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13 Of The Best Startup and Business Podcasts

You want to learn fast, efficiently, and effectively. Yet in today’s digital world consuming information can be overwhelming… E-books, webinars, articles, white labels, infographics, audible and reading, we are constantly being pinged with the next BIG thing. Podcasting is a hot trend that Americans are obsessing over so let’s dive in with a few stats.


  • In 2008, 9% of Americans had listened to a podcast in the last month…Fast forward to January 2015 and we are at 17%! 
  • 2.6 Billion Podcast downloads in 2014
  • Roughly half (49%) of Americans the age of 12+ are aware of podcasting
  • Podcasting is the new blog
Personally, I love listening to podcasts in the car, on the plane, while working, running, biking, exercising, and even cooking lately… You get the idea right?

The Data Nerds Best 15 Startup & Business Podcasts

The Tim Ferris Podcast

  • Rated #1 podcasts several times, “Best of 2014” and “Best of 2015”, over 50,000,000 downloads. Tim chat’s with experts from all fields with his unique interviewing skills deconstructing top performers. Must listen to episodes are Jamie Foxx, Peter Thiel, Neil Strauss, Edward Norton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


  • This includes over 1000 interviews from proven entrepreneurs. Perfect for beginners to hear about success and failure from names like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Dave Ramsey, and Y Combinator.

Seth Godin’s StartUP School

  • This is a bias opinion as Seth Godin’s daily email is one of my favourite items to read in my inbox. Sign up here to check it out. There are only 15 episodes to consume from Seth, yet they are packed with information from a thought leader in the marketing and business world.

Ask Gary Vee

  • Name a social network Gary Vaynerchuk isn’t dominating right now? For real-world, no-bullshit advice, listen to Gary’s podcasts about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship.

Lewis Howes “The School of Greatness”

  • Personally, I couldn’t get over the plugs and Lewis talking about his upcoming adventures. He truly is an amazing story and has some hidden gems in this podcast.

Eric Thomas

This Week in Startups

  • Interested in startups? Listen to the best, worst, craziest, and most interesting stories from the previous week in the land of startups.

Found Nathan Chan

  • Nathan is a success story and interviews top founders and entrepreneurs for you to learn from. His guests include: Tim Feriss, Seth Godin, Pat Flynn, Richard Branson, and Tony Robbins.

500 Startups

  • The leading global venture capital firm interviews founders, investors, and mentors about anything and everything.

The Growth Show

  • Hubspot is an inbound marketing and sales software for enterprise solutions. The podcast is 100% dedicating to growing a company, user base, brand, movement, idea, and much more.

The James Altucher Show

  • James has started and sold several companies in the 8-figure range. He is the writer of 11 books, an investor and board member of multiple billion dollar companies, and interviews like-minded successes such as: Mark Cuban, Arianna Huffington, Tucker Max, Seth Godin, and Tim Ferris.

The Entrepreneur on Fire

  • EOFire was created for YOU, the Entrepreneur, Side-preneur, Solo-preneur, and Small Business Owner… These podcasts will provide tons of practical advice and are all under 30 minutes.

Hack the entrepreneur

  • Jon Nastor interrogates many of the successful business minds as mentioned earlier. My favourite parts of this podcast are shortcuts that other entrepreneurs use to make their daily lives easier.

Social Media Marketing

  • The team at SMM lead the space in social with their in-depth and success story blog. Definitely worth a listen for anyone interesting in growing the social network.

The $100 MBA

  • Awarded the best 2014 Business podcast. Each episode is approximately 10 minutes and easy to consume, well worth it.
Let us know your favourite podcasts in the comments and we will add them to the list!
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38 comments on “13 Of The Best Startup and Business Podcasts

  1. It’s tough to start a business and build a brand, so it’s good to know that we have podcasts that talk about business and strategies and stuff like that. I love that you can listen to it wherever you are!

  2. Saving this to really go through some of these. There is so much out there on the internet and it is difficult to keep up with all of it.

  3. Such a great resource that could help many in the business area. I would love to hear a lot about Social Media Marketing as it plays a major role today in bringing positives to the business & brands.

  4. As entrepreneurs, you never stop learning about more business and your business. Before you start your new business make sure you have already the marketing plan, strategies, social media marketing. Without these 3 i don’t know if your business will grow or survive.

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