Here is this year’s list of my favorites for Product Managers looking to crush it in 2019.
There are a few duplicates from 2017 and 2018, but that’s because they are still great!
Top 10 Tech Podcasts for Product Managers
Honorable Mention: How I Built This
How I Built This, hosted by Guy Raz, dives deep into the inspirations and founding stories for some of the most disruptive startups of the past 20 years.
Listen to the stories of the founding teams, the major investments, and the pivotal decisions.
My recommendation: “Lyft’s John Zimmer At The HIBT Summit” (Released 11/29/18)
10. The Pitch
The Pitch is a more realistic Shark Tank in podcast form and is hosted by Josh Muccio. Real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors and you get to hear all the details of how the deals do or don’t go down.
You’ll also learn a lot from The Pitch about how to build your own startup pitches. Maybe you’ll even find yourself on the next season of the show?
My recommendation: Episode 40 — “Three Startups Enter. Only One Will Leave”. Listen to this one first and hear 3 different pitches for 3 very different companies. Try to guess which one the investors will like most!
I’ve written quite often about the value of Side Hustles and how I strongly believe they can make you a better Product Manager.
Side Hustle School, hosted by Chris Guillebeau, focuses on a different “side hustler” each day: from artists to game designers to a zombie apocalypse prevention podcast host (!). The show covers the challenges, the successes, and the specifics of how these entrepreneurs made their side hustles so successful.
My recommendation: #611 — CPA Earns Six-Figures Selling Spreadsheets to Etsy Sellers.
a16z was featured on my 2017 list and then was dropped from the list in 2018. With a strong series of episodes this year on automation, robotics, and autonomous cars, a16z is back!
The episodes are often a little on the drier side, but the content is still among the best and offers one of the truest views behind the curtain to see how one of the top VC firms evaluates trends, talent, and ideas.
My Recommendation: The IQ and EQ of Robots (Released 11/21/18).
7. The TOP
Nathan Latka simply doesn’t stop. He’s cranked out an amazing 1,233 podcasts since founding his podcast only 2 years ago (!).
Nathan brings the energy and the interviewing jiu-jitsu skills that even Howard Stern would be impressed by. He nudges his guests to reveal more about their businesses than they do anywhere else.
My Recommendation: The most recent episode (at time of writing): “With 4m Customers, $4b Transfered Every Month, is Transferwise The Cheaper Bank Of The Future?” (Published 12/9/18)
Check out Nathan’s book here:
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Although Freakonomics doesn’t produce new episodes very often, the quality of their research and the uniqueness of their content makes their infrequent episodes must listens.
Freakonomics provides you the headspace to think about more macro trends and research to help you position your products for the highest chance of success.
My Recommendation: Episode 359 — “Should America Be Run by Trader Joe’s?”
Check out the Freakonomics books here: Freakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything
Although jason isn’t cranking out podcasts at the same rate as Nathan Latka, the consistently high bar of talent he brings each and every show is incredibly impressive.
Listen to hear Calcanis cut rapidly to the most interesting points of the story when he talks with the leaders of rapidly growing companies like Calm and Nextdoor and the most influential Angels and VCs in tech.
My Recommendation: E880: Brandless CEO & Co-founder Tina Sharkey (prev., iVillage, AOL) shares how her ecommerce platform eliminates inefficiency, builds community & disrupts retail with products reflecting the values of consumers, not brands.
Check out Jason’s book here:
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Shortly before acquired by AngelList in late 2016, Product Hunt stopped producing their popular podcast. Late this year, they brought it back and I’m incredibly glad they did.
Each week, Product Hunt radio focuses on a big topic like VC vs. Bootstrapping or Gen Z and the future of social apps and goes deep, often podcasting on-site at a company right at the center of the topic. Check out Product Hunt’s podcast, they’re back and better than ever.
My recommendation: “Is decentralization overhyped? And the future of voice tech.” (Posted 11/28/2018)
Check out this great ProductHunt book: The Product Hunt Manual: How to Successfully Launch Your Startup on ProductHunt.com
Another economics podcast?! Yes, but this one is quite a bit different. The daily podcast, hosted by Cardiff Garcia and Stacey Vanek Smith from NPR, maxes out at 10 minutes and focuses on one number, just one, that encapsulates a trend you should know about.
Get more informed about different sectors of the economy and different trends by tuning into The Indicator. It will only take you 10 minutes and that is time well spent.
My recommendation: “Paris Is Burning” (Released 12/5/18). Learn why politics in France and economic reform parallel what’s happening in the United States.
The Product Podcast from The Product School broke into the top 10 this year, despite being around since 2017.
The Product Podcast features real Product Managers from top tech companies talking about how they got where they did and what helps them be successful in Product.
Tune in to the Product Podcast a few times and you’ll be glad you did; you’ll walk away with a new perspective, a ton of ideas, and even some solutions to the common problems that plague PMs.
My recommendation: “Break Your Own Product Rules by Tinder Product Manager” (Released 11/19/18)
Reid Hoffman (Greylock VC, LinkedIn founder) built on the strong foundation he created in 2017 with Masters of Scale. The 19 episodes he released in 2018 are an eclectic mix of behind-the-scenes stories and powerful insights from the founders of many of the most transformational companies of the past 10 years.
The 3rd season of Masters of Scale also introduced the concept of “Blitzscaling” and Reid’s recently released book by the same name: Blitzscaling on Amazon.
Haven’t heard the term before? Here’s Reid’s definition:
Blitzscaling is prioritizing speed over efficiency in the development of a company even in the face of uncertainty. You are optimizing for growing your business and your customers at a fast rate, which means you’ll spend capital inefficiently and you will do it by taking risks in uncertain times
My Recommendation: “Spotify’s Daniel Ek — How to build trust FAST” (Released 9/19/18). Learn about how Ek employed Blitzscaling to keep pace with Spotify’s amazing growth.
What Did I Miss?
What podcasts did I leave off of my list this year? Which episodes are your favorites? Let me know on Twitter: Alex Mitchell
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