Podcasts are all the rage these days. And it makes sense. They’re a great source of entertainment and a fantastic way to level up your professional game. Plus, they give you insider access to some of the most brilliant minds of our generation. So, we’ve put together a list of 15 business podcasts you should definitely put on your to-listen-to list.
(P.S. Asterisks mean that the host has been a brunchwork speaker before!)
Listen to These 15 Business Podcasts:
1. Yang Speaks*
2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang has a lot to say. But don’t worry— it’s not strictly politics. (Though, some would argue that everything is political in some way).
Listen to Yang Speaks to hear Yang, his co-host (and Yang2020 campaign manager) Zach Graumann, and their guests talk about topics like: getting paid for your data, four-day work weeks, the future of tech, and—one of Yang’s major campaign platforms—universal basic income.
Listen to Yang Speaks.
(Check out some insights from Yang’s brunchwork talk here.)
2. The Bootstrapped VC*
Go behind the scenes of Backstage Capital, the venture capital firm built from scratch by Arlan Hamilton. Backstage specifically invests in women, POC, and LGBT tech founders.
Hosted by Arlan herself, this podcast will teach you how to build a fund from the ground up, what investors look for in entrepreneurs and startups, and more.
Listen to Bootstrapped VC
(Check out some insights from both of Hamilton’s brunchwork talks here and here.)
3. Starting Greatness*
Mike Maples Jr. is the founder of Floodgate, a VC firm with $13B+ assets under management. Maples has been a Midas List investor multiple times and invested in companies such as Twitch, Lyft, and Twitter.
In Starting Greatness, he interviews “startup super performers” like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, and Unusual Ventures Partner/Nextdoor Cofounder Sarah Leary.
Listen to Starting Greatness.
(Check out insights from Maples’ brunchwork talk here.)
Startups need really strong founders and CEOS, and having the support of a top-notch VC doesn’t hurt, either. But that’s only part of the equation. All companies need great operators, too.
In his podcast, Founders Fund VC Delian Asparouhov interviews the non-founder/CEO/VC operators behind successful startups, such as Scale AI’s Head of People, Canva’s Head of Marketing, and more.
(Check out insights from Asparouhov’s’ brunchwork talk here.)
5. Rise and Grind
Daymond John didn’t become a Shark Tank star by accident. He can thank his unrelenting entrepreneurial spirit and uncanny business smarts for that. And he thinks you can achieve the same level of success he has, as long as you use your time wisely and tackle challenges strategically. Learn how to do that and more when you listen to his podcast.
Listen to Rise and Grind
6. The $100 MBA Show
So, you want to sharpen your business skills? Then this is the show for you. Proudly “fluff-free,” every minute of each episode is jam-packed with all the very best business lessons, concepts, anecdotes, and expert insights.
7. The GaryVee Audio Experience
Gary Vaynerchuk (AKA Gary Vee) has created a media empire. He’s the chairman of media and communications holding company VaynerX, CEO of full-service ad agency VaynerMedia, and partner at VaynerSports, Green Street, and Resy.
On top of all that, he’s a five-time New York Times bestselling author and has 8.2M and 2.1M followers on Instagram and Twitter, respectively. Needless to say, he knows quite a lot about entrepreneurship, building a thriving brand, and business in general.
Listen to The GaryVee Audio Experience
8. Side Hustle School
Starting a side gig is almost always a good idea. Having an extra source of income is incredibly helpful during uncertain times (à la COVID-19), when you’re setting aside money for a big purchase, or when you want to make sure your emergency savings account is sufficiently stocked. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to initiate a career change.
Host Chris Guillebeau—author of $100 Startup, The Happiness of Pursuit, and more—shares the stories of people who’ve successfully held down a full-time job and a side hustle at the same time.
9. The James Altucher Show*
Nicknamed “The Most Interesting Man In The World” by Forbes, James Altucher is a hedge fund manager, bestselling author, investor, “the face of Bitcoin,” founder of 20 companies, and so much more.
In his show, you’ll learn how to create the life and career you want—including how to achieve financial freedom—by listening to the experiences of top performers like rappers, astronauts, athletes, comedians, and more.
Listen to The James Altucher Show
(Check out insights from Altucher’s’ brunchwork talk here.)
10. How I Built This
How did Spanx founder Sara Blakely become the youngest self-made female billionaire? Why did Ben and Jerry create…Ben & Jerry’s? Where did the idea for Airbnb come from? Massive success isn’t built overnight, nor does it just fall into someone’s lap (well, most of the time).
In How I Built This, NPR’s Guy Raz interviews innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists and explores their success stories from the very start.
11. The Indicator
If you want to up your business game but are limited on time, try this show from Planet Money. Each episode is nine minutes long and touches on a topic relating to work, business, the economy, and more. Examples include: the market for student loans, the economics of vaccine pricing, public transit, and America’s food supply.
Listen to The Indicator
12. The School of Greatness
It’s easy—and tempting—to look at some of the most successful people of our generation and convince yourself you could never do the same.
But in The School of Greatness, Lewis Howes, a bestselling author, All-American athlete (in football and handball), entrepreneur, and keynote speaker emphasizes that you can absolutely do it. You just need to learn how to uncover and leverage your true potential.
Listen to The School of Greatness
13. The Mind Your Business Podcast
What’s the secret to entrepreneurial success? According to seven-figure online entrepreneur James Wedmore, it’s not just about working hard and hustling. Your mindset and attitude are absolutely crucial as well. Dive into the beliefs, both conscious and subconscious, that are getting in your way.
14. What Works
These days, what’s really working for small businesses? Host Tara McMullin and her small business owner guests (coaches, educators, lawyers, creators, and more) talk about the most impactful strategies for running and growing a business, including tips on marketing, management, mindset, operation, product development, and sales.
Listen to What Works
15. How I Raised It
Go behind the scenes with founders from a variety of different industries to find out how they raised capital to fund their business—plus, some tips and tricks on how you can do so, too.
Listen to How I Raised It
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