A selection of podcasts that serve as rocket fuel as you launch yourself or your new idea this year.
Inspired by Gimlet Media cofounder Matt Lieber’s Startup Academy #podcastplaylist, here are six shows that’ll motivate the idea-driven to take the next step.
IDEO Futures — IDEO Futures is where entrepreneurship meets design and cool stuff comes to life. Start with: Jane Chen of Embrace Innovations on optimism, entrepreneurship, and surfing, for a fascinating look into the intersection of NASA-inspired technology applied to infant comfort.
The Pitch — a Shark Tank-like podcast where entrepreneurs pitch investors for funding. Start with: George Li pitching BajaBoard, an all-terrain electric skateboard.
The EntreLeadership Podcast — weekly interviews with business and entrepreneurship leaders. Start with: Seth Godin, It’s Always Your Turn, for a solid and snappy interview with the author and marketing expert.
Social Entrepreneur—advice for aspiring world changers from social business founders, investors, and leaders, hosted by Tony Loyd. Start with: Misan Rewane, WAVE: Skills Over Schools, for a discussion about skills training for underemployed youth in West Africa.
She Did It Her Way — Amanda Boleyn interviews successful female entrepreneurs, sharing the ups and downs of their journey to creating their own business. Start with: From Side Hustle to Full-Time, with Lorena and Sakura from Bloguettes.
How I Built This — the movements built by innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, hosted by Guy Raz. Start with: Warby Parker—David Gilboa & Neil Blumenthal, the duo that disrupted the eyewear industry with a online mail-order try on program.
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