Over the last 5 years I’ve probably listened to over 1000+ hours of podcasts. If you know me well, this should come as no surprise: I love thoughtful conversation (even if it means eavesdropping on it) and am compulsively seeking new ideas to enrich my mental frameworks.
It almost seems too good to be true to me that this vast wealth of spoken content is freely accessible if you have an internet connection and a smartphone, and I intend to not take this for granted.
As you can imagine, I’ve culled through my fair share of podcasts, so I’ve decided to finally compile a list of my favorites. This list is wide-ranging—but if anything has been included, it means I’ve listened to enough episodes and have enjoyed their quality enough overall that I’m willing to endorse them.
I have underlined the ones I personally find notable for their category (i.e. for what they are trying to do, they do it well). I’ve also starred* the ones that appear in multiple categories, since many podcasts span a range of topics.
Spiritual / soulful podcasts
For the friends who love exploring the deeper existential ideas, whether secular or full-on New Agey.
Startup / business podcasts
For either friends who are interested in purely online business & marketing, hearing interviews with bootstrapped founders, or absorbing the wisdom of Silicon Valley heavyweights.
How I Built This
School of Greatness*
Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Foundr Magazine Podcast
Grey Matter from Greylock Partners
How to Start a Startup by YC
Masters in Business with Barry Ritholz by Bloomberg
Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield
Product Hunt Radio
Startup School by YC
The Goal Digger Podcast*
Smart Passive Income Podcast
The Startup Chat with Steli & Hiten
The 20 Minute VC
The Tim Ferriss Show*
Personal development / self-help
For the friends who love optimizing their habits, improving their mindset, or just doing the inner work necessary to grow and thrive as a human being.
For my fellow book lovers—specifically for those who love literary books, from poetry to nonfiction to fiction. Some of these are also particularly helpful if you consider yourself a writer and want to refine your craft.
Slate’s Audio Book Club
LA Review of Books
Otherppl with Brad Listi
Health & fitness
If, from time to time, you get obsessed with getting the most out your eating and fitness habits like me.
Women in business & leadership
For anyone else who finds themselves constantly scanning through magazines and interview shows looking for the (infrequent) profiles of women specifically.
Boss Files with Poppy Harlow
I Want Her Job
Radio Cherry Bombe
Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff
WSJ’s Secrets of Wealthy Women
Culture & current events
This is a bit of a catch-all category for me, since I’ll sooner listen to interviews with interesting people than hear meandering commentary on what’s happening today, but occasionally I’m bit by the bug and want to hear tirades on the latest issue in culture or politics. Some of these are interview-based shows, actually, but they focus more on arts/culture/current events than anything overtly educational.
I imagine this is useful to a small segment of my friends, since most of them aren’t in this industry but of all the ecommerce-focused content out there, these are the ones I find to be more dense in actionable, relevant takeaways.
Beauty & retail
For those who are in the beauty/retail/fashion industries or are just avid consumers who love keeping a pulse on the landscape.
This is my list! Hope you get something out of it. If you ever want more specifics as far as what you’re looking for and which ones I think you’d like (and don’t want to waste time wading through all of these), feel free to ask me personally and I’ll try my best to make personalized suggestions.