This year I discovered a new medium for learning: Podcasts
I realize podcasts aren’t new and people have been publishing them for years but this year I fell in love with them. I got the idea after a few months of using Audible to listen to books and my brother got me hooked by sending me a few awesome episodes. I really enjoyed the experience of listening and tried to find more “real time” content and on topics I care about. That led me to podcasts and over this past year I’ve developed a short list of my favorite podcasts.
BrightGauge Podcast – Ok, this might be a little biased but because of my love for podcasts we decided to launch our own BrightGauge Podcast earlier this year. We are less than 10 episodes in but so far I’ve enjoyed the experience because I get to have conversations with employees, customers, partners, etc on all topics related to leveraging your data and growing your business. For those of you interested please check it out on on Soundcloud and iTunes.
The #AskGaryVee Show – Gary Vaynerchuk started this series as a video series on YouTube but now also releases the content via a podcast. I must admit that Gary is very charismatic and is definitely worth watching on video, but for those of you that don’t have the 20-25 minutes to watch a video, the podcast does just fine. Each podcast Gary answers 5 questions that were picked out by his team about social media, building brands, growing your business, and one of my favorite topics Hustling & the Grind. So far the most memorable podcast was when Gary’s Dad joined the show.
Inside Intercom – Intercom is a company I really admire and their content I always find interesting. From Intercom specific content to general content about the SaaS world, Design, and even fund raising. So far my favorite podcast is an conversation with Jay Simons, the President of Atlassian, where they talk about marketing and growing their SaaS businesses (two of my personal favorite topics).
a16z – Andreessen Horowitz is a leading Venture Capital firm in Silicon Valley started by two legends in the technology world of Mark Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. The topics discussed on the podcast vary quite a bit but they all have to do with technology, typically related to growing your business, and also about how to disrupt using technology. My two favorites are Why SaaS Revenue is Worth More Than Traditional Software Sales and a more recent one titled Dell + EMC: Why the Python Just Ate the Cow
The Tim Ferriss Show – Tim Ferriss is a well known name in the technology and Silicon Valley world. He has been an advisor to many successful companies and sprung onto the scene after his awesome book The 4-Hour Work Week. I read this book when it first came out and it blew my mind. I have always been a fan but only recently got into his podcasts. I must warn you, some of them can run 2 ½ hours long, but if you’re willing to commit then Tim will take on a journey with each podcast. I have 3 favorites The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice, The Scariest Navy SEAL Imaginable, and Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money.
Seth Godin’s Startup School – This one is a little different than the others on the list because it was recorded at a point in time (2012) when Seth Godin hosted a 3 day boot camp for start ups. What I found fascinating is that the entire series, which is a recording of all the lessons he shared during the boot camp, is still very relevant today. If you are in the startup world or considering starting your own company than this 15 podcast series will make a dramatic impact on you. All the content is so good I can’t pick just one episode as my favorite so you’ll have to listen to all of them.
If you happen to check out one of these podcasts let me know what you think, especially one of the BrightGauge Podcast episodes (wink wink)