This is the ultimate list of best business podcasts for online entrepreneurs 🎧
You’ll find a bunch of handpicked recommendations below, sorted into categories to help you find the most relevant podcast for your current situation.
Let’s start with a shortlist.
These are my personal favorites:
💡 Best Podcast for Business Ideas
This podcast is mainly co-hosts Shaan Puri and Sam Parr brainstorming business ideas. They’re both experienced entrepreneurs with big networks and serious research skills.
Your brain will be on fire after each episode 🔥
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) discuss:
- The Black Friday email Sam sent out
- The controversies surrounding Drudge Report
- Creating low-brow media companies like Media Takeout
- The TV production business and Dave Chappelle’s request to Netflix
- Bringing back Celebrity Death Match for Tik-Tok?
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💻 Best Podcast for Online Marketing
Co-hosts Gael Breton and Mark Webster are the guys I trust most when it comes to online marketing.
Most episodes are packed with thoughtful and actionable marketing tips, and they also do regular news roundups.
What will you learn? How to deal with Big Media in your niche What are the niche types How to decide what is the right niche for you Resources Google Trends Verywell Fit SafeWise WPcrafter Reverse Engineering Affiliate Links YT Video
🎙 Best Podcasts for Interviews
Andrew Warner is an interview master, consistently bringing great guests on his show and asking them tough and insightful questions.
Today’s guest is someone who has this big vision of changing the world. But he realized something. If you want to change the world, if you want to really have big impact, you have to start small.
Ashray Malhotra is the founder of Rephrase.ai, which uses Generative AI to address millions of customers personally, through videos.
We’ll find out about his big vision in this interview.
Ashray Malhotra is the founder of Rephrase.ai, which uses Generative AI to address millions of customers personally, through videos.
Toptal – Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. With elite freelancers in over 100 countries, Toptal connects the world’s top talent with leading companies in days, not weeks. Plus, every new engagement begins with a no-risk trial period, so clients only pay if satisfied with the work. Get started hiring with Toptal today.
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Courtland Allen delivers solid interviews with online entrepreneurs, revealing how they became succesful.
Chris Oliver (@excid3) is a solo founder who recently passed $1M in revenue from his suite of projects targeted at Rails developers. He’s had a wild journey, from being so broke he had to get a job, to getting to the point where he was literally living the 4-hour workweek while making a full-time salary. In this episode, Chris and I discuss the tradeoffs of different indie hacker business models, the right path for building and selling to an audience, and how to use combinations to come up with unique ideas.
- GoRails, Chris’ Ruby on Rails screencasting business: https://gorails.com
- Jumpstart, Chris’ pre-built features for Rails apps: https://jumpstartrails.com
- HatchBox, Chris’ SaaS to build, deploy, and manage Rails apps: https://www.hatchbox.io
- Follow Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/excid3
😃 Best Podcasts for Inspiration
Guy Raz will get you thinking bigger as he interviews the entrepreneurs behind famously successful companies.
The former CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh has died. He was 46 years old. We are grateful that Tony shared his story with us in 2017 and we are republishing it as a tribute to his life and career. Tony was a computer scientist whose first company made millions off the dot-com boom. But he didn’t make his mark until he built Zappos—a customer service company that “happens to sell shoes.” Tony stepped down as CEO of Zappos in August 2020; the company is worth over a billion dollars and is known for its unorthodox management style.
Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal break down the stories of mega-successful companies, and give you the playbook for following in their footsteps.
Acquired is live on the scene covering Salesforce’s blockbuster $27.7B acquisition of Slack, with the help of the internet’s #1 Slack bull (and top internet analyst in his own right), Packy McCormick of Not Boring. We dissect the deal itself, Slack’s relatively short life as a public company, the impact of Microsoft and Teams, and most importantly what this means for enterprise SaaS startups broadly. And oh yeah — we have a ton of fun too. 🙂
Note: you can find our full June 2019 episode on Slack’s history and their DPO here: https://www.acquired.fm/episodes/the-slack-dpo
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- Thanks to Tiny for being our presenting sponsor for all of Acquired Season 7. Tiny is building the “Berkshire Hathaway of the internet” — if you own a wonderful internet business that you want to sell, or know someone who does, you should get in touch with them. Unlike traditional buyers, they commit to quick, simple diligence, a 30-day or less process, and will leave your business to do its thing for the long term. You can learn more about Tiny here: http://tinycapital.com
- Thank you as well to Bamboo Growth and to Perkins Coie. You can learn more about them at:
Playbook Themes from this Episode:
(also available on our website at https://www.acquired.fm/episodes/slack-salesforce-emergency-pod-with-packy-mccormick-of-not-boring )
1. Distribution is still key when it comes to selling enterprise products at the highest levels.
- SaaS startups can (and do!) land deals with big companies all the time now through the bottoms-up motion of individual teams adopting the product and paying by credit card. And they also can (and do!) expand those deals into large, enterprise-wide contracts. But the massive power of Microsoft, Salesforce, and to a lesser-degree Oracle and Google’s salesforces + bundling distribution abilities enables deals to happen at a scale that most independent companies find difficult to match.
2. Enterprise products are like icebergs — 90% of the work is below the surface.
- This is true both at the tactical level (integrations, permissions, security, etc) and the strategic: providing seamless connective tissue between work apps inside and across organizations is what makes Microsoft so powerful as an enterprise player — not necessarily because their products are better.
- This is why Slack Connect was such an important initiative for Slack, and why Microsoft trained the full firepower of its Teams marketing against it, while mostly ignoring Zoom even though Zoom is much more directly competitive on the product feature front.
3. Telling your story well always matters, no matter how big you get.
- Perhaps the biggest reason Slack “failed” as a public company was its inability to effectively communicate what it did that was special, why that was important, and why it was defensible enough to withstand the assault from Teams. Arguably, great answers existed to all of those questions — and the company kept posting impressive numbers to back them up — but Wall Street never bought the story Slack sold.
4. Enterprise collaboration is moving deeper into work apps themselves.
- Today’s native SaaS tools like Figma, Coda, Notion and others are embedding collaboration and chat natively into apps themselves — which reduces the primacy of a centralized platform like Slack, Teams or Discord. While on the one hand this is a threat to dedicated collaboration platforms, it also presents a massive opportunity: if they (or someone else) can decouple the core “collaboration layer” service from their own dedicated apps and also embed it directly into those work apps via APIs, it exponentially increases the surface area of workplace productivity that they can address.
5. The “Outsiders playbook” of growing through acquisition once your original product approaches market saturation works just as well in tech as it did in other sectors like media and industrials.
- As Will Thorndike outlined in The Outsiders, many of the best CEO capital allocators of all-time utilized the grow-through-acquisition strategy very effectively. Salesforce (and other big tech companies like Facebook) are clearly adopting the same approach.
- Not Boring: https://notboring.substack.com
- Packy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/packyM
- Packy’s bull thesis on Slack from November 2020: https://notboring.substack.com/p/slack-the-bulls-are-typing
Freelancing is a great way to start out as an online entrepreneur. This podcast shows you how to turn freelance success into something bigger.
On today’s episode we mix it up a bit with Craig Solid—a consultant in the healthcare space.
Craig’s business is going well and he’s trying to figure out how to better serve his clients on an ongoing basis and potential find some subscription revenue as well.
What we uncover is a potential mismatch between the target client and product offering. All of us leads us into a much-needed conversation about offering the right services for the right people at the right time.
It’s an eye-opening episode for freelancers and agency builders at any stage.
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🏝 Best Podcast for Digital Nomads
Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen produce this “podcast for location independent entrepreneurs.” Well worth a listen if you want to live that laptop lifestyle.
This week’s episode is about something that is incredibly near and dear to our hearts: personal blogging and what it means to write on the internet.
To help us tell this story, we’ve invited two of our favorite writers who both have a long and rich experience in the blogging space.
🦸️ Best Podcasts for Side Hustles
Nick Loper has tried his hand at dozens of side hustles and interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs. I come away from each episode smarter than before.
Our annual Friendsgiving celebration has been put on pause this year, but one tradition lives on.
This is year 3 of a special Thanksgiving Side Hustle Show episode showcasing creative side hustle ideas that make real money.
Ready? Let’s do it!
Chris Guillebeau pumps out frequent short episodes to boost your business brain.
A recent Classroom episode covered the basics of buying products for resale on Alibaba—but this listener is still confused. Let’s clear up the confusion!
Side Hustle School features a new episode EVERY DAY, featuring detailed case studies of people who earn extra money without quitting their job. This year, the show includes free guided lessons and listener Q&A several days each week.
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🧠 Best Podcast for Mindset
Cross entrepreneurship with philosophy and you get Naval’s podcast. He’s especially well-known for his “how to get rich” episodes (listen to them all on YouTube).
Listen to Dane Maxwell coach newbies who want to start a business. Lots of mindset work.
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🤔 Best Podcast for Deep Thinking
With this podcast, Shane Parrish from Farnam Street “helps you master the best of what other people have already figured out.” Interviews with very smart and thoughtful people.
The former Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Roger Martin was 2017’s number one management thinker in the world.
Walk away from this conversation a better leader and decision maker as he discusses patterns of good leadership, the hardest skill to transfer when decision making, self-sabotage, overcoming fear, thinking better, and integrative thinking.
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✅ Best Podcasts for Productivity
Cal wrote Deep Work, one of the best books for productivity. In this podcast you’ll find more wisdom for getting important work done.
In this episode of Deep Questions I answer reader questions about organizing massive projects, taming IM, and elaborating the books I would include in the Deep Life Canon.
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Here’s the full list of topics tackled in today’s episode along with the timestamps:
DEEP DIVE: The Deep Reset, Part 1
– The limits of deliberate practice? [12:09]
– Getting started on massive projects. [20:11]
– Social media and the dissemination of academic research. [25:04]
– Digital time blocking. [31:59]
– My opinion on GTD-style contexts. [35:50]
– When a job requires social media use. [40:01]
– Taming IM. [42:13]
– How to attend online classes. [50:08]
– Breaking a YouTube addiction. [1:00:30]
– Controlling heavy RSS use. [1:03:40]
– On the phenomenology of technology. [1:06:31]
DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS
– Deciding when to give up on a book [1:12:25].
– Dealing with an overwhelming amount of advice. [1:14:05]
– Living deeply in high school. [1:17:30]
– The Deep Life Canon. [1:23:47]
Thanks to listener Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
🤷♂️ Best Podcasts that Defy Categorization
Tim interviews world-class experts in many different fields, learning about their habits, tactics and strategies for success.
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Jim Collins (jimcollins.com) is a student and teacher of what makes great companies tick and a Socratic advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. Having invested more than a quarter-century in rigorous research, he has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than 10 million copies worldwide. They include Good to Great, the #1 bestseller that examines why some companies make the leap to superior results, and its companion work Good to Great and the Social Sectors; the enduring classic Built to Last, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations; How the Mighty Fall, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and Great by Choice, which is about thriving in chaos—why some do and others don’t.
And now he’s updating his debut book, Beyond Entrepreneurship, for the 21st century. Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0: Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company is now available.
Please enjoy this round two with Jim Collins! (And if you haven’t already, make sure to check out round one here.)
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Another podcast that tackles a broad range of topics. Paula’s an especially good listen if you’re into financial independence and early retirement.
#287: Seth Godin is the author of 19 bestselling books on mastery, creativity, business and marketing. His books have been translated into 35 languages, and one of his books was the top bestselling marketing book of the last decade. He’s an inductee to the Marketing Hall of Fame (yes, it exists).
Seth joins us today to talk about creativity, the importance of practice, and how to overcome your limiting ideas.
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A straight-talking podcast for entrepreneurs who want to do work they’re passionate about.
Dr. Richard Low considers himself a Fizzle-born entrepreneur. Lucky for us, he came back on the show recently to explain how he created the #1 dentistry podcast and a thriving coaching business.
Noah’s another savvy and successful online entrepreneur worth listening to. Especially if you like tacos 🌮
Tyler Hamilton, who was 8x in the Tour de France and a former teammate of Lance Armstrong. He wrote one of my favorite books on biking ever, The Secret Race, a behind the scenes look at the training and lifestyle at that elite biker level.
If you want to learn how to recover a public fallout (he admitted doping), the mindset of a champion, and behind the scenes of Lance Armstrong, you’ll love this episode.
This podcast effectively ended in 2018, but it’s still worth bingeing on the old episodes. Especially Season 8 – first episode: Introducing StartUp: The Final Chapter – which covers the $200 million sale of their media company to Spotify.
What’s the best business podcast you listen to?
Let me know in the comments below.
(Please refrain from recommending your own podcast. I’m more interested to hear about other people’s podcasts that you listen to regularly.)
📚 Best Business Books
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