Becoming an entrepreneur can be a daunting task. Whether it’s generating ideas, launching, or marketing, there’s always more to learn. There’s an easy way to tap into knowledge from more experienced and successful entrepreneurs: podcasts. The best podcasts for aspiring entrepreneurs combine entertainment with solid, actionable information.
NPR journalist Guy Raz has produced high-quality episodes of How I Built This since 2016. Each episode examines how the most successful businesses in the world began. Through interviews with guests like Jimmy Wales (the co-founder of Wikipedia) and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry’s), the podcast delves into the blood, sweat, and tears — and techniques — needed to create a thriving empire.
In 2007, entrepreneur Tim Ferriss took the world by storm with his book “The 4-Hour Workweek.” Since then, he has hosted his own television show and built a business worth a reported $100 million. He interviews experts, lifestyle gurus, entrepreneurs, and more. From Arnold Schwarzenegger to Brene Brown, each interviewee imparts wisdom about life and success.
Stanford University produces this weekly podcast, which has more than 400 installments to choose from. There’s something here for everyone: balancing entrepreneurship with home life, creative leadership, how to negotiate, and more. Thought leaders like Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Mark Pincus (Zynga), and Scott Cook (Intuit) give in-depth interviews detailing their work, lives, and philosophies.
Since 2013, Lewis Howes has created thousands of episodes that cover lifestyle, health, and the business mindset. The New York Times bestselling author talks with a wide range of successful people about how they reach their goals while maintaining a healthy life balance. Notable guests include Alanis Morissette, Arianna Huffington, and Brene Brown.
Kara Swisher is a hard-nosed journalist who isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with some of the most prominent people in the tech industry. Whether she’s interviewing a Silicon Valley pioneer or a politician, she asks deep, important, pointed questions that reveal what it’s like to develop big ideas that can change the world. Her interviews with Hilary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk are must-listen.