Podcasts are like hacks for your everyday life. They allow you to passively improve your knowledge and gain valuable insight into almost any topic you could imagine, whilst doing pretty much anything.
All of that time spent walking to the store, commuting to work, preparing a meal, working out; it’s all time you could be utilizing to improve yourself and your business.
This article is a selection of the best business podcasts from our team at Process Street; we’d recommend them to anyone looking to devote themselves to self improvement, stay sharp and keep pace with the cutting edge of business trends and insights.
In no particular order, let’s take a look at each of the team’s picks.
Process Street’s top business podcasts
1. HBR IdeaCast
Harvard Business Review’s IdeaCast (from the publishers of Harvard Business Press and hbr.org) is a free podcast about which focuses on insight from distinguished experts in the field of business analysis and management.
Noteworthy episode: 663: How One Google Engineer Turned Tragedy into a Moonshot
2. The Official SaaStr Podcast
The definitive voice of SaaStr, the world’s largest community of SaaS executives, founders, and entrepreneurs, The Official SaaStr Podcast invites the most prominent investors and innovators in SaaS to discuss the latest and greatest tips and tricks in the field.
Each episode is generally focused on either an investor or operator perspective.
From the operators: discussing topics such as ARR growth, scaling strategies, and best practices for hiring.
From the investors: learning what metrics matter for them in SaaS, what excites them and what qualities they seek in founders.
Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal’s Acquired is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the highest profile IPOs and acquisitions in business history.
Airing two new episodes each month, with the occasional guest speaker, Acquired offers unique and undeniably valuable lessons from some of the best (and worst) acquisitions in business and tech.
Noteworthy episode: Season 3, Episode 8: Netflix (Part 1)
4. Outside In with Charles Trevail
CSpace’s Outside In with Charles Trevail is a podcast devoted to showcasing the inner workings of the world’s most customer-centric brands.
From the latest in esports to Hasbro’s brand blueprints, Outside In shines the spotlight on consumer culture and shares best practices on how to build a customer-inspired organization from leaders in business, media and academics.
Noteworthy episode: Randall Lane, Forbes: ‘Drama Critics of Capitalism’
5. Tony Robbins Podcast
Tony Robbins is a giant in the space of personal development and a prime example of an owner and innovator who has built a global brand empire from scratch.
Tony’s inspiring, motivationally-charged podcasts (with frequent guest appearances) are designed to be applied to all areas of life, but most all of the lessons are invaluable to founders, executives, and just about any working professional seeking to gain the skills necessary to make short and long-term business goals a reality.
6. The Tim Ferriss Show
You may know Tim Ferriss as the author of New York Times best-selling book The 4-Hour Work Week, or the more recent Tools of Titans.
He’s been described as “somewhere between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk”, and has gained a reputation as one of the world’s foremost business authors, and a champion of working smarter, creative problem solving, and the importance and power of delegation.
His podcast The Tim Ferriss Show (often the #1 business podcast on all of Apple Podcasts) is a charismatic examination of the strategies, tools, and daily routines of successful figures in areas as disparate as investing, sports, business, art, and more.
Noteworthy episode: Greg McKeown — How to Master Essentialism (#355)
7. The Top Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life By Nathan Latka
As a software entrepreneur with $4.5 million in revenue driven with a self-built 25 person team upon dropping out of school, the act of quadrupling the price of a business with a single email, and over 10,000 paying customers from more than 160 different countries under his belt, Latka gets straight to the point about what, how much, and exactly how his guests are selling.
Noteworthy episode: #1263: 1500 Government Agencies Pay Him $2400/yr To Archive Social Media
8. The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
The Knowledge Project offers insight into some of the most remarkably successful individuals on the planet.
Run by the same people that brought you the Farnham Street blog, the podcast speaks to self-made billionaires, hedge fund advisors, award-winning chefs; all with the intent to explore and master the best proven processes that these successful people have already figured out.
9. The Growth Show
Hubspot’s The Growth Show podcast highlights the highly personal and inspiring stories of growth, whether it’s a business, an idea, or a social movement, and explores the lessons and key takeaways for you to learn from.
Noteworthy episode: The AI Overlords Have Come for Your Instagram Feed
10. Growth Everywhere
This weekly instalment of interviews with business owners, founders, entrepreneurs, and marketers digs down on what to do and what not to do when growing your business.
Guests featured on the Growth Everywhere podcast are successful individuals who can provide unique insights on their own personal experiences with growth success, from self-made billionaires to best-selling authors.
11. Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
Learn how companies grow from zero to hero with veteran Silicon Valley investor-entrepreneur Reid Hoffman in conversation with world-class founders and owners.
Past guests have included Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt, and Netflix’s Reed Hastings on this original series from content incubator WaitWhat.
Noteworthy episode: Google/Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt in Innovation = Managed Chaos
12. Inside Intercom
Noteworthy episode: Rise of the bots: Leading experts discuss the latest in chatbot technology
13. This Week in Startups
Podcasting veteran Jason Calacanis features alongside an ever-rotating panel of guest experts in this weekly roundup of the wildest, most outrageous tales from the world of Web companies.
Take a good, well-humoured peek at the innards of Silicon Valley, both the good and the bad.
Tips for starting your own business, improving productivity, team motivation, what’s happening right now in tech, and more, all delivered straight to your ears via Jason’s trademark charm and savvy.
14. Y Combinator Podcast
Simply put, the Y Combinator Podcast is a show about starting a startup, with a focus on future-facing technology and the ways in which it impacts us in business, academia, and art.
Noteworthy episode: #60 – Startup Investor School Preview with Geoff Ralston
15. ConversionCast with Tim Paige
Learn the ins-and-outs of just how this Inc 500 company with over 46,000 paying customers exploded into existence, and moreso, how exactly they managed to find, convert, and retain their customers.
Each episode delves deeper into the Leadpages customer journey, as told by the very employees that work daily to build and refine that process.
Captivating, actionable, and based on proven methodology, the ConversionCast podcast uncovers the road to marketing prosperity in a never-before-seen look behind the veil of an exceptionally successful and uniquely experienced digital marketing cadre.
Noteworthy episode: ConversionCast: David Cancel and Clay Collins (Video Special)
16. Content Inc. with Joe Pulizzi
Joe Pulizzi guides entrepreneurs and startups along the path to growing a huge, loyal brand following by focusing on high-quality content.
Known as the “godfather of content marketing,” Pulizzi’s message in Content Inc. is that many SMBs and startups are going about marketing in all of the wrong ways. Chiefly, he believes that these companies should be shifting focus from a product-centric to an audience-centric marketing model.
Each episode takes a look at “a single inspirational idea that can change your business”, all in the space of 15 minutes.
Noteworthy episode: Episode 195: Content IS the Differentiator
17. Business Systems Explored
Business Systems Explored is different to many business-focused podcasts in that it bypasses the all-too-often vague, high-level advice and anecdotes that many shows choose to focus on, instead preferencing more exact, low-level processes that leading owners and founders use every day to run their businesses.
Episodes are structured to offer practical and actionable insights from current leading CEOs, entrepreneurs, and marketers.
Dmitry Dragilev – Startup SEO: How to Get Traction in Your First Year – BSE028
18. Work in Progress by Slack
Noteworthy episode: Boring is in the Eye of the Beholder
19. The Distance
Featuring insider stories from the executives, owners, founders, and investors of private businesses with no less than 25 years in operation, The Distance (produced by Basecamp) highlights the hard work and constant struggle for survival that’s fundamentally part of building something that lasts.
Noteworthy episode: 51 – Make It Rain
20. School of Greatness
School of Greatness ventures inside the minds of the greatest of the great, with actionable insights you can apply to your own life.
In each episode, NYT best-selling author Lewis Howes speaks with world-class entrepreneurs, athletes, and influencers to try and understand how these people achieved greatness in their lives.
Noteworthy episode: Stop Overthinking and Start Doing
21. Entrepreneurs On Fire with John Lee Dumas
His goal with each episode is to deliver inspiration and vital strategies to aspiring entrepreneurs in an interview format.
Over the years, he’s amassed an impressive roster of over 2,000 guests, including Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, to name a few.
Bonus: off-topic podcasts our team listens to
You’ve read our top business picks, now here’s a rundown of some additional non-business focused podcasts that our team enjoys.
Adam Henshall, content writer & editor at Process Street:
“I’m going to nominate a slightly infrequent – but always great – podcast from the team at StatsBomb. It’s a podcast from the world of football (read: soccer) and covers a whole range of different areas.
What makes StatsBomb particularly interesting is that the company does some of the best data gathering and statistical analysis a non-football professional working in a top league could possibly have access to. The StatsBomb team, Ted Knutson and co, started off working with clubs which were on the cutting edge of trying to implement high level stats use: FC Midtjylland in Denmark and then Brentford in the lower divisions in the UK. Now StatsBomb provides consulting work for top teams and offers its analytics systems up to clubs as a kind of SaaS product.
Obviously I enjoy the football-based discussion, but it’s also real interesting listening to conversations about how to communicate data. The analytics team will have to work with coaches who would otherwise be pretty detached from this kind of analysis – but you need buy-in to make it work. So this results in some great musings on data visualization and also in the feedback-loop – how the coaches’ input helps the data team.
If you’re into tech and startups while also into football, this is a must listen podcast.
My noteworthy episode is looking at how good Liverpool actually are, at the beginning of the 18/19 season. Given that this year is our year – there I said it – this seems a suitable episode.”
Noteworthy episode: StatsBomb Podcast: Liverpool, New Research and More
Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso
Farah Tash, marketing coordinator at Process Street:
“Sophia Amoruso brings on inspiring, hard-working, innovative women to chat about their story, their first job, and how they got to where they are today.
Each episode brings about relatable tips, insights, and best practices. I started listening to this podcast during my hour long commute to university just to make use of idle time and it slowly became a way to familiarize myself with women in business and the female experiences in spaces such as tech, finance, and so on.
The varying age group of women who are interviewed here points to different types of struggles experienced by the women as they were starting their careers.
However the underlying takeaway factors in all of their success stories is hard work, consistency, persistence, openness to risks, and passion – these factors have played a huge role in shaping my own work ethic.”
Noteworthy episode: Ibtihaj Muhammad – USA Olympic Fencer, Author & Entrepreneur
The Infinite Monkey Cage
Ben Mulholland, content writer and editor at Process Street:
“Ever wanted to know more about life, the universe and everything but get too lost in the details? If so, then the Infinite Monkey Cage is perfect.
Hosted by Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, Monkey Cage explores everything from light and life to ghosts to God with a scientific lens. If that sounds a little too much then don’t worry – there are plenty of interesting guests and fun observations to help you get to grips with the sheer amount of information being thrown through your speakers.
I started listening to their backlog for something to do on my long drives up and down England, more wanting to fill dead air than actually listen to anything too in-depth. I’m interested in science but never seriously looked into the minutia of any given topic.
Now I barely drive without plugging the duo in. Whether I fancy laughing, want to learn more about anything from the science of randomness or perception, or want to see which guests they have on (who’ve included everyone from Stephen Fry to Neil deGrasse Tyson), it’s always a blast.”
Noteworthy episode: Series 8, Episode 3: Space Tourism
Alex Gallia, content writer at Process Street:
“In my free time, I enjoy reading and writing philosophy, particularly Ancient Greek and Eastern philosophy, Epicureanism and Zen Buddhism being good examples. This led me to discover a podcast that did grab my attention.
The podcast is called Philosophy Bites, and interviews top philosophers from around the world on broad, complex topics in a bite-sized format. Topics include the construction of thought, human nature, free will, genomics, and much more.
It is presented by British philosopher Nigel Warburton and BBC radio host David Edmonds, who also has prestigious credentials in the field of philosophy.”
Noteworthy episode: Keith Frankish on Conscious Thought
WTF with Marc Maron
Jason Tally, video content producer at Process Street:
“I love to listen to WTF with Marc Maron.
Maron is a podcast pioneer having completed 983 podcasts and counting. His day job is a standup comedian and actor on a show called Glow.
This podcast is like therapy as you listen to Maron give his comedic and open-mined take on life and the world we occupy together twice a week.
You also get a long-form interview with interesting celebrities and the like, for over an hour.
This podcast helps you understand (in an entertaining way) that we’re all going through the same “stuff”, no matter who you are. “WTF” (look it up) indeed”
Noteworthy episode: Episode 982 – Seth MacFarlane
DuoLingo Spanish Podcast
Oliver Peterson, content writer at Process Street:
Personally, my off-topic pick would be DuoLingo’s Spanish podcast.
As someone attempting to improve my grasp on the Spanish language, I find these bilingual episodes in which native speakers recount personal stories to be very useful.
Speakers are clear and well-paced, stories are supplemented in parallel with English explanations, and the stories themselves are often genuinely interesting. Definitely a great resource for anyone attempting to learn a new language.
Noteworthy episode: Episode 22: Autostop en Afganistán (Hitchhiking in Afghanistan)
Processes for your podcasts
Podcast Publishing Checklist: How to Make a Podcast from Start to End
Nail the perfect podcast with this comprehensive checklist to guide you through production and publishing of a new episode.
Get your Podcast Live in iTunes
This checklist will streamline the whole process of getting your newly completed podcast live in iTunes — simple as that.
Get your first 100 Podcast Listeners
Equally as important as quality production and making sure you’re hosting your podcast on relevant channels is the promotion you’ll be doing to get those first listeners.
This checklist outlines the process for getting your first 100 listeners, tried and tested by our own team at Business Systems Explored.
For a more in-depth look at these checklists plus more podcasting tips and tricks, take a look at our post on how to make a podcast.
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