As a startup CEO what’s on my Podcast playlist?

Taking in some advice whilst travelling home

I’ve loved podcasts for what seems like forever. From a consumption point of view there are so many more times and places where I can be listening and learning and, with more than a few, laughing.

I’ve gone through a number of podcasts apps but my current app (pretty much available on all platforms) is Pocket Casts. This made it really easy when I was inspired to put my list together when I saw this tweet from Harry Stebbings

Which was in reply to this tweet linking to an Inc post of 35 outstanding podcast picks from entrepreneurs…

The list mentioned in the Inc post seemed to leave a lot to be desired so I’ve lifted the current podcasts I’m listening to and popped below (in alphabetical order and only showing podcasts related to the business/startup community). I’ve used the show notes for the explanations as I need to get bet back to building the company and fundraising :)

  • a16z (by Andreessen Horowitz)
     The a16z Podcast discusses trends, news, and the future of a world being shaped by technology, especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next great consumer and enterprise companies. Multiple podcasts are released every week and sometimes on weekends; visit for more details.
  • Acquired
    Technology acquisitions that actually went well. New episodes every sometimes.
  • AngelList Radio (by AngelList)
    Join us as we interview early investors in billion-dollar businesses like Uber, Snapchat and Twitter. Each in-depth interview explains how investors find their next big startup. This show is produced by AngelList, where startups raise money and recruit talent. Companies like Uber, Thumbtack, Postmates, Shyp and Sprig have all used AngelList to find early investors. Learn more:
  • Bootstrapped
     25+ Years of Software Bootstrapping Experience
  • Boostrapped Web
    Bootstrapped Web is for entrepreneurs bootstrapping their startups, who believe that the best way to get to where we’re going is to learn by doing. Conversations, case studies, and interviews with entrepreneurs who are building profitable businesses online. Let’s do this.
  • Bowery Capital Startup Sales Podcast
    Bowery Capital is an early stage venture capital fund that focuses solely on helping portfolio companies with sales related challenges. This podcast is a discussion between the Bowery Capital team and experienced industry friends in an effort to help a younger generation of startups better understand the issues and pain points they will face when thinking about early revenue generation.
  • Growth Everywhere
    Growth Everywhere is a weekly interview series with entrepreneurs and marketers on the latest in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. Learn actionable strategies & tactics on how you can make your business grow and mistakes to avoid during your journey. Learn from individuals who have founded billion dollar companies to best-selling authors. If you’re interested in being on the show, e-mail
  • HBR Ideacast (by Harvard Business Review)
     A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review.
  • Inside Intercom Podcast (by Intercom)
    On the Inside Intercom podcast you will hear the team from Intercom interview makers and do-ers from the worlds of product management, design, startups and marketing.
  • Notion Capital
    The podcast where we interview our network of B2B SaaS experts, learning from their experiences to help the next generation of SaaS founder scale efficiently. Notion Capital is a VC firm investing in European B2B SaaS startups at Seed & Series A stage. In Season 1 of the podcast, Paul Papadimitriou interviews NC’s network of experts.
  • Peter Day’s World of Business
    Insights into the business world with Peter Day — featuring content from BBC Radio 4’s In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.
  • Ramp: The SaaS Analytics Podcast (by InsightSquared)
    Ramp is the SaaS analytics podcast that explores the stories of how people use data to transform and rapidly grow their business. Host Cara Hogan interviews thought leaders, sales experts and data analysts to understand how analytics can ramp up your SaaS business. Learn more at
  • Re/code Decode
    One of tech’s most prominent journalists, Kara Swisher is known for her insightful reporting and straight-shooting style. Listen in as she hosts hard-hitting interviews about the week in tech with influential business leaders and outspoken personalities from media, politics and more.
  • Startup School Radio 
    Startup School Radio is a weekly broadcast where you’ll hear Aaron Harris, a partner at Y Combinator, get stories and practical advice from founders and investors. Learn how they got started, what went wrong, what surprised them, and what happened as their companies grew. Originally broadcast on Sirius XM’s Business Radio powered by the Wharton school on Sirius 111.
  • Startups for the Rest of Us
    Mike Taber and Rob Walling come together to share their insights and experience from the perspective of developers who built their respective companies without Angel or Venture Capital funding. Together, they share the things they’ve learned and are still learning as independent developers.
  • The Balderton Podcast
    Balderton Capital are one of Europe’s largest tech VCs, investing the best breakthrough technology companies in the continent. This podcast will share weekly insights for those at the forefront of the European technology scene: our partners, investment team, portfolio companies, and other selected experts and contributors. The ‘cast will be a worthwhile listen for anyone who is looking to raise venture capital investment, building a technology company from the ground up, or is enthusiastic about the London & European tech community.
  • The Bottom Line (BBC Radio 4)
    Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters
  • The Growth Show (by HubSpot)
     The Growth Show is a business podcast for leaders consumed with driving growth — growing a company, growing a movement, growing an idea, growing a team. Each week, we down with someone who has achieved remarkable growth and unpack how. Get exclusive updates on the podcast, a sneak peek at upcoming guests and more at, and if you’re listening on iTunes, please make sure to subscribe.
  • The Official Saastr Podcast (by Harry Stebbings and Jason M. Lemkin)
    The Official Saastr Podcast is the latest and greatest from the world of Saastr, interviewing the most prominent operators and investors to discover their tips, tactics and strategies to attain success in the fiercely competitive world of SaaS. On the side of the operators, we centre around getting from $0 to $100m ARR faster, what it takes to scale successfully and what are the core elements of hiring. As for the investors, we learn what metrics they hone in on when examining SaaS business, what type of metrics excites them and what they look for in SaaS founders.
  • The Pitch Deck (by Gavin McCulley)
    The Pitch Deck is your backstage pass inside the startup funding game. Join your host, Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur, Gavin McCulley as he pulls back the curtains on what’s actually working right now to help you get the capital you need. You’ll hear the inside scoop from experienced investors and successful Founders on how to plan, engage and deliver your pitch to perfection. To help you prepare for your next pitch, grab our signature 7 Step Checklist to Prepare You for Your Next Investment Meeting completely free at
  • The Rocketship Podcast (by
    Get actionable advice and incredible insights from the business leaders of today and tomorrow. From growth-hacking to sales, customer service to company culture, delivers it all every Tuesday and Thursday each week. **What people are saying** “Oh, and let’s not blow past the fact that the show is wildly informative and thought provoking.” “These guys interview some serious heavy hitters and get actionable advice you can use today to build your startup. Pretty awesome if you ask me.” “The Rocketship is a fantastic podcast, each episode bringing in real people who have made stuff happen in their lives and for their companies, and whose insights are gold. Highly recommended.” “I’m always impressed with the insights Joelle, Matt, and Michael are able to gather from respected product, startup, and entrepreneurial leaders. A++” “There is a LOT of information here.” Follow us on twitter: Michael Sacca — @michaelsacca Joelle Steiniger — @joellesteiniger Matt Goldman — @sdmattg
  • The SaaS Revolution Show (by Alexander Theuma)
     Podcast by The SaaS Revolution Show
  • The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten (by Steli Efti and Hiten Shah)
    Unfiltered insights and actionable advice straight from the trenches of startup and business life. The show hosts, Steli Efti and Hiten Shah, are both serial entrepreneurs who have founded multi-million dollar SaaS startups. Being busy CEOs of fast-growing companies, they know the value of your time and make sure you get the most out of each 22 minute episode. Tune in for new episodes every Tuesday and Friday.
  • The Twenty Minute VC (by Harry Stebbings)
    The Twenty Minute VC takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. Join our host, Harry Stebbings and discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded. Although, you may not want to raise funding for a startup. The Twenty Minute VC also provides an instructional guide as to what it takes to get employed in the Venture Capital industry, with VCs giving specific advice on how to get noticed from the crowd and increasing your chances of employment. If that wasn’t enough our amazing Venture Capitalists also provide their analysis of the current technology market, providing advice and suggestions on the latest investing trends and predictions. Join us so you can see how you can get BIG, powerful improvements, fast. Would you like to see more of The Twenty Minute VC, head on over to for more information on the podcast, show notes, resources and a more detailed analysis of the technology and Venture Capital industry.
  • This Week in Startups
    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 Web companies. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style and good humor. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business or motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.

If you present one of these shows I hope you’ll comment to give some extra detail (plus I’d like to take this chance to say thank you!). And if anyone has other shows that they think are worth a listen then I’d be really glad of the heads up by leaving a note.

Other shows…

Other shows I listen to that are relevant to MobileCaddy as well as the wider tech and business space I have put below. These include technical shows I keep my ear in on, even though I am not a developer I think it is always good to understand what is shifting and breaking out into the mainstream.

  • 5 Minutes of Javascript
    5 Minutes of JavaScript is a weekly podcast about all things in the JavaScript community in just 5 minutes.
  • 99% Invisible
    Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible (99 Percent Invisible) is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars, KALW in San Francisco, and Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more: Awesome people saying nice things: “Roman Mars lights the radio. His pieces conjure other worlds, grapple with big ideas, make sound three dimensional. They are smart and funny and original. The Kitchen Sisters would like to be Presidents of his Fan Club.” -The Kitchen Sisters, NPR “Highly digging 99% Invisible. One of the best podcasts I’ve bumped into in a while.” -Jad Abumrad, Radiolab “I love the show. It’s wonderful. Actually reminded me of why I love radio.” -Jonathan Goldstein, CBC’s WireTap “99% Invisible is completely wonderful…entertaining, and beautifully produced.” -Ira Glass, This American Life Proud member of PRX’s Radiotopia.
  • Adventures in Angular
    A weekly show about Angular.js and related technologies
  • Android Central
    Phil, Jerry, Alex and crew bring you the latest and greatest Google Android news!
  • Arrested DevOps
    Arrested DevOps is the podcast that helps you achieve understanding, develop good practices, and operate your team and organization for maximum DevOps awesomeness.
  • Code Coverage (Salesforce Developers)
    A fortnightly podcast with developers working with all things Salesforce and Salesforce1. Especially (Apex, Visualforce) but also Heroku and ExactTarget.
  • Content Marketing
    Content marketing isn’t just a buzzword — it’s the key to connecting with today’s hard-to-reach consumer. In the Content Marketing Podcast, Rachel Parker of Resonance Content Marketing helps you understand what content marketing is, why it’s important, and how to put it to work attracting and retaining customers for your business.
  • Content Pros Podcast
    Welcome to the Content Pros podcast, where we unlock the strategies and secrets of the best content marketers in the world, and ask the questions you’ve always wanted asked. We talk to real people doing real work in content marketing, representing some of the world’s best brands. Learn their approach to strategy, operations, measurement, staffing and more.
  • Content to Go
    Podcasts for Growth Marketers, Sales Pros and More
  • Content Warfare Podcast
    Every week on the Content Warfare Podcast, Ryan Hanley interviews the Internet’s most prolific content creators to extract their secrets for winning the battle for attention online. Popular guests include: Chris Brogan, Marcus Sheridan, Mark Schaefer and Gini Dietrich. Popular topics include: content marketing, writing, podcasting, social media and audience building. Find out more:
  • ConversionCast
    ConversionCast is the only podcast that gets to the heart of the metrics. Today’s marketers are looking for real measurable results to make their businesses stand out and increase their revenue. ConversionCast gives you that competitive advantage. In each episode, we show you real-life case studies from marketers who are already deep in the marketing trenches. Highly respected marketers share one tactic that they’ve employed to increase their numbers. They’ll give you the hard data of their before and after results — while showing you tactics that you can use immediately after listening to each podcast. It’s a highly actionable show that’s just as entertaining as it is valuable.
  • Copyblogger FM
    Copyblogger FM is a weekly, short-form broadcast hosted by Sonia Simone. Each week, she and a cast of rotating experts analyze the week in content marketing, copywriting, email marketing, conversion optimization, mindset, and much more.
  • CXO.FM
    CXO FM is the sister podcast of the email newsletter CXO Weekly, which is an email newsletter that helps transformation leaders innovate and orchestrate new value and competitive advantage. CXO FM addresses business transformation leadership and management, digital transformation and innovation management. Sign up to CXO Weekly to get the best hand-picked impartial tips, trends, digital use cases, business drivers and research — without the noise or sales pitch.
  • DevOps Cafe
    In this interview driven show, John Willis and Damon Edwards take a pragmatic look at the technology, tools, and business developments behind the emerging DevOps movement.
  • Good Day Sir! (Salesforce Developers)
     The Good Day, Sir! Show is a weekly technology and software development podcast, with a strong focus on the Salesforce platform. Keeping developers and non-developers informed with our own unique brand of casual, honest, and entertaining commentary.
  • Javascript Jabber
    Weekly podcast discussion about Javascript on the front and back ends. Also discuss programming practices, coding environments, and the communities related to the technology.
  • SAP and Enterprise Trends
    Free spirited, old school podcasts on all things enterprise with Jon Reed of, along with troublemakers and/or special guests. This feed includes live recordings from the road, as well as interviews for and debates on the future of the enterprise. Frequent topics include the impact of cloud, mobile, in-memory (including HANA), and analytics on the enterprise — but with an eye towards customer realities and genuine skills needs. Guests are free to call BS on Jon, and each other — a dash of enterprise humor is always welcome.
  • Tech Weekly (The Guardian) 
    The Guardian’s tech team with news and discussion from the digital worlds of technology, gaming and the web
  • The Android and Chrome Show
    Welcome to The Android And Chrome Show where we talk about phones, tablets, wearables, chromebooks, iOS, Android, Windows Phone and anything inbetween. Visit us at
  • The B2B Inbound Expert Interviews
    Greg Elwell, founder of B2B Inbound, a top-rated certified HubSpot partner for inbound marketing, content strategy and creation services conducts In-depth interviews with innovators, authors, thought leaders and subject matter experts on a range of topics. Topics and themes of these shows are related to inbound, marketing, content marketing, social business, innovative platforms and technologies, and the creative mindset and practices that enable higher levels of influence and performance. The goal of the B2B Expert Interviews Podcast is to help content marketers, entrepreneurs and business owners discover new and better ways to artfully create and skillfully share their content and story with greater purpose, impact and success. Greg’s style of interviewing is geared towards having more of a dialogue with his guests rather than a simple question and answer format to exchange information. The objective is to have more meaningful and passionate conversations meant to inspire and intrigue listeners to make positive changes in both their work and lives. Greg believes we are all endowed with a creative and unique genius, and when we become engaged in work aligned with what we are meant to do, our authentic and brilliant self is activated, and remarkable things may occur. Find the show notes at:
  • The ButtonClick Admin Podcast (Salesforce)
    The ButtonClick Admin podcast shines the light on real Salesforce Admins solving problems with clicks and not code. This 20 minute weekly podcast hosted by Mike Gerholdt and Gillian Madill feature a talk show format along with talented Salesforce Admins who are solving real problems in the cloud by implementing Enterprise CRM solutions and having fun doing it.
  • The Changelog
    New podcast every Friday! We cover what’s fresh and new in open source. Sign up for our nightly and weekly emails. Open source moves fast. Keep up. Hosted by Adam Stacoviak & Jerod Santo.
  • The Cloudcast (.net)
    Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely host this award-winning weekly podcast to discuss the technology and organizational changes that are driving the convergence of today’s Data Centers and Cloud Computing. Topics include Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Open Source, APIs and many others. Guests are industry thought-leaders and leaders of companies changing the IT industry.
  • The Internet of Things
    No matter what you call it, we’re at a pivotal moment in the evolution of human creativity, business creation and productivity gains. We could see the gains we make in these next few years help us conserve resources and let us lead safer and healthier lives or we could open the door to a dystopian society where our every thought is monitored and our every utterance is effectively for sale. I hope to explore all of these issues, the people who will make it possible and the devices that will lead us there in the IoT Podcast. I hope you will join me.
  • The Structure Show
    Bringing you the most interesting and informative events in technology since 2015. Join us in 2016 at Structure Data (March 9–10th), Structure Security (Sept. 28–29th) and Structure (Nov. 8–9th).
  • The Web Ahead
    Conversations with world experts on changing technologies and future of the web. The Web Ahead is your shortcut to keeping up. Hosted by Jen Simmons.
  • This Week in Tech
    Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join the top tech pundits in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Records live at every Sunday at 6:00pm Eastern / 3:00pm Pacific / 22:00 UTC.
  • UX Podcast
    UX Podcast is for people passionate about balancing business, technology and users within the realm of digital media. Hosted by Per Axbom & James Royal-Lawson every other Friday from Stockholm, Sweden.

And to relax…

And lastly here are a few of the other shows I have lined up when I need a break from the business/tech/startup world.

  • Inside Science (BBC Radio 4)
    Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that’s changing our world.
  • Best of the Left
    This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in progressive and liberal political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. Each edition focuses on a political theme and delivers a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme.
  • Between Worlds
    Between Worlds takes you over the horizon and beyond borders, to bring you the global thinkers, innovators and troublemakers whose ideas challenge the world as we know it. From a courtyard cafe in Paris, to a busy sidewalk in Tokyo — each week futurist and global nomad, Mike Walsh, will share his personal conversations with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, recorded live in the field.
  • Discovery (BBC World Service)
    Explorations in the world of science.
  • The Documentary (BBC World Service)
    The best of BBC World Service documentaries and other factual programmes.
  • The Science Hour
    Science, health and technology news and highlights of the week.
  • EconTalk
    EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought. Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, parenting, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making. Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty ( and George Mason U., draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Look for related readings and the complete archive of previous shows at, where you can also comment on the podcasts and ask questions.
  • In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
  • Radiolab
    Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Radiolab is heard around the country on more than 500 member stations. Check your local station for airtimes. Embed the Radiolab widget on your blog or website. Radiolab is supported, in part, by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of science and technology in the modern world. More information about Sloan at

It’s so great that people give up so much time to put these shows together. I’ve been thinking about doing a show myself but like anything I’m sure there is a lot of effort that goes in to making a great show. Maybe someday…in the meantime if any wants a Startup CEO in the mobile enterprise space as a guest on your podcast you know where to find me!

I hoped you enjoyed these lists — please take the time to follow me and leave a comment — thanks :)

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