We love podcasts, they’re a great way of soaking up new information, keeping up to date with what’s going on and just hearing great stories. Let’s face it, who doesn’t like being told a story?
If you’re new to podcasts, or even if you’re a well-seasoned listener, the choice these days can be a bit overwhelming. There’s a seemingly endless supply of podcasts about pretty much anything you can think of so, unsurprisingly, if you’re a tech startup founder there’s one, or many, for you!
Here’s a few of our favourites:
‘Startup’ has become one of the definitive podcasts about startups, with each season following a different startup through their early stages. The podcast had a very meta beginning, with season one following the journey of the startup which would eventually become the company that produces it, Gimlet Media!
Following founders through the highs and lows of launching a business, from product launches and fundraising to hiring and firing – ‘Startup’ comes from a company that truly ‘knows the feeling’.
Where to start: It has to be at the start with series 1
How I Built This is essentially a business podcast that delves into the back stories of some the world’s most well-known businesses, told by the founders themselves. NPR (National Public Radio) journalist Guy Raz uncovers as many failures as successes during his interviews, like how Stewart Butterfield created Flickr out of the ashes of a failed multiplayer game. Then, when Flickr was sold to Yahoo, he tried again with an online game only to fail once more – but this time the failure resulted in Slack, now worth over $5billion.
We’re big fans of Basecamp here at Simpleweb, the software allows the team to communicate amongst themselves and with clients and helps all of our projects run smoothly. So, as you can imagine, their podcast is full of great wisdom and lean ideas that you can apply to your business to make you more efficient! Rather than just being an advertorial for their software, in each episode you’ll find interesting interviews and stories from the startup world.
Where to start: There’s some great insight into running a lean startup in the episode ‘You Need Less Than You Think‘
Another podcast from Gimlet Media (makers of ‘Startup’) and the latest addition to their impressive portfolio. In each episode, Gimlet founder Alex Blumberg interviews a guest who has pursued great things and experienced huge successes, or spectacular failures, or both, and how that shaped them. Whether you want to seek inspiration from these candid conversations or are just interested in finding out the stories behind some of the most well-known names or businesses, this one’s for you.
Where to start: Hear the story about the epic growth and drastic fall of Groupon in the words of its founder Andrew Mason.
Product Hunt Radio
Taking more of a ‘product’ focus, as you’d expect from the product discovery platform, this podcast features interviews with well-known makers and founders as well as regularly covering investment too – so expect to hear interviews with some of the most notable investors and VCs. It’s hosted by founder of Product Hunt, Ryan Hoover and is a great resource for diving a bit deeper into tech and product.
Where to start: Following a lengthy break, a brand new series of episodes started in Sept 2018 to get stuck into.
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