We know podcasts help listeners build their own images of the story in their mind. The result is an active way for the brain to “process the information at the pace it is played.” That is tremendously valuable to entrepreneurs—particularly during the summer season when they are working on a business plan, seeking out mentorship, or working on a prototype or capstone project.
Still not sold? CIO magazine writes, “one aspect that makes podcasts so popular is that they provide a different perspective on every day subject matter. Listeners hear straight from featured guests and, through the dialogue, capture the intonation, follow-up answers and applications that are otherwise lacking from reading about “best practices” or “hacks” from the most inspirational experts. For entrepreneurs, this type of perspective can be worth a lot.”
With that in mind, the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship presents the summer 2017 “Podcast List for Student Entrepreneurs.” The following podcasts are recommended by our staff and top entrepreneurial publications and presented in no particular order. We will include updates based on additional suggestions from social media, so be sure to bookmark this post!
PODCASTS FOR STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS (CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMER READING LIST)
CIO recommended this podcast by describing it as “a closer look at entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators. All of the subjects on the podcast are changing their field, and it’s worth listening to if you’re looking for a novel, deep-dive perspective on success.” Unconventional Life airs on the Forbes Under30 Channel, profiling successful millennial entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, and thought leaders who are defining success on their own terms. These individuals embody what it means to pioneer a new path in a new economy, using a new model to prosper and profit from doing what they are most passionate about
a16z Podcast by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz
A podcast by a VC firm? You bet. Andreessen Horowitz describes itself as backing “bold entrepreneurs who move fast, think big, and are committed to building the next major franchises in technology.” The podcast series tackles all kinds of topics including how to manage boards from both sides of the table, wearable technology, biohacking, quantum computing, QR, AR, VR, and a lot more.
Design Matters with Debbie Millman
The world’s first podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture through wide-ranging conversations with designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians, and other luminaries of contemporary thought. Many of the 280+ episodes included talks with entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss and others. In fact, you can search the podcasts by discipline and select “entrepreneur” from the list for all 49 episodes featuring entrepreneurs!
The Everyday Innovator Podcast for Product Managers by Chad McAllister
Host Chad McAllister of The Everyday Innovator podcast (Inc. Magazine’s 10 Best Podcasts for Innovators), is also the author of Turning Ideas into Market-Winning Products, and founder of Product Innovation Educators. His podcast aims to “help product managers become Product Masters.”
Health Tech Podcast by Geekwire
Side Hustle School by Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity, and other books. This podcast examines how when you have more than one source of income, you’re no longer dependent on a single employer. You’ll have much greater opportunity. You’ll learn new skills. Oh, and you’ll also have … more money. It’s also fun. Starting a side hustle is like “playing entrepreneurially” without making a huge commitment. The stakes are low and the potential is high.
How I Built This by NPR
How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands. If you’ve ever built something from nothing, something you really care about — or even just dream about it — check out How I Built This hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz. Follow the show @HowIBuiltThis.
Making The Entrepreneur by Jess Catorc
Creator Jess Catorc, founder of the DIY Website Academy, says she “created this platform to help entrepreneurs (just like you) take control of their websites and thrive online. Whether you want to conquer those tech fears and make your own website, master personal branding, or, learn how to update things yourself, I am here to help.” Featuring more than two dozen episodes, the podcast comes recommended by Forbes, HuffPo, Entrepreneur, and other outlets.
Create Your Own Life by Jeremy Ryan Slate
Slate makes the pitch for his podcast like this: Want to create life on your terms? Did you take the traditional path and find out that it was all a lie? I did and learned its never to late to pivot. I studied people that created life on their own terms and found out what makes them tick, where their success came from – the podcast Create Your Own Life. Want to know how you can break the chains of ordinary, escape the corporate grind and build a life of purpose. Three days a week, I connect you with your digital mentors, to build the purpose and legacy you’re missing.
If you are looking for a daily podcast that focuses on global news that is impacting business, BBC Business Daily is a great resource. This podcast examines the big issues facing the global economy, demystifies the world of money and common business news and trends, and provides a daily update of world business news from various BBC staff members.
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs by Fergal Byrne
Described as talks with “experienced and successful social entrepreneurs and change makers, committed to building a better world. Working as a social entrepreneur is hugely fulfilling – yet uniquely challenging. Social entrepreneurs need to balance business and social goals to succeed, often working in extremely challenging environments, with limited resources. And it is often a lonely journey. Our aim is to share the inspiring stories, to explore the highs and the lows, learn how different social entrepreneurs have kept inspired, and draw out insights to help social entrepreneurs at all stages on their journey.”
Described as “a fascinating new series of audio programs that delve into the world of medical discoveries and treatments at UW Medicine. UW Medicine Pulse provides unparalleled access to the next generation of medical breakthroughs and how those breakthroughs affect you and your family.” Health Innovator reports, “in 2016, over $13 billion was invested in digital health startups.“
BONUS SUGGESTION FOR ENTREPRENEURS: VIDEO
Recommended by Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge manager Terri Butler, Lean Launchpad is a free course based on Stanford’s Lean Startup by Steve Blank, the guru of efficiently finding a workable business model.