Top 7 Podcasts for Startup Entrepreneurs.


There has been a rise in listenership and download numbers for podcast as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 1 A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio files that a user can download to a personal device to listen to at a time of their choosing. 2

Here is a list of great podcasts for startup entrepreneurs in no particular order.

1. Masters of Scale (2017)

Masters of Scale is a business podcast hosted by American Internet Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Linkedin and investor at Greylock (a venture capital firm based in silicon valley). In each episode, Reid shows how successful businesses grow and scale. He interviews founders about their path to scaling their companies.

Guests have include Howard Schultz (Startbucks) , Mark Zuckerberg(Facebook), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Eric Schmidt (Google), Peter Thiel (Paypal), Drew Houston (Dropbox). Brian Chesky (Airbnb).

In 2021, Reid wrote a book based on the podcast titled: Masters of Scale: Surprising Truths from the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs.

Subscribe to the Masters of Scale Podcast

2. How I Built This with Guy Raz (2016)

How I Built This is a podcast innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. The show is hosted by American journalist Guy Raz and its produced by National Public Radio (NPR).

Guy published a book based on the podcast in 2020 titled How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs. The book highlights key moments, insights and stories from the How I built It Podcast.

Subscribe to the How I built It Podcast with Guy Raz

  1. Stanfrod eCorner Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Podcast

The Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series (ETL) is a weekly lecture series on entrepreneurship featuring talks by leading entrepreneurs in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy.

Each week, experienced entrepreneurs and innovators come to Stanford University to candidly share lessons they’ve learned while developing, launching and scaling disruptive ideas. The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series is produced by Stanford eCorner during fall, winter and spring quarters. Past speakers include Reid Hoffman, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Blank, Peter Thiel.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) Entrepreneurship Corner (Stanford eCorner) is a free online archive of entrepreneurship resources for teaching and learning.

Subscribe to the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Podcast

4. The Tim Ferriss Show (2014)

The Tim Ferris Show is a business podcast hosted by American entrepreneur, investor and author Tim Ferriss. The podcast is the first business podcast to pass 100 million downloads.

In each episode, Tim deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. Past guests include  Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Arnold Schwarzenegger,  Reid Hoffman.

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  1. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) Ideacast (2007)
    The Harvard Business Review (HBR)
    Ideacast is a weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management. The podcast features Interviews and ideas from the team behind the Harvard Business Review.

Subscribe to the Harvard Business Review (HBR) Ideacast

6. This Week in Startups Podcast (2009)

This Week in Startups is a weekly podcast hosted by American internet entrepreneur and angel investor Jason Calacanis.  In each episode Jason Calacanis and Molly Wood cover startups, technology, markets, media, crypto, and the all the hottest topics in business and tech. They also interview the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors and innovators.

Subscribe to This Week in Startups Podcast

7. Startups For the Rest of Us Podcast

The podcast is a show for bootstrapped and mostly bootstrapped startups. The show follow the stories of founders as they start, acquire, and grow SaaS companies. 

Subscribe to the Startups For the Rest of Us Podcast

Honourable Mentions

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