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16 podcasts successful entrepreneurs say you should follow for insights on innovation, time management, and becoming a superstar founder

  • Podcasts are a great way to learn something new, and a useful way to spend your time during lockdowns and quarantines.
  • Whether you have 10 minutes or 2 hours, there's probably a show about entrepreneurship that can pique your interest and get you thinking about potential business ideas.
  • We asked Amazon's best small business owners which podcasts they listen to regularly, and their recommended shows cover topics from marketing to mindfulness, and can help you navigate the challenges of running a business.
  • Here are the 17 top picks from the founders of Ayoba-Yo, Baking Steel Co., Nutpods, EcoBark Pets, Nerdbugs, Habit Nest, Watex Green Living, and PlayerTen.
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Podcasts are a great way to learn something new during lockdown. Plus you can listen while doing something else,  like working out. cleaning, or making a meal.
Whether you have 10 minutes or 2 hours, there's probably a show about entrepreneurship that can fit with your busy schedule.
We asked the finalists for Amazon's best small business owners award to recommend the shows they download and listen to each week to help them navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship.
Ronak Mehta of Nerdbugs and Wian van Blommestein of Ayoba-Yo both told us they like hearing founders share their stories with NPR's Guy Raz on How I Built This.
Keynotes and episodes from marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuck were hot picks from both Habit Nest's Michael Ahdoot and Baking Steel's Andris Lagsdin, and Nutpods founder Madeline Haydon was even featured on an episode of Unfinished Biz.
Denise Sung of Watex starts her day with The Journal from the WSJ and looks for ways to redefine success with Girlboss Radio, while Tom Rohlf of PlayerTen listens to the Tropical MBA podcast to become more location-independent.
Continue reading to see the full list, with links to listen and subscribe.
SEE ALSO: 13 inspiring books chosen by the best small business owners on Amazon, from 'The Art of War' to 'Company of One'

How I Built This

NPR journalist Guy Raz talks with innovators and entrepreneurs on How I Built This about the companies and the movements they have started and lead.
The program releases episodes twice weekly, and past guests include Shopify's Tobias L├╝tke, Yelp's Jeremy Stoppelman, and Zappos' Tony Hsieh.

Ed Mylett Show

Entrepreneur and speaker Ed Mylett brings on peak performers from a variety of industries to share their journey, knowledge and thought leadership.
As a mentor and coach, Mylett has worked closely with business legends such as John Maxwell and Phil Knight.

Garyvee Audio Experience

Gary Vaynerchuck is a prolific public speaker, 5-time New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor with early investments in companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo, and Uber.
His podcast, The Garyvee Audio Experience, presents a mix of video highlights, keynote speeches, and interviews about marketing and communication.

Tim Ferriss Show

The Tim Ferriss Show is a top-ranked business show on Apple Podcasts, and has now been downloaded more than 400 million times. Each episode features tactics, tools, and routines you can use, including reading lists, morning routines, exercise habits,and time-management tricks.
Among Ferriss' 300-plus guests have been LeBron James, Ray Dalio, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Edward Norton, Maria Sharapova, Jamie Foxx, Maria Popova, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Amanda Palmer, Malcolm Gladwell, Vince Vaughn, Rick Rubin, and Reid Hoffman.

Real AF

Entrepreneur Andy Frisella's Real AF Podcast picks up where his brash MFCEO podcast left off when it ended its run in December 2019.
Frisella leads what he calls the 100-0 movement, and the show dives head-first into trending topics and hot-button issues.

The Amazing Seller

Scott Voelker started The Amazing Seller in 2014 because he couldn't find a podcast focused on Amazon fulfillment for private labelers.
Voelker finds sellers that are doing well and interviews them to unearth tips and nuggets for your own e-commerce business.

Unfinished Biz

Robin Tsai and Wayne Wu of VMG Partners host the Unfinished Biz podcast, where they focus on the highs, lows, and challenges of being a founder. Their guests have founded consumer brands, or started businesses that support those brands.
The grand-prize winner of the Amazon Small Business Award, Madeline Haydon, recommended the show and was featured in episode 35, in which she discusses the big bets she made that led to Nutpods' online success.

Taste Radio

BevNET's Taste Radio podcast covers new and established brands in the food and beverage industry, addressing everything from production to marketing to tech.
The hosts discuss industry trends and daily dilemmas, and hear actionable tips and inspiration from founders and professionals who are leading the innovation of what we eat and drink.

Tropical MBA

Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen launched a product design and ecommerce company in 2007, and have since coauthored a book and website about how to scale your business and become a "location-independent" owner.
Their Tropical MBA Podcast features the stories of thousands of successful business owners, and has been downloaded millions of times in over 100 countries.

Girlboss Radio

Girlboss describes itself as "a community of strong, curious, and ambitious women redefining success on our own terms."
Hosted by Sophia Amoruso and Neha Gandhi, the Girlboss Radio Podcast features female entrepreneurs sharing tips and strategies for how millennial women can redefine success and own their futures.

TED Talks Business

The TED Talks Business podcast features the audio from more than 170 of the best business videos on, with stories and insights from some of the world's greatest innovators, entrepreneurs, and business researchers.

The Journal

Each business day, The Wall Street Journal highlights the most important stories driving the news, featuring the paper's top-notch journalists taking you behind the big headlines and inside their exclusive reporting and analysis.


StartUp is a five-season documentary series about about what it's really like to start a business, beginning in 2014 as a chronicle of the life of a fledgling podcasting company called Gimlet Media.
The award-winning series has been downloaded tens of millions of times, and ABC adapted the show's first season into a sitcom called Alex, Inc., starring Zach Braff.
Gimlet was bought last year by the streaming giant Spotify, and the final season follows what it's really like to sell a business.

On Purpose

Jay Shetty is a former monk who is now the award-winning host of the On Purpose podcast. Since 2016, Shetty has amassed more than 4 billion views and 20 million followers globally, making him one of the world's most viewed people on the internet.
Recent guests have included actress Jada Pinkett Smith, discussing how to grow from past challenges, and the Wolf of Wall Street himself, Jordan Belfort, talking about self-limiting beliefs.

Side Hustle School

New episodes of Chris Guillebeau's Side Hustle School come out every morning, every single day. With each 10-minute episode, Guillebeau shares different stories of how ordinary people used the skills they already have to start a hustle without quitting their job.
Guillebeau is all about finding ways to get more than one paycheck coming in every month and is the New York Times bestselling author of "The $100 Startup," "The Art of Non-Conformity," and "100 Side Hustles."

Social Media Examiner

Social Media Examiner offers two weekly audio podcasts to help you boost your marketing skills and keep you up to date with the ever-changing world of social media.
Social Media Marketing Podcast features success stories and expert interviews and has been a top-10 marketing podcast for the last seven years. In addition, the Social Media Marketing Talk Show is the longest-running weekly live video talk show (and podcast) dedicated to social media marketing.

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