6 Inspirational Podcasts All Entrepreneurs Should be Listening to in 2016

By the small business content developers at  BizLaunch.com.

Even if you’re not currently listening to podcasts, you probably will be in the future.  With more than 125,000 audio podcasts available on iTunes, it’s clear that this is no temporary trend. And, given the fact that by 2025, all cars should have Internet connectivity (that’s a popular place for listening to podcasts), there’s even more reason to start listening to podcasts now.

Podcasts are a great way to learn on-the-go and stay on top of new techniques and the latest technologies. Just as DVRs and streaming media are changing the way audiences consume television shows, podcasts are changing the way audiences listen. You can tune in to a podcast when it’s convenient for you and there is an abundance and variety of podcasts from which to choose. Here are some amazing podcasts that are pushing this revolution from an entrepreneurial perspective:

1. The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series


Not strictly a podcast - although it can be downloaded and listened to as such - this year the series featured prominent leaders from notable companies like Twitter, Intuit, ModCloth, and others. Initially part of a Management Science & Engineering course at Stanford University and now sponsored by the venture capital firm of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), the archives now boast over ten years of talks. This a rich source of inspiration and definitely worth the time to investigate.

2. Biz Women Rock Podcast


Focusing on entrepreneurship from the vantage point women, this podcast offers insights from which everyone can benefit. Biz Women Rock uses the framework of interviewing an individual who has created a successful business and then extracting universal lessons and information on how to engender success for yourself. Interviewer Katie Krimitsos focuses on real stories of how entrepreneurs actually grow their businesses, so that listeners can use similar methods successfully.

3. Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast


Interviewer Amy Porterfield uses her podcast to investigate the tools and methods that marketers use online. The Online Marketing Made Easy podcasts are like a master class, focusing on one straightforward area of knowledge or one specific technique. This podcast is great for people who prefer a single line of inquiry rather than broad topics.

4. Social Media Marketing Happy Hour


As their name indicates, the Social Media Marketing Happy Hour podcast has a more casual approach, sort of like that awesome conversation you had at your last team-building happy hour. These podcasts hone in on clear-cut questions regarding how entrepreneurs can use social media with more finesse. Dawn Marrs Ortiz and Traci Reuter usually keep their podcasts to under 30 minutes, which makes it a perfect podcast when you feel pressed for time.

5. Marketing Smarts Podcast


Every week the Marketing Smarts podcast features a variety of voices on an assortment of topics from an entrepreneurial mindset. Host Kerry O'Shea Gorgone interviews an astonishing selection of guests from a wide array of industries. In addition, each episode features a great extract of information from podcasts, so you can read first and then listen if you‘re ready to go deeper.

6. Foundr Podcast


They may be missing an ‘e,’ but the Foundr podcast isn’t missing anything else. Nathan Chan, established Foundr as a magazine focusing purely on entrepreneurship with the mission to “set a slow-burning fire of entrepreneurialism to get you moving.”  Nathan’s interview style goes straight to the heart of the matter and his focus on real stories from the trenches gives his audience a fabulous opportunity to learn from those who have been through the fire.

By Andrew Patricio

December 30, 2015