Top 10 Podcasts for Product Managers in 2017

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Each and every work day for the past 4 years, I spend about 1 hour each morning and each night commuting.

Over those years, I’ve listened to a LOT of podcasts.

Here’s a quick list of my favorites for product managers looking to grow in 2017.


Top 10 Tech Podcasts for Product Managers

Honorable Mention: ProductHunt

ProductHunt stopped producing new podcasts in July 2016 with the departure of Erik Torenberg :’( but there are still some great ones in the archives worth listening to.

My recommendation: Episode 48 with Chris Sacca

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/product-hunt/id862714883

10. AngelList Radio

AngelList scores lower on my list simply because their frequency of new releases is pretty low (they only released 10 episodes in 2016), but their quality is very high.

My recommendation: Episode 3 with Jason Calacanis (Jason was the first scout at Sequoia Capital and is an investor in Uber, Thumbtack, and over 100 other startups)

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/angellist-radio/id1087158055

9. Rocketship.fm

I’m not sure how it took me quite so long to find Rocketship. They produce a highly-growth-and-scaling-focused weekly podcast that’s sure to give you a lot of great ideas on how to grow your business and yourself.

My Recommendation: Growth Episode 5: Powering Your Growth Engine (1/3/17). In this episode they talk with Casey Winters, Andrew Chen, Dmitry Dragilev and Ryan O’Donnell about what it was like to be a one person growth team and how they grew the teams at Grubhub, Pinterest, Zurb & SellHack.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rocketship-podcast/id808014240

8. Product People

Quite simply: “A podcast focused on great products and the people who make them.” Learn about the people behind the products you use every day.

My Recommendation: Episode 79: Josh Pigford — “We’re all winging it”. Josh runs Baremetrics, which, in my opinion, rivals social media manager Buffer for the most transparent company in the world.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/product-people/id585390927

7. This Week in Startups

If you enjoyed Episode 3 from AngelList radio featuring Jason Calacanis, you’re in luck, he has his own podcast too! This Week in Startups features the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies.

My Recommendation: Episode 698: “Best of SCALE!” SaaStr Founder Jason Lemkin on getting from $1m to $10m in ARR.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-startups-video/id314461026

6. Inside Intercom Podcast

Seriously, who doesn’t use Intercom these days? Get a view behind the scenes of the fast growing customer communication platform and catch interviews with product leaders in Europe and the Americas (Intercom product is based in Dublin, Ireland).

My Recommendation: 1/5/17 Episode Des Traynor sits down with Paul Adams, VP of Product, and Emmet Connolly, Director of Product Design, to discuss the biggest trends of the past year, including bots, conversational commerce, and voice UIs, as well as where product is headed in 2017.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inside-intercom-podcast/id996103731

5. This is Product Management

If I had one complaint about TIPM, it would be that the content is often much more dry than the other podcasts on this list. However, TIPM more than makes up for that fact with insightful studies of almost every single aspect of product management. For the brand new PM, TIPM would be my #1 recommendation.

My Recommendation: Episode 75 “Creatively Saying No is Product Management.” There is no more true statement in my opinion about the role of the PM. Learn how to process input from others in your organization without committing to do something that is counter to your product strategy.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/this-is-product-management/id975284403

4. How I Built This (NPR)

Similar to “Product People”, HIBT talks with innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and details the stories behind the movements they built. Since this is an NPS podcast, the interviews feel like more of a journey and the stories only sometimes are technology related. Open your mind and learn about all types of building with HIBT.

My Recommendation: 12/26/16 Warby Parker: In 2008, it was nearly impossible to buy a fashionable, affordable pair of glasses online. That simple frustration inspired the idea behind Warby Parker — and disrupted the eyewear industry.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?mt=2&id=1150510297

3. a16z

If you don’t know Andreessen Horowitz by now, you should. As one of the top venture capital firms worldwide, they offer incredible insights and have incredible access to the top startups and founders in the world. Learn more about technology and investing trends by listening to their weekly podcast.

My Recommendation: 12/31/16 “The Movement of Money”. As companies expand out from the internet into the rest of the economy — the proverbial bits to atoms — “the business models are becoming more complicated, more interesting, more payment based”, observes Patrick Collison, CEO and co-founder of payments platform Stripe, which enables apps/websites to programmatically move money around.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a16z/id842818711

2. Startup (Gimlet)

Startup is truly one of the most innovative podcasts ever imagined. In their first season, they offered unprecedented access as they attempted to launch their own startup, a podcast management and production company called Gimlet (meta!)

Out of that success, Gimlet launched many other successful podcasts (ReplyAll, Crimetown, Science Vs to name a few). The latest episodes of Startup followed controversial American Apparel founder Dov Charney as he tries to bounce back with a new startup called Los Angeles Apparel.

My Recommendation: The Dov Charney Episodes (which started on 11/4/16)

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/startup-podcast/id913805339

1. The Pitch

“Shark Tank on a Podcast.” Only smarter. Each ~30 minute episode features several startup pitches followed by immediate feedback from real, “guest” VCs who either commit to a follow up conversation or pass on a chance for investment.

Hosts Josh Muccio and Sheel Mohnot bring impressive product and investment backgrounds, often interjecting their own thoughts about the pitches and the promise they see in the idea and team. If you’re starting up a new company, don’t miss an episode of The Pitch.

My Recommendation: Silvernest—Home Sharing for Baby Boomers (Episode 38). Wendi Burkhardt pitches her roommate-matching service for empty nesters with space to share. Anarghya Vardhana with Maveron determines whether or not she’s interested in investing.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-pitch/id1008577710

What Did I Miss?

What podcasts do you listen to and learn from that I left off of my list? Which episodes are your favorites? Let me know on Twitter: Alex Mitchell


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