taber, software entrepreneurs who also run an online startup school named the Micropreneur Academy, Startups for the Rest of Us is a podcast for entrepreneurs, developers, and designers who are new at launching software products.
The hosts share their experiences, pains and triumphs, so budding software entrepreneurs don’t make the same mistakes they did.
56) TechCrunch Founder Stories
In the world of tech, TechCrunch needs no introduction. Hosted by Michael Abbott, a Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner, TechCrunch’s Founder Stories is a show about what entrepreneurs went through to start the company of their dreams and the lessons they learned along the way.
Episodes include discussions with Pete Koomen of Optimizely, Dwight Merriman of MongoDB, Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane, Mike Scanlon of Lumosity, and Jeff Hammerbacher of Cloudera.
Justin Vincent and Jason Roberts are the minds behind Techzing, a podcast that goes deep into the world of startups and tech.
Twice a week, the two interview interesting people in the industry during midweek. They then go off the cuff and reflect on all kinds of topics over the weekend.
58) The #AskGaryVee Show
Gary Vaynerchuk is well known throughout the business world, thanks to his best-selling books and Wine Library TV.
#AskGaryVee is a show where Vaynerchuk answers questions related to social media, entrepreneurship, and marketing.
59) The $100 MBA Show
For short but fulfilling episodes that don’t beat around the bush, join 40,000 other listeners who get their small business advice from The $100 MBA Show.
You receive 10-minute lessons about how to do better business.
60) The Changelog
Launched in 2009, The Changelog is a member-supported website composed of a blog, podcast, and weekly newsletter. The site focuses on software development and open source.
61) The Full Ratchet
The Full Ratchet’s Nick Moran has been into angel investing since 2013. The idea for a podcast materialized after more than a year of interviewing venture capitalists and angel investors who taught him a lot about the subject.
The show is a good resource for those intending to learn more about fundraising and startup investing.
62) The Gently Mad
Tagged as a “show about life, business, and entrepreneurship without the bullshit,” The Gently Mad is hosted by Adam Clark and is a podcast that releases three episodes per week – Mondays and Wednesdays for interviews, and Fridays where Clark goes solo to answer questions.
63) The Growth Show
Hosted by HubSpot, The Growth Show is a podcast for business leaders with a focus on growth – growing a company, building a cohesive team, or turning an idea into reality. Every week, a new guest shares their real-life experience with growth.
Brands that already graced the show include Everlane, Canva, Problogger, Lyft, and Clif Bar.
64) The James Altucher Show
James Altucher is one colorful character and probably the most eccentric on this list.
Despite his success as a CEO, investor, writer, and startup guru, Altucher is remarkably humble and never misses an opportunity to tell a self-deprecating story. If you’re going through a rough patch as an entrepreneur, The James Altucher Show just might be the show to lift your spirits up.
Episodes that touch on investing, entrepreneurship, and health include interviews with Arianna Huffington, Mark Cuban, Neil Strauss, and Judy Blume.
65) The My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast
The My Wife Quit Her Job podcast features interviews with small business entrepreneurs focused on ecommerce.
Guests invited to the show all bootstrapped their businesses. They include Nathan Barry of ConvertKit, John Li of PickFu.com, Joe Jo of Just Kidding Films, and Omar Zenhom of 100MBA.net.
66) The Pitch
The Pitch features startup owners pitching their companies to potential investors. Listeners hear actual pitches and how investors respond to them.
Besides educating and entertaining people at the same time, the show aims to make fundraising more transparent.
67) The Solopreneur Hour
Unemployable doesn’t have to be a word that elicits distaste. Some people aren’t cut out to be employees and are better off working for themselves.
In The Solopreneur Hour, host Michael O’Neal, himself a solopreneur, brings other solopreneurs from different fields (e.g., Internet marketing, network marketing, fitness, music, comedy, and acting) to the show to discuss various topics that include relationship building, million-dollar ideas, guerrilla marketing, podcasting, and many more.
68) The Tim Ferriss Show
The beloved author of The 4-Hour Workweek also has a popular podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. Ferriss has interviewed everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jamie Foxx, to just about every tech entrepreneur alive.
Episodes run for about an hour and tackle discussions centered on the creative process, meditation, mindfulness, effective altruism, success habits, and artificial intelligence, among others.
69) The WOW Small Business Show
A podcast aimed at small business owners, The WOW Small Business Show is hosted by Bryan Orr, co-owner of Kalos Services, an Orlando-based HVAC company.
Aside from running his own business, Orr also has eight children so, among other things, you’ll pick up plenty of time management tips on the show.
70) This Is Product Management
Hosted by Mike Fishbein, This Is Product Management is all about product teams.
Topics that have so far been covered on the show are cross-platform implementation, meetings, corporate training, design leadership, sales, technology, lean adoption, user experience, and many more.
71) This Week in Startups
On This Week in Startups, host Jason Calacanis welcomes a rotating group of experts who educate listeners on various areas of tech entrepreneurship.
Some of the prominent names that have shared their stories and spoke their minds on the show are Eric Ries, Tony Hsieh, and Tim O’Reilly.
72) This Week in Tech
This Week in Tech is a podcast where technology experts converge to discuss all things tech.
Topics that made it to the show include Android, open source software, home theater and big-screen TVs, iOS, Mac, Internet security, screen savers, computer hardware, and enterprise technology.
73) Traction: How Startups Start
Traction highlights the early days of a startup. It’s a behind-the-scenes look into how companies achieved growth by being unusual, clever, or just downright creative, particularly in the beginning.
Companies that have already been featured on the show include Fast Forward Labs, BOLT, Quibb, DuckDuckGo, Mattermark, and Yipit.
74) Tropical MBA
Tropical MBA is for entrepreneurs who aspire to start their own business and run it from anywhere in the world.
Both the podcast and the blog focus on this unique but growing group of location-independent small business owners. Topics covered are changing priorities, 3D revolution, taxes, productized services, book writing, speaking at conferences, and more.
Hosted by Rob Walling, a serial entrepreneur and host to two other podcasts featured on this list, and his wife Sherry, a clinical psychologist, ZenFounder talks about running a business while running a family.
The podcast also features insightful interviews with known names in the business world, such as George Zimmer of Men’s Wearhouse and Jeff Epstein of Ambassador. Recent discussions revolve around vacations, motivations, simplicity, buying and selling, and gratitude.
76) Zero to Scale
Zero to Scale is a podcast for bootstrappers.
Hosts Justin McGill and Greg Hickman discuss a range of topics that aspiring and new entrepreneurs must familiarize themselves with, such as validating a business idea, hacking growth, choosing the right partners or co-founders, managing cash flow, finding initial customers, and so on.
Knowledge is power, and no matter how trite this quote has become from overuse, it still stands true. To succeed as an entrepreneur, arm yourself with insights from the people who have already taken the same path you wish to take.
No use reinventing the wheel, after all.
The list above aims to help you determine the podcasts that are worth your time and attention.