In this digital age, business owners can get inspiration and advice from anywhere in the world. If you have a long commute, or you’re one of those business owners who loves thinking business, even in your downtime, podcasts are a great way to keep up with business trends and economic shifts happening on a global scale. They’re also a great way for business owners to learn that they’re not alone with the challenges they face.
It’s a testament to the mobility and accessibility of podcasts that 75 million people tune into them every month. With consumption growing by 25% year-on-year, that audience is getting even bigger. Many tech companies have launched their own podcast programs as marketing tools – unsurprising since all they really need is a good microphone and a solid Internet connection to get started. Why not take advantage of all this free, business-focused content? Let’s run down the most informative and entertaining business podcasts currently worth listening to:
This podcast is a diverse look at all the business stories making waves in the news and markets across the globe. Marketed as “unlicensed and off-the-leash”, City A.M. Unregulated covers everything from ‘networking skills’ to ‘business tips from toddlers’. If your business relies on being ahead of the curve, this could be a great choice for you.
As the name suggests, Smart People identifies smart people – people who have done amazing things in their respective fields – and spends an hour interviewing them. Great stories inevitably emerge, but the best outcome is that the listener can hear about the one-of-a-kind experiences of business superstars. You can filter easily to ‘Entrepreneur’ episodes and hear interviews with smart people in business.
Planet Money, put simply, explains the economy. As their tagline puts it: ‘Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening’. This podcast is elucidating, surprising, and definitely fun.
Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books, presents this weekly podcast which tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) about socioeconomics. Dubner speaks with “Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers” to piece together this encyclopedia-worthy fact-spiller of a podcast. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask and The Secret Life of a CEO are particular highlights.
Former This American Life producer Alex Blumberg documents his personal journey of building a podcast empire Gimlet Media in real-time. StartUp is a behind-the-scenes perspective of how an idea evolves. Once you’ve listened to the first awkward pitch meeting where he stumbles over his words trying to explain his idea to a powerful Silicon Valley investor, you’ll never feel out of your depth in business again.
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