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The 5 Best Podcasts for Business Leaders and Startup Stars


Business podcasts are a great way to get ahead at work or boost your entrepreneurial efforts, especially if you don't have time to read business-centric books or attend conferences and seminars. With podcasts, you can catch up on all the latest business news, get inspiration from fellow business leaders and entrepreneurs, and even get an inside look into the creation (and maintenance) of a successful enterprise. Listen at the gym, during your commute, or any time you have a few minutes to sit back and hear what experts and colleagues have to say.

Here are some of the top business podcasts to help you get started.

1. This Week in Startups

Jason Calacanis hosts This Week in Startups, a podcast about tech startups. It's great for people who need to stay on top of the latest Silicon Valley news, who want tips to improve team relationships and who dream of starting their own company someday. His podcast features insightful interviews with some of the top tech moguls and upstarts. The interviewees give useful tips about their own histories and a window into the industry. There are also "Ask Jason" episodes in which he answers questions from fans of the podcasts. The information shared in this podcast could be a valuable resource for any startup enthusiast.

2. How to Build a Rocketship

Building a startup company can seem as complex as building a rocket ship. That's why this podcast has episodes on all sorts of topics from productivity and management to culture and funding. They try to cover everything you need to know to build your own "rocket ship." Many episodes feature interviews with executives from top companies including Asana, Facebook and The Knot, to give listeners a look into business from top industry talent.

3. Startups for the Rest of Us

Startups for the Rest of Us focuses on the software industry. It follows the story of two entrepreneurs as they make their way through the complex processes of starting, acquiring and selling Saas businesses. Episode topics vary from super specific like turning free users into paid users, to more broad items like yearly predictions for the industry or recaps of specific conferences.

4. Lean Startup

"Lean" is a big buzzword in the startup atmosphere, so it makes sense that there would be a podcast focused on lean tactics. Lean means trying to do things in the most efficient way while decreasing waste. The methodology was based on the Toyota production line but it has many more applications than just manufacturing. It can also apply to employee management and product development too. The podcast episodes focus on different aspects of lean theory and interviews with experts on the topic.

5. The Pitch

Whoever thought a business podcast could have you on the edge of your seat, with your heart beating out of your chest. The Pitch will have you doing just that, as entrepreneurs and CEOs describe the pivotal moments that changed it all for them. While this is definitely focused on startups, it's not solely about tech. You'll hear from anyone who had a great idea with a make-or-break moment to make it happen. Interviews with the founder of an app for addicts, a seed butter company, and a Vietnamese coffee company give you information about how to handle those high-pressure moments that lead to success.

Put on your headphones and work on your business prowess no matter what else you're doing. Listen to top experts in business and get to work on building your own empire!

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