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The 30 Best Tech Podcasts You Should Listen To

11886Points

5 years ago

As someone who listens to over 5 tech podcasts every day, it’s safe to say I’m nearing the point of needing an intervention. It’s just they’re all so very good. I can barely get through a casual conversation without bringing up a stat or a quote from one that I’ve just listened to. So, I figured I would share my vast knowledge with you.

There’s a whole lot of podcasts about technology. And some really are worth attention. Here’s my curated list of tech podcasts that are worth following in this golden age of podcasting.

1. a16z

a16z

The a16z Podcast discusses trends, news and the future of a world being shaped by technology, especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next great consumer and enterprise companies.

Recommended listening: Teams, Trust, and Object Lessons with Dick Costolo and Ben Horowitz

2. Inside Intercom

Inside Intercom

On the Inside Intercom podcast you will hear the team from Intercom interview makers and do-ers from the worlds of product management, design, startups and marketing.

Recommended listening: Jason Fried, CEO, Basecamp

3. Re/code Decode

Re/Code Decode

One of tech’s most prominent journalists, Kara Swisher is known for her insightful reporting and straight-shooting style. Listen in as she hosts hard-hitting interviews about the week in tech with influential business leaders and outspoken personalities from media, politics and more.

Recommended listening: Chamath Palihapitiya, Investor, Social Capital

4. The Twenty Minute VC

Twenty Minute VC

The Twenty Minute VC takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. Join the host, Harry Stebbings and discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded.

Recommended listening: Mark Suster, Partner @ Upfront Ventures

5. Story in a Bottle

Story in a Bottle

One of the best things about the world of technology is that you can end up in it having come from any direction. The stories behind how some of the most successful founders, venture capitalists, designers, etc are fascinating and every week Charming Robot’s Dan Maccarone sits down over their guests favorite cocktail, wine or beer to hear where they came from and what they’ve learned along the way.

Recommended listening: Chris Messina, Developer Experience Lead @ Uber

6. IDEO Futures

IDEO Futures

The IDEO Futures podcast: where entrepreneurship meets design. They love the art and science of bringing cool stuff to life. They are designers dedicated to the notion of building to think. Their motto is always, “Don’t get ready, get started!” In that spirit, They focus on getting better with each episode they make.

Recommended listening: John Lilly (Partner at Greylock) on Blitzscaling, productivity tools + design in VC

7. Growth Everywhere

Growth Everywhere

Growth Everywhere is a weekly interview series with entrepreneurs and marketers on the latest in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. Learn actionable strategies & tactics on how you can make your business grow and mistakes to avoid during your journey. Learn from individuals who have founded billion dollar companies to best-selling authors.

Recommended listening: Former Facebook/Twitter/Quora Growth Expert Andy Johns Shares His Thoughts On User Growth

8. Design Details

Design Details

A show about the people who design their favorite products. Hosted by Bryn Jackson and Brian Lovin.

Best design podcast I’ve heard in a while.

Recommended listening: Unless You’re Dumb (feat. Jared Erondu)

9. ExponentFM

ExponentFM

Exponent, a production of Stratechery.com, is hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth. In this program they seek to explore the massive effect technology is having not just only on technology companies, but also on society as a whole. Ben Thompson is the author of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of “How Will You Measure Your Life” and a writer for the Harvard Business Review.

Recommended listening: Ben and James discuss the future of cars and transportation

10. This Week In Startups

This Week In Startups

Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style and good humor. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business or motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.

Recommended listening: Trello CEO Michael Pryor on scaling internationally to 1.1m daily users, benefits to hiring remote devs, and the future of work and communication

11. TWiT

TWiT

Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join the top tech pundits in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech.

Recommended listening: Some Slopes Are Slippery

12. Hack To Start

Hack To Start

A podcast focused on interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success. Each week Franco Varriano and Tyler Copeland speak with a new guest about how they created, hacked, and hustled their way to the top and distill their insights and experience for you.

Recommended listening: Meng To, Founder, Design+Code

13. SaaStr

SaaStr

The Official Saastr Podcast is the latest and greatest from the world of Saastr, interviewing the most prominent operators and investors to discover their tips, tactics and strategies to attain success in the fiercely competitive world of SaaS. On the side of the operators, they centre around getting from $0 to $100m ARR faster, what it takes to scale successfully and what are the core elements of hiring. As for the investors, they learn what metrics they hone in on when examining SaaS business, what type of metrics excites them and what they look for in SaaS founders.

Recommended listening: Mathilde Collin, Founder and CEO @ Front App. The evolution of content marketing & its effect on sales

14. What I Know Best

What I Know Best

WIKB is a series of conversations with experts across the tech industry, based on their personal experience working in some of the most compelling and successful companies of the past decade.

Recommended listening: Ivan Kirigin of YesGraph. All things growth from a 2x YC founder & Ex-Dropbox/Facebook

15. Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

Recommended listening: Marc Andreessen — Lessons, Predictions, and Recommendations from an Icon

16. The James Altucher Show

The James Altucher Show

James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books including the recent WSJ Bestseller, “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). He has started and sold several companies for eight figure exits. He’s on the board of a billion revenue company, has written for The Financial Times, The New York Observer, and over a dozen popular websites for the past 15 years. He’s run several hedge funds, venture capital funds, and is a successful angel investor in technology, energy, and biotech. He has also lost all his money, made it back, lost it, made it back several times and openly discusses how he did it in his columns and books.

Recommended listening: Ryan Holiday: The Powerful Enemy of Your Success

17. AngelList Radio

AngelList Radio

Join them as they interview early investors in billion-dollar businesses like Uber, Snapchat and Twitter. Each in-depth interview explains how investors find their next big startup. This show is produced by AngelList, where startups raise money and recruit talent. Companies like Uber, Thumbtack, Postmates, Shyp and Sprig have all used AngelList to find early investors.

Recommended listening: Jason Calacanis, Investor in Uber

###18. Getting2Alpha

Getting2Alpha

Are you an innovator? Do you want to harness the deeper power of games? Are you ready to look beyond easy answers, behavior mod, & Skinner boxes - and start thinking like a game designer? Getting2Alpha pulls back the curtain on how game designers bring their creations to life. You’ll meet pioneering designers who’ve created genre-defining hits - and rising stars who are crafting innovative experiences that extend the boundaries of traditional gaming. Listen in as they share their secrets - you’ll come away with concrete and actionable tips for building a faster, smarter MVP.

Recommended listening: Paul Adams on the future of product design

19. Product Hunt Maker Stories

Product Hunt Maker Stories

Product Hunt Radio (PHR) is for the product geeks. Each week Erik Torenberg is joined by founders, investors, and product people in the startup community & beyond to chat about products, technology, and the people who make them.

Recommended listening: Sarah Tavel (partner at Greylock)

Also from Erik Torenberg: How to Build and Grow Online Communities, by Product Hunt on Platzi

20. Dorm Room Tycoon

Dorm Room Tycoon

Dorm Room Tycoon is a podcast show that interviews the world’s most influential innovators in business, design and technology. Past guests: David Karp, founder of Tumblr. Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp. Max Levchin, co-founder of PayPal. Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator. Patrick Collison, co-founder of Stripe. Walt Mossberg, co-founder of Recode. The show is hosted by William Channer, a British designer, founder and journalist.

Recommended listening: How to Make a Startup Video, by Adam Lisagor

21. Love Your Work w/ David Kadavy

Love Your Work

Best-selling author David Kadavy interviews entrepreneurs and creators who have achieved success by their own definition, and built lives and businesses that are uniquely theirs. Topics will include entrepreneurship, marketing, creativity, neuroscience, productivity, lifestyle, and travel. Guest include Steve Case, Jason Fried, and Laura Roeder. You’ll love this podcast if you like The Tim Ferriss Show, The James Altucher Show, Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Revenue, Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness, Seth Godin’s Startup School, Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life, The Art of Charm, or John Lee Dumas’s Entrepreneur on Fire. Kadavy digs into how his guests found a path that was uniquely theirs.

Recommended listening: Be Decisive. Laura Roeder of Edgar

See also: David Kadavy’s Platzi Class on How to Run a One-Person Online Business

22. Acquired

Acquired

Tech acquisitions are often celebrated and then forgotten. But coded in each deal are lessons, not just about buyers & sellers, but the course of business & technology innovation charted throughout history. Acquired looks back at the stories behind acquisitions— how did a baby startup go on to achieve a big exit? What waves were breaking that enabled an underdog to capture a zeitgeist? Can that magic endure as part of a larger organization? And most importantly, why?

Recommended listening: LinkedIn

23. Rocketship.fm

Rocketship.fm

Business Explored. The podcast that inspires tens of thousands of entrepreneurs each week. Join them as they dive into everything from funding to growth, culture to sales and everything in between.

Recommended listening: Why You Should Forget Pre-Defined Product Categories

24. Foundation

Foundation

Interviews with tech entrepreneurs. Foundation is awesome. Kevin Rose is really great with the interviews and drawing out interesting information from his interviewees. He brings on some really interesting people to say the least.

Recommended listening: Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, and founder of AVOS

25. Seedcamp

Seedcamp

Carlos Espinal (Partner) and others in the Seedcamp team, talk to members of the Seedcamp network - Founders, Mentors & Investors - to delve into their startup experience and lessons learnt along the way.

Recommended listening: Jeff Veen, Design Partner at True Ventures, on How a Design Expert Views Investments

26. Partially Derivative

Partially Derivative

The everyday data of the world around us, hosted by data science super geeks. For the nerdy and nerd curious. This podcast is truly a gem if you are interested in anything related to data science! A mix of news, fun and interesting new projects, and also some educational words of wisdom!

Recommended listening: Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google

27. While we’re on the subject (WWOTS)

WWOTS

The search is over. You’ve been looking for them your entire life, and we’ve been waiting. Welcome to While We’re On The Subject (“WWOTS” for short), the show that features interviews with notorious entrepreneurs, haughty politicians…and even a few above average impersonations, in just 15 minutes! Hosted by two millennial technologists, one brilliant, the other… loud, WWOTS is short, sweet and fun doses of the stuff of substance.

Recommended listening: Going Bananas with Matt Clifford, Founder of One of The Fastest Growing Foods Companies in America

28. London Real

London Real

London Real is the video talk show that introduces you to the most fascinating people on the planet.Each week we interview someone at the top of their game and give you the inside look at how they achieved their success, and how you can take your health, wealth, and relationships to the next level.In over 200 episodes we’ve spoken to hollywood actors, members of parliament, and CEOs of billion dollar companies to learn the ingredients of greatness that you can apply to your life.Join our community of over 250,000 people and become the best you.

Recommended listening: Simon Sinek – Start With Why

29. Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky is a podcast about what’s happening right now — and next — in the world of culture, technology and the internet, music, movies, politics, and more. Whether it’s dissecting the news of the day or having an in-depth conversation with a creator, deep thinker, or artist, Tomorrow will be the best hour of funny, weird, and wonderful you’ll get all week.

Recommended listening: Faxing From the Beach with Paul Ford

30. The Startup Chat

The Startup Chat

Unfiltered insights and actionable advice straight from the trenches of startup and business life. The show hosts, Steli Efti and Hiten Shah, are both serial entrepreneurs who have founded multi-million dollar SaaS startups. Being busy CEOs of fast-growing companies, they know the value of your time and make sure you get the most out of each 22 minute episode.

Recommended listening: How to Make Meetings More Meaningful

I realize I’m leaving out some very good tech podcasts. Go ahead and talk about your favorites in the comments… and don’t forget to check out Platzi’s courses!

Daniel
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