We love a good podcast at the Twenty Mile Club and there is nothing like killing fortey-minutes of your commute to get stuck into a lost world, where you can disconnect from your own reality and connect to someone else’s. Whilst reading around a subject and doing market research is useful, we’ve found that to really further our understanding about something, listening to a podcast can really delve into the nooks and crannies of someone’s experiences and make you really learn from them.
Top 3 we’ve spotlighted for you today
How I Built This is an American podcast about “innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built” produced by NPR and hosted by Guy Raz. Guy is great at getting his guests to open up and share their very personal entrepreneurial experiences; from the initial seed that planted the idea to the highs and lows of getting to the point that they became a globally recognised brand. Our personal favorite episodes were interviewees with Spanx founder Sara Blakely and VICE founder Saroosh Alvi.
2. The Pitch
Named ‘the best business podcast on startup life’ by Fortune, The Pitch podcast allows you to listen as entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. Hosted by Josh Muccio from Gimlet Media, (listen here, or in any podcast app) you’ll get to hear from early start ups and the feedback that the venture capital panellists give them based on the pitch that they just heard. Listeners can hear a different startup pitching, with different investors every two weeks. Gripping!
We were keen to find a podcast where we could take away gold nuggets of info that we could then turn into actual actions. Founder Collective is a seed-stage VC fund that has invested in companies like Uber, Buzzfeed, MakerBot, HotelTonight, SeatGeek, and PillPack. Collective Wisdom is a podcast designed by Founder Collective to highlight the unique attributes that make exceptional companies, well, exceptional! Each episode will provide strategies and tactics you can apply to your startup or job and definitely offers more than a little food for thought.
There are countless podcasts out there that you can get stuck into and these three were big driving forces for us to initiate conversation around business, success and failure. If you can envision someone’s startup journey and take tips away from it for your own personal journey then you know, you’ve found a stellar podcast.