Podcasts are precious. That’s why I created an entrepreneurial podcast journey — a hand-picked list of episodes I wish I listened to when I started. Get an overview of the best Entrepreneurship podcasts in 2015 and 2016 to learn about Entrepreneurship and Startups.
Founded in 1950, the Ministry of State Security or better known as Stasi agents bored tiny holes in apartments and hotel room walls to spy on their “suspects”.
Imagine one of your neighbors is spying on you. Even your bathroom is wired … scary and weird, right?That’s how East Germans felt during the Communism regime. The Stasi had no limits and no shame to protect the party and its state. Like a giant octopus, its tentacles touched every aspect of life.
This is how I feel listening to podcasts. Probably a weird comparison but I must play me East German card *lol*
The best part of podcasts is that there is no secret camera or microphone. The shows’ creators want you to take a front seat and spy —ah listen 🙂
Listen to your favorite football player, actor, musician, artist or author, and get tactical advice. That’s podcasts are tremendously valuable as one of my show guests, Christoph Sollich, notes:
Find people who speak to you and follow them. That’s where you learn most. They are like virtual mentors.
The Entrepreneurial Podcast Journey
At first, I thought about creating a list of the best podcasts you should listen to based on data like Twitter followers, Facebook fans, monthly downloads.
But instead, I decided to give you context. Not another list of overwhelming things you MUST do.
My goal is to help you understand which podcast to follow based on my experiences of listening to podcasts over the last 4 years.
It’s designed for starters who don’t know where to start and want to understand where they want to go. To put it simply — either employee or entrepreneur.
As a result, I created an entrepreneurial podcast journey — a hand-picked list of episodes I wish I listened to when I started.
At the end of this post, I list shows that are useful and actionable:
- Mindset — Before you start
- Startups — How to start a startup
- Digital Entrepreneurs & Bootstrappers — How to build a digital business (lifestyle entrepreneur, passive income, solopreneur, youpreneur, mediapreneur, infopreneur, …)
The Best Entrepreneurship Podcasts in 2015 & 2016
- The James Altucher Show
- Derek Sivers: The Zen Master of Entrepreneurship
- Gary Vaynerchuk: Be Successful By Being Yourself
- Ramit Sethi: The (Stupid) Money Mistake Everyone’s Making
- Mary Karr: How to Start Anything
- Lewis Howes: Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness
- The man who built 100 businesses
- Secrets of the Millionaire’s Mind – T. Harv Eker
- Jairek Robbins: Learn it. Live it. Give it.
- Ask Altucher
- Startup Podcast
- Listen to ‘the business origin story you never get to hear’.
- Tim Ferriss on Finding and Focusing On What Truly Matters
- Chris Brogan on Simple Systems for a Better Business and Lifestyle
- John Lee Dumas on Discovering Exactly Who You’re Speaking To
- The Trait All Successful Freelancers and Entrepreneurs Share
- Are Entrepreneurs Literally “The Crazy Ones?”
- Why Freedom Beats Money and Status
How to build a digital business? Listen to the Digital Entrepreneur.
- Who Is a Digital Entrepreneur?
- What is Digital Commerce?
- Three Subscription Revenue Models for Digital Content and Services
- Will Millennials Kill Email Marketing?
- Why Every Great Website is a Membership Site
- How to Become a Digital Media Showrunner
- How to Start a Podcast Network
And listen to Hack The Entrepreneur
- The 7 Essential Steps From Idea to Product | Tracy Hazzard
- We All Start As Employees | Brian Tracy
- Passion is a Byproduct of Struggle | Ben Altadonna
- A Two-Year Journey From $0 – $500k | Jenn Scalia
- Stumbling Into Entrepreneurship | Jay Coyle
- Understanding Business As a Human to Human Interaction | Bryan Kramer
- Embracing the Hard Stuff | Al Goldstein
- Why Being Passionate Is Essential For Your Business | Kai Klement
Do you want to achieve a good lifestyle to be free and financially independent? Do you want to work location independent and build location independent businesses?
Then listen to the Tropical MBA.
- The Amazon Gold Rush
- No Office Required
- Productized Services
- The Rise Of Productized Services
- Productized #2: ”Putting Yourself Out There Can Hurt”
- Productized #3: An Expert’s Advice
- Starting With Productized Services: Learn a Skill, Package It For Sale, Then Scale
- Ask Us Anything (Business) : Starting Productized Services, Offshore, Our Future Plans
- Growing Productized Services Businesses
- Start a Business This Weekend Using the Software With a Service (SWaS) Business Model
- Thoughts on Building a Small Business Culture
- A 10 True Clients Business Model Case Study
- How Does Location Independence Affect Relationships and Families?
“Quickest path to Success” is copying proven strategies and systems. Many of my podcast guests used the course “Dropship Lifestyle” to launch and grow their businesses and work location-independently, escaping 9/5.
- Types of Passive Income
- How SPI Reader Robert Duff Is Building Passive Income with Books on Amazon
- How Simple Green Smoothies Used “Challenges” to Grow from 0 to 200k Subscribers in a Year
- How SPI Helped Zephan Blaxberg Make the Leap
- Entrepreneurship and Life with Aaron Walker
- The 8-Year Hobby Blog That Quickly Transformed into a 6-Figure Per Month Business with Kirk Du Plessis
- The Dark Side of Online Business, Blogging, and Success
Do you want to start a startup?
Do you want to start a startup — a scalable one billion dollar idea, raise venture capital to make it happen and leave a dense in the universe.
What is a podcast?
The word “podcasting” combines the words “broadcasting” and “iPod.” In case, you haven’t owned an iPod, it was a popular portable music player before the iPhone came out 😉
Apple succeeded in offering iTunes with a radio station, single songs to buy and an easy way to share podcasts. Ever since podcasts have gained huge popularity. Consider these facts:
- There are over 115,000 podcasts in existence.
- 32 million people listen to podcasts monthly.
- The average podcast lasts about 30 minutes.
- Users listen to about 22 minutes per podcast.
- Users prefer podcasts that last less than 16 minutes.
- The average commute time in the U.S. is 25 minutes
- The most popular podcasts have a disproportionate number of listeners / viewers
Is podcasting worth you time?
Absolutely. The first show I followed was ‘This Week In Startups’.
I was heavily into startups, and Silicon Valley and this show helped me to learn from startup founders, power dynamics between investors and founders and how to start a startup.
Podcasts are absolutely worth your time — if you listen to the right ones at the right time with the right mindset.
I remember one of the first episodes I ever listened to in December 2010. Jason Calacanis, the show’s host, interviewed David Heinemeier Hansson, partner at 37signals and creator of Ruby on Rails. I listened to it while eating lunch at my desk (I know an horrible trade, shouldn’t I be taken a real break?).
Looking back like today, I felt the need and desire to learn. I used every possible moment to learn. During lunch breaks, at the gym, taking a walk. I remember that I didn’t understand much of what they were talking about (‘participating preferred shares, A rounds, B rounds, etc. Venture capital versus bootstrapping — #WTF does all this mean?!?
I believe that listening podcasts like reading books that fit your current goals and projects are a necessary thing to overcome barriers and grow for yourself, improve your life and be inspired.
Not only did I not know how to start a company, but before podcasts I didn’t even know what I didn’t know.
Because it sincerely reflects my experiences, I want to share his insights here. Things Erik didn’t know that I didn’t know:
- Anything about tech, startups, or Silicon Valley
- How to identify a problem and solve it with a simple solution
- What resources to use for websites, accounting, analytics, hiring, etc
- Where and how to get investment money
- How to come up with a good name/domain
Things Erik didn’t even know he didn’t know that I also didn’t know I didn’t know:
- Programming/Design — “It’s in the computer??”
- Copywriting — I thought this referred to the legal term
- Growth — This is paper flyers right??
- How equity, stock options, vesting, valuations, etc worked
- How to pitch an idea
He learned two key lessons
- That this sort of content is free
- There is absolutely no reason for me to get an MBA
… and published a great Medium article about ‘60 Podcasts to Make You a Well-Rounded Entrepreneur in 2015’ that was definitely an inspiration for writing this article. Thanks, Erik!
What I learned is that that no one — really NO ONE — achieves success overnight.Even though it might feel like it, no one gets successful overnight. It’s all hard work, stamina and not giving up — for a very long time.
The number one entrepreneurial trade he f*cking misses at first-time starters is patience and self-awareness. (By the way, get his new book on Entrepreneurship.)
If you are able to understand yourself, you are able to navigate the world. — Gary Vaynerchuk
Why did I start a podcast myself?
I started the StartupGeist Show in 2016 after a lot of my friends told me over and over again (either in workshops or just while having a beer) that I need to do something with my “voice” and my coaching. I didn’t get it.
It felt like I needed to decide between audio and video to ‘leverage my voice and coaching’ as friends suggested.
As I was heavily into podcasts, it was an obvious first step before doing videos. Videos felt like a bigger hurdle to take.
There are four reasons why I am creating my own podcast.
- Learning from and connecting with like-minded people
- Interviewing ‘achieved’ people, especially about their journeys
- Offering another angle than ‘just’ writing
I also felt there was a need for a podcast for starters, for students and recent graduates that want to listen to like-minded people at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey.
We can easier relate to these starters as compared to ‘accomplished over-achievers’, like Tim Ferriss, James Altucher or Lewis Howes. Their success might feel intimidating and unachievable for us.
That’s why I focus on people that are a few steps ahead but not too many.
The StartupGeist Show is for the normal ones.
Types of Podcasts
Generally, there are three types of podcasts
As every entrepreneurial journey is about self-discovery, self-awareness, and tons of learning and some inspirations, the StartupGeist show focuses on education.
The right mindset for listening to podcasts
I think you want to be aware of three things: (1) FOMO, (2) the kind of podcast, and (3) note taking.
Firstly, while listening to podcasts, you will hear so much advice.
Really. All the advice you will get can’t be put into action. It will take a lifetime if you expect yourself to act on it. That’s why you must be aware of FOMO — the fear of missing out.
Here are a few tips
- Try not to take everything for granted
- Try not to act on everything immediately
- Try not to think you are so much worth than these amazing folks
- Try to be patient
- Try to understand where you are in life, relate their lessons carefully and try to pick one or maximum two things you can do today that you heard in a podcast
Secondly, especially the last point is crucial. You must know yourself. What are your goals? Why are you listening to podcasts? Is it to learn? Is it to waste time and not confront reality? What’s your purpose? Why are you working on things you are working on right now?
Thirdly, take it in. If you’re running, cycling or exercising, just take it in. Maybe you want to go back 30 seconds and re-listen to a part. Do it. Generally, it’s a fine line between taking no notes versus taking notes, pausing a show and continuing.
For me, it works best to listen to one show without taking notes.
Only if I find something extremely important and valuable, I would schedule time as a to-do and go back to the show and re-listen. Then my goal is to synthesize and collect insights that I save in Evernote — my digital brain.
The right time for listening to podcasts
The right time of the day and week are evenings when I exercise or while I commute. I don’t like to listen to podcasts on my morning commute. The insights and inspirations I might get can easily distract me from the work I’m about to do. So, I “protect” myself from too much input.
I don’t like to listen to podcasts on my morning commute. The insights and inspirations I might get can easily distract me from the work I’m about to do. So, I “protect” myself from too much input.
I make a conscious decision not to learn something new before my work day starts. I prefer to get into work mood as quickly and with little distractions as possible.
The right shows at the right time
If you are at the beginning your entrepreneurial journey and your goal is to become an entrepreneur, I recommend listening to ‘mindset related podcasts’.
If you want to know what starting a startup feels like, I recommend to listen to ‘startup related podcasts’.
If you want to build a digital business, I recommend listening to ‘Digital Entrepreneurs & Bootstrappers related podcasts’.
Keep in mind that you should “find people who speak to you and follow them”. Listen to a few episodes of each show and find the host that speaks to you.
- Mindset — Before you start
- Startups — How to start a startup
- Digital Entrepreneurs & Bootstrappers — How to build a digital business (lifestyle, passive income, solopreneur, youpreneur, mediapreneur, infopreneur, …)
Get an overview of the best Entrepreneurship podcasts in 2015 and 2016 now:
Mindset — Before you start
- Entrepreneur On Fire — where John Lee interviews today’s most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week are interviewed by John Lee Dumas.
- The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss — where Tim deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics and tools you can use.
- The James Altucher Show by James Altucher — where James interviews the best of the best & Ask Altucher — where he answers the most pressing questions of the ‘Choose Yourself’ area.
- The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes — where Lewis explores greatness from inspiring business minds, world class athletes, and influential celebrities.
- Tai Lopez Show — How to find health, wealth, love and happiness.
- The #AskGaryVee Show by Gary Vee — where Gary answers our questions about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship.
- Mixergy Startup Stories by Andrew Warner — where Andrew, an amazing interviewer, helps us to learn from proven entrepreneurs.
- Eventual Millionaire with Jaime Master [Tardy] — Real Talk with Real Millionaires. Join business coach Jaime Tardy as she interviews millionaire entrepreneurs to learn their failures, advice, tips and stories.
- This is Your Life by Michael Hyatt — a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership. The goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.
- The $100 MBA by Omar Zenhom — is a new kind of podcast where you simply get better at business with our daily 10 minute business lessons for the real world.
Startups — How to start a startup
- Startup Podcast — about what it’s really like to start a business.
- This Week In Startups by Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of entrepreneurship.
- The Pitch — where early stage startups pitch investors.
- Startup School Radio by Aaron Harris, partner at YC — where YC founders are interviewed weekly.
- Ecorner stanford — Build your entrepreneurial mindset.
- 500 Startups — where founders, investors, and other influencers in the global startup community are interviewed monthly.
- Seedcamp Podcast — where Seedcamp founders and alumnis share their stories.
- How To Start A Startup — YC Stanford Class as an Audio Podcast
- Founder Calls by Aaron Levie, CEO & Co-Founder of Box, talks to CEOs, founders, and investors about their stories building, selling, and scaling in the enterprise.
- Foundation with Kevin Rose — where Kevin interviews influential founders, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the tech community.
Digital Entrepreneurs & Bootstrappers — How to build a digital business
- Unemployable by Brian Clark — provides actionable strategies for ambitious freelancers and creative entrepreneurs.
- Youpreneur.FM by Chris Ducker — brings you his own special take on what it means to be an entrepreneur (or, Youpreneur!) in the 21st century.
- Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn — where Pat builds businesses from scratch, tries new things and sees what works, and what doesn’t (#1,324)
- Tropical MBA by Dan Andrews— Every Thursday morning Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen share the stories of entrepreneurs who are building businesses and are in it for more than just bottom line profits.
- 1 Day Business Breakthrough by Pat Flynn and Chris Ducker — features the voice of one real-life business owner who shares their most painful struggle, followed by a 15-minute “hotseat”
- Internet Business Mastery by Jeremy Frandsen and Jason Van Orden — Learn how to create an internet based business
- The Fizzle Show: a podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders who want to earn a living doing something they care about.
- Being Boss by Emily Thompson and Kathleen: A podcast for creative entrepreneurs
- From Scratch by Jessica Harris — weekly radio show about the entrepreneurial life.
- Zen Founder by Rob & Sherry Walling — is a weekly show about staying sane while starting up. Rob is a serial entrepreneur best known for email marketing software Drip and MicroConf, his conference for startups. Sherry is a psychologist with expertise in trauma work and has endured 15 years of marriage to a serial founder.
Special thanks to Erik Bison Jacobson for inspiring me to write this article. See his compilation of 60 Podcasts to Make You a Well-Rounded Entrepreneur in 2015.
AND please share your feedback in the comment section or send me an email. I will be there at the other end. I invite you to speak to me 😉 I want to hear from you!
PS: Have you checked the StartupGeist Podcast? It’s revealing the journeys of 7 entrepreneurs and startup founder in Berlin.