Top 5 Startup Podcasts for Entrepreneurs & Angel Investors

The term ‘podcast’ was coined to describe audio content (other than music) that you could download to your iPod – you know, that Apple product long since ingested by the iPhone. But the term lives on and its popularity is on the rise.

According to Edison Research, 64 per cent of Americans are now familiar with the term “podcast” and over 4 in 10 have listened to at least one podcast. 73 million Americans listen to podcasts every week; their average weekly listening time is an astonishing 6 hours 37 minutes.

There is a number of reasons for this including:

  • A shift in audience entertainment expectations towards on-demand content
  • A desire for long-form content where listeners can, by degrees, come to understand fully the topic under discussion
  • A recent UCL study even showed that emotional responses are stronger from auditory content than visual

But the medium itself shouldn’t take all the credit for the popularity of podcasts. Podcast creators have contributed their time, creativity and expertise to produce compelling and informative audio experiences.

Today, the selection of top-quality podcasts is almost limitless. And that is true of any industry from gaming to politics; from children’s books to investigative journalism.

The startup and business space is no different. There is so much choice – it can be a little bewildering. Especially given that you are probably pressed for time and want to start by listening to the best podcast that is most relevant to you!

We love podcasts. We listen to many of them. And we even host our own podcast (see below).

To help you get started on your journey of discovery, we have compiled our list of the Top 5 Startup and Business Podcasts.

1. This Week in Startups

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Tech entrepreneur Jason Calacanis interviews successful entrepreneurs to share their experiences and offer advice to people thinking of starting their own businesses.

2. The Pitch

Josh Muccio presents real entrepreneurs pitching in the hope of securing venture funding from investors. Entertaining and informative!

3. Masters of Scale

Linkedin podcast

LinkedIn founder, Reid Hoffman hosts guests with expertise and insights into scaling a startup. The focus is on growth rather than starting out…

4. How I Built This

Guy Raz presents the journies of some of the most famous companies as told by the entrepreneurs who drove them.

5. The Startup Microdose Podcast

The only UK-based podcast to make our list is our own (hosted by yours truly and my colleague, Ed Stephens!).
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Recently tracking at the number 1 in the Apple Business podcasts list, the Startup Microdose has exceeded all our expectations in its first year.

With guests including the founders of Huel, What3Words, Depop and Sweatcoin, we unpack the stories and secrets of companies right in the moment of their success.

Check it out on iTunes, Spotify or new podcasting platform, Entale.

Let me know your favourite (even if it’s not mine)!

The Startup Microdose Podcast & The Future of Information Sharing

Podcasts are becoming some of the most avidly consumed content available. More and more people are tuning for their ‘microdose’ of wisdom from industry leaders and pioneers. It’s a great and easy way to broaden your mind while you commute, work, cook, exercise and relax.

I’ve got in on the act with my colleague, Ed Stephens, from the senior team at Angel Investment Network.

On our show, The Startup Microdose Podcast, we interview successful entrepreneurs and investors to unpack their stories, opinions, quirks and wisdom.
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Popular episodes include:

Oleg Fomenko, Founder of Sweatcoin – the fastest growing health and fitness app in history

Anthony Rose, CEO of Seedlegals – angel investor and the man who built BBC iPlayer

Pip Jamieson, CEO of The Dots – ‘The LinkedIn for Creatives’

Tim Armoo – the 23-year- old marketing whizz behind Fanbytes – a Snapchat-focused influencer marketing platform

You can view all available episodes with full descriptions on iTunes or www.startupmicrodose.com

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The Future of Podcasting – The Interactive Experience with Entale

As part of this project, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Founders Factory-backed Entale.

They are revolutionising the podcast experience by incorporating visual context, time-stamped links and chaptering. These additional features allow listeners to derive a deeper and more interactive experience from their favourite podcasts.

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They’ve got a tonne of great shows already on the platform including The Startup Microdose, so make sure you check out their app!

Coming up on The Startup Microdose Podcast:

Maya Pindeus, Founder of Humanising Autonomy (Deep Machine Learning in Autonomous Vehicles)

Emma Sayle, Founder of Killing Kittens & one of the UK’s leading ‘sex-entrepreneurs

Julian Hearn, Founder of Huel (Nutritionally complete food)

Giles Rhy-Jones, CMO of what3words (A new address sysstem for the world – previously featured on this blog in a post called “How what3words are Changing the World

We are very excited to share this with you – enjoy!

Do you want to be interviewed on the podcast? Or know someone with entrepreneurial flair and knowledge to share?

I’d love to hear from you…