I think we can all agree that we enjoy hearing about startups, and though we may not necessarily be attempting to start our own, it’s always inspiring to draw on the experience of other entrepreneurs who have also had success.
Earwolf: Seth Godin’s Startup School is devoted to showing people how they can go about starting and building up their dream business. Seth Godin is considered quite a leader in the business world, and when you hear him speak he is quite motivational and really knows his stuff. He goes through all the steps in his podcasts, from coming up with the initial idea, to raising funding and getting your idea off the ground.
This Week in Startups has a collection of podcasts from many different influential people. There are a lot of great podcasts by CEOs, owners, and partners in many different startups. You can hear great advice from Mat Ellis of Cloudability, and Aaron Levy of Box for example. They also have podcasts on up and coming technology, new services and trends in the industry.
eCorner is brought to you by Stanford University. Their Entrepreneurship corner has over two thousand FREE videos and podcasts which feature entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders. You can get advice from the pros, and hear experiences from other entrepreneurs and students of Stanford. It is constantly being updated, and they usually have one or two new items every week.
Mixergy offers you the opportunity to learn from the best. They have over 932 interviews which consist of proven entrepreneurs. You can hear some great advice and get insight from the founders of Wikipedia, YCombinator, KIVA, and Groupon for example. They also have 117 courses to help budding entrepreneurs get started in bringing their ideas to life.
Frank Peters Show: The Frank Peters Show has a lot of interesting podcasts not only on startups, but on different things effecting startups. They have shows on angel investing, public policy updates, and updates on summits and seminars. They release about 3 to 4 new items a week. (sometimes more, sometimes less)
The Startup Success Podcast actually stopped adding new material back in April 2013, however all their old shows are still available to listen to. They have over 140 interviews with some of the biggest names in startups archived and freely available to those that want to listen. The reason they closed up shop is one of the partners left Microsoft to start consulting for a non-profit and the other partner went on to develop some web apps.
Startup Business Podcast: Startup Business Podcast is another podcast that has closed its doors, however, you can still go and download their past shows until January 4th 2014. If you are interested in grabbing the podcasts and perhaps registering for their last free seminar in Las Vegas, you better do so now, while you still have the chance.
Startups for the rest of us is brought to you by Mike Taber and Rob Walling who provide insight and advice from their perspective. They have successfully developed their companies without any Angel or Venture Capital funding. They currently have 154 episodes and counting.
Startup Daddy: Startup Daddy is run by a down to earth family man who has been involved in various startups and his own small business. He not only has podcasts, but also many informative articles and videos as well. The site seems to have slowed down a bit, with the last podcast being in May 2013.
Founderware is a series of Podcasts put out by Founderware.co. They feature interviews with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and anyone else that has an interest in technology and life in general. They welcome suggestions for shows, and quite frequently feature listener submissions into their podcasts.
Toiletpaperentrepeneur: Don’t be fooled by the name, Toilet Paper Entrepreneur is some serious business! When you hear the name you might think of it as a joke site, but they have lots of useful videos and articles on startups, and advice on how to run them. While they don’t have any podcasts, this site deserves an honorable mention, not just for the unique name, but for the information it contains as well.
Help My Business Sucks! This website takes a more toned down view, and injects humor into its videos and podcasts to help see the lighter side of entrepreneurship and to help you keep your business from “sucking”. They have information on advertising, marketing strategies, and how to implement plans. They only come out with an episode per month on average. (sometimes they skip a month).
iinnovate – Iinnovate is a podcast by Stanford University’s Business and Design Schools. It looks as if this was taken over by eCorner, but the old podcasts are still available to download and listen to, and still have some really good information. This podcast was last updated in June of 2009.
Advanced Selling Podcast: The advanced selling podcast is a good mix of startup information, which covers a wide variety of topics. Not only does it cover important things in terms of your startup, but it also covers things like advice on how to end a long term relationship amicably if it takes a turn for the worse. They have podcasts about once to twice a week.
VentureVoice Podcast: VentureVoice is a podcast not only about startups, but also about how people who are involved in startups live their lives. It has a lot of great information on how to balance your working on the startup and also your personal life, as sometimes it is difficult to keep a balance. Some really good information, though sometimes they take a while to come out with something new.
ITConversations: (Innovators) – Jon Udell works with Microsoft and also an author, information architect software developer, and a new media innovator. His main focus in terms of startups is the interaction of technology on society, and he has a lot of very interesting things to say. You can also browse other similar people there as well.
Web 2.0 Show: The Web 2.0 show currently has 73 episodes, chock full of information, ideas, and advice when it comes to startups and the different methods of tackling them. They have some pretty big names for their podcasts such as Neil Patel, who has also given advice to large companies such as AOL, General Motors and Hewlett Packard. It is definitely worth a listen.
37 Signals Show: The 37 Signals Show doesn’t just focus on startups, but they also focus on technology in the new era, applying for jobs, hiring, and even new software development and how it pertains to startups. They have some really good advice on working in the digital age, and of course, some interesting insights when it comes to startups. While it hasn’t been updated in quite a while, May 2011, the information is still quite good.
The Pipeline: The Pipeline is a podcast hosted by Dan Benjamin. It consists of interviews which feature in-depth conversations with innovators, designers, geeks, newsmakers, entrepreneurs, and with people who create amazing things. The last time is was updated was September 2011, but that doesn’t make the interviews any less relevant to today’s world.
Founders Talk: Founders Talk is a podcast which is really similar to The Pipeline in terms of interviews with innovative people, and talking about the issues which arise with startups and how to face them. They have a podcast every Wednesday at 5PM CST, or you can select one of their previous shows to listen to. Founders Talk is hosted by Adam Stacoviak.
Traction: (honorable mention) While traction is not necessarily focused on startups per se, it drawn on interviews with 30 different successful entrepreneurs who have had great success with their startups. Some of the experience thrown into the book comes from David Hauser (Founder of Grasshopper), Chris McMann (Founder of StartupDigest), and Alex Pachikov (Co Founder of Evernote) for example.