Driving (in a car, bus or by train) can be boring – so when I don’t read a book, I listen to podcasts. Finding podcasts is not hard, but finding good ones is not always easy. So with the hope to direct some of you to interesting new podcasts, here are the 5 podcasts I am currently listening to.
StartUp (Gimlet Media) hearstartup.com
A somewhat famous (at least in the US) radio producer launches a startup that makes podcasts – and tells the story of how he creates this new business on his first show. While it’s sometimes a tad creepy when he records his friends and wife in private conversations, the show manages to tell a personal and emotional story, while still teaching a few lessons to future entrepreneurs: launching a startup is not easy, but very rewarding!
ReplyAll (Gimlet Media) replyall.limo
The second show from podcast startup Gimlet Media – it’s about the internet. Again, the producers try not to be the 3485.214th show that talks about the new Facebook rules and how to reach more influencers, instead they manage to find the unknown and bizarre stories created by and around the world wide web. If you want to hear what a medical student has to say about the Instagram for doctors or why the inventor of the pop-up thinks he created today’s ad-based internet, I recommend you listen to this 15-20 minutes podcast show!
33voices (33voices) 33voices.com
33voices interviews startup founders and entrepreneurs. Expect a lot of motivational talk and business platitudes, but also some great insights and a few helpful tips on how to succeed (or not fail to hard). Listen to a few of the 20-30 minutes when in doubt or before facing a particular challenge and you’ll immediately feel better!
Chasing Product (Christopher Hawkins) chasingproduct.com
If you are more interested in the day-to-day challenges of a software products business, listen to the ~1 hour episodes of Chasing Product. The down-to-earth discussions (f.ex. episode 17 on “Why the businesses featured in “entreporn” are outliers, not startup realities”) are a good contrast to the interviews of 33voices. And don’t forget to check out the links for each episode on the website, they are a great source of inspiration!
Bonus: Skeptoid (Brian Dunning) skeptoid.com
Don’t just believe everything you read on the Internet! In short, 15-20 minutes soundbites, Skeptoid looks at some of the most annoying myths and conspiracy theories and explains their genesis and how charlatans are exploiting their gullible audience. You might not agree with all the conclusions (f.ex. on nuclear power or alternative medicine), but it sure makes you think about how to approach the next incredible claim by the next new, exciting and revolutionary product.