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A list of some essential podcasts to binge on


This year I’ve been gripped in a spate of binge listening. It inspired me to put together a list of great startup podcasts. I’ll try to keep this post updated. Tweet me @haynes_dave if you know of any that should get added to the list.

1. Startup

NPR’s Alex Blumberg quit his job working on This American Life & Planet Money to setup his own podcasting network. He’s raised over $1m and this podcast is about, well, his journey starting a startup. The narrative makes this one worth listening to even if you’re not that interested in startups.

2. Product Hunt

Product Hunt radio is for product geeks. Ryan is joined by investors, founders and other product folk to discuss the latest products and technology. Great roundtable format and plenty of Yo references. Currently on hiatus but should be back in the New Year.

3. Seedcamp

Podcast from the team at Seedcamp, Europe’s leading pre-seed and seed fund. Listen to partners Reshma and Carlos take on various key topics for early stage founders, as well as in-depth conversations with successful founders and other startup folk. Full disclosure: I’m part of the team ;)

4. a16z Podcast

The a16z podcast comes from well-known VC firm Andressen Horowitz. Podcasts take a variety of forms, often with Benedict Evans or Chris Dixon. But also recordings from live events and the partners themselves.

5. Reboot

Jerry’s amazing. This podcast goes pretty deep at times, but focuses on the emotional and psychological rollercoaster of startup life. Reboot is seven shows in and typically lasts between 45–60 mins, so leave a little more time to listen.

6. This Week In Startups

TWIST sees serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis interviews guests from the in a fortnightly take on the best, worst and most interesting startups, giving you an insider’s look at what’s happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style.

7. The Startup Chat

I’m cheating a little here, as this podcast hasn’t actually launched, but Steli Efti and Hiten Shah have a new show coming called Startup chat. Head over to this page to sign up for early access.


The Rest

Context Matters: A podcast from Chris Saad and Brian Solis featuring discussions at the intersection of business, technology & culture. One of the novel things the guys are going to try with this podcast is to involve the audience in choosing topics and providing perspectives.

Founder’s Journey: weekly podcast from Josh Pigford, founder of Baremetrics (analytics for Stripe), documenting his journey growing a startup.

Startup Cabin: based in Stockholm, the Startup Cabin Podcast is a bi-weekly, 30 minute business podcast with interesting startup folk telling their stories.

Monocle: The Entrepreneurs: Not all tech, but this is Monocle’s business show aimed at people who run their own business — or want to.

500 Startups: The podcast of Dave McClure’s seed fund and accelerator. They mostly interview 500 founders, but also other investors and influencers from the global startup community.

Seth Godin Startup School: Seth as he guides thirty entrepreneurs through a workshop exploring how they can build and run their dream business. 15 episodes.

The Tim Ferriss Show: The premise of the Tim Ferriss show is for the author of the ‘Four Hour Work Week’ to dissect world-class performers to find the tools and tricks you can use. Guests have included Peter Thiel etc.

Rocketship.fm: 20-min chats with successful startup founders about the early days of their business and the activities that helped them succeed at key points along the way. Past guests include Ryan Hoover (Product Hunt), Hiten Shah (KissMetrics), Sean Ellis (Qualaroo), Ryan Carson (Treehouse).

Marketing For Founders: Podcast from Jack Zerby the founder of Flavors.me & Goodsie, translating old school tactics for getting new customers into strategies for startups to get users.

Spark’s Hallway Chats: Spark Capital’s Bijan Sabet records some (far too infrequent) hallway chats. I love this casual format.

Startup Recruiting: With a focus on the recruiting side of the business, Hung Lee talks with UK based recruitment gurus.

Stanford Entrepreneurship: Over 3000 podcasts (and videos) from Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders.

Guardian Tech Weekly: Regular updates from Aleks Krotoski and the Guardian tech team bringing you news and interviews with top technologists and digital entrepreneurs.

NextMarket: Topics include digital publishing, web, investing, podcasting, crowdfunding and pretty much anything else on the frontiers of tech innovation (suggested by @craigett)

Tweet me @haynes_dave if you know of any that should get added to the list.