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11 Powerful Entrepreneur Podcasts

11 Powerful Entrepreneur Podcasts

11 Powerful Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that one of the keys to becoming successful – and staying successful – is to develop your knowledge. For years I developed my entrepreneurial knowledge through books and blogs (checked out my Required Reading for Entrepreneurs post), as well as in-person networking and learning events.

Last year I discovered podcasts (OK, I knew about ‘podcasts’ for a long time, but I hadn’t paid any particular attention to them or to podcasts for entrepreneurs) and my mind was blown wide open.

There is an incredible wealth of amazing information available in the podcast universe, with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world sharing their knowledge and wisdom freely with the world.

What makes podcasts so great is that you can listen to them while you’re doing something else, and make effective use of otherwise ‘dead’ time. For 2016 I’ve committed myself to at least 15 minutes of vigorous exercise every day, which I squeeze in to my work day (I keep my sneakers and running clothes at work). Now I throw on my headphone, queue up my favourite podcast, and get the learning flowing while I’m running – exercising both my body and mind!

I’ve scoured the podcast universe and listened to dozens of entrepreneur and small business podcasts, and have narrowed down my iTunes feed to 11 of my favourites.

So without further ado, here are my favourite entrepreneurship podcasts, in no particular order. I’ve included links to the podcast in iTunes, as well as a link to an associated website. 

  

11 Powerful Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

 

1. Mixergy – Startup Stories

Mixergy is a platform that features over 1300 interviews and courses with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs, like Gary Vaynerchuk., Barbara Corcoran, and people from Y Combinator.

Their startup stories podcast is over 1200 episodes strong, and features hard-hitting interviews with startup founders, probing deep into their successes and failures.

Typical podcast length: 1 hour

WebsiteiTunes

2. The Entrepreneur’s Solution (Mel Abraham)

Mel Abraham is the founder of Business Breakthrough Academy and Thoughtpreneur Academy where he helps entrepreneurs bring their businesses to the world and build the lifestyle that they want. I’ve really enjoyed his podcast and his down-to-earth style; his podcasts tend to focus on actionable topics, rather than just fluffy, inspirational stuff, and each episode has an associated download or workbook that you can access to put the actionable tips to use right away.

One of the best entrepreneur podcasts out there.

Typical podcast length: 30-40 minutes

WebsiteiTunes

3. EOFire (John Lee Dumas)

John Lee Dumas is a machine: as of today (March 15, 2016) he’s up to 1240 podcasts! Each day, he releases a new EOFire podcast, interviewing a successful entrepreneur to pick their brains about what does and doesn’t work for them. He’s interviewed some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, including Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Seth Godin and more!

A fantastic entrepreneur podcast if you’re looking for a daily dose of inspiration and advice.

Typical podcast length: 30 minutes

WebsiteiTunes

4. This Is Your Life (Michael Hyatt)

Although this is could be considered an entrepreneurship podcast, Michael covers a lot of ground with it, including leadership, personal growth, productivity, and other topics that aren’t necessarily just for entrepreneurs, but that are nonetheless valuable to anyone starting or running a business.

Unlike many other podcasts, Michael has a cohost (the fantastic Michele Cushatt), and their rapport and banter is often quite entertaining and useful.

Typical podcast length: 35 minutes

WebsiteiTunes

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5. Redefine – A Social Enterprise Podcast (Agrego)

I just discovered this one recently. My focus with my online course and my consulting work is on social entrepreneurship (entrepreneurs who seek social goals as well as financial ones), so I’ve started to seek out more resources on this topic.

Cohosted by Richard Mands and Joshua Maddox, and presented by social enterprise Agrego, the Redefine Podcast discusses news from the world of social entrepreneurship, hosts discussions with thought leaders, and features discussions on how wealth is produced, used and distributed.

Typical podcast length: 1 hour

WebsiteiTunes

6. StartUp

One of the most popular startup podcasts, StartUp is a podcast diving deep into the world of startups. In Season 1, host Alex Blumberg told the story of launching Gimlet Media, a podcast network. In Season 2, Alex was joined by co-Host Lisa Chow, to follow an entirely new company, Dating Ring.

Following podcast storytelling techniques made famous my podcasts such as Serial, this podcast is a bit different than the others profiled here, as the focus is on one company and the story behind that company, rather than tips, advice or inspiration (but you’ll get plenty of those along the way). It’s easily the most entertaining of the 11 podcasts here and worth your time.

Typical podcast length: 30 minutes

WebsiteiTunes

7. I Love Marketing (Joe Polish and Dean Jackson)

I discovered this one while listening to the School of Greatness podcast interview with Joe Polish. I’m a big student of anything related marketing (and if I have one entrepreneurship skill that sets me apart, it’s my expertise with digital marketing), so this podcast really resonates with me.

Typical episodes focus on and discuss lead generation, lead conversion, email marketing (I’m big on email marketing!), referrals and much more.

If you want to get better at marketing, this is a great starting point and one of the best small business podcasts out there.

Typical podcast length: 1 hour

WebsiteiTunes

  

8. The School of Greatness (Lewis Howes)

This is not specifically an entrepreneurship podcast, but it’s definitely super useful for entrepreneurs. In this podcast former ‘pro athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur’ Lewis Howes interviews successful people on the topic of greatness: what greatness means, how to be great, what are the steps involved in being great, and much more.

His guest list reads like a Who’s Who list, and you will definitely have your mind expanded (and often blown wide open) by some of the insights his guests reveal.

Typical podcast length: 1 hour (plus 5-minute Fridays)

WebsiteiTunes

9. Sproutcast (Julie Duffy)

Another fantastic social entrepreneurship podcast focused on changemakers – the people and companies/organizations that are changing the world for the better. Each podcast features actionable tips, strategies, insights and advice on a wide range of areas, encompassing both the for-profit and non-profit worlds.

Typical podcast length: 35 minutes

WebsiteiTunes

10. The Ziglar Show

Zig Ziglar was a famous motivational/inspirational speaker, along the lines of Tony Robbins or Robin Sharma. The Zig Ziglar show continues his tradition, with hosts Kevin Millar and Tom Ziglar interviewing top world changers and leaders, as well as featuring excerpts from Zig Ziglar speeches and then deconstructing them.

Although the podcast is full of wisdom and inspiration, what keeps me coming back is just listening to Zig Ziglar’s amazing voice and smooth Texas drawl. Just listen to the intro and tell me you didn’t keep listening!

Typical podcast length: 1 hour

WebsiteiTunes

11. What It Takes (Academy of Achievement)

Another one that’s not strictly an entrepreneurship blog, What It Takes is a project of the Academy of Achievement, an organization that brings students face to face with extraordinary leaders, visionaries and pioneers (like Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, Frank Gehry and more).

A fascinating glimpse into what it takes to be great.

Typical podcast length: 40 minutes

Website |  iTunes

Conclusion

There you have it, my 11 favourite podcasts for entrepreneurs. I hope you subscribe to a few of them, and are impacted the way I have been.

What are your favourite entrepreneurship podcasts? Let me know in the comments below!

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