Top 10 Podcasts for Entrepreneurs and Startups

How I Built This, Tim Ferriss, and GaryVee Audio Experience lead the list

The podcast industry has exploded with growth over the past several years, and that growth has extended to entrepreneurial podcasts as well. There are over 1.5 billion podcasts globally as of Oct. 2020, according to

If you are looking to develop a business, launch a startup, or stay-up-to-date on marketing techniques, here are 10 podcasts for you.

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1. How I Built This With Guy Raz

  • Episode release date: Mondays and Thursdays
  • Average episode duration: 30 to 60+ minutes

NPR’s Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the best known companies in the world, weaving a narrative about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists — and the movements they built. Recent episodes include a deep dive into fashion icon Kenneth Cole and DropBox CEO Drew Houston.

2. The Tim Ferriss Show

  • Episode release date: Varies (usually released one or two days a week)
  • Average episode duration: 1.5 to 2 hours 

Best-selling author and self-experimenter Tim Ferriss deconstructs world-class performers from all trades to dig deep and find the tools, tactics, and tricks listeners can utilize. Podcast guests include actor Hugh Jackman, tennis player Maria Sharapova, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

3. The GaryVee Audio Experience

  • Episode release date: Everyday
  • Average episode duration: 15 to 60+ minutes 

Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk provides listeners with a mix of his favorite #AskGaryVee show episodes, keynote speeches on marketing and business, and segments from his WeeklyVee video series. He also includes interviews with guests as well as new content recorded exclusively for the podcast. 

4. HBR IdeaCast

  • Episode release date: Tuesdays
  • Average episode duration: 30 minutes

Harvard Business Review senior editors Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch host this weekly podcast, which features the leading thinkers in business and management. Recent episodes explore topics like on-demand work for skilled workers and managing working parents during the pandemic.

5. The Ed Mylett Show

  • Episode release date: Tuesdays
  • Average episode duration: 1 hour

Ed Mylett interviews guests in almost every industry, showcasing the greatest peak-performers and sharing their journeys, knowledge, and leadership with listeners. He aims to provide listeners with motivation, inspiration, and practical tips for self-improvement. 

6. The Goal Digger

  • Episode release date: Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Average episode duration: 30 to 60+ minutes

Jenna Kutcher provides productivity tips, social media strategies, business hacks, and inspirational stories to help listeners design their dream careers. Along with sharing her best pointers, Kutcher interviews the top female bosses in the industry, including fitness guru Lori Harder, author Jamie Ivey, and online marketing expert Amy Porterfield.

7. Masters of Scale

  • Episode release date: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Average episode duration: 30 minutes

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, provides startup advice by showing how companies grow “from zero to a gazillion.” Hoffman tests his theories with legendary leaders and iconic CEOs, including from Nike, Netflix, Starbucks, and Slack. 

8. Ted Business

  • Episode release date: Mondays
  • Average episode duration: 20 minutes 

Host Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School presents the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world, most of which are focused on universal conundrums like how to land a promotion, set smart goals, or undo injustice at work. After the talk, Akinola gives listeners a mini-lesson on how to apply the ideas to their own lives.

9. Angel Podcast

  • Episode release date: N/A
  • Average episode duration: 1.5 to 2 hours 

Currently in its fourth season, this mini-series explores the select pool of venture capitalists with a billion dollar funds. Host Jason Calacanis interviews these angel investors and uncovers their secrets to selecting winners as well as other strategies that got them to the top.

10. Panic With Friends

  • Episode release date: Mondays and Thursdays
  • Average episode duration: 30 minutes to 60 minutes

Howard Lindzon talks to investors, traders, venture capitalists, and founders about a wide variety of topics focusing on the future and how to find and ride trends in technology and the markets. Lindzon launched the podcast in March 2020 as the pandemic hit the U.S. with the goal of helping listeners get through the market panic as well as provide guidance on how to position their portfolios for growth in the years ahead.

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